I wanted to start the title of this post with the words ‘reluctantly’ as it doesn’t seem that long since we were picking out a Marvel and DC theme for our tween’s bedroom, but since starting secondary school he seems to have matured over night. He’s getting increasingly self-conscious about what his friends think as well as desperately trying to emulate his older brother, who he now sees in a new light as one of the ‘cool kids’ in school. He’s decided it’s time to ditch the super heroes and opt for a more mature chill out room. Much to the disgust of his Batman loving dad who is living the Bruce Wayne dream through his boys!
Last year we were sent some american ice hockey shirts from his namesake relative across the pond. Not wanting to hide them away, never to be seen again, he asked if he could display them for all to see, so we took these as our starting point and just needed to create a room he’ll be proud of. The only problem with the tween years is that although it’s not long before they become a fully fledged teenager , there’s still a hankering for toys and games which neither of us are ready to hide away just yet. I shudder at the amount of money we’ve spent on Lego over the years so I’m desperate to get as much mileage out of it as I can.
Our solution to this is an ottoman bed (like this one from Bedstar.) We’re a male heavy household and with that comes copious amounts of Lego, Nerf Guns and various fancy dress outfits which every now and then (usually when his cousins come to stay) make an appearance. He doesn’t want these things on permanent display but still needs to be within easy reach and this seems the perfect solution. It also means they’re hidden away and out of reach from out inquisitive toddler whose favourite room in the house is, yes you guessed it, Tween’s bedroom with all his non toddler friendly toys and games. It’s like an Aladdin’s Cave full of tempting treats he’s just not allowed so naturally, he wants them even more!
When you’re planning a makeover for your tween it’s worth baring in mind that a theme which will see them through to the teenage years is a must. This american college theme with its stars and stripes is just perfect. We have lots of family in the States which Tween is very proud of, it also reminds him of the many American TV shows he’s often watching.
It’s only natural that the older they get the more time teenagers tend to spend in their room. I really tried to resist it but knowing that it’s going to happen, making it as comfortable as possible is only fair. Lined curtain which will keep the heat inside on a winter evening and the light out on early summer morning and lighter nights is a must. Believe me when I tell you a grumpy, sleep deprived teenager is not a recipe for a happy house.
I’ve thought long and hard on how I make Tween’s room his space but still within fitting to the rest of the house and ultimately it’s the accessories which finish it all off. This is where I tend to give the boys a little more free rein as it’s what makes the room personal to them. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt through already parenting a teen, it’s that these years are about negotiating choices and knowing when to let them make their own decisions but with a little gentle guidance.
But at the end of the day, I think both my tween and teenager will agree that mum does always know best!
Bed – Bedstar / oak side board – Dunelm Mill /
Accessories and wall paper – Rose and Grey
This is a collaborative post, however all words are entirely my own.