Tips For Decorating Your Teenager’s Bedroom

Tips For Decorating Your Teenager’s Bedroom

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Decorating the bedroom of a teenager is no easy task. They’ll likely be filled will extravagant ideas of their dream space or literally no help at all. But creating a more mature room that shows off their personality is a great way to encourage your child to express themselves.

We’ve put together some handy tips on how to create a functional and attractive room your teenager will want to spend time in.

Keep An Open Dialogue

One of the most important aspects when decorating a teenager’s bedroom is to plan the project together. It may be tempting to decorate a room as a surprise but this thoughtful act has the potential to backfire with a teenager.

If they’re old enough, let them take the lead on the project and provide helpful and constructive feedback. Get them excited by using Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration.

They can pick out their favourite ideas for you to work on together. Getting them excited about decorating may not be the easiest thing, but using social media can help.

If your teen is likely to go a little overboard, set a budget for them to keep to. This will help you keep track of the overall cost of your remodel.

Talk to them throughout the process for the best end result.

Keep the Base Colour Neutral

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Even if your child loves bright colours, start by painting the walls a neutral colour. White and grey are perfect for a base colour that you can build on.

Once the background colour is up, you can accent different areas with whatever colour they want. Use this on a single feature wall or with accessories like bedding and wall art.

A neutral background colour will help to balance the room, stopping a dominant colour become overbearing. It’s also easy to change a single colour in small areas rather than to repaint a full room.

In a similar vein, using plain and neutral furniture is also recommended. This avoids changing trends and opinions, maximising the lifespan of your furniture.

Stick To A Theme

Choosing a theme for your teenager’s bedroom can help you stay close to your design both during the planning and creation as well as in the future when buying new things.

Even a subtle theme will make the process easier giving you a colour palette to work with for your walls and accessories. You can then stay focussed with the end goal in mind.

Make It Unique & Personal

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When decorating your teenager’s room, add personal and meaningful touches to finish off the room’s decor. This can be done in several different ways to suit any teen and their interests.

Firstly, if they have a particular hobby, you could show this off. If the love football and collect football shirts, add these to the wall in frames or displayed on a shelving unit. This can work for any collection your child is passionate about.

Another option is to add wall art of their favourite film, TV show, celebrity or a quote they love. This can be done with wall stickers, posters or framed art.

Alternately, try creating a meaningful display of their favourite memories using photographs of their friends and family.

The options are limited to your’s and your teen designer’s imagination so have fun and get creative.

Add A Work Space

If your child likes to do their homework in their room, adding a work area that’s free of clutter and distractions can help keep them focussed.

Try to create a study environment that your child will actually use. If they don’t like desks, it’s more than likely this will become a dumping ground for junk. Develop a space where they’re comfortable without distractions like unnecessary tech.

Working with your teen to create this area will hopefully mean they’re more invested and therefore more inclined to use it for their studies.

Storage Is Key

Tips For Decorating Your Teenager's Bedroom

A teenager has a lot of stuff. Adding a combination of storage options like shelves, drawers and hanging space should help them to stay slightly more organised. Anything you can do to help in this department will likely be beneficial.

Shelves, in particular bookshelves, are handy for storage as you can use them to display your kid’s favourite things as well as school and recreational books.

Create A Hang Out Space

If your teenager likes to spend a lot of time in their room, especially with their friends, a cool hangout area can be great if you have enough space. A couple of chairs, a small sofa or even a beanbag or two can act as a seating area that’s separate from their bed.

Whatever the budget, you can create a comfortable area for your teenager to hang out in, freeing up and reclaiming your living room.

Make the Most Of Your Space

Unless you’re a very generous parent, it’s likely that your children with have the smallest bedrooms in your house. This will limit the space you have available to play around with. Using multifunction and strategically placed furniture can help you make the most out of their room.

Adding in a cabin bed or high-sleeper combines the sleeping area with seating and/or storage underneath it. You can then utilise the rest of the space you have available.

