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.
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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