DIY Tips: Decorating Ideas for a Teenage Boy’s Bedroom

Whether your son loves all things rock n roll or is a bit bookish, you can create the perfect space for him to relax, work, enjoy some quality time with his friends by following our top tips for decorating a teenage boy’s bedroom. Take a look at this link for painting supplies to help you get started.

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  • Choose strong, bright and bold blocks of colour. In the image above, blue, red and green are surprisingly harmonious partners and provide the perfect backdrop for all of his interests – gaming, skateboarding and playing guitar. Again, white is the perfect neutral backdrop that sets off all of those lovely colours – so look for furniture in white, or in metallics, so that they’ll work well with everything else you put with them as and when your boy’s tastes change. Using the image above as inspiration, when your lad grows up and moves into his twenties, a change of carpet and fewer wall stickers and the room will be much more grown up.
  • Use his favourite things as works of art – his guitars and skateboards can be hung on the wall, doubling up as decoration and storage space, which means that you save valuable floorspace for things like his desk or beanbags for him to chill out on when his friends come over.
  • Remember that you need to provide plenty of storage and if you can’t fit it on the floor, build up or put it underneath the bed – shelves or a shelving unit that runs up along one wall can provide you with a surprisingly large amount of storage space and just popping a few boxes underneath his bed will help. Don’t underestimate the usefulness of a bedside table or two, either – they’re the perfect place for storing undies and socks.
  • Make sure that there’s plenty of space for work, too – as he starts to grow up and does exams, he’ll need somewhere formal that he can use to spread out all of his textbooks, so there’ll need to be a desk, comfy chair, laptop or computer and plenty of shelves, books and storage for all of those bits and pieces like in-trays and pencil pots.
  • He needs space to relax, too, so make sure that his bed is either big and comfy or that there’s at least a beanbag or two on the floor that he can use to relax on. Throw a few cushions on the bed and just ask that he keeps everything as tidy as he can – that’s where the storage will come in handy.
  • If he’s arty, let him have a go at coming up with a scheme himself – graffiti can often look super cool in a teenage boy’s room

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DIY Tips: Teenage Girl’s Bedroom Ideas

In the third part of our series on children’s bedroom ideas, we’re focussing on cool, contemporary schemes that are both practical and stylish – for teenage girls. Whether your daughter is a girly girl at heart or loves sports, follow our guide and you’ll be able to create the perfect haven for her. Just take a look at this link for painting materials to help you on your way.

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  • Let her have a say in what goes where and which colours go on the walls – just make sure that you counteract any teen must-haves with plenty of neutral hues, as in the image above with plenty of crisp whites. As their tastes change and develop, the room can be updated fairly quickly and cheaply.
  • A teenage bedroom design should perfectly bridge the gap between childhood and adulthood, so you need to make sure that it has some character and some personality without it being too in your face, which is where the neutral hues come in. Choose one or two bold colours – in the image above, black and pink are the focus, then play around with textures and patterns to create the look.
  • Creating a focal point is really important, as it’s really what the scheme revolves around. Normally, a focal point takes the form of a patterned feature wall which is usually behind the bed, helping to increase the feeling of space and pulling the whole look together. If your daughter’s tastes are liable to change pretty quickly, then you can use things like wall stickers or spots or stripes of paint on the wall to liven things up a bit for very little money. Take colours from a piece that you love, like a fabric or a wallpaper, then use those colours to create the rest of the look. Make things more interesting with lush fabrics and textures, like embroidered cushions and willow baskets.
  • We talk about zoning a lot, but it’s especially important in teenager’s bedrooms, as they need space for things like homework, reading and hanging out with their friends. Make sure that there’s a desk as they’re much more likely to sit down and do their homework if they have a designated, formal space for it. Make sure that their desk can easily be organised and managed, so that they can easily work through their homework, and provide plenty of shelving units and various pots so that they can store all of their bits and bobs like pencils and paper clips.

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DIY Tips: 2014 Bedroom Design Ideas

Bedroom design can be tricky. But you can revamp your bedroom into a chic, glam space, or a restful, relaxing haven by taking inspiration from some of 2014’s hottest bedroom design ideas. To help you get started, take a look at this link for painting and wall covering supplies.

