Turning your kid’s bedroom into a teenage dream

A teenager’s bedroom is so much more than just a sleeping space: It’s a place to study or hang out with friends, and a private domain for listening to music, chatting online or by phone, or just dreaming about the future.

At the end of a long day of classes, school activities and socializing,  it’s nice to come home to a bedroom that’s both comfortable and inviting — and most importantly, reflects who we are.

When designing your teenager’s bedroom décor, work with him or her to pick a theme that incorporates their personality and unique sense of style.

Color is one of the first and most important considerations. It’s one of the most inexpensive ways to transform a room and help “bring it to life.” Color has an effect on mood as well. Soft blues and grays can create a calming effect, while yellow can brighten up a room and give it the appearance of natural light. Red is an inviting color, and symbolizes passion and energy; orange also symbolizes energy and warmth. Purple has a strong association with romance and sensuality, while green is thought to enhance concentration and relaxation. Brown is a warm, neutral color that characterizes wholesomeness and friendliness.

Once you have chosen the color, the next step is to choose furniture. When choosing a bed, first take a look at the size of the room. Is it large enough to accommodate a double or queen size bed, or is a single bed the only option? Beds are available with wood frames, metal, or a combination of the two. Some come with under-bed storage space, which is a great option for a room with a small closet (or none at all).

A corner desk is a good space saver, and there are also models that are accessible from either side. Your desk chair should be ergonomically correct, as it’s important to have good back support when sitting in the same chair for long periods of time.

Bookshelves are available in a wide range of sizes and colors. Some have a mirror between the shelves, while others rotate to give you four times the storage in less space. Vertical bookshelves, meanwhile, will better utilize your space height-wise.

Depending on space, you might also want to consider media storage, a dresser or armoire, lounge seating and a bedside or accent table.

Finally, choose bedding, rugs, window treatments and other accents to complement the rest of your décor.