A person’s first room, all their own, is the one they get as a teenager – adolescent, as it marks their exit from childhood and reflects the taste, interest and desires of a young person.
Keyword for decorating teenagers’ rooms is individuality. This is the child’s first encounter with their own space, as they leave a shared room, or a nursery decorated by their parents. When we are talking about individuality, we are talking about a teenager’s need to adjust, change, or simply put their mark on their space, in their own way. Even assuming a child has had a room of their own since early childhood, changes are expected and necessary. A child’s room is not the same as a teenager’s or a young adult’s.
This is why it is so easy to recognize a teenager’s room, as, in addition to the typical items of furniture, they usually have a certain informality, reflecting adolescent interests, tastes characteristic of that age. The teenager will most likely remain in this same room until they move out on into their own living space.
Hence, the room itself undergoes changes as, while they are growing up, their attitudes, needs and tastes change, so the room of a teenager and the room of a student will never look the same. This pertains, primarily, to details such as posters, photos, layout, but even the basic items are complemented or substituted with new items with the same use. A teenager and a student will need a different kind of chair to sit in as they work, for example, because their attitude towards work and the amount of their obligations change with age. So we come to the „room of a young adult“ and its decoration will change and be complemented in time, as its owner matures.
Command is in the hands of the space owner, i.e. the child. A teenager’s room requires privacy and independence and, as such, must contain almost all the elements of a stand-alone dwelling, of course, to the extent that possibilities allow. This pertains, first of all, to a separate day and night zone, a working area, a wardrobe and a separate bathroom.
Screens are an excellent solution to separate zones within the same room, as are floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. Light textile drapes with interesting patterns can also be a good solution. This gives the teenager a chance to develop a sense of living space functionality and the way it fits in with personal needs.
Parents also have to be prepared for this phase in the lives of their offspring. At the beginning, not without reason, we talked about individuality. It is important for the parent to allow the teenager to express it in a way that allows them to feel the space as their own, that gives them the freedom to express their individual creativity and in time, to develop a sense of responsibility for what they call their own.