By adding a chest or an ottoman, you can easily combine an additional seat with built-in storage.

Don’t Go Too Permanent

Let’s face it, a teenager can be pretty fickle. They’re prone to mood swings and changing their mind in an instant. Decorating with small accessories and accents lets you change up a room quickly and easily.

It’s also worth remembering, your children will eventually spread their wings so you don’t want to be lumbered a garish room you can’t stand once they go.

Can A Property With No Chimney Still Have A Real Fire?

Can A Property With No Chimney Still Have A Real Fire?

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In short, yes! But there is a lot more too it and it is important to understand the details before jumping ahead and ordering a new wood burning stove or fire.

Modern Homes

These days a lot of homes are built quite understandably without chimneys. While many homes come with gas fires the flue tends to just exit through an external wall about shoulder level, so it is not of use if you wanted to install a real fire of any kind. Many people naturally assume they simply can not have a real fire but as the trend of owning wood burning stoves continues to ramp up, the question about having one installed becomes more common.

Consult an Expert First

Can A Property With No Chimney Still Have A Real Fire?

Before jumping in and assuming there are definite solutions, it is critical to speak to a local fire place showroom. There are many dotted across every county but make sure you look for one that has been around a while like www.wakefordfireplaces.com, who have been in Surrey since 1984! Experience is key when it comes to working with chimneyless property, as it is not a small task and something a new installer would have the knowledge to do.

The Solution

In order for a home without a chimney to have a real fire it would need to have a flue installed. A flue is basically a chimney and uses metal piping to create the same effect. In fact, most homes with chimneys still need to have a flue going up through the brick work so it is all properly insulated and safe. Without an existing chimney the flue can be built in one of two ways.

  1. The flue can be brought out of the stove, through an external wall and up the side of the building to the correct height above the roof.
  2. The flue can be taken up above the fire and through the floor ceiling, thought any room of roof space above and then out of the roof.

Option 1 is certainly a cheaper option as it doesn’t involves cutting through ceilings, flooring and roofing but it does mean you have a flue running up the side of your home and for some people this is not ideal. Option 2 is less obvious from the outside but, of course, the flue needs to travel up through the house itself and this can cause other issues. For one story buildings option 2 is far better but if you have 2 or 3 floors you would need to create boxing for the flue at each level. One thought many people have is to have the flue running up through the house warming rooms as it goes. Sadly, this is not allowed as there is a fire risk so the flue itself must be heavily insulated to prevent a hot surface in other rooms.

The Third Option

There is a third option when it comes to having a flue installed and for some people it is ideal but it can increase the cost even further. This option involves running the flue inside the house up through the roof but also creating a false chimney breast to cover up the flue. This leaves you with a fire place that looks much more traditional with no exposed flue. However, in order to create this chimney breast, it takes extra time and material including all the relevant insulation.

Finishes and Shapes

There are essentially two finishes available for flues. One is matte black and the other is stainless steel. What a lot of people choose is to have black for the interior and then as the flue moves outside, either low down or through the roof the material changes to a silver stainless steel finish. It is possible to have black on external surfaces, but it is more expensive in some cases.

Even if you need the flue to move out of the building, up, around a bend and then up again it can be done. The flue parts available mean you can buy corner sections of different angles to cope with most building shapes. Of course, there is a limit to the number and level of twists and turns a flue can have as the air flow is critical to the fire working. Too many turns can slow down the air being pulled through and stop the fire burning properly or even lighting correctly.

DIY or Professional

As with most things getting a professional to fit a flue is always going to be the best option. While you can certainly buy flue parts online or from local stockists the actual installation can be complex. Even for experienced builders who can easily cut through walls and roofs choosing the right angles and location for the flue exit and event the final height is best left to the pros! If you are looking for more information the HETAS site can be a useful starting point – https://www.hetas.co.uk/wp-content/mediauploads/BFCMA-General-Guidance-10-12-12.pdf

So now you know! You can have a real fire or wood burning stove in your home even if you don’t have a chimney of any kind!