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How to properly design a teenager’s bedroom

…and make your kid happy

(4 min read) So, this article’s working title was “Designing a perfectly balanced teenager’s bedro… nope”, because it is a part 2 of that previous “Designing a perfectly balanced master bedroom article”. However, I know my boss would be like: “Can you be normal and not sickeningly sarcastic at least with the title?”, thus the calmer happy-go-lucky version up there.

Gorgeous and striking bedroom colors. Design Inspiration by Mosaics Lab
Bold colors. Source Decoratorist.
warm interiors for teenager bedroom interiors.  Design Inspiration by Mosaics Lab
Gray hues. Source cgarchitect.

So let’s have a chat. We all know that teenagers don’t really have it easy. With all the hormonal changes, social awkwardness, and cultural norms, it is no wonder they are mosquito-level annoying. Needless to say, understanding is key. Imagine if your feet suddenly started growing uncontrollably, your eyebrows fall off AND you have an uncontrollable crush on Jungkook from BTS. THAT’S how your teenager feels all the time. It’s a hard-knock life, amirite? And that is exactly why you shouldn’t go around designing their personal space to your liking. Here are a few tips on how to best design your teenager’s bedroom.

Beautiful storage space for a teenager's bedroom.  Design Inspiration by Mosaics Lab
Storage space is important.

1. Go in prepared

Teenagers are usually all over the place emotion and interest wise, so be prepared for some random ideas and quick changes. Things probably won’t run as smoothly as you expect them to, so arm yourself with patients and, once again, UNDERSTANDING. Keep in mind that the room will probably end up being an eclectic mash-up of styles and/or colors, but that’s fine as long as it makes your teenager happy.

Flashy colors are perfect for girls' bedroom.  Design Inspiration by Mosaics Lab
Flashy colors.
Funky and bold interior colors.  Design Inspiration by Mosaics Lab
Bold color.

2. Go for the furniture

Unlike with the wall color/s and technology, most teenagers will let you serve some options when it comes to furniture and they’ll choose their favorites from there. That is usually where you will be able to establish some particular style and try to match it to your teenager’s wants in terms of comfort.

Funky furniture make amazing teenager's room interiors.  Design Inspiration by Mosaics Lab
Make sure the furniture follows the overall style. Image credit: Simon Whitmore.
Amazing furniture statement pieces for teenagers' room.  Design Inspiration by Mosaics Lab
Furniture can be a statement maker.

3. Surprise them

If your kid is into Harry Styles, frame its Watermelon Sugar cover album, if they are into gaming, get them a new gaming chair, if they are into girly stuff get them a pink lazy bag, etc. Basically, just surprise them with something you know they’ll love. They will be thrilled and more ready to compromise.

Beautiful decor for teenager gamers.  Design Inspiration by Mosaics Lab
Perfect décor for teenage gamers. Design by Super Fun Lights.
Marvel fan teenagers room interiors.  Design Inspiration by Mosaics Lab
Ideas for Marvel fans. Design by Interior Deluxe.

4. Carpets and drapes

Once you’ve covered the furniture and agreed on something you both think is “vibing”, it’s time to go for carpets and drapes. Keep in mind that your teenager will get to do the decoration part all by themselves, so once you get the gist of that part, you can propose carpets and drapes accordingly.

Flashy colorful teenager's room.  Design Inspiration by Mosaics Lab
Flashy colors throughout the room.
beautiful carpets and drapes are perfect for kids' bedroom.  Design Inspiration by Mosaics Lab
Carpets and drapes don’t have to match.

5. Don’t forget that zoomers will rule the universe

A bold statement, but a true one nonetheless. Their time is coming and it could likely be even more challenging than ours is, so give the support. If they want to do graffiti on their wall, let them. After all your parents allowed you to do that audiotape cobweb on your ceiling, remember? Embarrassing I know, but that was once you. Being an adult doesn’t necessarily mean being stiff. Loosen up a bit and trust your teenager’s tastes.

Gorgeous Iconic Carly's bedroom interiors.  Design Inspiration by Mosaics Lab
Iconic Carly’s bedroom.

