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How to Update your Bedroom with Accessories

Apr 16, 2012

If you’re ready to make a change in your life, the easiest and quickest makeover is right in your very own room

Accessories are great for adding personality and amping up an otherwise ordinary combo. And they’re not just for outfits! You can change the mood of your bedroom with the seasons, or as often as you update your personal style.

Change what you can, rearrange the rest

The basic room has an area to sleep, a mirror and place to get dressed, a well-lit place to do homework and read, and if possible a cozy area to call your own. If you share a room, or if your room is very small, your bed area can be all these things if you plan well! Find out from your parents what you can and can’t change in your room, and fix on a budget. 

First off, organize your room in a way that works for your life, then accessorize with lampshades, rugs, curtains, posters, flags on your walls, a bedspread, pillows, beaded curtains for doors and windows, or a lava lamp. Wallies are stickers that you can put on your wall to change the theme. They’re available online or at home decorating stores like Home Depot or [kwlink 13979]Target[/kwilnk].

The easiest way to change your room theme as often as you change your mood is with a cork board, white board or magnet board. If travel’s your thing, post maps, tickets or souvenirs. Like video games? Tack up images from video game boxes, covers of gamer magazines or screen captures of your greatest moments. Same goes for a passion for fashion, celebrity crushes, or photos of friends and family. 

Picture frames are another great way to change your theme. You can pick up very inexpensive frames at Target, Wal-Mart, Macy’s, Ikea or even Staples or Office Max. Ask your parents to help you hang the frames. Swap out what’s in the frames every few months. From photos in magazines to pictures of you and your Besties hanging at the beach to collages and scrapbook pages, there only thing limiting what you put into a frame is the size! You can also get a digital photo frame that constantly displays a slideshow of all of your photos. Swapping out photos is as easy as reuploading new pics to a memory card or stick!

What’s your passion?

Stripes, animal prints, gymnastics, Paris, surfing, video games, American Idol... whatever you’re into, you can build a theme around it by accessorizing your room. Not sure what floats your boat? Time to make a list. Write down things that you like to surround yourself with. You know, stuff you’d rather be doing no matter what. 

Check online, at the mall and in catalogs for things that reflect your new theme. Easy catalogs to flip through are Ikea, Pottery Barn, Target and Wal-Mart. Also check out Pinterest, bedrooms in your favorite TV shows (like iCarly!), and your friends’ rooms for ideas. And, of course, do an image search in Bing or Google, typing in your theme. You can narrow down your search by typing in the name of your theme and what you’re looking to add to your room, like “surfer room theme”, “teen paris themed bedroom”, or “polka dot rug”.

Storage is another great place to search for free and easy accessories. Shop through your own belongings, through the attic, garage, basement and around the house to find items your family isn’t using. Sometimes the best new things are actually old! Ask friends and family if they have things that may work well with your theme. An unused table can be covered with colored fabric. Pillows can be re-covered with inexpensive pillowcases that work with your theme. Old bean bag chairs, With an eye toward repurposing old junk, anything old can be made new again! Old magazines and catalogs are great for creating collages and filling picture frames. Since salvaged stuff is free, there’s no limit to what you can create and recreate whenever you have time.

Most of all, you don’t have to think of your room style as a forever thing. Just like you and your personal style, your room can be constantly evolving, changing and growing!

Have Your Say

How will you accessorize your room? Comment below and share your tips and ideas!

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rainbowpoptart
Goodness... I see where your mother is coming from: if you eat too much, no matter how healthy the food is, and don't work off the calories, you're going to gain weight. But she's being very obsessive and dramatic about it. There is nothing wrong with eating pizza or a cookie every now and then, and there's nothing wrong with relaxing from time to time either. As long as you aren't constantly eating junk and not burning the calories, then you do not have a problem. Eating unhealthy things every now and then does not make you fat. EATING every now and then does not make you fat. Try explaining this to her, calmly and patiently. Tell her that you don't want to be forced to do all of this exercising - being forced to exercise makes it a lot less interesting. Do not take "This is for your own good" for an answer; if you do not want to do it, it is NOT for your good. (This, of course, would be a different story if you were actually fat.) ALSO tell her that exercising too much and not satiating your cravings is JUST AS UNHEALTHY AS BEING FAT IS. If you were to not eat healthful meals and not snack every now and then, no matter how healthy or unhealthy the food is, plus exercise so frequently, you would not be healthy.  Eating is good for you, even if the food isn't. Eating too little and eating too much is not healthy. Exercise is good for you. Not exercising enough and exercising too much is not good for you. If you talking to her doesn't help, try telling another adult how you feel, and maybe they can help get it through to her. Regardless of what happens, take care of yourself. Moderate how much you eat, but don't limit yourself to less than you feel you need. Exercise, but don't do something you don't want to; working out should be fun. Good luck with everything. I'm really sorry that she makes you feel so badly about this.
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jake495
jake495 posted in Family Issues:
Make sure she knows its your body not hers In a respectful way of course
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ThePaleWalker636
I'm perfectly happy with myself. I'm around 5'6" and somewhere between 140-150 pounds, and I don't feel fat. But my mom is constantly telling me that I am, or, at least, that I'm going to be. She forces me to go to exercise classes because I don't like many sports, tries making me go on diets, but I don't want to. She tells me that if I continue the way I am, having an extra cookie once in a while and only eating cereal for breakfast, that I'll end up fat, and she makes sure to emphasize how horrible that is for a person to live with. She rolls her eyes and sighs whenever she sees me getting a snack, and just in general makes me feel awful for eating the things I like and for relaxing. I've told her that I don't want to do these things and that she makes me feel bad when she says things like that, but she swears it's for my own good and that I should never want to be fat, that it ruins people's lives. How should I deal with this?
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drowning
drowning posted in Friends:
"NS12" wrote: I meet this guy at a festival and we have been talking for the whole week and my mum has noticed I keep texting someone and I know I need to tell her but I don t know how I am going to tell her, I doubt she ll get angry or anything but he lives about 4/5 hours away from me. I know I need to tell her as I don t like keeping secrets from her. I know this was a bit ago, but I truly hope that you were able to be open with your mother. If you feel as if they won't get mad at you, then chances are that your guardian will not. Honesty is the best policy, and if you feel guilt keeping a secret, then it is one you probably shouldn't be keeping.
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drowning
I agree with @rainbowpoptart. You really shouldn't worry about relationships that much given your age. I promise, they're better things to worry about than boys and more secure romances occur later on in life anyways. But, given the situation, you shouldn't worry about either. The boy is unfaithful and so is your friend. If your best friend really valued your friendship, she would not have put it in a position that could end it. Don't waste your time on those who will not put you first just as you do for them; better people will come into your life and they are the ones who you should really worry about.
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