A teenage boy's bedroom is his sanctuary, and part of creating that kind of environment involves getting the paint colours just right. Teenagers are old enough to make bedroom decorating decisions, but it should be something that parents can live with as well. In other words, bright purple might be off the table.
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Ask how he likes the idea of bright colours, such as chartreuse or bright orange. If he does, start out by painting his room in a soft neutral shade of brown. Follow this with a bright, two-foot wide stripe in a bright colour that runs all the way around the room at about eye level, for an eye-catching pop. Find striped sheets with a mix of colours, with at least one stripe that matches the bright paint stripe.
Try muted but light earth tone shades of sand, sea blue or putty to evoke a feeling of soft relaxation. Teenage boys have plenty of stress and pressure, so coming home to a space that doesn't jump out at them might be just the thing. Another possibility is a dark shade of rust, a rich colour with an air of stability that also creates a touch of the cave experience that teenage boys want, which can be increased when the shades are drawn.
Consider a fun, faux denim treatment for a laid back, worn-in look. Choose a colour of faded denim that he likes, or ask him to consider an unexpected denim shade, such as olive green or muted yellow. Start out with a base colour in a light shade such as white or cream, and allow that to dry. Roll on a small section of coloured paint, and pull a wallpaper brush across the paint horizontally while the paint is still wet. Follow this by pulling the brush down vertically, to create the effect of fabric lines. See Resources for more information about faux denim paint techniques.
Paint one wall a light shade of rust or orange, and paint the other walls cream or off white. Other combinations may include three colours, one wall a light olive green, another a muted light blue, and the other two in shades of cream. Or, you could try faux wainscoting. Paint the lower section of the wall in a faux bead board pattern, or apply wall paper in a bright mix of funky coloured stripes, such as brown, green and aqua. Top the wallpaper edge with a strip of white moulding and paint the top half in a muted brown colour.
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