Redecorating Your Little Girl’s Room for a Teen or Tween

When girls are little, lots of parents and caregivers like to decorate their rooms with pastel colors, like pink, lavender, pale yellow, and white. Many of the quilt and comforter sets offered for this age group feature these types of colors. Little girls love princesses, fairies, flowers, hearts, horses, and the like; and parents often love them too for their little girls’ rooms. Kind of a soft stepping-up from the baby years, with all that soft-color decor and pastel colors.

But as girls get older, their tastes change. Girls entering the tween and teen years might want something brighter and trendier. The easiest way to upgrade the room is probably to get a new comforter or quilt set; and there are lots to choose from.

Patterns for this age group tend towards more intense or darker colors rather than pastels, with bright or bold usually being the rule. Hearts and flowers are still popular, but this time they’re hot pink or neon orange instead of pastel pink or lavender. And let’s add peace signs, geometric patterns, and contrasting colors that pop. It’s sort of like retro 1960’s and 70’s with a cool modern twist.

If you decide to update the room to reflect your girl’s age, you might have to repaint the walls. Whether or not this is necessary depends on the color of the new bedding and the condition of the old paint job. If your new bed set has colors in the same family as the wall color, you probably don’t have to repaint, unless the walls are really beat up. For example, if the walls are pastel pink and you pick a bright pink and purple comforter, that will match. Or if you have pale yellow walls and your new comforter set is lime green, that will also work. Of course, white walls go with almost everything. It’s really up to you, and how much work you want to put into it.

You can get matching curtains, maybe some new posters, a few trendy accessories, and you’re good. She’ll be off and running.

Of course, this time your daughter will want to have a say as to what her new room will look like. When she was younger, you probably picked it, or at least gave her a few choices, all of which you were OK with. Now it may be time to back off and let her express herself; in fact, to encourage it. That’s what being a teen is all about. Her room should be a refuge for her, a place she loves to hang out in, where she can get away from the pressure of being a teen. So give her some choices and see what she’ll come up with. It’ll probably be great.

Redecorating is also a way to ritualize a new stage for both of you and celebrate her growing up. After all, it’s going to happen anyway; might as well go with the flow and have fun. So go for it, and enjoy your more grown-up girl!