Teenage Bedroom Color Schemes
Let your teenager's tastes shine through with a bedroom color scheme he or she will love.
By the time kids are teenagers, they usually have a pretty good idea what colors and style of decorating they like. With some guidance from you, your teen can choose a bedroom color scheme that will be an extension of his or her personality and a personal space that's perfect for spending time.
As kids become tweens and teenagers, they often love to start expressing their personal style by way of bedroom decor. Take a look at these hip hangouts and bedrooms to see how to help them embrace the color and eclectic look they love. Sophisticated furniture, funky lighting and wild colors inspired Victoria Sanchez of Victoria Sanchez Interiors to create this teenager's getaway decked out in Missoni fabrics and furniture. Design: Victoria Sanchez
The large framed poster above the bed is the focal point of this bedroom, bringing in the only source of bold color. Design: Michael Moeller
Daybeds are the perfect solution for small teen rooms since they double as a spot for sleeping and a place to sit with their friends. The unexpected color scheme of celery, olive, blue-gray and tangerine, to the clever space planning, makes this design extra fun. Design: Brian Patrick Flynn
Bright colors in the chairs, teepee and bookshelf add youthfulness to the adult aesthetics in this space. The chairs are nothing more than piled up cushions that can be spread out during sleepovers. Design: Martha Angus and Eche Martinez/Photo: Jason Kisner
Sweet Like Candy
This colorful, candy-inspired girls' room is perfect for a tween girl looking to feel a bit more grown up. A sophisticated yet youthful color palette, along with transitional furnishings and a private candy bar turn this space into a cool hangout. Design: Genevieve Gorder
A tween or teen's room is a great place to try a saturated color palette. The deep shade of pink in this room offers a more mature take on the hue that's so popular in little girls' rooms. Design: Linda Woodrum
Genevieve Gorder spices up this colorful and eclectic room with handcrafted accents. A custom turquoise chandelier, stenciled wall design and one-of-a-kind side chair create a cozy, personalized space. Design: Genevieve Gorder
Teens love a place of their own, even if that means a small nook where they can curl up to read or text with friends. Splashes of turquoise and yellow are vibrant against the painted parquet floors of this colorful reading nook. Design: Kriste Michelini/Photo: Jason Kisner
Fresh Walk-In Closet
What's retro to a parent is likely a fresh design to a teenager. The geometric look and bright colors of mod style seen in this walk-in closet are always popular with the under-20 crowd. Design: Shelley Cahan/Photo: Jason Kisner
Appealing Window Seat
A secretary-style desk is included in the custom cabinetry design of this stylish playroom. A fun hot pink is echoed on the window seat cushion, roman shade trim and Moroccan pouf — all of which are easily changed should color tastes change. Design: Fiorella Design/Photo: Frank Paul Perez
Choosing colors for a teen boy isn't always easy, nor is designing a room to grow with him. A soft gray paint on three walls and the ceiling of this room create a neutral and cozy retreat, but the cinnamon-colored wall behind the bed provides a splash of energy. Values of gray from dark charcoal to light gray in the bedding and draperies relate to the walls and ceiling, while the chrome lamps and accessories complemented the grays and added a touch of bling. Design: Laura McCroskey/Photo: Chad Jackson
A tween's room is a great place to play with fun colors and patterns. The turquoise accent wall and maps offer a wide color palette to choose from, while black and white accents ground the space. Design: TerraCotta Properties
Teenager's Room With a Powerful Punch
Continuing her theme of "Bermuda in the city," designer Anna Donohue created a teenage retreat that is replete with fun patterns and colors. The bed and wall covering are simple in design, but graphic patterns in the pillows, Roman shade and bulletin board give the room a bold look. A black industrial-style lamp adds whimsy and spunk.
Teen Bedroom With Bold Braille Wall Flats
The minimalist design of this modern bedroom is the perfect setting for the bold, blue Braille wall installation. A sphere chair and sleek work station make this a cool place to hang out for a teen boy.
Modern Teen's Bedroom Features Kelly Green Accents
A bold kelly green desk chair and accessories really pop against the crisp white walls in this modern teen's room. On one side of the room, two Roman shades feature a black and white print of Elvis repeated three times on each shade. The spacious, modern desk on the adjacent wall is the perfect workspace for afternoon homework.
Boy's Bedroom Features Playful, Quirky Style
An array of fun, quirky accessories adorns a midcentury modern desk in this boy's bedroom. The fun doesn't stop there — colorful skateboards are mounted in a row above the bed, creating an unexpected and eye-catching form of artwork.
Boy's Room Comes to Life With Ombre Lacquer Wall Finish
Designed for the young man of the house, Karter's Krash Pad at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 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.
The inspiration for this grand design was a dream catcher from the client’s mother. Like a dream catcher, the room would have the perfect blend of colors, textures, patterns and materials. Urban elements were to be mixed with traditional, organic with geometric.
