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10 yr old dd new bedroom help and ideas please

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BrandNewAndImproved Sun 20-Dec-15 17:13:53

Dd hasn't had her own room before but as shes almost ten and starting to really develop so I'm moving to the living room and giving her my bedroom. It has a double bed in black, a small wardrobe and it's not particularly big.

I need ideas to make it grown up enough for her when she's a young teen if we haven't moved by then but still appeal to her at almost ten. I don't particularly want to paint I'm hoping to rope in my step dad in the week after Xmas to put wallpaper up.

Ideas on wallpaper, light shades, curtains ect please! What do your dds have?

She's very ungirly, favourite colour is blue, huge harry Potter and percy jackson fan, into minecraft and coding computers as well as a wide range of sports and art to describe her if you have dds similar what are their rooms like?

I have been looking at graffiti wallpaper but I'm not sure if that's to boyish. Help!!

BrandNewAndImproved Sun 20-Dec-15 17:15:18

Oh and I have a very tight budget since I'm having to buy a decent sofa bed as well.

Artandco Sun 20-Dec-15 17:17:04

Wallpaper onto a large canvas board. That way you can move it with you easily!

BrandNewAndImproved Sun 20-Dec-15 17:38:04

That would be loads of canvas though art.

I'm looking at space stuff because she loves space but what a ten year old likes and twelve year old is going to change.

Sgtmajormummy Sun 20-Dec-15 17:55:05

At that age I think a single bed+desk is going to be more useful than a double bed without a place to do hobbies, homework and gaming.

Can you invest in some themed bedding and curtains but leave the rest as before? No doubt her tastes will change dramatically over the next few years and a good sofabed for you won't be cheap.

My Dd (10 in March) is soon going to lose her girly vanity table and tiny bookcase above it because it's too small for proper homework. I'll swap over her chest of drawers and put in a real desk and shelves with a pinboard and swivel chair when she changes school. Her room is white walls and cream furniture but her duvets have been Peppa Pig, Winx and currently Minions. That's enough personalisation for me!

Artandco Sun 20-Dec-15 17:55:58

I don't mean cover the whole wall! Just one large canvas

BrandNewAndImproved Sun 20-Dec-15 18:06:35

It's white apart from a red feature wall which is to grown up and needs to be covered. Plan is to keep the double bed otherwise I'll have to buy another bed and mattress and chuck mine away as I don't have any storage.

Love the pin board idea, she has got a computer so I am planning on squeezing a small desk in and I have a chair already for that.

building2015 Tue 22-Dec-15 20:37:12

I would keep the curtains fairly neutral and personalise with duvet cover, cushions and posters if you are strapped for cash. You can also get cheap themed throw rugs if that helps, like this space themed rug.

I got beautiful blinds made for my daughter's room last year using lovely little girl fabric and she is going to outgrow them within the next couple of years. Total waste. If I had been clever I could have thought more carefully and chosen something plainer.

To cover the red wall, if you are going to wallpaper I would choose something reasonably plain, again. Personally I'd paint or get a giant poster to cover most of it. Something like this if she is into space maybe.

BrandNewAndImproved Tue 22-Dec-15 20:51:11

There's a taupe glitter wallpaper in b&q.

Although I'm not sure if she will hate it at 12

Chapsie Tue 22-Dec-15 21:08:10

A chalk board wall?

How lovely that you are giving her the space. Completely selfless of you. I'm not that kind but think you seem like a wonderful mum for doing this and I hope she appreciates it.

HaveYouSeenHerLately Wed 23-Dec-15 01:00:00

I'd be inclined to paint (I'm not a fan of wallpaper!) - mostly neutral but one bolder wall, e.g. turquoise? Then accessorise to your daughter's taste - lampshade, blind/ curtains, bedding, cushions, cool fairy lights, framed interests (Ikea are great for cheap frames if you have one near).

Then she can change elements as she matures smile

I used to do my homework at the table downstairs, you might get away without a desk for a few years yet if the room is small.

BrandNewAndImproved Wed 23-Dec-15 07:32:25

The turquoise feature wall would really suit her.

The problem is when decorating last ex did the end wall in red wallpaper but it also comes out by 2 rolls width with the bed in the middle. Sounds slightly odd but looks quite good and everyone always compliments it. The rest of the room has lining paper so if we strip the red off that's going to tear off too.

So I thought just wallpaper over it all. There's also some really nice stripy wallpaper with different colours in but I'm not sure a whole rooms worth would look ok.

