Decorating a teen's room is a challenge that is best approached as a collaboration between parents and children. Letting your teen have some control over their room's decor will help them to feel invested in the outcome, helping to ensure that the space is a reflection of their evolving tastes and personality. Depending on the age and personality of the teen in question, the perfect bedroom for an adolescent might retain some of the familiar remnants of childhood, embrace a sense of playfulness and teen spirit, or lean toward an adult space that looks as grown up as they feel.
Check out these bedrooms from a range of interior designers that are thoughtfully decorated to help teens study, relax, entertain, sleep, and be alone with their thoughts in comfort and style.
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In the Zone
This teen bedroom from Melbourne, Australia-based interior designer Nicole Rosenberg of Liberty Interiors is spacious, tailored, and grown up enough to last until they leave home (and will work just as well if they move back in after college). The airy room has a rich medium-toned blue accent wall for a grounding effect, and is dressed in shades of blue, white, and gray that gives the space cohesion. Distinct zones for sleeping and chilling out and plenty of floor space creates plenty of room to play around, relax, and breathe.
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This teen bedroom from Urbanology Designs is full of lighthearted design touches like a macrame wall hanging over the bed, a mix of patterns and textures on the bedding, a hanging woven pendant light, a trio of macrame plant holders suspended from the ceiling, and mismatched nightstands.Continue to 3 of 42 below.
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In this lively teen bedroom from Chango & Co., horizontal striped wallpaper, striking wall decorations, and a palette of black and white accented with dashes of primary red, yellow, and blue creates a dynamic feel that is playful enough for a kid without feeling too childish.Continue to 4 of 42 below.
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This teen room from Judith Balis Interiors is dressed up and full of glam touches like a crystal chandelier, jet black wall paint, a blingy gallery wall, and a dramatic ceiling covered in dreamy dark floral wallpaper in a giant rose pattern.Continue to 5 of 42 below.
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Pink Retro Style
This cozy teen room from interior designer Erin Williamson Design has a retro feel, with eccentric design touches like the patterned tie-dye effect wallpaper, rattan furnishings, and kilim throw pillow, and a palette of pink, white, and brown that has bona fide '70s style.Continue to 7 of 42 below.
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In this shared teen room from Urbanology Designs, vintage furniture, lighting, and thrift store art with a whimsical sailor theme adds personality and wit and a sense of timelessness to the space. A modern dresser, pale wood floors, and soft white walls keep the room feeling current.Continue to 8 of 42 below.
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Pink and Blue
This teen room from Mary Patton Design mixes soft pastel blue and pink with white accents to keep it feeling light and bright, and patterned accent pillows and a graphic pouf that add interest and sophistication. A curvy sofa beneath the window provides a dedicated place to relax and hang out, leaving the bed for sleeping.Continue to 9 of 42 below.
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This teen bedroom from interior designer Nicole Rosenberg of Liberty Interiors is done up in warm and cool tones of gray and silver, with a mix of soft upholstery, tough industrial storage and shelving, witty wallpaper and a neon slogan over the bed that adds a bit of winking attitude and edge.
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One way to make a teen bedroom feel more grown-up is to use a daybed that is comfortable enough to sleep on but can double as a hang out space by day. In this bedroom from Erin Williamson Design, a dreamy alcove daybed corner has Moroccan style with a Moorish-inspired cut-out, muted pink paint, an inlaid side table, and a mix of textiles.
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A vibrant blue mountainscape wall mural sets the tone in this colorful, comfortable teen room from Mel Bean Interiors, with mismatched patterns and a mix of color accents that add dimension and keep the dramatic wall treatment from overwhelming.
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Cheerful and Bright
This spacious bedroom from Chango & Co. is perfect for a young teen, with its bright patterned wallpaper, and mix of pastels and neon accent colors on furnishings and decor, from the upholstered canopy bed in a surprising shade of lavender, to the fuzzy pink desk chair, lemon yellow throw blanket, and hot pink and white striped throw pillows.
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Come Sail Away
In this polished teen bedroom from Curated Nest Interiors, a nautical theme is carried throughout the space with a toy sailboat, framed nautical drawings, and sailor stripes on the windowshades. A four-poster bed, vintage trunk, and classic fireplace give the room a grown-up feel that is playful enough for a growing teen.
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This teen room from Mel Bean Interiors has powder blue walls, pink accents, and a mix of vintage style furniture and decor that creates a homey and inviting place to hang out with retro chic style.Continue to 15 of 42 below.
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In this airy teen room from Chango & Co., the blue and white wallpaper adds subtle texture to the walls, while patterned bedding and decor accents in primary yellow, red, and blue infuses the space with energy and spirit.Continue to 16 of 42 below.
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This teen room from Christina Kim Interior Design has a soft palette of pink, beige, and white, with matching pink bubble lamps and airy white end tables that give it polish and symmetry, and a hanging chair that adds a sense of whimsy and extra seating in the modest sized space.Continue to 17 of 42 below.
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In the Navy
This teen room from Sarah Cole Interiors has navy walls, floor-to-ceiling drapes, sculptural lighting, a comfortable bed, a classic wood desk for homework, a sleek mid-century style armchair, and a wall-mounted guitar rack that doubles as display and decor.Continue to 18 of 42 below.
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Pink and Yellow
This teen room from Chango & Co. has a cheerful palette of pink and yellow that's reinforced with patterns and graphic lines, and plenty of white and pale wood to balance out the strong colors. Matching dressers function as nightstands with plenty of storage to hide clutter.
