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Ask Flipped: How Do I Decorate My Daughter's Room So She Ends Up Liking the Same Music As Me?

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Dear Flipped,

I recently moved my family to a new city. My daughter was very upset about leaving her friends, her school, and her room, which she helped paint mint green (she also decorated it with Hello Kitty decals). To make her feel better, I told her that when we got into our new home (we're renting for now), we would decorate her bedroom together, top to bottom. My question is, how do I design her bedroom so that she ends up liking the same music as me?

Thanks for your time.

Sincerely,
Decorating Dad
Dear DD,

Moderation, as always, is key. I can't even tell you how often I get this question from some desperate mother who layered her son's bedroom with Phish posters against his will, only to have him rebel and start listening to Justin Bieber instead. And at that point it may be too late.

I'll tell you what I did when my daughter was nine years old, and it's actually really easy to do this at your house, too, with simple things you can find at your local hardware store or online. Here's what you'll need:

approximately three tubes of glow-in-the-dark-paint
a stepladder
a drill
small speakers that you can control remotely through your phone
spackle

After my daughter went off to school, I mixed two parts paint with one part water to dilute it, then I painted a large portrait of Bob Dylan above her bed. Then I drilled a couple holes in her wall and inserted the speakers. Every night after that, Melanie would fall asleep with the very faint image of Dylan's face burned into her mind. She was never consciously aware that it was there, but it infested her dreams. Also, I would play "Like a Rolling Stone" very softly on repeat throughout the night, waking up at 6:00 a.m. every morning so that I could make sure to turn it off before she woke up.

Needless to say, it worked great and now she's a bigger fan than I am!

The amazing thing about this home renovation tip is that you can do it with almost any musical artist—The Bee Gees, Sting, Tchaikovsky—and the results will be more or less the same. It even works with movies. I have a friend who painted a giant mural of The Godfather on his ten-year-old's ceiling, and even though the kid now has an irrational fear of horses, it was all worth it.

Hope that helps!

Flipped