Girl's Purple Bedroom With Patterned Ceiling
Thanks to a bold color scheme of violet, black, white and gold, this designer-caliber tween girl's bedroom is as appealing to the tween herself as it is to her young parents. From the royal palette to the vintage pieces and fashion-inspired artwork, she'll feel blissfully at home here for years to come.
A wild mix of patterns in bold colors make this teen girl's bedroom a flirty, fun space. Maintaining the same color palette throughout the design keeps the room feeling cohesive, not crazy.
Inspired by Nature
Like sun rays, a yellow chevron print stretches its way across the ceiling of this kids room. A textured area rug reminiscent of grass brings the outside in, while the hanging birdcage chair adds a fun place for reading or daydreaming.
Blue Teen Bedroom With Rope Swing
White walls are the perfect blank canvas for colorful art and pillows. Although minimalistic, this Scandinavian style girl's bedroom boasts plenty of charming elements, like the gold chandelier, white fur rug and graphic throw pillow.
Teenagers love color; don't be afraid to let them choose bright shades of their favorites. Even color combinations that seem unconventional can work well together, or be modified to keep everyone in the household happy.
Orange, purple, bright blue and navy are all popular with the teen set. Even black can be used in ways that will create a look that is sophisticated enough to appeal to your teenager without looking dreary or dismal.
Purple is a particular favorite among teen girls; the color can be used for looks ranging from romantic to modern, depending on the shade and what accent colors you choose. For a glamorous look, pair a rich shade of purple with black furniture and art-deco light fixtures. White furniture and billowy fabrics will give a lavender room a dreamy feel.
Some teen girls still like pink, but they're ready to take the color up a notch. Try rich pink or salmon walls with accents in a bright shade of green, purple or sunny yellow. Modern furniture and geometric touches will keep a teen's pink bedroom from looking too young or frilly.
For a teen boy's room, try a warm brown or neutral beige with bright accents in orange, green or blue for a color pop. Many boys continue to like blue during their teen years, and a rich cobalt or navy looks good with accents in green or brown.
This bedroom positively glows with style. The mantel is a great area for display, featuring a variety of the girls’ favorite accessories and even a few plants beneath a bright, neon sign, spelling out the words, Say What! Most importantly, the room showcases the girls’ talents with their art and gymnastics medals on display, proof that you can highlight children's accomplishments and collections without sacrificing style.
Bedding in the home’s signature black and white color palette juxtaposes stripes and polka-dots for a very modern mix of patterns. Pops of orange throughout the room liven up the space while giving it a warm yet youthful feel. Even more color finds it way in through the metallic side table and lamp, while leopard-patterned pillows on both beds tie the colors and patterns together.
Saturated Pastels and Tonal Neons
A Room of Their Own
The girls’ room is an excellent example of how to design a kid’s room with a sense of style. When designing a room for kids there’s a lot to be said for keeping the overall aesthetic aligned with the rest of the home. Instead of decorating with bright pastel colors and more traditional "kid's colors" that don’t reflect their personal style, Julio and Kenza have blended their grownup black and white color palette with fun elements like the heart polka dots on the sheets, typographic art and pops of orange in this kid-friendly space.
Transitional Pink and White Girl's Bedroom With Tufted Bed Frame
The white, classic Moroccan-style rug adds sophistication and style to this teen bedroom. Pops of pink give the space a girly feel without going overboard. A chic, white tufted bed frame and ottoman will last well beyond teen years.
The Ultimate Girl Cave
The girls’ bedroom is filled with unique, textural details. Above the twin beds, a woven metal pendant is a cool statement piece overhead. In the corner, a modern lucite chair is the perfect place to hang out. Atop it, a pillow featuring President Obama is a great accent piece.
Pink Tween Bedroom Accessories
Looking for a high-energy, tone-on-tone look? Consider hot pink, salmon and white. When paired, hot pink and salmon seem very similar, almost seamless; however, once separated by white, the colors' distinctive differences come to life.
Girl's Bedroom Brimming with Whimsy
This girl's room blends styles, patterns and colors in fun and whimsical ways. An allover 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.
Some teenagers will gravitate toward neutral or paler shades for their walls. You can still bring color into the mix with fabric, rugs and other accessories. A girl's room in a soft blue or green can be pretty without looking "little girlish." For a boy's room, grey with navy is a good combination that looks good with unpainted or black furniture.
Teens often love wall murals, which work well on walls painted in lighter shades. Let your teenager's tastes and interests shine through. Geometric shapes, silhouettes from nature scenes such as trees or flowers, or sketches of musical instruments or hobbies are good choices.
If your teen son or daughter likes black, consider painting one wall, such as the one behind the headboard, as an accent. Black can serve as an anchor for brighter colors used in the room.
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