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Tips to take your bedroom from tween to teen

Tips to take your bedroom from tween to teen

May 19, 2009|By KACEY KEITH / Pulse Correspondent

Many teens consider their bedroom to be their sanctuary. It's where they go to read, listen to music, hang out with friends or just relax. When teenagers are in the process of developing this "sanctuary," many of them have trouble turning their drab rooms into a living space with a bit more of their own personality. So, here are nine easy ways to turn a boring bedroom into a place anyone would be proud of.

1. Decorate the walls with notes from friends, childhood artworks and pictures of friends, family and heroes. This is a more personal approach to wall hangings, rather than hanging up pictures of celebrities and musicians.

2. Create your own wallpaper. Cover walls with paper and just doodle. This is cheaper than wallpaper, more fun and easy to remove and replace.

3. Find new ways to store things. Vintage suitcases are the perfect place to put small or medium-sized items, and they look much better than plastic boxes or shoe boxes. You can buy them at thrift stores, yard sales, or flea markets at low prices.

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4. Keep things cozy, not too messy, but not too clean. A room feels best when it looks like it is lived in, just not when it appears to have been wrecked by a hurricane or professionally cleaned.

5. Emphasize the best feature of the room. If the windows are spectacular, keep the wall where they are empty to show them off. If the floor is the best feature, keep it cleared off.

6. Rearrange the furniture when things get boring. This keeps the room lively and will make any old piece of furniture seem new.

7. Customize the room to exhibit your talents. Good at photography? Hang up your photos and put your cameras where everyone can see them.

8. Steer clear of color schemes, they make bedrooms look too planned out and sometimes even childish. Mix and match colors and themes to make the room more cozy.

9. Let the room reflect your personal style. If you like bright, wild patterns, use bright wild patterns in the room. Don't let trends sway your room decorating plans, or in about a year, you'll be sick of the way it looks.

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