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Moroccan

Today’s Moroccan-inspired bedroom uses calming and soothing shades of blue, navy and crisp white, instead of warm hues that you’d normally associate with Morocco. A bright white background provides the perfect background to let bright blue cushions, throws and bedlinens really pop. Opt for white furniture, too, if you’re trying to keep to a budget, or paint your existing wooden furniture white – that way you can use it in the future with a different colour scheme. Choose zig-zag and ornate geometric patterns in navy and cobalt blue, with silver metalwork trays and small ornate lamps to finish the look.

Rustic

A twist on the classic country/vintage theme, this year, the rustic look uses more industrial-inspired accessories and furniture, to add edge and interest to the look. Use soft, neutral colours on the walls and floors – an off-white on the walls and pale wooden flooring or pale painted floorboards. Add colour using dark navy, taupe and chocolate brown, and look for antique or reclaimed furniture, such as an old oak dressing table or metal trunks that you can use as bedside tables. For accessories, look for products made from raw materials, such as lamps from steel or cushions covered in simple brushed linen. Materials with elegant letter motifs or antique clocks will keep the look contemporary.

Danish

Take inspiration from some of the coolest Danish dramas on TV and create a modern, contemporary space. This look is all about the accessories, with a stark, pared back feel that we’ve all come to associate with Danish dramas and literature. Paint the walls a warm grey hue and choose a pale colour for the floor. You could use carpeting, if you like, although pale wooden flooring will keep the look sleek. For your furniture, opt for pared back black or white furniture with a modern feel – look for sharp edges, unusual shapes and quirky features. Accessorise the room with cool, quirky bedlinens and some of this year’s coolest colours – bright orange and cobalt blue. Black and white photography printed linens, cushions and throws are all the rage, while geometric patterns will liven up the space a treat. Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns, either – this look shouldn’t be matchy-matchy.

Pretty Pink

Pink can be a bit girly for a bedroom, but in this scheme, Oriental patterns, textures and furniture team up to create a pretty look that isn’t stereotypically “Oriental”. Choose minimalist furniture, paint walls in a blush rose hue or hang intricate patterned wallpaper. Bamboo will add warmth to the look while paper lanterns will add drama.

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DIY Tips: Creating the Perfect Guest Bedroom

Learn how to create the perfect tranquil guest bedroom by following our top decorating tips – and if you need to do some work, take a look at this link for building materials to help you get the job done. Your friends and family will all be desperate to stay at your house!

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Spend the Night

Spend the night in your guest bedroom and you’ll be able to identify any problems. See if it’s noisy in the morning, whether there’s anything you’d change and make sure that the curtains and blinds don’t let in too much bright sunlight first thing in the morning. Figure out what you’d be looking for in a guestroom, then add it to your guestroom. Easy peasy!

Think Calm and Restful

When you’re choosing decor or trying to figure out how to decorate, think calm and restful. Look for neutral tones – pale beige, blues and sage greens are always lovely. Tone in with plenty of cosy-looking fabrics that make you want to snuggle up – soft faux fur throws for the end of the bed, plenty of cushions and soft, squishy pillows and a duvet. Experiment with textures and colours, but don’t go too bold – you want the space to be cosy, snug and perfect for getting your guests off to sleep.

Banish Clutter

Although many of us tend to use our spare bedroom as a bit of a dumping ground, when you have guests, it’s really important to shift everything out of the room – or to at least find a home for everything. Declutter the spare room by putting everything into cupboards or drawers or shove it all into a different room when your guests come over.

Add Accessible Lights

If your guests don’t know the layout of your home, make sure that you provide plenty of accessible lighting for use in the middle of the night. Add a bedside lamp at the very least, and if you have space, provide a floor lamp too – floor lamps are really lovely positioned over a chair and a bookcase, providing your guests with a lovely little spot to read or check their emails before bed. Also, make sure that the bedside lamp can be easily reached from the bed – you don’t want your guests tripping over the bed in the middle of the night trying to reach the light switch on the wall.

Provide a Mirror

You don’t want your guests to have to fight over the bathroom mirror with your children first thing in the morning, so make sure that you provide a private mirror. A dressing table with a cute mirror and a little stool is lovely, but if you don’t have space for a full dressing table, just put a mirror inside the wardrobe or on the back of the door. Install some hooks, too, and if you’re feeling really kind, provide a soft fluffy dressing gown.

