Once your little girl moves beyond dolls and dress-up, she's ready for a more mature decor. Help her upgrade her room to teen status with a few simple updates that will make her swoon.
Change her space to reflect her personality
Decorating a little girl's room is all about the princesses and ponies, but what about when she gets a little bit older? She may still have the same interests, but her room needs a more grown-up vibe. As soon as she hits those teen years, her needs change, too.
What teen girl isn't crazy about clothes? Finding new ways to store her trendy teen fashions is an important update. Closet space is always at a premium, so consider adding shelves sized to hold these canvas bins ($5-$25, The Land of Nod). These bins are great for storing socks, underwear, bras, yoga pants and hoodies — all things that don't need to take up hanger space. Shoes are another space-stealer, so keep them organized and easy to see with this shoe organizer ($44, Amazon).
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Organize her closet rods so that she has plenty of short hanging space for tanks and tees, plus longer space for maxi dresses and prom gowns. Even if it's just on the back of the door, find a place to hang a full-length mirror. Every girl needs to be able to see her whole outfit from top to bottom — and check her rear view too. Trust us, she will thank you later.
Make it up
Teenage girls are all about the makeup and hair care. Now that she's updating her space, a dedicated area for doing her hair and makeup would be perfect. This vanity set with mirrors ($1,325 as shown plus delivery, Pottery Barn Teen) doesn't take up too much room, and adds space for all of her essentials. Organizers for everything from brushes to blushes are a must-have to keep mornings from getting crazy. Make sure to position her makeup table near an outlet for her hairdryer and flatiron. Good lighting is important, so bringing extra lighting in is a great upgrade. This plug-in swag chandelier ($170, Lamps Plus) brings a classy vibe to her decor and extra light where she needs it.
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Homey homework spot
Having a cozy spot in her room for reading and doing homework is important to a teen. Load up her bed with great pillows ($26-$35 cover only, Pottery Barn Teen) in assorted sizes to give her a relaxing place to spread out. If she has room for a desk, spend a bit of extra money to get her a comfy task chair ($80, Kohl's) that protects her back while she toils over Calculus. Storage crates are a fun way to store her textbooks when she isn't using them. Stock up on plenty of organizers for pens, markers, pencils and other school supplies to help her stay focused on her work — hopefully.
Nothing is more important to a teenage girl than her friends. If she isn't with them, she's texting them or tagging them on Instagram. Why not use her fun pictures of friends as decor? Let her select a large number of her favorite Instagram pictures, then have them printed on a huge poster ($25-$35, Printstagram) for her wall. Or print them individually (price varies, Printstagram) and let her attach them to the walls with poster tape. Being able to bring her BFFs into her room 24/7 is a real treat.
Chalk it up
The hottest paint to hit the walls is chalkboard paint. You can paint it on almost any surface, then write to your heart's content with chalk. Paint one of her closet doors or a portion of a wall with chalkboard paint and let her paint a design around the edges in colors to match her decor. She can do homework problems, write reminders, draw fun pictures or just doodle right on the wall.
Update your teen girl's room with a few simple changes and give her the grown-up space she's been wanting.
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