Going to put my wardrobe in ds room, bring in the white double chest of draws plus get two matching white bedside draws so I can have half of the chest of draws and put her computer on the top. It won't be as good as a desk but it will be somewhere she can do her hw. My stepdad is going to put shelves up and I'm going to get those big see through boxes to keep under the bed for her arty stuff and odd toys. She doesn't have a lot of toys it's more books and art stuff.

I don't really want to do it chapsie, I'm certainly not mum of the year. In fact I love my bedroom and hide away in there quite a lot when the dc are in the living room watching crap. I just can't think of another way to give dd the privacy she needs now she's growing up, she's even asked if she can sleep in the cupboard to get away from her db. I will be sending them to their rooms instead of letting them have the run of the living room and I've found a really nice sofa bed. I could move out to a 3 bed but it would mean giving up my secure council tenancy and I don't have a couple of grand to pull out everytime a landlord wants to sell, so I'm just going to wait it out and sleep in the living room.

LondonEasy Sat 26-Dec-15 17:46:16

HI have you thought about some stickers, then you don't have to peel the red wallpaper and if she really hates that later, you may be able to paint over wallpaper.

I really wouldn't put stripey wallpaper up. Its prone to look dated (it went out in the "80's) and is not as relaxing as a neutral wall, say elephants breath type (its a farrow ball colour). Plus loads of stripes is just going to give you a headache after a while.

If you can't face painting how about this trick.
Fix a wire curtain rod across one wall and thread through some muslin tab curtains from IKEA. Very cheap, flexible, and looks grown up but still relaxing. Use enough to bunch up. You can do the same thing with another material and just hem it simply. Quick and effective and easily changed. Expedit units can be flexible, go under desk or stack to take clutter. You could make the chest of drawers surface bigger by putting a piece of MDF over it and a tablecloth Like those dressing tables from ages ago. Might make it easier to tuck a chair under. Good luck.

BrandNewAndImproved Sun 27-Dec-15 10:38:04

Agreed the stripes wont look great. Going to go for turquoise or purple plain wallpaper to paper over the red patterned wallpaper. Already thought about an mdf shelf, it's a good idea and my stepdads really handy at that sort of thing.

I like the idea of the fabric. It sounds easier then wallpapering.

Cressandra Tue 29-Dec-15 01:45:40

Turquoise or purple sounds like a good plan. I find painting way easier than papering so I'd just paint over the red bits. Google room decals for some wall stickers if they are to your/DD's taste - they cost very little and would be an easy way to make the room feel "younger" for a couple of years. Keep curtains plain as others have said. Have a look on ebay for HP themed stuff, eg a personalised hogwarts acceptance letter you could frame etc - but run everything past your DD first. Mine just loves purple, and as long as she has one purple wall she is happy.

I think you are being an amazing mum to give up your bedroom for her, however you qualify it. Will you be able to lock down the internet with a wifi code or something when she's on the computer by herself?

It is really hard to find a decent quality sofabed for everyday use. I would be seriously considering a futon. They're less comfortable as sofas but stay decent supportive beds, much better for your back than something that goes saggy in a year. I think you need to prioritise the bed function if it'll be your only bed, so you don't knacker your back.

LondonEasy Wed 30-Dec-15 00:25:51

I wonder if a Murphy bed that folds into wall would be best. Glad you are doing paint, stickers, MDF and fabric. Paint is easiest. Plus you can change it again when you want.

LondonEasy Wed 30-Dec-15 00:29:26

Personally Turquoise/Duck Egg Blue is best. You can accent it with black, yellow, white, grey, beige etc.

By accents I mean bedspread, cushions, a jar, a paper bin basket can all be in the accent colour and bring it together. Once had a purple phase, its quite hard to live with. Use silver accents to make it pop.

LondonEasy Wed 30-Dec-15 00:29:55

Duck egg is fabulous with silver and gold accents too.

leaningtoweroflego Wed 30-Dec-15 00:51:17

Do you know Houzz? Fantastic site for procrastination, I mean inspiration!

Try these Houzz searches for ideas ...

Teenage bedrooms

Kids rooms

Brokenbiscuit Wed 30-Dec-15 00:55:58

We have just re-done 10yo dd's room, have stuck with neutral magnolia walls and cream/beige carpet but curtains/lightshade and accessories in duck egg blue with little bits of pink. The pink might be a bit too girly for your dd but the duck egg blue is a beautiful colour for a bedroom.

I definitely think you should avoid any themed stuff, other than cheap accessories - you want the room to be able to grow with her.

HanSolo Wed 30-Dec-15 00:59:08

Look on pinterest- there are so many children's bedrooms on there. Lots of great inspiration.

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