Do you have a preteen that’s still in a bedroom decorated for a toddler? Finding the time, talent and resources to redecorate all too often falls on the back burner. If your preteen isn’t complaining, you might take that as a sign to leave the room as is and focus on other priorities. You don’t need an unlimited budget of the services of an expensive interior designer to transform a nursery into a fun room for your preteen. With a little elbow grease and a lot of ingenuity, you can make this happen on a limited budget. As you and your teen begin to discuss colors, styles and themes, keep in mind that whatever your selections are, the basis of the room should be neutral enough to endure at least another six or eight years before another round of redecorating becomes necessary. Follow these recommendations from the design professionals to jump start your transformation.
The first step is to set a budget and select a color scheme. Chose a soft pallet for the walls and add pops of color with bedding and accessories. These items can be changed as you preteen continues to grow and develop their taste. Empty the room of all of the furniture, remove wall art and window treatments. Cover floors with a drop cloth to protect from paint splatters. Patch and sand any holes or blemished in the walls. Apply two coats of paint and touch up baseboards and moldings where necessary. Allow paint to dry for at least two days before returning furniture and bedding into the space.
If toys and building sets are still a part of your preteen’s life, take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon and select from the toy storage solutions offered by Lego. Select window treatments and bedding that complement the new wall color. Hang the window treatments three inches below the ceiling or ceiling molding to draw the eye upwards and increase thee sense of space. Have several bean bags or oversized pillows for the preteens to enjoy as they congregate in the new space. You’ve now succeeded in transforming the space. No doubt you have a very happy preteen on your hands!