A Polka-Dot Tween Room

Tackling tween decor can be a challenge, but not if you remember four tricks of the trade: Add bold colors, do away with a theme, give your tween a say, and create a hangout space.

Dottie Power

Bold color is the foundation for this simple tween makeover. You can't go wrong by choosing a solid comforter for your tween's room. Then layer on the fun with mix and match linens and pillows.

Subtle Theme

It's best to stay away from themes when you are doing a tween room. Choose something like dots or stripes to keep your tween happy for many years to come.

Tack It Up

An assortment of cork coasters (available at hardware stores and garden centers; the larger ones are made to use under houseplants) are glued together to make this pinboard. Layer on several coats of acrylic paint to customize the pinboard to your color palette.

Simple Art

To add an extra touch of whimsy these stick on wall dots are timeless and peel off easily without leaving marks.

Hip Study Space

It's important to give your tween a place where they will want to study. Choosing a unit like this one leaves plenty of room for storage too.

Make Zones

In a tween's world, bedrooms aren't just for sleeping; kids also hang out there. This room has a clearly defined "chill zone" with a hanging chair and a toy box converted into a bench seat. This gives your tween a space to sit back and read or chat with her friends.

DIY Shade

Transform a plain white lampshade into a quirky accent with these simple steps.

1. Create a template by tightly covering a lampshade with butcher paper or a large sheet of art paper, folding it to fit snugly on the shade. Remove the paper; cut along folds. Lay this template over fabric and cut out lampshade cover.
2. Arrange sequins on the cover in desired design. (We used multiple sizes and colors.) Pin sequins into place. Using coordinating thread, sew each sequin to cover with one or two stitches.
3. Use spray adhesive to attach the cover to the shade. Fuse the overlapping ends using iron-on fusible tape. Add contrasting ribbon to the top and bottom edges of the shade using fusible tape.

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