It’s no secret that today’s teens tend to have short attention spans and prefer instant gratification. They don’t like being told what to do and how to do it, so their rooms reflect that. Here are some facts about your teenager and the impact of pop culture on the way they live: A teen’s room is an extension of their personality, so it’s crucial for you to understand what kind of person your teen is before deciding on a layout for their new space. Do they value their privacy and solitude? Are they more likely to hang with friends over if they have enough seating or lounging areas in their room? I’m here to share some tips that are helpful when creating a minimalist teen room.
Everything is about compromise right? Sure, there’s a place for vibrant colors in your teen’s room, but what if that is distracting? Here’s a great opportunity to compromise. Instead of painting the walls of your teen’s room bright red, paint a more accent wall in that shade of red. Or, choose a neutral color palette with pops of color to add interest, like a splash of orange or purple.
You don’t want your teen to feel as if their space is limited by the walls of their room, but you don’t want to completely turn their minimalist teen room into a sea of boring white, either.
2. Limit “Stuff”
Once every 5-6 months or so, go through your teen’s room with them. Ask questions like:
“Do you like this still?”
“Does this item bring comfort?”
Hopefully, these questions will get your tween thinking about what items they want in their room. It also will give you an idea of what your tween’s items mean to them. For instance, do those stuffed animals bring comfort or remind them of a favorite activity?
3. Allow room for Your Tween to Express Themself
In our instance, our teen likes to collect Pop Funkos and so I created a space for her to display her collection. She is also attached to several stuffed animals and as long as they are important to her, they are displayed on her bed.
Teenagers tend to love photos, so it’s important that you make sure that the photos you choose to hang represent your teen’s friends and family well.
4. Storage is Key
If your teen is more likely to take the “pack everything in a box and then cram it in a closet” approach to storage, you may have to let go of the idea of traditional furniture in their room entirely. Instead, provide your teen with shelving, under-the-bed bins, and other storage options to make their space function more as a place to keep things, rather than as a place in which things are all over the place in the room.
For example, instead of storing books in one corner of your room, place a corner bookshelf in that space and then place books on the shelves. This will allow your teen to see the books, but also creates additional storage space for other items. Similarly, instead of storing clothes in a dresser that takes up a lot of space, add a clothing storage feature and hang up their clothes instead.
How to Create a Minimalist Teen Room?
Once you’ve got your room together, it’s time to start taking some cues from the minimalist style. Keep it simple, keep it clean, and keep it open. Your teen might not want to open their space up to friends, which is completely natural. If your teen is more likely to keep their space closed off to most people, you’ll want to make sure that you keep your space open and welcoming.
Keep your art to pieces your teen loves and try to paint frames the same color for a more cohesive look. Don’t try to cram too many different pieces of art into a small space. This will just make your teen feel backed into a corner and will also create a confusing visual experience for them. Keep your furniture simple. This will create an open, welcoming environment that your teen will love.