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Time for a change: tips for redecorating a teen’s room

You want to spice up your room? Don’t worry, we all do!

I recently took room redecorating to a whole new level by adding a new room in the basement. It’s a great way to entertain friends and keep the noise level out of the main part of the house. Drywall or wood is recommended when creating new rooms in the cellar.

My family hired Kevin A. Finnerty, owner/operator of Crosscut Mills, a home remodeling and repair company in Buffalo.

“Drywall keeps the moisture out if you get the moisture-resistant drywall, the same product used in bathrooms,” Finnerty said. “This is cheaper than wood. Wood on the other hand, although more durable, is more expensive. Drywall helps make the room look like a room.”

For those of you who are looking to make a change in your room without actually building a new room, you can change things up with wall decor from any fabric store or add some flair with an area rug or a Flokati rug. A Flokati rug is a shag-style rug that comes in many shapes and colors. I picked a teal one for my room. These rugs are not large and a faux version can cost as low as $10.

If you are looking for a bigger change, head to the paint aisle at a local home improvement store. There are many colors and styles to choose from. A very popular technique called accent wall painting is a process that adds style to any room. You simply pick one wall and paint it a different color from the rest. It can be within the same color family or be an opposite color. It’s your room, do whatever you want.

There is a wide variety of texture paints as well. They include sandstone, which is a very heavy paint with a sandlike texture. Brushed suede is more of a brushstroke-like texture. If you don’t like any of those choices, Martha Stewart Living offers a line of textured paints, including precious metals, potter’s clay and light strokes.

Before you paint, no matter what you choose, it’s best to bring a color swatch home to check if that’s the right color. You most likely will change your color choice more than once. Many stores offer a small sample of paint to buy. This is a great way to tell if the color will work before buying an entire gallon. Deep colors are popular right now, even in small rooms. I chose a very dark green coupled with a light blue sandstone.

If you love to follow the trends, Emerald Green was the most popular paint color for 2013. Pantone Universe’s color of the year for 2014 is Radiant Orchid.

Another way to make your room look like new is to reposition your furniture. You can also add a desk or a bookshelf or even a TV. For a slightly whimsical feel, hang some wind chimes. Again, it’s your room, make it say YOU.

“Built-in shelves and built-in cabinets are also huge right now,” Finnerty said. “Another popular idea is recessed lighting, but that is not as in demand as the cabinetry.”

Futons also are very popular.

Alexander Stoj, 13, of Amherst, recently remodeled his room using two different paint colors and adding a futon. He also added a textured ceiling and a new ceiling fan.

“I used light blue on three walls and gray on the other,” Alexander said.

He also rearranged his furniture for a fresh new look. He finished with gray fixtures and black curtains.

Anyway you look at it, redoing a room is exciting and gets your artistic juices flowing. Once it is all said and done, you can’t help but feel satisfied at your accomplishment. And the room gets a good cleaning.

Have fun!

Molly Teti is a senior at Sweet Home High School.


For decorating ideas, here’s just a few of the many websites you can visit:

• www.hgtv.com • www.houzz.com

• www.pinterest.com • wwww.bhg.com

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