When we first moved into our house, our son's bedroom was on the first floor to be near the master bedroom. Our son was 5. However he liked the upstairs bedroom which was a bit larger. We told him when he became a teenager, he could move upstairs. Those next 8 years went by in a flash and he recently turned 13. Since he's a good kid and we stick by our promises, we allowed him to move upstairs. This will be the fourth time we've redone his room. The first 3 times, his room was decorated like I wanted. I chose the color schemes, the decor, the furniture, everything. It was always my style and fit with the style of the rest of the house. I put my style and choices on him and told him how much he liked it. He acted like he did and never complained. Now, he wanted to decorate his new teen room the way he wanted. Oh my, what would that look like? I think back to my own teen room. Although I didn't choose my furniture and bedding, my parents allowed me to decorate the walls however I wanted. It's embarrassing to say how many teen idol and 70's posters I hung up and I know nothing I hung was my mother's style. She always commented on the newest poster addition and acted like it was cool. (I know she hated it.) So, now I'm the mom. What will my son choose for his new room? He's into alternative music, indie music, non-mainstream things and hates sports. I am soooooo mainstream so to be honest, I'm scared.
We gave him a budget and one rule: we had the right to say no to any decision he made. So, here we go. The reveal. Take a big swig of something and hang on to your hat...here's how my son designed his new teen room!
His bed frame/headboard and side tables are from Ikea and not expensive at all. He chose the lamps at Target.
Our neighbor put this chest of drawers on the curb and we grabbed. It's been in our garage for awhile. It was the wrong color and missing knobs. It's hard to tell from the picture but it's painted a bluish white. The knobs are from Target. Have you noticed my son's a bit thrifty? Where did he get that from?
He did his own artwork for his room. He used brown and red paint along with a metallic silver paint. He likes modern art (sort of Jackson Pollock style).
Can you see the metal silver paint? It's kind of cool and certainly matches the furniture.
Yep, there's his name. He did it. I don't like modern but I have to admit, I do like this.
He chose a silver nickel type ceiling fan...from Home Depot...on sale!
We painted a small wall next to his door with dry-erase paint. He has people who visit his room "sign" his wall and leave messages. He also keeps a list of his favorite bands, musical artists or songs.
Even his tissue box matches. I didn't realize this until I started taking pictures.
The only black in the room. Kind of surprising since he wore brown ones for two years.
So, why post this instead of my latest vintage chippy find? It's important to me to be able to decorate my space in my style; what I like. It makes me happy. So, I should allow my son the same; to be able to decorate his space in his style, what he likes to make him happy even if it's different from mine. Besides, his room is upstairs now and sort of separated from the rest of the house :) Seriously, when your children are older, hold your breath and let them decorate their space in their style. They might just surprise you.
I think I may share at some of my favorite blog parties. You can find them below on the right or above on my blog parties page. Next post, I will be back to my style (no modern, no Pollock, no matching tissue boxes).