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Creating a Cool Bedroom for Your Teen

Linda is a seasoned writer and home-decorating authority. She loves sharing design trends, decor ideas, and useful tips with her readers.

You remember your teenage years, don't you? You were coming into your own and searching for your true identity. You were maturing into an independent young adult. You needed a space of your own to think, read, watch TV and gossip with friends. No adult could possibly understand what you were going through—especially your parents. Really nothing much has changed except YOU are now the parent.

You have taken on the challenge of transitioning a juvenile bedroom to one of a teenager. This is quite an undertaking. What was cool when you were a teen is probably not so cool today. Before you go out to buy paint, bedding and furniture you should understand one important thing: You are not completely in charge of this project.

While you may not like all of your teen's preferences try to strike a compromise with the general design direction and key elements. Whether for homework or social networking a computer station in the bedroom is mandatory. A place to sleep and clothes storage are also essential components that both parties obviously agree upon.

Creating a cool bedroom for your teen doesn’t need to be a test of wills. Try throwing out of a few of these ideas to help bridge the generation gap and hopefully you can find some common ground.

Piles of Pillows

Mounds of pillows on the bed and large floor pillows make your teen’s room a place to totally unwind and relax. Pillows can add color and set a mood. Imagine rich textures and paisleys to give the bedroom an exotic boho flair.

Add a bunch of throw pillows on the bed or around the floor for a cool lounge area.

Add a bunch of throw pillows on the bed or around the floor for a cool lounge area.

Organized Chaos

We all know some teens can have very questionable standards when it comes to tidiness. Get them to cut down on the mess by creating places to keep everything under wraps. Under bed storage containers, baskets and shelving with bins keep strewn clothing and miscellaneous clutter to a minimum. For example this room takes storage to new heights by constructing a raised platform with drawer storage beneath.

Great built-in storage options keep everything under control.

Great built-in storage options keep everything under control.

Fashionable Windows

Most teens are fashion-conscious whether they admit it or not. Why not extend their love of fashion to the windows? There are so many fun curtain fabrics today you can find something to satisfy even the most design-forward teen. For something more tailored consider woven grass, Roman shades or wooden blinds.

These exotic embroidered curtains give a teen's room that Bohemian flair.

These exotic embroidered curtains give a teen's room that Bohemian flair.

Special Lighting

Your teen needs task lighting for studying but once the homework is done it's time for mood lighting for the evening. A string of twinkle lights for the young lady or a funky disco ball for the gent will give their bedroom a groovy lounge vibe.

Lava lamps, twinkle lights, chandeliers or accent  lighting options help to create a mood.

Lava lamps, twinkle lights, chandeliers or accent lighting options help to create a mood.

Wall Art

Wall decals are a great way for your teen to express their individuality and creativity without ruining the plaster or drywall. They can choose from removable wallpaper or decorative decals from a variety of quotes to decorative patterns. This fun wall art can easily be removed and replaced with peel and stick wallpaper or another set of decals.

Wall decals are an easy way to create art that can be moved around  or replaced with another design.

Wall decals are an easy way to create art that can be moved around or replaced with another design.

Fresh Duvet Cover

No room is complete without a cool comforter or duvet cover. I personally like the idea of duvet covers because of their versatility. Just purchase an insert (either down or fiberfill) and encase it in a fabulous duvet cover to suit your teen’s favorite colors and patterns. Pick up a few coordinating pillow shams as well. And by all means avoid purchasing a matching bed-in-a-bag set. That is so not cool.

Duvet covers are great because they protect the comforter and are easily removed to wash.

Duvet covers are great because they protect the comforter and are easily removed to wash.

New Paint Scheme

You and your teen can tackle this as the first or final step in the room design process. If she absolutely adores Tiffany blue or he wants dark goth walls then by all means consider the color they prefer. If you’re both stuck, choose a few key fabrics, a rug, accessories and upholstered pieces to give you inspiration for a wall color. Not up for painting the entire room? Get a quart of paint and tackle a single accent wall—preferably the headboard wall.

Painting the teen's wall color should be a personal choice.

Painting the teen's wall color should be a personal choice.

19 Extra Ideas for Your Teen's Bedroom

  1. Hang a macrame hammock chair
  2. Add a modern fish tank
  3. Make a chalkboard wall
  4. Paint pastel or vivid colors
  5. Create a custom stenciled wall treatment
  6. Spray on a graffiti wall
  7. Install lighted initials above the bed
  8. String beaded curtains as a room partition
  9. Buy nesting tables for multiple uses
  10. Apply textural wallpaper
  11. Get a retro alarm clock
  12. Dress the floor with a flokati rug
  13. Find a colorful bendy arm floor lamp
  14. Place a micro plush blanket on the bed
  15. Bring in a Mongolian lamb ottoman
  16. Use a papasan chair for a lounge corner
  17. Display sports paraphernalia
  18. Look for an antique iron bed
  19. Tack a boho blanket on the wall as a headboard

© 2019 Linda Chechar

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Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on April 08, 2019:

Dianna, I think it would have been a great bed with the storage underneath. I also think an elevated bed with a desk below is a neat design feature for a homework study area.

Dianna Mendez on April 08, 2019:

There is so much more available today to make teen rooms interesting and comfortable. I am partial to the high bed-storage furniture myself. I would have loved this as a teen.