How Can a Teen Re-Do Her Room to Look More Mature?

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Create a mature-looking bedroom that reflects the young woman you're becoming now that you're a teen. Your bedroom should be the place you are most at-ease and can enjoy your alone time or hang out with friends. The childish decor you once loved has served it's purpose and should be replaced with decor that complements where you're at in life now and that won't embarrass you when you have company.

Walls

  • Paint the walls a soft or light color for a sophisticated look. Choose one color that works with numerous themes if you enjoy changing the look of your room, such as beige or light gray. Buttery yellow, sage green, pale pink, lavender or other light colors work as well. If you want something darker, go with a dark blue, brown, red, burgundy or another subdued hue. Leave the brighter colors for accessories to avoid creating a room that looks like it belongs to a 12 year old. Special paint techniques, such as sponging, can create an elegant look. Alternatively, paint a pattern or inspirational words on one wall or use a wallpaper. For example, use a damask or flour de lis pattern.

Furniture

  • Update your furniture with a new bedroom set, including at least a full-size bed if possible, which will likely be the bedroom furniture you take with you when you move out, so it should fit the needs you'll have a couple years from now as well. A chest will take up less space than a dresser, though you'll give up the mirror. A desk, shelf and at least one nightstand is optimal. Add a chair, storage ottoman or bench for extra seating if possible. Collect interesting pieces from secondhand stores, yard sales or other rooms in your home if you can't purchase a new set. Paint the pieces and install new hardware to make it look uniform.

Linens

  • Solid-colored bedding in muted tones and luxurious fabrics can give your bedroom an entirely new, grown-up look. If you want something more interesting, use brightly colored sheets or a black-and-white print. Matching window treatments and a plethora of throw pillows are another way to dress up the bed in a mature manner. Add a bright or bold pillow, rug or valance if you want something flashy that you can easily remove or upgrade later.

Accessories

  • Update your accessories to reflect your new, more mature self. Take down the posters and unframed pictures, and hang framed pieces or put together a collage instead. Wall sconces, candles, a fancy chandelier and nice lamps are other items that can make your room look more grownup. Display special keepsakes, such as a jewelry box or decorative knickknacks. Plants or a vase full of flowers, even if they're silk, is another way to accessorize your new mature bedroom.

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