That middle-of-the-road span of time between childhood and teendom is perhaps the most daunting for parents. But aside from dealing with mood swings and screaming matches, this stage in life also requires another transition: their bedroom. Whether you’re remodeling or starting from scratch, designing a tween bedroom isn’t as simple as choosing pink or blue walls.

Typically, tweendom is all about individuality and coolness. They don’t want to be seen as children anymore, but they haven’t quite reached that need-to-fit-in teenage mindset. Their interests change constantly and their personal space should reflect that and help the transition into full-fledge teendom. Here’s are some essential tips for designing tween bedrooms.

1. Go for unique — not mass-produced. Since tweens’ interests change on a day-to-day basis, opt for a well-curated blend of unique, vintage, interchangeable pieces, rather than mass-produced posters or prints. This ensures flexibility and individuality down the road — not to mention it’s a money saver. Check local art festivals, vintage stores, and even flea markets for items that call out to your tweenager.

2. Connect the new with the old.

Bring a feeling of family history and connectedness to your tween’s room design. Designers suggest incorporating at least one item in every room that’s been handed down over the years. Connecting the old with the new creates an artistic and personal touch.

3. Create room for activities.

Be sure not to clutter your tween’s room with too much furniture. There should always be some open, unobstructed space for activities — from hanging out to playing games to dancing around. Tweens are active and social, so their rooms are used for more than just sleeping.

4. Stay away from “childish” color schemes.

Whatever you do, stay away from color combinations that feel too juvenile — like the pink and blue associated with nurseries or the primary colors used often used in children’s rooms. More unique shades of turquoise or coral work especially well.

Taking these practical tips to heart while designing your tween’s bedroom can help to accommodate their changing interests and personality. Dealing with their changing moods and hormones is another story.