Frugal Living: Decorating Your Teenager's Room
Most teenagers don't understand budgeting. Most have never worked for a living hence, they sometimes think money falls from heaven. How much should you spend to decorate your child's room?
If you are asking this question, it means you are not a millionaire. Most celebrity parents don't ask, they just spend their money because the have enough. Frugal living is about efficiency with money. You need to understand that teenagers change and what they like today might not be the same tomorrow.
How much you want to spend decorating your teenager's room depends on what you want to buy. If you are going to buy used furniture, like beds, study table and chair, lamps, wardrobe etc, then you might be able to do it all for under $300. You need to shop around (Craigslist or E-bay) and decorate your teenager's room progressively.
Some teenagers can show a certain degree of maturity. Others lack sound judgment when it comes to organization and decoration. Should you let your teenager decorate his room by himself or herself?
If your child is also into frugal living, you probably have nothing to worry about decorating your teenager's room. Teenagers can be unpredictable, so you need to make sure they understand that you will have the final word when it comes to decorating his or her room. You can encourage you teenager to recycle or be more creative instead of buying everything needed to decorate his room.
You can encourage him or her to make a lamp out of a bottle or other recycled item. The advantage of getting him or her to decorate his room using his creations mean he or she will be more attached to it. By all means get your teenager involved in the decorating process, but you must be there to supervise.
There are so many colors to choose from when decorating a teenager's room. The problem comes when you have to make your teenager happy. What is the best color to use when decorating your teenager's room?
There is nothing like "best color" for decorating your teenager's room. You just have to make sure your teenager will not change his mind 6 months after you've painted his room. If your teenager is prone to mood swing, be careful in choosing a color that is too strong (red, orange, purple). If you don't know which color to use to when decorating your teenager's room, go for something bright or generic. Some parents paint the room white and add colors with the furniture to create a contrast. Dark colors are not the best to use when decorating your teenager's room.
Teenagers always seek greater freedom. Room decoration is not an exception to this. Should you allow big posters in my teenager's room?
It is my room and I can do whatever I want. It is my house and you do what I say. Those words are not uncommon when you have to deal with teenagers. Teenagers love to decorate their rooms with posters of celebrities and other things they might find appealing. As a parent, you can allow your teenager a certain level of freedom with posters in his or her room. You need to make it clear that any pornographic or satanic or questionable posters will not be allowed.
At the end of the day, parents have the final words when it comes to teenagers and room decoration. Decorating your teenager's room can help you bond with your child. It can also create tension if you don't make thing very clear on the beginning. It can be fun decorating your teenager's room and getting your teenager to feel more comfortable and happy in his room.