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In this teen room from Bell+Voy Design Co., a twin bed leaves room for a comfy sofa that offers both a place to read and hang out. A laptop table and wall sconce provides the option to turn the couch into an extra comfy homework station.
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This dressed up teen room from Marie Flanigan Interiors has formal polish with a youthful edge, from the floor-to-ceiling printed drapes and matching window shade to the velvet tufted headboard and bright fuschia windowseat.
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In this teen room from Chango & Co., bunk beds are dressed in a feel-good palette of salmon pink and green, while patterned wallpaper, a hanging chair, and an eclectic gallery wall add a sense of fun.
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This teen room from interior designer Nicole Rosenberg of Liberty Interiors has a light, fresh palette of soft white, gray, and pale wood tones. A natural feather juju hat over the bed, Scandi retro-inspired furnishings, and geometric touches on lighting and decor creates a stylish room that feels modern and effortless.
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This teen room from Chango & Co. has a sweet pink walls, flowery pink and green wallpaper, a fanciful arched canopy bed, a whimsical bubble pendant light, and a spacious windowseat for reading and daydreaming.
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Blue and Gold
In this teen room from Marie Flanigan Interiors, clean white walls and furnishings, metallic gold-toned lighting, and bright blue and yellow accents on textiles and decor create a slick space for a mature teen.Continue to 26 of 42 below.
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Pink and Green
This pink and green teen room from London-based Studio Peake has soothing colors, vintage furniture, and a flowy pink wall canopy hung above the twin bed that is dressed to the nines and more than comfortable enough room for a teenager.
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This groovy teen room from Chango & Co. has pale blue zebra-striped wallpaper covering the angled walls, a modern canopy bed, a large windowseat, textural accents, and bold art.Continue to 28 of 42 below.
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This teen room from Living with Lolo has pink patterned wallpaper, baby blue accents, colorful art, and simple bedding. On one side of the bed, a large table doubles as a desk or vanity, equipped with a tall lamp, an upholstered chair, and a round mirror on the wall.
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In this Florida bedroom from Maite Granda, a mix of blue-and-white patterns, a sculptural bedside lamp, and a few bright color accents create a cheerful but calming oasis.Continue to 30 of 42 below.
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This teen room from Maestri Studio mixes patterned wallpaper, ironic wall art, and bold color choices to create a quirky space with a retro spirit.Continue to 32 of 42 below.
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A mix of patterns, vintage-style lighting and furniture, and a trio of dinosaur figurines makes this teen room from Maestri Studio both sophisticated and fun.Continue to 33 of 42 below.
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Bold Pink Style
This light-flooded teen bedroom from Casa Watkins Living is a bold, bright, pink-and-orange take on modern eclectic style, with white contemporary furniture to keep the candy colors from overwhelming.Continue to 34 of 42 below.
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Red and Blue
This teen room from interior designer Maite Granda has contemporary furniture and a crisp palette of white and blue that is warmed up with a smattering of natural accents on the bedside lamp, window shade, and bench, plus a few choice bold red accents for contrast.
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This teen room from Kellie Burke Interiors has a large-scale sports-themed wall mural, and a statement bed with a metal frame headboard and built-in wood nightstands. An armless cognac leather couch positioned at the foot of the bed provides a seating area for reading and hanging out with friends.Continue to 36 of 42 below.
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This teen room from interior designer Maite Granda has abstract floral wallpaper, a pink-and-gray palette, and a retro-style nightstand and bedside lamp that adds some charming vintage style to the modern space.
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Pink and Gray
This light and airy teen room from Living with Lolo uses a palette of pink and gray, with geometric wallpaper, a large colorful patterned rug, an upholstered velvet headboard, and a rattan hanging chair in the corner to add an eclectic style note.Continue to 38 of 42 below.
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Pink and Gold
This classically pink and precious teen room from Maestri Studio features a bright and colorful floral patterned rug, candy colored pink drapery and upholstery, and an imposing gold-toned chandelier that acts as a centerpiece, outfitted with lampshades to keep the lighting soft and luminous when it's turned on at night.Continue to 40 of 42 below.
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Blogger Ursula Carmona for Home Made By Carmona gave her teen daughter's room a grown-up refresh with soft gray walls, soft neutral textiles, gauzy floor-to-ceiling drapes, a crystal pendant light, and built-in storage between the windows to house books and display favorite objects.Continue to 41 of 42 below.
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A teen room doesn't have to be elaborately designed to be effective, it just needs thoughtful details that tell a story about the person who lives in it. Interior designer Maite Granda used navy and green plaid bedding, navy blue painted furniture, and a sports ball themed lamp and wall decor to decorate this teen room fit for a budding sports enthusiast.
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In this Scandi-inspired teen bedroom from Casa Watkins Living, a soft palette of black, white, and gray includes airy patterned bedding, a graphic rug, a pale gray accent wall and upholstered headboard, and touches of glam in gold-toned metallic accents on drawer pulls, and wall decor.
How can I decorate my small teenage room?
Don't try to do too much in a small room. Consider a bold color on an accent wall with a neutral color on the other walls. Add a small area rug with a fun print. And try to keep accessories to a few select items to prevent busyness.
What furniture should be in a teen bedroom?
Besides the bed, many teens require a desk or other work area in their bedroom. Make sure it has good lighting. Also, consider some seating for when your teen has friends over.
How do I turn a kid's room into a teen room?
A bedroom doesn't need a full makeover to go from child to teen. Try changing up the bed linens to suit your teen's taste. Add curtains for a more sophisticated look. And switch up the lighting to something a little more trendy and stylish.