If you are looking for inspiration to paint a bedroom that will grow with your tweenage child, then Jenny Kakpoudakis, founder, creative director and writer behind the lifestyle blog Seasons In Colour, has some hacks to help.
The go-to guru for design inspiration – with colour always the starting point – Jenny’s interior design tips have been wowing and winning industry awards since 2015. Voted Best Colour Inspiration blog at the Amara Interior Blog Awards in 2016, and named one of London’s best interior bloggers by Ideal Home in 2017, Jenny has cemented her authority in the design world.
When Jenny gave her 8-year-old son’s bedroom a makeover to take him from toddler to tween, she decided that deep blue was the perfect primary palette starter for an accent wall.
“Kids grow up so quickly and George seemed to have outgrown his previous room scheme,” Jenny recalls. “There were too many toys on display and no reading space other than on the bed (his desk is in my office). I thought it was time for him to have a space that expressed his personality better.”
That statement will resonate with any parent of a tweenager – defined as a child between the ages of 9 and 12. It’s when they are growing from child to teenager with an increased sense of independence. They will be going through a lot of changes and approaching puberty with all the challenges that come with adolescence – both for you and them. One minute they love you and will come in for cuddles; the next they will be running for the hills like you’re Nanny McPhee gone mad. You want to give them room to spread their wings – even if they are not ready to fly the nest just yet.
They will be building on their personal skillset, and will probably have more responsibility at school, including an increased amount of homework. Their hobbies and interests may have changed, with their digital devices and books becoming as – if not more – important as their toys.
As Jenny explained: “We knew George wanted a reading nook and plenty of space for his Lego (his two great loves!). Having enough space on the floor to flip over his Lego boxes and go through all the pieces until he finds the perfect one was really important.”