How To Compromise With A Teen Who Wants To Paint The Bedroom Black

Posted on: 6 August 2015

Teens want to customize their own space so that it fits their personality and allows them to feel as though they own a piece of the world. You like to make sure that a room can be reused after your teen goes to college and moves out. If you are planning on repainting your teen's room, you might find yourself in the middle of a battle where your teen wants to paint the walls black with Edgar Allen Poe quotes and you want to paint the walls a nice shade of sea foam green so that you can use the room for crafts in a year or two. Here are some room painting ideas that will allow you and your teen to reach a compromise.

1. Color Blocking

If your teen wants the walls to be totally black, that's going to be a problem because it will make the room very hot and will also make the room difficult to repaint. Instead of having the room be entirely black, talk to your teen about different colors that he or she would tolerate. Essentially, tell your teen that at least 80% of the wall needs to be a color that is lighter than navy blue and allow him or her to choose one or two different colors in shades that he or she likes.

If he or she chose one color, hire a painting company to paint the walls this color and then paint black stripes on the wall.

If he or she chose two different colors, have the painter paint the top half of each wall one color and the bottom half of each wall the other color. Then, ask the painter to paint a thick black stripe between the two colors so that everyone's preferences are incorporated.

2. Chalkboard Paint

Another option to allow your teen to customize his or her room in dark shades is to allow your teen to paint one entire wall black, as long as it is with chalkboard paint. Chalkboard paint is a type of paint that turns any surface on which it is painted into a chalkboard. Insist that your teen paints the other walls a bright or neutral color. Then, supply the chalk so that he or she can write the Edgar Allen Poe quotes on the wall him or herself.

3. Patterns

Your last option for a compromise could be to allow your teen to choose an inoffensive pattern to paint on the walls. This pattern could be painted with black paint on a bright colored background, allowing black to be incorporated in the design without overwhelming the room.

For more information and compromise ideas, talk to a professional house painting company like All Seasons Painting & Decorating.