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Making a bedroom more grown-up

It is a weird but wonderful day when your children decide to change their sweet little bedrooms into a more grown-up, chill-out zone. No more football-themed duvet covers. No more animal print curtains.  No more butterfly bins. They want to put their own spin on it, turn it into a cool place to hang out with their friends and make their bedroom more grown-up.

My children have spent many weekends creating their own personal up-to-date space to host sleepovers and gatherings. It is a time to give them a cosy place to get their privacy and call their own. Here are some simple tips and ideas to make their bedroom more grown-up.

Easy ways to make a child’s bedroom more grown-up

1. Twinkle Headboard


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The Lucinda Twinkle Headboard from Urban Outfitters is the one present my 17-year-old daughter wanted for Christmas this year.  It is a plug-in headboard which you simply hang or stand behind the bed. I love anything twinkly and I think I may have passed this on! This gorgeous fairy light headboard is on sale at the moment.

DIY Light Up Headboard

I haven’t been able to find another stockist, so as an alternative to the Lucinda Twinkle Headboard I have found this lovely homemade version. If you like a bit of DIY then this does look lovely. and would certainly make a child’s bedroom more grown-up and welcoming.

2. Copper Planters

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My daughter was given these copper planters for Christmas this year, by her aunt (second pic). She loves copper and interesting plants and they definitely add to the overall ‘grown-up’ look she is going for. (It’s definitely worth picking plants that are difficult to kill though as if they are anything like my daughter then they will probably forget to water them!). A cactus is very ‘in’ and ideal to make a child’s bedroom more grown-up but also a plant that won’t die too easily. These ones are from Homebase, believe it or not, for under £15.

3. Catherine Lansfield Cuddly Throw

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This gorgeous, cuddly throw looks amazing here, in Lynne’s daughter’s bedroom.  My daughter has it too now and I cannot tell you how soft it is. It is from Argos for under a tenner!

 4. Hexa Rose Gold Wire Bin

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Staying with the rose gold colour theme, this cool Hexa wire waste paper bin from The Range shines splendidly, and the hexagonal wire design is quirky and interesting. It is hard to move on from the Barbie bin I know, but this is a great replacement to make a child’s bedroom more grown-up!

5. Classic White Bedding

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My daughters both wanted to give their bedrooms a more clinic-like appearance! Simple white bedding is lovely and classic and seems to be the most popular request. I can see the appeal as it looks more mature and is a move away from the bright colours that are associated with younger children.

This lovely Fox & Ivy duvet set is just one of many white bedding sets around. Classically designed with a panel of pintuck detail and button fasteners which I love. It is £25 from Tesco Direct. It comes in king, double and single with a pillowcase included. There are many other versions of classic white bedding to make a child’s bedroom more grown-up if you want to shop around.

Animal print bedding

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If you decide on something with a touch of colour, then we think that this animal print bedding from Zara is still on the right side of subtle. It is made from 200 thread cotton percale with concealed buttons. Perfect if you are looking for animal print gifts for the teen in your life.

6. Large Wall Clock

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This large black numeral clock has a fashionable iron effect finish. The clock has a classic design featuring a cut-out pattern allowing you to see the wall behind it. My daughter has it on her white walls (second pic) and it looks lovely. It definitely makes a statement. It is from The Range along with many other large statement wall clocks.

7. Wall Art – Map Canvas

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Explore the world with the Blue World Map Canvas. This is such great value, with a vintage style and contemporary colour scheme. It is geographically correct and would look really cool for an older child to make their bedroom more grown-up. This is from The Range for only £14.99

8. Contemporary Furniture

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I love these two pieces and have the first set in our son’s room.

Grey Corsair Drawer Unit 

This stylish yet minimalistic design looks brilliant. An attractive wooden design and ten well-sized crate drawers. 

Erin Four Drawer Chest

What a gorgeous little piece this is! A four drawer chest with cute vintage patterned drawers. I think it would look fantastic to bring a bit of contemporary chic to a growing child’s bedroom. Love it!

9. Bedroom Lampshades


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Add a touch of copper glamour with this stunning Copper Domed Light Pendant.  A simple, stylish copper shade which is very on-trend and a good replacement for the old butterfly design! From The Range. Also this pretty white, feather lampshade which comes in large and small. From B&Q

10. Colour changing Strip Lights Kit

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These are pics from my son’s bedroom. He bought his colour changing strips to take to university and has now transferred them back to his bedroom here at home. They simply stick to the wall, furniture, bed etc with an adhesive tape which sticks on to any flat surface. The lights can be changed with the remote control which can also change the brightness and mode. The light effect is brilliant and it creates a wonderful, relaxing atmosphere. From Amazon.