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DIY Tips: Clever Decorating Tips for a Child’s Bedroom

Follow these clever decorating tips for a child’s bedroom – not only will they keep your little one quiet, but these tips will help get them to sleep, too! Read on for some of our top tips and take a look at this link for painting and wallcovering supplies to help you get the job done.

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Think About Putting in Multiple Beds

Handy for if you have more children – but also really useful for when they have friends over. Bunk beds are always a good choice, but a great idea is to have a bunk bed with a fold out bed and a desk or wardrobe underneath. The fold out bed can be used as a chill out space and the desk and wardrobe are really useful for storage. A single bed with a pull out day bed will be incredibly useful, although if you don’t have much storage space, a Z-bed tucked into a closet will work too.

Help Them Get to Sleep

Young children often find it difficult to settle down at the best of times, so make things a little bit easier for them by installing blackout blinds and blackout curtains. As soon as the blinds and curtains are pulled, the room will be dark – and this is generally very useful in getting little ones to sleep. As the decor changes, simply change the colour of the curtains. Dimmer switches are also a good choice – the dim light helps to create a cosy atmosphere that will help your little one get to sleep, but it will also double as a nightlight if your little one tends to get a little bit frightened at night. Install a variety that can be set at one level, or that is slightly more difficult for little fingers to alter the settings on so that they won’t wake themselves up by turning the lights on full whack in the middle of the night.

Make Room for Play

Children love playing – so let them play to their heart’s content simply by adding things like bed drapes that they can use as a den, or a comfy, cosy hammock slung across a spare corner of the room. Beds with slides are always very popular, as are bean bags. Add items that can either be removed very easily or that are fairly cheap and you can then update or remove them as they get older and would rather chill out in their room than play.

Safety First

Don’t forget the safety aspect of the room, too. Put covers onto electrical sockets and ensure that any necessary cables are tucked well out of the way of little fingers. Fit window locks and make sure that you remove door locks – you don’t want your child to get locked in their room. You should also screw heavy furniture to the walls, too, and avoid using blind cords.

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DIY Tips: Planning Tips for a Toddler’s Bedroom

Learn how to plan and design your little one’s bedroom so that you can maximise space whilst also creating the perfect haven for your little prince or princess. Read on for our top tips and take a look at these links for wallpaper and painting supplies to help you get started.

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Choosing Your Scheme

 

Many of us get stuck in the “shall we paint it blue, pink or white?” frame of mind when we’re decorating our little one’s bedroom. But you have to remember that the most important thing – when they’re really little, anyway – is having a comfortable space for you and baby to snuggle up in. When you’re planning and choosing your scheme, remember that it should be as neutral as possible. You don’t want to throw away any gifts that your baby might receive that don’t perfectly “fit” with the colour scheme – so keep it neutral and keep it cosy.

Try to Plan Ahead

Although that super cute little toddler bed might seem like the perfect investment, in two or three years, they’ll have completely grown out of it – making it a fairly expensive bed. Instead, look for an adjustable bed that can be altered as your little one gets bigger. The same goes for the rest of the furniture in the room too. Try to choose multi-functional pieces, such as a chest of drawers cum changing table. That way, you can invest in pieces that will last for years. Wooden or painted wood furniture is best, simply because it’s timeless and will grow with them as their personality and tastes develop.

Make Them Think That Everything is Their Idea

Toddlers, especially around the age of 3 or 4, have a tendency to change their minds as often as they change their socks. If they’re insisting upon a certain theme or style, interpret it – but interpret it loosely. If your little boy wants a space and alien theme, accommodate with some tasteful wall stickers (easily removed!) or use a stencil to paint the design on. If he changes his mind, simply remove the sticker or paint over.

You Can Never Have Enough Storage

Let’s face it, with children, toddlers and babies, you can never have enough storage. Whatever their age, there’s always stuff and a lot of it – nappies and babygrows when they’re little and clothes, toys and teddies as they grow a little bit older. Insert storage space wherever you can – underneath the bed is always a good idea. Storage shelving units are always a good idea, too – stick little labels onto drawers so that your little one knows exactly what goes where. Make a game of tidying up, too, if you like – to “encourage” them to put their stuff away! No spare space in your little one’s room? Try to find at least one space in the house, such as under the stair cupboard, to store their bits and pieces.

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