Decorate Your Teen’s Room

17 Aug

We know decorating a bedroom can be a lot of fun for teens.  But it’s an ideal project for both parents and teens to work and have fun on together!  Here are 4 steps to decorate a room your teen and you will be happy with.


1. Help your teen define and refine their own style. 

First, you’ll need to gather inspiration photos.  You can make a shared board on Pinterest or a physical cork board that mom, dad and teen can all pin to.  Whenever you see a room, a piece of furniture or color you like, pin it!

Once your board is full, sit down together and look for common threads in the photos.  Are there a lot of blues?  Or straight, modern lines?  Talk about what you like best, then use the photos to plan a color palette and a general look for the room.

Marie Burgos Design

2. Bring in the furniture.

They’ll need a bed and dresser.  Do they also need a desk for school work?  Extra storage?  Teens love having seating, whether it’s a small loveseat or just some floor cushions.

Don’t forget furniture doesn’t have to be new, pieces you already have can usually be refinished with nothing more than some sandpaper and a quart of paint.  Even changing out dresser knobs can make a difference.


3. Make a floor plan.

There are free programs online to help you arrange your room, but personally, I think the old-fashioned graph paper method is the easiest.  Just measure the room and draw it on graph paper, using one square per foot.  Then on a second piece of paper, draw and cut out each piece of furniture you have (don’t forget to label them!).

Now you can move the furniture all around the room without doing any actual work (your back will thank you).  Once you have your favorite placement, try it out with the life-sized furniture.

Karen Joy Interiors

4. Accessorize.

Accessories are important to decor, but a common problem that teens have is a cluttered room.  Clutter isn’t limited to piles of paper, it can also be too many competing patterns, or too many photographs, ribbons and trophies.

Removing clutter is not all about looks either, as the Princeton Neuroscience Institute proved in a study, clutter has a negative effect on concentration and the ability to process information.  We don’t want that for our kids.

So how do you avoid a cluttered look?  Photo gallery walls are always fun.  Help your teen limit the photos to their favorites and keep photos only in that area.  For other items, you could limit display to a single shelf, and your teen can rotate the items on it whenever they feel like a change.


So what do you think?  Is this a project you might try?


Christina Orleans of Little Victorian loves interiors.  She’s a recovering cheapskate and loves DIY and upcycling.  Let her help you find your own home renovation projects by visiting her on FaceBook and Twitter.

7 Responses to “Decorate Your Teen’s Room”

  1. Tanya M March 10, 2014 at 5:53 PM #

    Thanks for sharing with #SmallVictoriesSunday #linky 10. I was having problems commenting on the first post you linked up. Hope it worked!

  2. Monica August 21, 2013 at 1:00 AM #

    Great ideas! Featuring at Family Fun Friday!

  3. Helen June 28, 2013 at 12:50 PM #

    I wish that my daughter would keep her room as tidy as those in the photos. I can barely get through the door for stuff!

  4. Kirsten June 25, 2013 at 7:42 PM #

    Interesting research on clutter. We’ll be moving my just-turned-seven year old into her little sister’s room soon, giving my 11 year old a room of his own. I am hoping to get both rooms sorted with sufficient storage and space for their needs – but all using up cycled or just second hand furniture. It will be an interesting project I think.

    • Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad June 25, 2013 at 8:11 PM #

      Your son is going to love having the room to himself…after the initial few scary nights! Does he want a certain theme? I love reusing old furniture. It’s pretty amazing what some simple paint from Home Depot can do. And if your son is like my daughter, he’ll have a blast painting it himself. Good luck.

  5. C. Lee June 23, 2013 at 6:09 PM #

    Great post Christina! Thanks so much for sharing your expertise with my readers.

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