11 Sophisticated Teen Bedroom Decorating Ideas That Will Grow With Them
Skip the themes, and try these decor ideas they'll love for years.
It's not always the easiest task to figure out your teen's style when decorating their bedroom. The good news? "Cute" themes have been upgraded with more sophisticated options that will grow with them as the years pass.
Check out our 11 favorite design ideas to get you and your teen inspired for redecoration.
1: Patterned Wallpaper
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An easy way to add some instant sophistication to a teen’s bedroom is with a fun, patterned wallpaper. Don’t be afraid of bold colors or larger patterns in a younger space. If you don’t want to commit to wallpaper on all four walls, then consider an accent wall. If you're renting, there are great options these days for removable wallpaper, as well.
2: Dark + Moody
Ace Hotel Bedroom
Who wouldn't want to stay in this rustic style hotel room? The main feature in this bedroom at the Ace Hotel is an exposed black brick wall. A platform bed made with white and black linens anchors the room and side tables with black table lamps act as bedside tables. The room's hardwood is laid in a zig-zag pattern, Chevron-like pattern and an antique table and stool act as a work station.
While bright colors are always a fun idea for a bedroom, darker hues can be a great option, too. Darker colors often make a space feel cozier, and they look great with smaller pops of color.
3: Modern Canopy
Transitional Teen Bedroom With Romantic Feel
A modern white bed and stylish patterned wallpaper update this classic teen bedroom. A chandelier and gauzy canopy over the bed give the room a romantic feel.
Sam Oberter Photography
Many kids dream of having a canopy bed in their bedrooms, but a canopy still works in a teen’s bedroom, especially if it’s a more modern canopy.
4: Feminine, Rustic Vibes
Chelsea Bohemian Bedroom
Cozy up in this eclectic bedroom with punches of color and personality everywhere. Multiple, cool and complementary patterns give the room almost a monotone neutral feel. The eye is drawn to the perky yellow table lamp which is sitting on a slice of an old tree.
For a teen’s bedroom it helps to soften rustic elements with a more feminine look. Furry pillows or throws, dried flowers and wood touches really balance out the cozy vibe of this space.
5: Updated Pastels
Pastel pink and baby blue are colors often associated with nurseries. But an updated pastel palette would be a great color scheme for a teen's bedroom. Touches of mint greens, peaches and blues work perfectly against a neutral backdrop.
6: Curtained Closures
Bedroom Closet Organization System
Create a floor-to-ceiling closet by attaching rods and shelves to a wall, then draping off the area with a set of curtains. Define your storage needs, then choose the best spot—here we moved the bed to the center of the room and built the closet on the wall behind it.
A clever idea that will instantly change the look of a room is to remove the closet doors and replace them with curtains. Choose bright hues or patterns if you want to add a splash of color, or go with a neutral, such as cream or gray, to quietly balance out the space.
7: Multipurpose Bed
Pink Girl's Bedroom With Daybed
This room features floor-to-ceiling pink patterns and a bed full of accent pillows. Patterned wallpaper, curtains and bedding create an adorable blend of pinks that complement one another. A neutral area rug and soft lamp lighting make this a warm and inviting space for girls of all ages.
Using a daybed in a teen’s bedroom is a great way to make the space feel a bit more grown-up. You can bring in some texture and color with throw pillows, including bolster pillows. Daybeds are also a great solution for tighter spaces, as they have a smaller footprint.
8: Window Seat
Pre-Teen Bedroom With Floral Wallpaper and Padded Headboard
This pre-teen girl's bedroom was redone in bright raspberry and purple hues, along with a bold accent wall with floral wallpaper. A funky design covers the window seat, and a padded headboard gives the bed a touch of elegance.
Chad Jackson Photograhy
Window seats are a great spot to study or read. If you have a built-in space, you can cozy it up with pillows and a throw. But even if you don’t have a built-in window seat, you can create a similar effect by adding a bench underneath a window and creating your own faux window seat.
9: Sleek Sleep
Caitlin & Caitlin
A low platform bed is another way to create a sleek, modern space for your teen’s bedroom. Since many bedside tables are too high for platform beds, consider using a stack of books or a plant stand in place of a standard bedside table.
10: Chic Sconces
To add ample light to their sleeping area, Briana and Buzz opted for wall-mounted, plug-in sconces that don't require permanent hard wiring. By simply screwing the attachment to the wall, then plugging the cord into a nearby outlet, the look of custom, permanent lighting is achieved without long-term commitment or the steep cost of hiring an electrician. Another advantage of wall-mounted sconces is that table space is freed up, allowing surfaces to be used for other purposes.
Sconces next to a bed are a wonderful addition to a teen bedroom. Late-night studying will be a breeze once you install some bedside sconces. If you don’t want to have the sconce installed by an electrician, you can choose plug-in sconces which are easy to install and work for both homeowners and renters.
11: Playful Swing
Boys' Transitional Bedroom Activity Area
A Parsons-style desk paired with stylish stools creates a space-saving and versatile option for a bedroom that functions as a sleep, lounge and homework space. This layout also leaves room for more fun seating options, such as hanging hammock chairs.
A swing would make for a super unique addition to your teen’s bedroom. Add a pillow to help tie it in with the rest of the space. And if you’re concerned about having it installed properly, consider hiring a professional who can anchor it to your ceiling.
Decorate With a Hobby
Mounted skateboards serve as colorful artwork in this striking bedroom. A bold-blue accent wall creates a backdrop for the skateboards as well as the upholstered bed. Neutral bedding ensures the space doesn't feel overdone.
