Bedroom ideas for teenagers – Cohesive, creative and practical schemes for teens

Play with colour, pattern and texture to create an imaginative space.

It’s time to shake up their room with some on-trend colours, stylish accessories and super clever storage. Be inspired by these bedroom ideas for teenagers, which will soon have them personalising their own spaces with artwork, photos and interesting prints for a room that’ll last them from childhood through to adolescence.

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HOW CAN A TEENAGER DECORATE THEIR ROOM?

The key is to introduce practical and accessible storage, colourful accents, and one or two striking elements for a look that can evolve as your child grows. A teenager’s bedroom needs to be a flexible space, accommodating their changing needs from babyhood through to teenage years. So it makes sense to ensure that big-ticket items such as beds, wardrobes and chests of drawers will stand the test of time. Add colour, pattern and magical touches through fabric, lighting, artwork and quirky accessories.

Photography: Davide Lovatti

HOW CAN I MAKE MY TEENAGE BEDROOM LOOK GOOD?

The zeitgeist is to avoid trends – instead embrace your children’s passions and interests. Don’t forget to allow for plenty of free floor space. Installing a blackout blind in and investing in a dimmer switch or night light will also make bedtimes easier. The key to creating a successful bedroom is talking to your child or teen about their ideal room – after all they are the ones that will be living in it. Listen to their ideas about colour and style and then come to a practical compromise.

1. ADD DEPTH WITH PATTERN

Playing with scale is a striking way to add depth to a room scheme. Here, two different sized prints from the same collection have been used on the divan and headboard, giving a sense of unity. Pair with soft, washed linen for an inviting finishing touch.

Bedroom ideas for teenagers

Photography: Damian Russell

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2. INTRODUCE A CARNIVAL OF COLOUR

Introducing some fun elements into a simple scheme will ring the changes. Evoke the exuberant style of Latin America with vivid shades and bold pattern for interiors with sunny appeal.

Bedroom ideas for teenagers

Photography: Polly Wreford

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3. BE PLAYFUL WITH ANIMAL PRINTS

Layering animal prints with equally graphic florals and stripes in a standout monochrome palette creates a stylish designer look. Used in moderation, animal motifs add a touch of exotic sophistication to room schemes. Rather than going wild, introduce focused hits of pattern and you might be surprised to find that a leopard really can change its spots.

Bedroom ideas for teenagers

Photography: Catherine Gratwicke

4. TAKE INSPIRATION FROM GLOBAL INFLUENCES

Embrace your inner nomad with a considered mix of Eastern, African and South American patterns with natural materials, rich textures and bold hues for an elegant, world look.

An oversized headboard is a stunning way to make the most of an exquisite fabric. Here, it creates a striking focal point against deep blue walls, while an Indian Kantha quilt adds another layer of interest to the inviting mix of textiles on the bed.

Bedroom ideas for teenagers

Photography: Damian Russell

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5. PRETTY UP WITH A SUMMER PALETTE

Indulge in soft, pastel shades, fine textiles and pretty accessories to ensure an inviting sanctuary with an elegant feel. An upholstered headboard with contrasting buttoning makes a striking focal point, and add a touch of grown-up glamour to this bedroom.

Photography: Paul Raeside

6. OPT FOR PURE ARTISTRY

A teen bedroom is the perfect place to push the boundaries on style. Celebrate the exuberant charm of murals and statement wall coverings, from fantastical scenes and stylised inky imagery to fine architectural drawings.

With a palette of sea green and deep blue, the playful jungle design sets the scene for this relaxed interior where a mix of pattern and rich hues brings further vibrancy.

Photography: Jake Curtis

7. CREATE A SIMPLE SCANDI SCHEME

A Scandi, minimalist style is a popular trend, alongside natural wood and brilliant whites. It’s a clean, smart and versatile look that fits in well with other room schemes and can grow with your family. Try starting with a neutral palette such as white or grey and then accessorising with bedding, toys and prints.

teen bedroom ideas

Photography: Davide Lovatti

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8. ADD A QUIRKY FEATURE

Use maps to add the spirit of adventure to a teen bedroom. Maps and charts are great to work with as a decorating device. Detailed, intriguing and pefect for adding a bit of colour and pattern, they draw the eye and add interest without being overly-dominant. And there are designs to suit every scheme.

teen bedroom ideas

Photography: Paul Raeside

9. USE ART TO ADD INTEREST

Eschew wallpaper and plain paint for something truly bespoke that will resonate with your teenager. Here, a graffiti artist was commissioned to create this colourful and creative work of art behind the bed. It only takes one wall to give a room the wow factor. Generally your feature wall will be the one you see first when entering a room but you could choose one behind a key piece of furniture such as behind the bed or desk area.

teen room

Photography: Richard Powers

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