Interior design and decorating magazines are wonderful if you have a great bank account and can afford the furniture and decorations they recommend. But even if you're on a limited budget, there are inexpensive ways to stretch your decorating dollar and create a room that your teenage girls will be pleased to call home.
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Curtains and Bedspread
Sew some new curtains and make a matching duvet cover or bedspread. These two simple items will give the teen's bedroom a whole new look. If there is some material left over, use it to cover a lampshade. Check the local stores and try to buy the fabric on sale. Ask the clerk when the next sale is going to be and how much the reduction will be on the fabric you want.
Make a large notice board and paint the frame a bright colour. This can become a catch-all for newspaper articles, photos of friends and programs from rock concerts. Another versatile advantage of notice boards is that they can be updated regularly.
Chair and Pillows
Recover a chair and some throw pillows. Go for bright primary colours -- red, blue, yellow -- to add a splash of colour. If you don't have a stuffed chair that suits the purpose, check the local second-hand stores and the charity shops. Similarly, find some old cushions you have laying around the house or out in the garage, and give them a new life.
Paint a pattern on the walls. It could be horizontal stripes with a couple of triangles thrown in. This requires a bit of planning, so sketch out a diagram to scale, mark the pattern with masking tape, and imagine what it will look like before you start painting.
Stencil words or phrases on a white wall with coloured pencils or markers. The words could be anything from a list of her teen friends to a line from a favourite song or poem. The good thing about the white wall is that when she gets tired of the song because it is "so yesterday," the wall can be redone with a couple of coats of paint.
Make a rag rug. Get a piece of light canvas cut to the size and shape you want. Use up the bits of material you have laying around by cutting them into rectangular strips -- about 2 inches by 3 inches -- and sewing them to the canvas.
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