Jamie Likes Purple
Midcentury Mod in Bright Colors
Rustic and Sporty
Forget plain old paintings and sketches, the art in this teen's room is a combination of antique tennis racquets and an oversized metal initial. Rustic plaid linens are complemented with a matching striped pillow, throw blanket and window treatments. Antique record boxes serve as a storage space-packed bedside table.
Bold Accent Wall
If you have teens that have to share a bedroom, separate the beds as much as possible. These two red-framed beds are divided by a navy dresser with matching table lamps. An accent wall of butterflies adds a ton of personality.
Ombre Lacquer Walls
Designed for the young man of the house, Karter's Krash Pad at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase is brought to life with a vertical ombre lacquer wall finish by Willem Racke inspired by rock formations along the Pacific coast. Designer Susan Lind Chastain selected a Jean Paul Gaultier fabric with crushed car metal design for daybed pillows to add to the hip youthfulness of the space.
Holly Golightly Charm
Audrey Hepburn herself might fall in love with this large bedroom designed for a savvy, stylish teenager. The space echoes old Hollywood glamor, featuring vintage bedside tables and touches of gold throughout the room. White bedding keeps the area feeling clean and fresh, while purpley-red chairs and accents add a punch to the otherwise-neutral space.
Pattern on Pattern
The inspiration for this bohemian design was a dream catcher. Like a dream catcher, the room has a perfect blend of colors, textures, patterns and materials. Urban elements were to be mixed with traditional, organic with geometric.
Rustic and Earthy
Wood boards stripe the navy accent wall creating depth and texture behind the gray upholstered headboard. Layers of pillows decorate the bed while the bright green lamps and monogram letter add pops of color.
Sophisticated, Yet Still Sweet
A teen will feel all grown up in this gorgeous bedroom featuring high-style wallpaper. Orange-red nightstands add a fun punch of color next to the decorative black headboard and accent wall. Floral pillow cases and a monogramed throw pillow layer color and pattern for a playful twist.
A Little Zig and Zag
Gray, blue and white striped walls are shaken up with a peak and decline design on one wall. The deep-blue stripes match the bed, which pops against the light carpet. A green houndstooth throw pillow and orange patterned throw pillow add color to the bed linens and coordinate with the graphic rug.
Shared Room in Aqua and Coral
A light-blue wall with starburst wall decor brings a beautiful and fun accent to this bedroom. The aqua-colored beds paired with the coral dresser lend a touch of beach-inspired charm.
Bold and Funky
Large-scale artwork and vibrant colors stand out against the modern black canopy bed and bedding. Black crown molding and white end tables provide a contrast that is striking and totally cool.
Sky Blue and Polka Dots
Bright-blue walls, bold prints and a mod Parsons desk combine to create a fun, contemporary space for a teen to sleep, study and hang out with friends. For extra seating, a swinging chair makes use of a corner niche and an acrylic desk chair is stylish and functional. Designer Claire Paquin pulled colors from the bright polka-dot bedding and carried them throughout the space.
Charming Chaise Lounge
A clean-lined, upholstered bed pairs with a mod white chair and sleek lucite bench to create a stylish look. Keep big furniture, walls and floors in neutral tones then add color and personality with more inexpensive items like throw pillows, wall art and accessories.
A Worldly View
This bedroom blends traditional and contemporary pieces for a transitional look that's perfect for a teen. The map accent wall adds beautiful shades of blue and also helps to encourage studies and imagination.
Designed for a teen who lived in Europe for a few years, this bedroom at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase, offers a youthful sophistication with its timeless furnishings and fun colors. The dress hung on the ceiling was found in Paris and served as the inspiration for the space.
Rustic Chic With Antiques
This nautical-themed teen bedroom brings together vintage and newfangled furniture and accessories to create a space that is interesting and contemporary. Unique items include the antique propeller and the shelving unit made from pipes, ropes and reclaimed wood flooring.
This teen room blends styles, patterns and colors in fun and whimsical ways. An all-over pattern of elephants dressed in pink adorns a single accent wall, bringing attention to the bed. White walls, furniture and bedding allow the pink accessories to pop. A traditional rug continues the pink and coral palette and adds a touch of elegance.
Start With an Inspiration Piece
Designer Nancy Snyder started with the teen's favorite teal and purple duvet then added bright white furniture to balance with the dark wood accents. Colorful carpet tiles complement the duvet and the wall art.
Floral and Fun
This pre-teen's bedroom was done in bright raspberry and purple hues and topped off with a bold accent wall. The layers of pattern in the cushions and pillows, plus the winged upholstered headboard add a touch of grownup style.
This Room Rocks
As seen on HGTV's Love It or List It Too, this teen's bedroom has lots of personality. With a funky, patterned bedspread and a "You Rock" rug, this space is sure to be any teen's dream. Dressers line each side of the room so that there is plenty of storage to keep the place neat.
Don't Be Afraid to Mix It Up
Bold Braille Wall Flats
Sweet Yet Sophisticated
Bubble-gum pink meets elegant black and white to create an fun color palette. A bold mix of graphic and animal print patterns round out the design with a playful edge.
Bold and Youthful
The subtle pattern on the walls and chevron-themed accessories bring the perfect combination of sophistication and fun to this bedroom. The designer's goal was to create a space well-suited for a young child but flexible enough to grow into their teens.
Teen Twin Platform Beds
Pink is overhead and underfoot in this vibrant teen bedroom. Extra-wide Roman shades span several windows to provide a strong neutral focal point. Polka dot pillows, layered bedding and pom-pom throws top the twin platform beds.
Dual Fabric Canopy
Fabric can make a striking headboard, here a pink and white checked quilt is dramatically used behind the bed. The playful use of pattern and color continues throughout the space with the striped sofa, green walls and floral bed linens.