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Room Reno #76: Cozy Teen Bedroom

Welcome back to Room Reno #76 here at The Sims Resource! Today we’re helping a teen Sim who wants her new bedroom to fit her aesthetic goals. Let’s meet the Sim we’re helping!

Meet Shannon!

Shannon is a teen Sim who just moved to Brindleton Bay, and when she learned that her family was moving she was most excited about a new room. Her old room was alright, but pretty small, and she wanted to take this fresh start as a chance to leave her childhood bedroom behind and move on to a more adult, less kid-style room.

She got most of her inspiration from Simterest, and made a board full of photos of her ideal room aesthetic. The reigning themes were bright and light with colorful accents. This kind of room style is a really great one IRL because as you grow and change you may decide that you want to change things up, and by keeping the walls and main features light you can change the vibe up really easily by swapping in different accents. This benefit carries over to the Sims, so I think it’s a great move for Shannon since teenagers often have changing tastes and hobbies. Let’s see what we’re working with!

The Before

Medium wall height, we meet again. Just kidding, I think I’ve gotten a lot better at working with medium wall heights when I renovate! Turns out exposure therapy was the way to go when working with taller walls. Scaling up pieces of art is also very helpful because that means that the art will fit more nicely on the taller walls and fill up more space. My biggest concern is always that the room will feel very empty, but I think that might work nicely with the sort of room Shannon wants. It’s definitely a bright and almost ‘clean girl’ aesthetic bedroom, with white walls and white sheets and bedding. For me, that skews a little too minimalist for my own tastes, but I also know that for most people this room won’t be minimalist at all (I just like clutter too much).

The windows in this room are really great, I love the big one that has three panels–it’s a perfect way to let in lots of natural light, reducing the need for a bunch of lamps or harsh overhead lighting. I didn’t find any LED strips that I liked, but I definitely would have put some in if I had. Colored lighting is a really fun way to change up the vibe of your space for the price of one string of lights (or a few, if you want to cover the entire perimeter of the room! I prefer hanging them right along the ceiling). Let’s get into the planning!

The Planning

This room is certainly very orange, that’s for certain! No offense to those of you who love orange (or I guess burnt orange, taking a closer look). I just don’t think it needs to be the entire room on every wall. It’s much better as an accent color, in my opinion. The bed will go along the wall next to the door–I thought about centering it, but it honestly took up way too much space in the room if I did that. In a larger space I think it would work, but Shannon wants to have space to do other activities, so it was pretty clear that this was the way to go. I knew I wanted to fit a bookshelf and a desk, too–bookshelves are a great storage space for anything, not just books! They also make a great place to display knick knacks or anything else that you want to display, and I have to say as someone who really loves knick knacks it’s one of my favorite decor hacks. Long live the clutter objects, in The Sims and irl!

I also decided I wanted to use a corkboard to display smaller collectibles, because I think it’s a great space-saving method that also makes the room feel warmer and more personal. Hanging shelves as a replacement for a dresser also helps save space and allow for the most aesthetic clothing to be displayed (don’t worry, Shannon has a closet, too!). Let’s get building!

The After

This room was weirdly pretty challenging for me! There was a very delicate balance to strike between bright colored accents and the stark white walls and bedding. Each item I placed had me thinking really hard on whether or not it was going to be “too much” and mess up the room, or if it wasn’t bright or interesting enough and it was just taking up space for no reason. Eventually, I think I managed to find the right balance. I found a lot of cool items from the High School Years pack for the walls, and the amazing corkboard is from The Sims Resource and was made by Ravasheen. It comes with a bunch of cards and other decorations to add to it in any array you want!

I had a lot of urges to throw all sorts of extra stuff into this room (I blame my Too Much gene–if you know, you know). I ended up liking the sort of minimalist vibe it has, but it definitely isn’t the form of cozy that I vibe with the most. I can see why this aesthetic is so appealing to so many, though! It’s very clean and soft, and I can totally see myself hanging out in a room like this. The plants are a nice touch and make me want to buy some (fake) plants for my own room, so I guess this build inspired a real life decor change–cool!

Thanks for checking out this edition of Room Reno #76! If you liked this blog, check out Room Reno #75: Warm Wintry Living or our Gilmore Girls inspired lookbook. Looking for something else? Read about my thoughts on the Pastel Pop Kit or about the latest game updates! Have a great day 😎

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