Honorable mentions

We use to do this one regularly, remember? However, in this section, I will try to give you some more practical tips that may come in handy once you’ve established the upper five.

  • Go for bold color combinations (black/yellow (shout out to Wiz Khalifa), pink/navy blue, beige/neon green, etc.)
  • Get plenty of both fixed and floating shelves
  • If your teenager isn’t into posters, propose an oversized wall décor
  • Insert black accents whenever you can
  • If your teenager reminds you of our generation’s goths and emos, try adding some flashy décor here and there
  • Don’t forget customizing the desk area; for example, add some cork boards or even magnetic dry ones
  • Add a small cushioned bench against the footboard of the bed for when their friends come
Seats for kids' bedroom.  Design Inspiration by Mosaics Lab
Don’t forget to add some seats for their friends. Design by Espace Deco.
Floating shelves for kids bedroom.  Design Inspiration by Mosaics Lab
Floating shelves. Design by HGTV.

Don’t forget to have fun! However the room turns out to look in the end, if your teenager is happy with it, you should be too.


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36 Comments

  1. Emily Terrell
    September 2, 2020 at 10:09 am — Reply

    I really appreciated this post! I have 2 sons in the preteens that I’ve been wanting to redecorate rooms for. The tips and photos have given me ideas on things we might do for them!

  2. Amber Myers
    September 2, 2020 at 10:42 am — Reply

    My teen daughter would LOVE a room like any of these. Sadly, we don’t have the funds, so she just basic things, ha. But she keeps saying she wants to re-do her room and I’m like “with what money, love?”

  3. Cristina Petrini
    September 2, 2020 at 11:14 am — Reply

    I remember that as a teen I dreamed of a bedroom like this many times. That reflects me, but design me. In short, I believe that for those who create all this it is very stimulating!

  4. Jessica Collazo
    September 2, 2020 at 1:32 pm — Reply

    I love splashes of color in every room decor. This are some excellent tips they are very useful.

  5. Nina Bashaw
    September 2, 2020 at 1:53 pm — Reply

    I LOVE the idea of bold and bright colors for a teenagers room. It ads life and fun into the space!

  6. Melissa Cushing
    September 2, 2020 at 1:57 pm — Reply

    These are all wonderful looks for a teens room. I especially love the pink one with the addition of oranges as it is a cheery look that will ensure you wake up ready to rock any given day. Love this and thank you for sharing!

  7. Stephanie
    September 2, 2020 at 2:13 pm — Reply

    I love designing rooms for my boys and pulling the whole idea together. I haven’t done a teenager’s room since I was a teen, though, since my boys are still young. I always gravitated towards the fun bright colors as I got older. When I was early teens I remember having a space-themed room and, of course, a Harry Potter room.

  8. Natalia
    September 2, 2020 at 3:55 pm — Reply

    These are some great ideas of how to design a teenager’s room. I don’t have kids, but I love them a lot! Very trendy! 🙂

  9. Elizabeth
    September 2, 2020 at 5:03 pm — Reply

    This is so amazing! I learned so much, thank you for sharing!

  10. Britt
    September 2, 2020 at 8:49 pm — Reply

    All of these rooms are amazing!! I would’ve killed for any of these when I was a teen! Btw, I love that you mentioned how it’s important to “loosen up a bit and trust your teenager’s tastes.” Definitely great tips!

  11. Kelly Bolen
    September 2, 2020 at 9:19 pm — Reply

    What fabulous ideas! My favorite was the black and white with red accent pieces!

  12. Rosy
    September 2, 2020 at 10:40 pm — Reply

    Teenagers are wildcards. Some of them are clean freaks while some of them can handle their room being extremely dirty.
    Others don’t have a sense of decor.
    So I am loving this a lot!

  13. Millie
    September 2, 2020 at 10:52 pm — Reply

    I wish my son’s room looks as nice as these. Unfortunately, when we redecorated his room all he wanted was a black leather headboard, a brown La-Z-Boy chair, a black desk and hockey posters on the walls. But he is happy!

