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Words can't describe what it's like to watch your kids grow up. Every year they become wiser, more creative and independent. When they finally reach those teen years, plenty more changes will take place. So why not follow suit and give your kids' bedrooms the much needed upgrade they deserve? Whether you haven't changed things in a couple of years or the nursery room color scheme and animal prints still fill the space, the new year is fast approaching and offers the perfect opportunity for something fresh and inviting.

Turn your teen's bedroom into his or her own personal haven. Here are a few tips for getting started:

Think about wall color
Color is an important aspect of the bedroom transformation. Talk to your teen about what he or she is looking for in terms of style and comfort. A bold hue like red or blue evokes emotion and can make a huge statement. Neutral colors can be more calming, just make sure to offset the dullness with accents around the room. Houzz recommended testing out a few colors or grabbing some swatches before committing to a wall color.

Add some fun lighting
Don't just stick with the normal bedroom ceiling mount. Add some lighting that builds character in the room. A variety of lamps can give the room more dimension. A set of string lights can change the entire mood of the space.

"A new set of window treatments can make a huge difference in the lighting."

Even a new set of window treatments can make a difference. Opt for a set of sheer treatments that lets more natural lighting in and can make the room feel bigger than it actually is.

Consider new furniture
Now might be a good time to consider switching from a twin bed to a full or queen size mattress. If you're not interested in investing in a new bed, maybe a lounge chair can add another level of comfort to the space. 

You can also think about adding a desk  for a homework corner or a creative nook so your teen has a place for academics and hobbies.

… Or, change up the bedding
Again, if a new bed isn't part of the update, an upgraded bedding set can transform the space instead. Find a new comforter that flows with the walls and works with the color scheme your teen wants. Then, accessorize with accent pillows and throw blankets. This is a simple move that makes a serious statement.

Redecorate the walls
If the walls are covered in posters and magazine cut outs, talk to your teen about changing things up. Framed pictures and a variety of artwork can mature a children's design scheme almost instantly.

Even with the help of your teenager, redesigning and decorating his or her bedroom can be an intimidating task. Don't let this take away from getting the job done – just contact a personal design consultant from Decorating Den Interiors. He or she will come to your home for a free consultation so you can talk about your goals and sketch a floor plan. Ideally, you should bring your teen along for this discussion as well – this is when the personal decorator can really get to know your child's personality and get an understanding of what he or she wants for the bedroom.

The new year is right around the corner. Call a personal decorator from Decorating Den Interiors today to get the creative juices flowing!

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