Teenage Bedroom Decorating Ideas & Tips

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As your kids grow and mature into teenagers, they’ll experience numerous life changing events that may be reflected in the type of music they listen to, TV shows they watch, style they wear and the way they decorate their bedroom. Here are some bedroom decorating ideas and tips to prepare you for one of life’s biggest changes – your child’s teenage years.

How To Get Started

The bedroom provides a comforting place of sanctuary where one can escape from the outside world, and find peace and tranquility in a nest of his/her own design. While you may find their tastes to be strange, their decorative styles ridiculous, and their room cleanliness down right repulsive, you have to understand that, although you rule the house, teenagers need to have their own personal space as well. If you can’t bear to give them full control over décor selection, or they actually want your help, sit down with your teen and determine their favorite:

  • Colors
  • Fabrics
  • Styles
  • Furniture pieces
  • Special requests

For help selecting colors for their bedroom, see Tips On How To Choose Colors For Your Bedroom.

Pick A Theme

Knowing what they like will allow you or your teen to follow a guide when decorating their room. Keep any new décor purchases you make in line with these colors and styles, and set aside a budget for any furniture pieces they want or need. Potential themes for your teen’s bedroom may include:

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Art and Décor

Pictures, posters, artwork and anything else used to decorate your teenagers’ bedrooms must meet your approval. While you want them to have some freedom to express themselves, it is perfectly acceptable to deny them the right to plaster something on their bedroom walls that you cannot bear the sight of. Likewise, anything you wish to have adorning their walls should meet your teenagers’ approval as well. A painting they made in preschool may be worth framing to you, but can be a bit embarrassing to them. Photographs of cities or landscapes that are important to them are an easy way to add sophisticated style to a teen’s bedroom, and will likely last longer than a few months, as movie and music posters frequently come in and out of favor.


Often times, the furniture left over from your teens’ childhood years is no longer suitable for their size, or tastes. No matter how cute you think it is, a dinosaur chair is no longer to your teen’s liking, and is probably too small for them anyway. Agree on the style of furniture you and your teen likes, and scout out some great deals online or in store. New furniture like beds and beanbag chairs are a great way to make an old bedroom feel like a new one, and will dramatically change the look of the bedroom. Whether you decide to allow your teen to have their own TV or an entire electronic entertainment center, it is important to find furniture that will provide them enough space for all their inevitable clutter.

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Colors, Styles & Accessories

Keep in mind that your teens are growing, and may require a little more leg room than before. If possible, leave room and/or install storage for athletic equipment like skateboards, snowboards or surfboards. Despite your best efforts, these items will likely end up in their room, and can actually work well as usable décor pieces. Hang them on the wall from basic hooks to create an extreme sports, beach or urban theme. Decorating their room is now as much about function as style.  

Let your teens some freedom to express their creative interests by giving them the option to paint their rooms however they like. Not only will this give them a way to be creative, it will also save you the trouble of having to paint all by yourself, or hire a professional. If you can’t bring yourself to accept their color section, try to come to a compromise. While a completely black bedroom is more than likely out of the question, throwing in a secondary color on their furniture for balance, and an accent color on their bedding and curtains for a bit of contrast may help in making the room feel more like a bedroom and less like a mortuary.

Some teens may prefer having a plethora of various colors to splash around their room. If that’s the case, look up eclectic bedroom design ideas to find a way to tie the room together, while utilizing the many colors they wish to use. Eclectic bedrooms that utilize multiple interior design styles may be the perfect, funky look they are going for.

A common staple of the average, teenage bedroom décor are posters and pictures adorning almost every square-inch of the walls. Often times, teens will go as far as taping things to the ceilings. If this is the case, selecting the perfect primary color for a wall is not as important as selecting a color that will not show any signs of dirt or smudge marks. With the constant removal and application of items a teenager might attach to his/her walls, darker paint colors may be an appropriate color choice.

Last Updated: February 6, 2012
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About Matthew Cenzon Matthew Cenzon has been writing for numerous publications since 2003, covering topics ranging from health and nutrition to the real estate industry. He is one of the contributing writers for IdealHomeGarden.com, and is a college graduate of the University of California, Riverside, with degrees in English and Asian literature. Matthew’s interest in interior design and home improvement stem from his background working in the residential real estate appraisal business for over five years, where he witnessed many of the Do's and Don'ts of home decor.

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