Having a space that reflects a tween girl's current interests and personality is important. With a little imagination, a young woman into punk and Gothic style can makeover her room with the romantic edginess of Goth and the rebellious, energetic spirit of punk rock.
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Painting the walls is one of the most affordable ways to completely transform a room. Punky colours tend to be bright, checkered or plaid, while Gothic wall colours are typically dark. If you want a colour that speaks a little of both styles, think pink. Pink is a popular background to punk skull patterns, and pairs well with black lace for a Victorian Gothic look. Black, gunmetal grey or deep purple can provide a rich backdrop for mixed textures like velvet pillows and handmade T-shirt curtains. Paint the ceiling the same colour as the walls for a seamless appearance, or go a shade lighter if the ceilings are low.
You may want to leave your girl's furniture a light colour if you decide to paint her walls dark. Either paint the furniture or change it up with wallpaper. You'll find a wide selection of Gothic and punk-inspired wallpaper online, including skulls, intricate Victorian patterns and plaid. Plaster a shelf or end table with stickers of favourite bands. Play up the drama by painting a single piece crimson red, like a chair or stool. Drape lace over her bureau and line the hanging edges with brooches and buttons.
Take a look at the items your daughter already has, and try to think of ways to alter pillows, jewellery holders and make-up cases to fit in with the new style. A DIY attitude is fundamental to punk, so the more touches you encourage her to make herself, the more authentic and personalised her room will be. Have her attach a patch of her favourite band to a throw pillow with a safety pin. Let her paint inexpensive frames black, and frame old book covers. If she's into photography, add a sepia hue to a few photos before hanging. Hang these frames on a bare wall, and add detail with a few tree-shaped vinyl wall decals.
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