I was in Atlanta last week so I'm just now getting caught up with messages. I could relate to this one.
My daughter is going through the "black faze", too, but with one more year before college, I didn't want her walls painted black and purple. We compromised. I bought rolls of black and purple flame retardant metallic gossamer fabric. She sewed lines through it at top and bottom (and middle because of knee wall), pulled the stitches and pinned to wall. It looks great, very dramatic and she's very happy. I painted this mediterannean style ladder back chair in black, purple and teal and covered seat in black quilted fabric, so that's another "gothic" touch she loves. She's also painted an old set of night tables black and a little shelf.
But even with all this dramatic black she still keeps her baby doll collection out in the room!
----- Original Message -----
From: Janice Keenan
Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2001 11:08 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: The color black and teenagers!
My daughter also went through that 'black faze'. I was
appalled...black walls..are you joking? Then I came to
realizaton that the teenage years are a time of deep
transformation. The inside changes that are happening
to them are on a magnificent scale. The color black
takes our attention deep into ourselves..feeds the
absorption of profound change and awesome
transformaton. I feel that teenagers need their black
or maybe their garish reds.. My daughter painted her
walls black (not ceilings,trim and doors - they were
left white),and had red sheer curtains. She covered
one wall with pictures of famous movie stars from the
20's and 30's (Charlie Chaplin, etc.)The other with
interesting artwork of her own photography. I let her
explore with the designing of her room..and I felt and
still feel that it helped her to turn inward and
explore herself. I understood why these things were
happening and it helped me to know how to deal with
this stage in her life. I allowed her to arrange her
space as she saw fit but within clearly defined
boundaries! This stage lasted about 3 years. Her few
years before she left for college (last year)she
painted her room a royal blue with bright yellow trim
and light blue mini blinds..covered with her own
framed artwork (she's a photographer) and framed
pictures of friends and family! As it still remains..
Jan from Miami