My daughter, almost 9, recently asked to trade in her old room décor for new, “less babyish” furnishings. She had very specific ideas of what she wanted: A gray and smoky-pastel palette with pops of bright color. Furry bean bag chairs. A lava lamp.
Lava lamp? Half the requests would’ve never occurred to me. But apparently she’s been scouting out her friends’ rooms and mentally redecorating. It’s true that a lot of the things in her room (the dollhouse, the play tent, the kid-size armchair) were too young for her now. We decided give her a room makeover as an early birthday gift, and I’ve since been learning a lot about decorating a tween’s room. Here are some of the necessities, according to my daughter.
Bean bag chairs
Replacing the play tent and kid-size armchair are two shaggy bean bag chairs (covers came from PB Teen; inserts from Yogibo – they’re so much softer). The second bean bag is essential, according to my daughter, for when she has a friend over.
In between the two bean bag chairs sits this new Kvistbro side table from Ikea. The storage space in the center turned out to be perfect for holding stuffed animals and extra bedding.
This Umbra Hangit photo display is great for clipping up Polaroids, postcards and drawings. The clothing pins are adorable and allow the photos and artwork to be swapped out regularly.
The old nightlight has been replaced with a set of string lights over the window. We got ours from Amazon, but Pier 1 offers a lot of fun choices as well.
Swapping out the brightly colored kid’s rug for pretty, yet dramatic, colors and patterns can go a long way to changing the look of a room. We went with the gray Geo Trellis design from PB Teen.