Wallpaper For Teens
Top Wallpaper Designs for Teens
Fleur Ward has worked in design for over 25 years,
her biggest frustration, poor wallpaper options for her teenage clients.
Thank goodness, as it led her down the inspiring path to designing her own.
When putting the teen issue together Fleur was naturally at the top of the list for designers who know what they’re talking about when it comes to teens bedrooms. Especially how to future proof when they’re younger, ready for the teen years. Here are her thoughts, plus a treat at the end to see her fabulous collection of wallpaper designs.
By Fleur Ward
When asked to think of a teenager’s bedroom, the stereotypical images pop into mind, total mess, smelly socks, and trainers dangling from door frames, pants and Pringles packets on floor. However with a thoughtfully planned out space it will encourage the teen to take pride in their space, keep it tidy and a desire to show it off.
I’ve designed a number of kid’s rooms over the years and I’ve always had the forethought to imagine the room in 5 years’ time when the child has outgrown Frozen. Most people can’t afford to redecorate every few years so it’s important to get it right first-time round. With great design, the room can evolve from a toddler to teen zone with just accessories.
Brick wallpaper is a firm favourite as it gives a masculine industrial vibe that can be softened or played up, whilst being fairly neutral. Is it real exposed brick is it not? Murals and decals are also a great way of adding personality to a room. We had Spider-Man on one wall for 6 years and my son was reluctant to let Spidey go but i popped my wallpaper over him recently – I needed content. So now my son lives with ‘Wired for Sound’ one of my designs aimed at teens. Its headphones, cassettes and skateboards are a throwback to my childhood and yet so relevant now. The Bright Blue in it allowed me to refresh the bunk bed in the same colour and it now looks like a new room
Metal cabinets and lockers are great alternatives to wardrobes and floating shelves/hooks allow things to be displayed and changed up easily.
Market finds can also add some individuality to a room. I love these old printers’ trays to store my sons Lego people. Cork floor tiles are also wonderful for allowing your child to display their achievements, certificates, photos of friends etc.
If your teen does homework in their room then a designated zone is helpful. A well-lit desk and storage for their books etc. will create an organised welcoming space
For Grand Designs Live I came up with the idea of the ‘Console Cave’ for the Under the Stairs Project.
The awkward triangular space under the stairs that is usually a WC or coat rack.. If your child likes gaming then creating a space for this will make you incredibly popular depending on which camp you’re in regarding TV’s and PC’s in bedrooms.
Colour changeable LED strips can be stuck around the TV or Monitor and a comfy chair… Your mini Dan TDM’S will be thrilled.
Maps and Murals are a great way of adding interest and slipping some education into the scheme. Wooden furniture for boys can add a masculine grown up feel whilst adding texture.
A feature wall that adds colour, fun, interest and allows the child to grow without redecorating too often. These butterflies would look pretty in a child’s room but equally striking in this 19 year olds room
Lots of storage is required so make use of a bay window and build a window seat. Drawers for stuff and a cool place to sit and read Glitter magazine…
I interviewed two ‘tweens’ (12-year old’s) before writing this and this was their checklist:
- Sleepover friendly
- Lots of storage.
- Not grey!!
- Good lighting – soft for down time and bright for homework
Key points –
- Design to allow child to grow
- Avoid twee, or childish fabrics/rugs to start with
- Kids love – bean bags
- Positive calming colours
- Make it cool so they want to hang out in there.
Above all – Involve them in the choices.
A selection of Fleurs wallpaper designs available from Ohh Fleur. Available in different colour ways, check out her site for more details.
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