Gallery: Ideas for teen decor

Washington Post - Decorating a teenager's bedroom is an exercise in negotiation. Gone are the days when you could choose animal art or ballerina bedding without a blink from your little ones. Now those little ones are big, and they want teal walls and expensive, over-the-top furniture.

When redecorating, Mike Johnson, a designer at Lori Graham Design + Home in Washington first recommends trying to hear what your kids are really looking for. Then, strike a balance. Choose a neutral for the walls, for example, and incorporate that teal with accents that are easy to change, such as pillows, rugs and frames.

“Kids get the process,” Johnson says. “They understand that it's their room, but that they have to compromise a little bit, that they're getting what they want, just in a different way.”

And though it's tempting to pick cheap furniture, knowing your kids leave the nest in a few years, Johnson recommends quality. Those same pieces can go with them to their first apartment or be the building blocks for a future guest room.

Instead of a battle of wills, the redesigning process can be a joy for all, says Nancy Guettier of PBteen. Because when done right, you get parents who know more about their teens' developing personalities and teens who want to be at home.

“A teen room is one of the most exciting rooms in the house,” she says. “They want to be creative and whimsical. They get out of their kid's room and get a place that lets them explore who they are.”

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