There are some immediate and fun ways to perk up a room for teens. Designers we consulted recommended some proven standbys. Washington Post • Bean bag chairs covered in fabric are comfortable and encourage kids to lounge around. They're available in a range of colors and styles and can be purchased at everyday neighborhood stores, including Wal-Mart and Target, or speciality online shops, such as www.thebeanbag chairoutlet.com.
• Teens prefer color rather than neutrals, which they think are — surprise — "boring." Consult teens on what color they'd prefer; be aware that color doesn't mean primary colors or neons but usually a more sophisticated, mature range.
• They're also keen on a place for self-expression, meaning an area to post messages to friends, hang photos or art. This can be a simple bulletin board or a rotating art exhibit. If you're willing to put in a little more effort, you can transform one corner into a magnetic wall, chalkboard wall or mural with some paint. Added bonus: Creating an area specifically devoted to this activity can dissuade teens from carving into furniture and leaving their permanent impression.