Smart Tween Bedroom Decorating Ideas

Tweens' tastes can be tricky. Get ideas for a tween bedroom that's both age-appropriate and cool.

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Record Player for a Tween

The bulk of daughter Camille's record collection is a stack of 45s from her dad's collection from his youth. Among them: "YMCA" by Village People, "Get Up Offa That Thing" by James Brown and, of course, "Le Freak" by Chic. From handed-down furniture to music appreciated as much by tweens as their parents, one thing is certain in the Flurry household: Vintage never goes out of style.

  • Antique stores and flea markets are great sources for finding one-of-a-kind items for decorating tween rooms.
  • To keep tween spaces from feeling too juvenile, stay away from using themes or color combinations that are often associated with nurseries or children's rooms.
  • Gender-neutral colors such as robin's-egg blue and blue-green are excellent choices for tween rooms. A few other less-expected tones that also work well are coral, blue-gray and violet, as well as muted greens such as celery and sage.
  • To make a tween's space truly unlike any other, incorporate handed-down pieces from family members into the design.
  • For rooms with active teens who are prone to bumping into furniture and scratching surfaces, search flea markets and thrift stores for pieces with worn-in, comfortably aged looks.
  • Painting wood floors with high-energy porch and floor paint can give a tween space a brand-new, super-cool look without major costs. The everyday wear and tear of the floor will add to the patina, giving it more character over time.
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