Insanely Cool Bedroom Ideas for Teens

Here's the thing: When it comes to decorating your teenage kid's bedroom, safe won't cut it. In fact, in the same way they are still discovering who they are as individuals and what their passions in life are, many young kids are also exploring their personal aesthetics when it comes to home decorating. Here are some insanely cool bedrooms to help ignite creative ideas when helping to decorate the private spaces of your Snapchat-loving, selfie-obsessed teenage kids. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN JOHNSON

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Who needs a traditional headboard if you can use surf paddles to create a focal point? This surf-inspired bedroom is perfect for your kids who love to catch the summer waves. Be sure to carry the theme down to the smallest details, including adding a colorful surf board bed sheet and accent pillow.

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Is your teeny-bopper a Taylor Swift fan? Jazz up her blank space (sorry, can't help!) with musical elements that speak her personal style. A little detail, such as a black-and-white accent pillow in piano key prints, go a long way in invoking her musical muse. Skip the boring picture frame to decorate the wall. Instead, be unexpected and add a verse of her favorite pop song instead. 

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Ah, even the mighty Thor would approve of this. Delight your comic-loving, Marvel-fanatic teen with a superhero-themed personal space. No super powers needed to put this look together. Bring in the Avenger-inspired throw pillows (Ariana's favorite? Smash-loving Hulk!) and complete the look with a "Shazam" wall decor. I personally adore the exposed brick wall, which gives an industrial feel that ties in well with the tin can bedside tables.

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Want a space that's not too masculine nor too feminine? This one fits the mold. The Chevron bed sheets, sequined and zebra-print pillows give it a little bit of feminine touch, but the contrast of galvanized sheets that serve as industrialized bed canopy gives this androgynous bedroom an edgier, more masculine appeal. Got that right, it's perfect for your skate board-loving or Chuck Taylor-wearing teenage kid. 

Which bedroom offers the best surprise for you? Let's chat in the comment box below, shall we?

Decorating Ideas: Turn Your Bedroom Into a Dreamy Private Space

Your bedroom is your own little slice of heaven. It's your private nook. Your happy place. When renovating or decorating your home, pay extra attention to the smallest detail. Whether it's a rug, pillow or a headboard, add the right elements that speak of your personal interior decorating style. Here are a few ideas on how to turn your bedroom into a space where sweet dreams are made. | PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN JOHNSON

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TIP 1: Turn the headboard as the focal point by making it unexpected, like the one above which is made of pieced-together book pages. So simple yet so creativeeven non-bookworms would approve!

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TIP 2: Pick a theme. It helps to have a theme to make the interior look cohesive. It's also easier to shop when you have settled on a theme and are able to narrow down your print, color and design choices. For a little girl's room, make it fancy and fabulous like the ballerina-inspired bedroom above. From the print of the comforter to the matching pillows and lovely bedside ballerina statues, the room overall has just the right amount of pink and the right dosage of whimsy.

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TIP 3: Pick a gorgeous chandelier to create a sense of hotel-like luxury. You'll be amazed by how a single chandelier can turn an otherwise "blah" room into a "wow" space. 

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TIP 4: Decorate with art pieces that truly speak of you. It's safe to say that the owner of this room is a dog-lover, right? Think of artworks that describe you best or tell your story, whether you are a cat person, a farm-loving Southern belle or a lover of modern art. Bottom line, decorate your bedroom with art that makes you happy. It is, after all, your own happy place!

How about you? Did you do any of these things for your own bedroom? Share your thoughts down below.

How To Find the Right Chandelier

If a house is a woman dressing up, chandeliers are her accessories. I'd like to think of chandeliers as a pair of statement earningsthey dangle to serve a purpose. The right chandelier should draw your eye in, frame the area and spotlight where it needs it the most. Finding the right one is a matter of personal taste, like one's personal preference for an interior decor. But there are basic tips to help you find the right one that fits your room well. The hubby/real estate investor and agent Brian Johnsonwho has extensive experience in renovating homesoffers a few helpful ideas:

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN JOHNSON

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN JOHNSON

TIP 1: Start by getting the proper measurement. It's often easy to get carried away by how lovely a chandelier is while browsing through Wayfair's selections or shopping at Pottery Barn or Ethan Allen (ummm...guilty!) that it can be easier to forget whether it will fit your room's dimensions. Before you start shopping for a chandelier, measure your room's height and width. You certainly don't want to overwhelm the area with a chandelier that is too large or pick one that is too high that it will pose the risk of bumping into it each time you stand up or walk around the room.   

Chandeliers by  ethan allen

Chandeliers by ethan allen

TIP 2: Don't be too carried away by what's trendy.  Sure crystal chandeliers may be trendy or rustic Farmhouse illumination may be all the rage (thanks to HGTV's Joanna Gaines' farmhouse-inspired makeovers), but who's to say they will be trendy in three years? Instead, stick to your own aesthetics and pick a chandelier that will truly give a statement that matches your personal style.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN JOHNSON

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN JOHNSON

TIP 3: Placement is important. In order for a chandelier to be the focal point of a room, place it at the center of the furniture, such as a dining table. It is a common mistake to place the chandelier in the middle of the room without properly considering furniture placement. Also consider the shape of your furniture. As a general rule of thumb, your chandelier should be a third of the furniture's dimension. This means a 20-inch chandelier would fit right on a 60-inch dining table. 

Chandeliers by  Wayfair

Chandeliers by Wayfair

TIP 4: This one's not written in stone. Some homes that have old architecture can sometimes get away with a slightly modern chandelier to give the overall interior a more refreshing look. If you prefer an eccentric home design, you can certainly mix-and-match different styles, including a mismatched chandelier. But a more practical option is to keep your chandelier complementary with the overall interior design so that there's a cohesive theme throughout your home.