From Children’s Bedroom to a Teen Retreat

As children grow into the tween and teen years, their needs and interests change. And these changes are reflected in their bedroom. What once was an imaginative play haven, pairs back to being a place for rest, study and a safe retreat. Gone are the cartoon wall motifs and stuffed animal toys, replaced with quotes, memorabilia from childhood and new décor that correlates with their personality.

Your teen will have a good idea on how they want their room to look. They will be able to pick colours and themes to suit their tastes. There’s also nothing wrong with a blank canvas and using the linen and décor to define your teen’s personal style.

Pinterest and Instagram are certainly the places to go for inspiration, but we have collated some teenage bedroom ideas to inspire with tips on transitioning a child’s bedroom into a teen retreat.

Teenage Bedroom Ideas to Inspire

Mix old with new

This tween bedroom was created by Kara from Miss Frugal Fancy Pants. What was a shabby chic children’s bedroom, got a revamp for her daughter who wanted a more grown up feel in her room.  To limit the costs of a full change over, the same furniture was used. Kara bought new linen, a new rug and intermixed decor pieces with childhood favourites to keep the room unique to her daughter.  

I love the window seat with extra storage. A great place to sit with friends or read a book. 

Miss Frugal Fancy Pants teenager room

Keep it low key

Katrina Chambers has written some tips on how to style teenage boy rooms as she is a mum to three teenage sons. Her tips are to go timeless and less fuss with décor. She says keep things simple and opt for a larger bed. If you want to add colour, do it through the linen which can be changed easily and affordably. 

teenage boy bedroom

katrina lee chambers teenage boy room

Embrace Colour and patterns

I adore this bedroom styled by The Hectic Eclectic. Full of colour and fun. This has been designed for a girls. The style embraces colour and texture through wall hangings and garlands. The furniture is simple, but the chosen décor and bed linens (such as Tilly & Otto floral sheets & Lummi Lights) add a fun vibe to this bedroom, making it perfect for a teen. 

Teen bedroom ideas

Teen bedroom ideas

Revamp what your teen owns

This bedroom styled by Cape Cod Design shows another way to embrace colour. If your child sleeps in a steel frame bed, spray paint it a different colour for a modern update. 

Good ideas for teen bedrooms

Pick a theme

It’s easy to find decor and furnishing pieces when you have a theme in mind. This nautical-themed bedroom from Cape Cod Design is delightful. 

teen bedroom idea

nautical theme bedroom for teen

nautical theme bedroom for teen

Go monochrome

A monochrome base is a great place to start when designing a teen room if they aren’t sure what colour to have in their room. Add an accent colour with a cushion or artwork. A locker, wall hooks and caged pendant light gives this room an industrial tech feel.  Check out this inspiration from Hart Builders


Create a gallery wall

Recycle frames from childhood artwork with new prints and create a gallery way. This is another budget friendly way to stage a wall for a teen’s bedroom.  Head over to Redagape to find out more. 

Another example is this adorable rainbow pin board from The Hectic Eclectic.

Teen Bedroom Ideas

Teen Bedroom Ideas

Nicole wrote for Be A Fun Mum about this lovely star chart image you can customise to suit, for example, the night of your child’s birth. 

Space Theme Bedroom

Go big with a mural

Decorate one wall with a mural or wallpaper to your teen’s interests and likes. Keep the linen simple to allow the wall to be the feature. This inspiration is from Omni Interiors

 contemporary bedroom

Invest in a Bedhead

If wallpaper or a wall mural is not your teen’s style, a bedhead may be the hero piece in the room. Find one with button details or a bright colour to keep a young and fresh vibe in the room. Inspiration from Luisa Volpato.

Upgrade furniture for study

Storage furniture and a desk will be a must for your teen bedroom, unless you have a dedicated study area in the home. Slimline furniture will be your friend when positioning a multiple pieces in a bedroom space. Below is an example from Ioanna Lennox Interiors

Add greenery

Plants are a great way to bring nature into a teen bedroom. Heaven knows, the plants may improve the air quality in your teen’s bedroom too! If you are worried the plant may die from neglect, there are plenty of artificial options that look good too. This cactus looks great in this bedroom by Godfrey Hirst.

Display quotes

Quotes and wall sayings bring personality into a teen’s room. Quotes that encourage and motivate your teen are a great way to make it a bit personal. We love this example from @modern_mom_athome

teen girl bedroom


Other Bedroom Styling Posts

10 Stylish and Fun Kids Bedrooms 

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