It’s no secret that I love designing for teens.
They are still exploring whom they are and aren’t afraid to tell you what they do or don’t like.
They tend to summarize fairly quickly. We were asked to assist with a teen bedroom – a young lady that wanted a new look. Her bedroom was still as it had been when she was a little girl and they asked for our help because they wanted to be certain her new furniture would fit and they also wanted a look that was personalized. Our first step was to conduct an interview. While we added the video link, we transcribed it since we experienced technical difficulty. Feel free to watch the video. You can also read about it below:
Mom: So, can we put a full sized bed in here?
CMD: I have to measure and make sure.
CMD: Here’s the big question: What’s your least favorite color?
Sarah: …Probably Yellow.
CMD: Any other ones?
Sarah: *thinking* Either Yellow or….I kinda hate really, really Navy Blue or, um –
Mom: Do you like Red?
Sarah: I do like Red.
CMD: Okay. So, why are Yellow and Navy Blue your least favorite colors?
Sarah: Yellow always seems too bright! And Navy Blue kinda just clashes with other colors.
CMD: Is it too dark for you?
Sarah: Yeah, it’s too dark for me…
CMD: Okay. Are you familiar with Indigo?
CMD: How about Royal Blue?
Sarah: *nodding* Royal Blue? Yes…
CMD: How do feel about that color?
Sarah: Royal Blue is okay because it’s meant to be like that – like a nice blue and I kind of like that.
CMD: You like Indigo then?
Sarah: *Nodding* Uh-hmm.
CMD: I’m just making notes. Sometimes we find something that has a little of the color you don’t like. You don’t dislike all blues, you just dislike some – that’s what I’m trying to pinpoint because if I find something that has that color, I don’t want to exclude it because it has blue in it. So.. Indigo Blue is okay?
Sarah: *Nods a Yes*
CMD: If you could describe your style, what would it be and why? Or just tell me what it is that you do like and we can take it from there.
Sarah: I do like Nature. It’s the reason why you see all pictures of the outside. *points to art on wall*
Mom: She likes the outdoors.
Sarah: Yeah, and I like the color White very much because you can anything to it.
CMD: That’s true. You can change it and add other colors to it without having to get rid of the major pieces in the room.
Sarah: That was one of the reasons I wanted something different.
CMD: Describe the furniture and the space you have right now. How do you feel about it?
Sarah: *looking around* I’ve always had it so I like it but I do want…more. I mean, I’ve had it for…
Mom: It was Jenny’s (the older daughter) and when Sarah was born, they transitioned. She had a yellow nursery. I don’t know why she doesn’t like that color because everything was yellow. She just needs a new transition.
Sarah: Basically, I’ve had this so long, it’s bland.
CMD: Okay, so you’re just ready for something new.
CMD: Something that’s all you and not someone else?
CMD: You just answered the next question which is why you want to change it… Describe what you want it to feel like.
Sarah: I want it to feel like when I’m outside, I want to go home. I want to come here.
CMD: You want it to be your personal oasis?
CMD: You want to grow into it, not out of it, right?
CMD: Tell me what you would like to see happen in here.
Sarah: Total change!
CMD: No Pink? No Fuchsia?
Sarah: No Pink! I am done with Pink! I don’t even know why I am hugging this pillow! * Tosses pillow aside*
Mom: I liked that pink when you were little.
Sarah: I did?
Mom: Yeah, you did.
Sarah: Correction: I. Did. I don’t want to see this pink/fuchsia.
CMD: Tell me how you feel about the furniture you and your mom were looking at.
Sarah: I liked it because it’s my style. It’s a mature style. I am turning fifteen in two months.
CMD: Good! Congratulations!
Sarah: And I’m going to High School this year so I want a change everything as I start High School.
CMD: Okay. Mom, can you show me the photos?
Mom: The pieces are at Star Furniture. *Shows bedroom images*
CMD: Okay. Did you want to get her a full-size – we can try to fit a full-size – or a twin-size?
Mom: A full-size. We want a dresser and a chest.
Sarah: One specific requirement I have is that I want the bed to be by the window because I like looking at the stars.
Mom: You may not get that, Sarah, because the house blocks the window and it’s what Caroline says.
CMD: It’s based on the size of the room and making all the pieces you need fit – that’s the biggest thing about design. And with this, I want to say that we are really going to be pushing a full-size in here. In fact, it may not be a full-size bed. I would like to fit a full-size for you; we’ll see what I can do, okay? It’s all about how it lays out. I;ll put it together for you in 3D so you can see the furniture placement. It won’t be the actual pieces but this will tell us what can fit. Mom, do you have the information on that bedding? I will eventually need that from you so that when I go to Star Furniture online, can find it and the dimensions because I’m going to need them.
Mom: I’ll get it for you.
When Sarah’s mom left the room, I decided to conduct an additional private interview. I felt that there were other things that Sarah wanted to share but with her mom there, she decided not to. Stay tuned for the next blog post and video – Tuto to Tiara| Episode Two – A Private Interview With Sarah.
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