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Bedroom Designs - How To Decorate A Teen's Bedroom

Updated on October 24, 2009

Decorating Tips

Your son or daughter has grown up and now it's time for a new bedroom design to fit their style. You knew the day would come. The pastel pink bedroom with ruffled curtains and dollhouse border wallpaper wouldn't last forever. Or, the walls painted the same color as a basketball with a light fixture that had a basketball hoop attached...such a cute decor.

Now your child has a whole new set of ideas - usually crazy ones! My kids went through various stages of likes and dislikes. If you don't want to be painting walls all of the time, I would suggest picking a color that can go with the changes. Continuous bedroom makeovers can be expensive. I have heard of a child wanting black walls once. I would have recommended black accents since black is a hard color to cover when you want to change.

Let your child be creative as much as possible. It's their space and they should feel comfortable. Decorating bedrooms is something a lot of teens want a voice in. You can help them put the flow together if they need help. Find out what their interests are and help them to find unique items to showcase those interests.

Most teens are happy with posters, collage picture frames, bulletin boards or anything they can use to display their personal items and pictures. Decorating doesn't have to be expensive.

A fun workspace to do homework is popular in teen's rooms. Anything to make homework seem more inviting! Lots of comfy pillows on their bed is also popular. Personal and comfortable are the two key ingredients.

Teen bedroom
Teen bedroom
Showcasing photography
Showcasing photography
Homework area
Homework area

Bedroom Design

My oldest daughter had chosen gold walls for her bedroom. When she had the room, it was decorated with a lot of bright colors - accent pillows were orange and turquoise, bulleting board in orange...It actually went together quite nicely.

When she moved out, my second daughter wanted to switch rooms. Her room had been a very light, neutral mauvy pink. She is very girlie girl so I was surprised when she wanted to switch rooms. But, it was the teenager thing and she had some wilder ideas!

We decided to accent with a lot of black and white. Some of her girlie accents, like the shoe and gown pillows and the purse print, started to fit right in. Since she is a camera buff, we used one entire wall to highlight her work. I put some of her favorite photos, that she had taken, into matching frames and hung them up. Then to personalize to more, we had a sign made, like a street sign, that said "photography by my daughter's name.

We threw in a little bit of red details and the room came alive.

The built in desk made a great place to do homework. It was made inviting with plenty of friendly photos. If you notice the "leg" of the desk - it is a camera tripod. Since she was so interested in photography, it tied in well with the room.

Once you get the room decorated, just shut the door. Most of the time it won't look picture perfect. A teenager can happily live amidst a pile of clothes, papers and who knows what else. At least you know that underneath is a happy place!

Ways To Organize A Bedroom

  1.  A shoe rack or stand at the bottom of the closet is a great way to keep shoes in order and in pairs.  It beats having to search endlessly for the missing shoe amongst the mess on the closet floor.
  2. Having a laundry hamper or basket is a must for dirty clothes.  Nothing is worse than the pile of clean clothes, that didn't get put away, getting mixed up with all the dirty clothes on the floor.  A hamper should make it easier to just throw the dirty clothes in right away.
  3. A bookshelf can be used for more than just storing books.  Although it is a great place for those books, it also can be used to store baskets filled with smaller items such as Cd's, make-up, jewelry, keys, cards, etc...The top of a bookshelf is also a great place for a stereo.
  4. Magazine racks will keep magazines tidy and off the floor.  A tiered wall file holder works well for holding lots of magazines or other papers.
  5. A trash can is highly necessary.  Since trash seems to accumulate in a teen's room, they need a proper place to put it.
  6. If they have a desk, then desk organizational items will come in handy.  A pencil cup for pens and pencils, a cd holder, a bulletin board, a paper tray and some kind of piggy bank for all of their change.


How would you rate your teen for room cleanliness?

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    • Morris Streak profile image

      Morris Streak 

      9 years ago from UK

      I love the details you put here - "Most teens are happy with posters, collage picture frames, bulletin boards or anything they can use to display their personal items and pictures. Decorating doesn't have to be expensive."

      How true! Good hub. Thanks for sharing.

    • Stacie L profile image

      Stacie L 

      9 years ago

      those are good ideas. teens are so messy that the new decor will be covered in no time.LOL ;=)

    • Song-Bird profile imageAUTHOR

      Renee Hanlon 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for the encouragement ripplemaker - I will start promoting!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Songbird! Congratulations for your Hubnugget Nomination. I am here to cheer you on and to make sure to let you know that you can promote your hub to your friends and ask them to vote for your hub. Winks...yup you can do that. :) Even non hubbers can send the link where the Cirque Du Hubnuggets is enjoying the fun.

      I would love to learn how to decorate a room. Great ideas! :)

    • Ivorwen profile image


      9 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      This is a great room.

    • rmcrayne profile image


      9 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Nice piece. I could have use a couch when I was a teen to pile all of those lightly worn clothes that usually got piled on the floor. Congrats on your HubNuggets nomination.

    • Song-Bird profile imageAUTHOR

      Renee Hanlon 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you Duchess and also thanks for letting me know about the nomination!

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      9 years ago

      Great hub! Passed on to those friends with teenagers!

      Congratulations on your HubNugget Wannabe nomination.

      here's the link

    • loveofnight profile image


      9 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      wish my kid could keep a clean room

    • Song-Bird profile imageAUTHOR

      Renee Hanlon 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      I probably should have mentioned that the sofa is a pull out sleeper which came in real handy for those teenage sleep overs!

    • glassvisage profile image


      9 years ago from Northern California

      I love the couch/sofa! I think that's a great idea... I remember when I was a teen, and one of my friends had one in her room. I thought it was the greatest! I think it gave a sense of independence and maturity, for some reason :)


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