Design by Emily Henderson

According to HGTV, “Tween bedrooms are perhaps the final, uncharted territory of interior design.”  Creating a space that is both age appropriate and contemporary is a challenge.

Experts must balance free-spirited youth with smart style, and selecting decor and finished that are timeless is not easy when interests come and go during the preteen years.

There are a few tricks, however, for successfully transitioning a space from a young kid’s bedroom into a preteen’s haven.

Magnetic Wallpaper

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Lori Weitzner’s Wallcoverings

An incredible alternative to cork boards and French bulletion boards, magnetic wallpaper that looks like linen is becoming popular with preteens.  It can work equally well in a mudroom/ landing zone/ home office.

Amy Yin, an award winning designer in New Jersey said she prefers magnetic wallpaper or chalkboard-painted walls to installing a TV in a bedroom, no matter the age of the child.  Regarding a recent project, she said, “we just installed magnetic wallpaper in a preteen’s room that looks like linen,” she said. “She can put up inspiration from magazines or things she’s interested in. She does horseback riding, so it gives her a place to put up her awards. It’s a space that rotates and grows with her interests.”

Designers also recommend when considering the resale value of a home.   Magnetic wallpaper and chalkboard paint would help buyers see their kids enjoying that space.

Alternative Headboards

alternative headboardsA decal like this one is a temporary and budget friendly option for adding style to the space where a headboard would be.

Other options include weathered shutters, over-sized artwork, quilts hung from a curtain rod, and bookshelves.

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Loft Beds

Short on space? Give kids space for work and/or play under their bed.  There are many styles, sizes, shapes and price points for loft beds.  They can work well for younger children through teenagers, especially if siblings are sharing a bedroom or the space is at a premium.

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