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Teenage girl's room
Decorating is influenced by changes in fashion, and never more so than in a teenage girl's room. A teenager's bedroom is much more than somewhere to sleep. It is a room to entertain friends, experiment with clothes and make-up and listen to music and study. Planned well, it can be all these things and more.
Just a few months ago, I designed a lovely young girl's room. She is fourteen years old and her name is Narly. She loves bright colours and simple details. Her room is spacious and well-ventilated. So I had a big, comfortable canvas to work on.
Furniture is very important for decoration. Everybody is not lucky enough to have a big room. If the room is small, a platform bed with a desk underneath may be ideal. These used to be too rickety for older children but they are now being made in stronger materials. They are a brilliant solution if space is limited because all the sleep and study space is fitted into a compact area, and the rest of the room can be geared towards leisure.
We were luckier with our client, who had a lot of space to play with. She had classic mahogany furniture, but all were a bit big for a teenager. Although the room was big, we selected only the bare essentials for her. The classic double bed we placed in the centre, against the west wall. A fancy white mosquito round net comes on top, attached to the ceiling. A dressing table was not strictly necessary, but was be appreciated. There is no point in denying it; most girls need somewhere to keep a lot of nail polish, make-up and hair-styling equipment. We placed a classic dressing table opposite the bed. The mirror with its decorative wooden frame created a beautiful ambience.
We placed bookshelves at an angle, for storybooks and CDs. Our client was musically inclined, so we placed her synth keyboard beside the bed. Storage is far less of a nightmare now than it used to be because there are so many good systems on the market. They range from matching boxes to take everything from CDs to shoes, to modular storage cubes that can be added if you need more space, to wire basket wardrobe organisers with stacks of drawers on castors.
Wall colours are a personal choice, and the best thing is to step back and only offer your opinion if you're asked for it. Narly loves purple and blue. We created a combination colour chart for her room. We used solid purple for the bed's backdrop, which created a cool and calm attraction for the room. It is an ideal colour for the bedroom, which creates a peaceful atmosphere. We used blue and purple vertically on the adjacent walls.
The style of window treatment depended very much on the overall look of the room. Since this room has a blue and purple theme, we worked with that. I suggested a low-cost fabric in a combination of blue and purple that looked great on the window. A new set of bed linen also worked wonders. I designed printed fabric and solid purple for bed covers.
Lamps are now fashionable accessories, having crossed over from furniture stores to gift shops. They are sold alongside novelty greeting cards, cushions and candles. The classic white lampshade with wooden base gives us a wonderful light and shadow reflection for Narly's room.
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