Teen bedroom makeover: The reveal
I often wonder what my house would look like if my budget was unlimited and the rooms were a perfect size! Well, I don't think I need to worry about that possibility in the near future and Tigerlilly's bedroom is a prime example that you can work around both, given time and patience. Oh yes, patience! That's another thing you need when dealing with a teenager! Compromise is not always in their vocabulary nor is an understanding that not matter how amazing I am as a mother there are some things I cannot change!
In this teen bedroom makeover my biggest challenge was the size of the room and the fact that for the time being we needed to keep the carpet. Not that it was an issue for my daughter she hates floorboards but for me wooden floors are one of the must have in any room! Also if you read my previous post and saw the mood board you will have noticed there was a little colour present! Gone! I had been instructed by my very particular "client" that was to be NO colour and no amount of pleading from me made any difference! Wait! What? Me pleading for colour? Yes! Because I was concerned the room would lack texture and may end up a little bland perhaps...
The staple of the room and we (yes we are both in agreement here!) love it! It is from Rafa Kids and perfect for a teen bedroom! Yes it is a big investment BUT the quality is second to none and it gives the room that wonderful scandi minimal vibe that Tigerlilly was after. During the day it looks like a sofa with a few pillows scattered on it.
The room is south facing and gets extremely hot in summer. I chose an all season duvet from Eve Sleep. It is 2 duvets held together by big poppers which makes it incredibly easy to switch from winter mode into summer. This time I also opted for microfibre (very light) and tencel (keeps your body temperature under control and regulates humidity). The pillows are also from Eve and they are memory foam which means they keep their shape and look perfect as daytime pillows transforming the bed into a mini sofa during the day.
You cannot achieve a perfect minimal scandi look without adequate storage, especially in children's and teens bedrooms. There, I had to make hard choices and compromises. We had spotted some perfect wardrobes from Luuk but budget was not going to stretch to those so it was to good old Ikea where we picked the Visthus wardrobe for £250 as well as the Eket cupboard to store all remotes and gaming paraphernalia! The cupboard was wall mounted to give the illusion of extra space in the room. We chose a Habitat Tam Tam stool as bedside table as it can also double up as extra seating and it is really good value for money.
I chose a design classic: The Norm 03 from Danish Designer Normann Copenhagen. It compliments the bed beautifully and it is a real statement piece. You do need to be armed with a lot of patience (not my forte) to put it together but definitely worth it!
We still need to get a bedside light as I cannot decide what the best solution is here... Perhaps a wall light, not sure yet so I am not going to rush and make a decision, I am going to keep looking until I find what we need.
Perhaps my biggest bugbear with teen bedrooms is the amount of unsightly electronics and devices (necessary for my sanity!) such as tvs, gaming consoles, computers etc... And whilst I am on this subject why are TVs almost always black?!
- The white smart TV was gifted to us by AO and I love how it has transformed the room. I also gave in and gave Tigerlilly my beloved Microsoft Surface Pro which does everything a big cumbersome PC would do, it is lightweight, easy to store and unlike Ipads it can be used to do all her homework.
- The beautiful Zuiver mirror is from Cuckooland, it is a lean to mirror so can easily be moved around the room and has a little shelf which is really handy when getting ready in the morning, although let's be realistic and admit that most of the make up and beauty stuff ends up on the floor!
- No room is complete without a rug, this one is from Amara. I chose a Kelim lines rug from Ferm living. It bring a little organic texture to the room whilst still remaining very much Scandi.
- Finally a little bit of fun with the set of hooks again from Amara (£12 in the sale right now!)
I am so happy with how the room looks but more importantly Tigerlilly is over the moon with it and that's what matters. Like in all projects a room is never quite finished and I never like to rush the process so we will keep adding and tweaking things like art work, lighting and accessories. Again I say this a lot but spend your money wisely when it comes to teenage rooms especially. A good bed and some decent storage is essential.
Let me know your thoughts or questions in the comments below!
For this project I was delighted to work with Rafa Kids, Amara, Eve Sleep, Cuckooland and AO.com. I did not get paid but products of my choice were gifted to me. All thoughts and opinions are of course my own. Thank you to all my sponsors for supplying me with free products that I would have purchased myself.