Decorating a teens room is one of the most sought after pieces of advice from home decorators, but doesn’t have to be as hard as some make it seem. Teens are just looking for a way to express their own sense of style and creativity, and parents are just looking for a way to save a few dollars while doing it!

Here are my top five tricks for making your teens happy with their space.

Add color.

Use color in a teens room with much more abandon than you would in a public area…teens respond to color and pattern. Paint each wall a different color with the most dramatic color directly behind the bed for drama. (They are teens, after all!:)) Don’t forget the ceiling. Remember, warm colors like red and orange energize a space, while cool colors such as blue and purple bring calm. Match your color scheme to your teens needs and personality.

Colorful teen room


Add pattern.

Pattern adds energy to a room, and no one thrives off an energetic atmosphere better than a teen! To keep the look from being too busy, try pairing a print with a geometric, and temper the look with a solid. Keep the rooms colors in the patterns to tie them together.

Pattern teen room



Offer your teen a way to keep the clutter and mess to a minimum, and they will find their space much more enjoyable. Plastic bins or baskets can go a long way to corralling school papers, makeup and jewelry, and knick knacks. Use drawstring bags, hooks attached to the walls or inside closets, or boxes under the bed for hobby items. Make sure they have plenty of hangars so they never have that excuse. If they absolutely cannot find it in their hearts to hang up their own clothes, consider installing a closet system with shelves to place their folded clothes on. Better than the floor!

Organize teen room


Make the bed a star.

The bed is the primary piece of furniture in a teens room, and their usual hang out spot. So make it important in the room. Make throw pillows for it, pick up a couple of yards of fleece in a funky print to make a blanket throw, paint a headboard panel behind it in a contrasting color. Paint the bed frame itself one of the brighter accent colors in the room. For girls, pick up an inexpensive netting canopy, or hang your own fabric from the ceiling with small hooks. In a boys room, remember, less is more. Solid colors, fewer pillows, and a place to set their sodas and snacks will all be appreciated!

Colorful teen headboard


Allow your teens personality to shine through.

Help them find a way to display awards, trophies, or certificates that speak of what is important to them. Don’t judge whether your teens decorating taste is boring, or loud, or tacky…even if they want it black! (Chalkboard paint is the perfect compromise!) let them experiment with their creativity and have fun with their space!

Black teen room

Image Credits: Freshome, BHG, Housing Touri, Houzz, Inspiration for Home, BHG


  1. Laura | Mirrored Furniture March 16, 2014 at 4:26 am

    Love the idea of having the guitar on the wall – great feature idea.

  2. Monica April 6, 2015 at 9:13 am

    love the bed with two shelves on the side. Where did this come from

    1. Kathy Woodard July 9, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      Wish we could help you with that one Monica, but we have no idea!

    2. Heidi Green April 16, 2016 at 10:20 am

      The whole bedroom collection, I think, from Pottery Barn (and very pricey). I’ve bought some pieces from this collection from a Pottery Barn Outlet, the one located in Memphis, TN. May be you have one near you. Shopping at an outlet is a great way to save money on those otherwise ‘outside the budget’ items.

  3. Jenny September 13, 2015 at 4:30 am

    I am a teenager and none of these ideas appeal to me. Teenagers want to be independent and sophisticated and too many bright colours just scream preschool (kindergarten). Also plastic draws are tacky and make a room look cheap.

    1. Kathy Woodard September 17, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks for the feedback Jenny, glad you have already developed your style!

    2. sally February 18, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      agree with Jenny teens do not really want preschool type of color. Keep it mellow and let them choose. Take it from a grandmother who has wasted a lot of money trying to make kids happy without consulting them. Still working on changing the bad habits.


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