  14. Kelly
    September 3, 2020 at 1:34 am — Reply

    Love these ideas! Our girls are 6 and 8 so not teens yet but even at this younger age they would love some of the designs.

  15. Kate
    September 3, 2020 at 3:06 am — Reply

    Thanks for the tips! I find that teenager’s bedrooms are quite difficult as their tastes tend to change regularly… I love all the designs in this post though!

  16. Lyosha
    September 3, 2020 at 3:18 am — Reply

    I think this post is super helpful for parents of teenagers. they are so hard to handle! and having a comfortable and cute bedroom might mean less of mess too

  17. Gervin Khan
    September 3, 2020 at 6:49 am — Reply

    These are great bedroom decors or designs to make for a teenager, will share this with my sister as she is going to re-decorate one of her teens bedroom.

  18. Krysten Quiles
    September 3, 2020 at 7:30 am — Reply

    Okay I would have LOVED a few of these when I was a teen. They’re so fun and unique.

  19. Marie Phillips
    September 3, 2020 at 8:36 am — Reply

    My teenagers would love the gaming room theme! They gave up a bedroom to make a gaming room and are now all sleeping in the same room, lol.

  20. Neely
    September 3, 2020 at 8:43 am — Reply

    Making a mental note of this because eventually we will have teenagers and lots of opinions

  21. E
    September 3, 2020 at 10:56 am — Reply

    Well loved these ways and ideas..glad you shared these with us…this blog post is definitely very helpful for every of parent…great work though….World in Eyes

  22. Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    September 3, 2020 at 11:08 am — Reply

    My boys are no longer teenagers but I know they’d like that gamer themed room. For me, I just instantly fell in love with that purple room! So pretty!

  23. Catherine
    September 3, 2020 at 11:56 am — Reply

    I love these ideas! Teens are so hard to design for but I think these are some really great ideas to get started!

  24. Angel
    September 3, 2020 at 12:29 pm — Reply

    Very practical tips! I love the way these bedrooms look too. I wish I had a bit more say in designing my own bedroom growing up ha!

  25. Kathy K
    September 3, 2020 at 1:40 pm — Reply

    I love the one with gray and yellow design. Classy yet manly.

  26. Jay
    September 3, 2020 at 2:01 pm — Reply

    These are cool interior designs for teenage bedrooms. I like the designs with guitars, hearts, and gamer. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  27. Norma
    September 3, 2020 at 4:52 pm — Reply

    I wish I was a teenager again to decorate my room following these awesome pictures.

  28. LY
    September 3, 2020 at 6:05 pm — Reply

    Some fantastic ideas here, I asked my daughter and she loved the bold colours and she definitely needs more storage space

  29. Henri
    September 3, 2020 at 6:55 pm — Reply

    Oh my word! I’m not a tennager and many hate having anyone decorate their rooms. But I so love these ideas! Book marking your site for inspiration.

  30. Jasmine Martin
    September 3, 2020 at 9:43 pm — Reply

    These are some gorgeous room ideas. I know having a teenager design their own room would help them within making decisions of seeing what they like instead of the parent making the design decisions themselves. During the teenage years, it is a great chance to explore their dislikes as well as likes for the type of room design they’d like.

  31. Anna
    September 4, 2020 at 4:13 am — Reply

    Nice room arrangement. I love all the ideas here especially the pinky room.. Love the heart mats.

  32. Monidipa
    September 4, 2020 at 1:04 pm — Reply

    These are actually good ideas as teenagers room interiors, I like how it is simple and modern!

  33. Celeste
    September 4, 2020 at 2:19 pm — Reply

    I would like to design a room for my tween. Though he has all he needs, it would be fun to get a different perspective.

  34. Christa
    September 4, 2020 at 3:12 pm — Reply

    There are so many great rooms here! I love mixing current interests with pieces that will withstand time.

  35. Marta Skeledžija
    September 12, 2020 at 6:22 am — Reply

    My six year old would love that cap. America/Marvel bed room even if he is not a teen.

  36. Sondra Barker
    September 24, 2020 at 2:56 pm — Reply

    These are great ideas! Love how each room has a theme. Thanks for the tips!

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