Decorating a bedroom for a teenager—or with their help—can cause a lot of tension. There's a balance at play between giving them the freedom to decorate a room that expresses who they are, while also ensuring the rest of the home remains cohesive.
The perfect teen bedroom considers all of the versatile ways teens use their space: to spread out and get homework done, hang out with friends, lounge around, and of course, to sleep.
Whether you're looking for tips to create a cheerful and vibrant aesthetic or you need help figuring out how to maximize a small space, these stylish examples of teen bedrooms and décor tips will guide you.
Here are 20 teenage room ideas to create a stylish, age-appropriate room that works for everyone in the family.
Come Up With a Subtle Theme
Like throwing a fun party, decorating a room can feel a lot easier when you have a theme guiding you. And there are plenty of ways to do this without making it feel cheesy. For example, the bedroom above turns surfboards into wall art while sticking to a coastal color palette. While it incorporates a passion into the décor to personalize the space, it doesn't feel childish in the slightest thanks to the crisp bedding, regal ikat throw pillows, traditional sconces, and clean-lined bed frames.
A collaborative design idea could be to brainstorm a theme together. Do you emphasize your teen's love for jazz music, or passion for basketball? Or should the bedroom highlight a passion for horses or outdoor adventure?
Swap Out Bedding
If your kids share a room, or you invested in smaller bedframes when they were younger but you don't want to splurge for something larger, you can still make it work. It's also easy to swap out textiles and bedding, so letting them choose the colors and patterns that reflect their style is another good way to make simple updates.
Find Smart Storage
While the dainty, laid-back linens and use of organic shapes and materials captures our eye the most in this timeless bedroom, the real hero is the smart use of storage space. If you or your teen is someone who thrives in calming, well-organized spaces, clever storage that keeps things clutter-free and aesthetically clean is key. Think a triple-tiered side table or wall units and vertical solutions like floating shelves and hooks.
Floating shelves help declutter, and there are many ways to style them: Create a statement wall, or wedge them into tight spaces and corners, for example. To keep teen's books sorted, consider a handful of creative ways to store them, like utilizing floor to ceiling bookshelves, stacking them on the floor, or repurposing furniture.
Create a Clubhouse Feel
If you have the space and means to transform your teenager's bedroom into a makeshift clubhouse, take note from the room above. The built-in storage cubbies and desk make it a practical workspace, while the lofted section is perfect for hanging out with friends and unwinding. Even if you don't have a loft situation, you can create a similar feel with a hanging hammock chair, plush area rugs, and kid-friendly furniture.
Reuse Timeless Pieces and Add Youthful Accents
If you invest in timeless pieces, it's easy to repurpose them again and again, breathing new life and personality into them each time. For example, this classic bed frame could suit a younger child, too. To make it feel age-appropriate, swap out accent pieces and bedding.
Then, when they grow up and want a space that feels mature, it can be styled in a new way. The fun bubble-like pendant light adds fun personality, yet it's also functional and out of the way, which feels right for a teenager who appreciates style but wants a clean, serious design aesthetic.
Another way to achieve that balance of timeless and trendy could be to lean on this narrative approach. Other bedroom décor thought starters might include investing in a trusty mirror with a great framed patina, midcentury lighting, or a handsome dresser.
Welcome Pops of Color
Though everything in this room looks thoughtfully curated and would work well in an adult bedroom on its own, together, it all looks youthful and playful. This is thanks to the pops of color that punctuate the classic bedframe and stylish accent chair.
Or, maybe opt for a brightly printed headboard or throw pillows. For balance, you could also frame posters and flags to elevate the space, which is also a nice transitional touch.
Maximize Space and Elevate Bunkbeds
If you're looking for ways to make bunk beds feel grown up, take note from the room above. Building them into the wall also opens up the usable floor space a bit more so they feel comfortable hanging out in there for things aside from sleeping. Bunk beds are also a wise space-saving option if your teenager doesn't have another area to hang out and unwind by themselves. Bunks opens up the space for desks or a hangout zone with a sofa.
Opt for Large-Scale Art
Dress up the room with large-scale wall art to make the space feel more mature, and bring your teen into the conversation when selecting it. This way, they'll participate in the design process in a low-touch but meaningful way that makes the room feel more grown-up and personal to them.
Design for Flexibility
To keep up with the many phases teens tend to go through, consider styling the room with a neutral base (a classic dresser, simple window treatments for example) and versatile tones that allow for a variety of styles as the years pass. That way, there's room to play, depending on your teen's mood. Colorful posters? Textured throw pillows, strung lights? The choice is yours.
Frame Their Favorites
Properly framed photos make perfect transitional pieces as teens grow up, and these days, services like Framebridge make framing photos, special objects, and more easy.
Get Creative With Lighting
Make like Dream Green DIY blogger's home and string lights overhead for playful ambient light. Or, string them along the wall and use them as a place to pin photos and other mementos.