A teenager's years can be awkward and not just from typical growing pains---the passage to adulthood may be more difficult if he's still living in a bedroom that was decorated for a child. While the Noah's Ark-themed room may have pleased him when he was 4, a growing teen may wish for something more his style. A simple theme, like a Japanese-themed bedroom, may be just what he needs to feel more grown up.
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A Minimalist Room
Modern, minimalist Japanese design may have a calming influence on your teenager's bedroom. These design elements are characterised by simple, clean lines and solid colours like red, black and dark brown. Invest in furniture that's low to the ground---this is popular in Japanese design because the low centre of gravity lends a sensation of stability. Low platform beds, for example, may sit only a few inches above the floor. Other simple design elements, like standing wooden screens, are available outside of Japan.
Having a Japan-themed bedroom may not be interesting to your teenager---he may be interested in a particular aspect of Japanese culture, though, and this can present an appropriately themed room. For example, a teenager interested in Japanese anime, or animation, may design a room that celebrates his favourite shows. By visiting small hobby shops and online import stores, he can find all the necessities he needs for his room to adhere to a Japanese theme. For example, he could buy clocks, posters and figurines based on characters from his favourite anime. Wall scrolls are a traditional Japanese wall hanging similar to posters. Many come emblazoned with popular anime characters.
"Kawaii" is a Japanese word that describes something cute, but it carries a much stronger connotation. It is used in the Western world to describe a subculture that celebrates quirky cuteness---a kawaii room may be a good fit for a teenage girl. Hello Kitty, Pokemon and other adorable characters are associated with Japan's culture of cute, and globalisation has made cuteness a worldwide commodity. Small speciality shops carry an extensive array of kawaii accessories that can be used to decorate a bedroom.
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