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Your teen has come to you and wants a change.

Don’t panic and don’t automatically scrunch up your nose anticipating the worst. Just like anyone else, teens want to express themselves and their personality in living spaces.

Consider, did you like the styles your parents picked out for the entire house, let alone your room? Probably not. Now that we’re raising more independent, empowered children they’re also more likely to speak up and out about things that make them happy. So the key is to find out what they’re thinking, and then find ways to make at least some of that happen.
Many times the biggest change is paint. Teens like dramatic touches. Sometimes this means bright red, and other times black. Both have their places with a little clever consideration.

Obviously you don’t want all red walls because that won’t encourage down-time. Nor would you want all black walls as this can inspire depression especially on the heels of hormone swings. But you could have a wall with red or black stripes, or red/black pillows, a red/black throw rug, etc.

This honors your teens taste without making the space unhealthy.
Another big change comes with storage and organization. Many teens have what I call a gravity-centered system of order – when it hits the floor, they’re done.

To encourage a little less clutter (which also improves focus psychologically) have hanging baskets or bins for toiletries or school supplies. Have closet organizers that show off the latest, greatest shoes, jeans, shirts, and jackets (so that hanging them up becomes a way to provide a showcase for visitors).

Third, if space allows consider having a special area in the room that’s more of a “hang out” or a study area. The bed simply doesn’t speak of concentrating, and its also not really appropriate for just chatting. So having a chair (or two) for guests makes things less awkward.

Fourth – a space for personal art, notes, collectibles etc. is nothing less than essential. If you don’t want gluey marks from tape, or holes in the wall from tacks, put up a corkboard. What’s fun is that cork now comes in pre-glued squares so your teen could cut them into various shapes and then apply them to the wall in an inventive way.

There are certainly other things to think about, like a table where teens can enjoy their snacks, good lighting for when they study in their room, and a region for music. Overall TV / computers in bedrooms aren’t the best option. They distract too easily from other important things like homework and sleep.

Overall, just keep communicating. The time and interest you invest in working with your teen on their personal space translates into having a better overall relationship as time goes on.

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