Tips for Styling a Teen Room

3 years ago

The teen years have arrived, and her pale yellow walls just aren’t cutting it, Mom! These are the years of school dances, after school clubs, and dishing about boys study sessions with the girls.  It’s time to give her a space that will encourage creativity, inspire her passions, and help her transition to the adult world; are you ready?

Choosing Color

Paint is one of the easiest and least expensive options for changing the look of a room. When choosing a paint color for the space, consider the elements you are keeping and the new ones you may be bringing in. If you are starting from scratch, a whole world of color awaits you, but if your daughter has a beloved collection of handbags or collects zebra-printed items, your options just got much smaller. Choose a few colors that compliment her collection and let her choose her favorite shade. Not a fan of shocking pink walls? Picking a neutral is always a safe choice for mom and daughter. Bubblegum pink may seem cool at 11, but chances are she’ll change her mind in a couple of years. Consider choosing a pale grey and add your color with her favorite accessories, new bedding, curtains, and a rug. Light-colored walls can easily be repainted without additional layers of priming that bold colors may need and a neutral tone would transition into an adult space without the need for repainting.

Choosing the Rug

The secret of styling a room with less stress is to choose your rug first. Trying to pick a rug that coordinates with a lot of existing color and pattern can be overwhelming. A rug lays the groundwork for your room and should help to tie all elements together. You can mix pattern, but there are rules. If you have a large print in bedding or wallpaper, choose a small printed rug to compliment and vice versa. Of course there is always the option to go with a solid, but what fun is that, really? Rugs have added benefits beyond just pops of color. They reduce energy costs when covering hardwoods, especially if they are made of wool, and they also offer comfort and protection both over carpet and hardwoods. They are great investment pieces that are both functional and reusable when well-cared for. If you’re using a common size, it may transition easily to another space within your home when she tires of it. If she’s using a twin size bed, you’ll want at least a 5x8 which can transition well to a foyer area or living room, for example. This is also the perfect size for most dorm rooms.


The last thing to consider when styling a teens’ room is longevity. Will they be heading to college soon? Will you be keeping their room intact or will they be taking it with them? Consider your answers to those questions when buying the accessories for her space. Bedding that is transitional or reversible in nature is a great alternative for lengthening the life of your makeover. Light-blocking curtains are essential to provide restful nights and avoid sun glare on computer screens while studying which will be true for her teen years and maybe even her 20’s. A well cared for rug can last anywhere from 2-10 years and even 30 years or more if made from wool. If your teen will be transitioning to a dorm room, they will likely want a rug for comfort. In this case, a simple pattern or a solid color may be a good choice unless you plan to keep her room as it is for summer visits. By choosing neutral walls and a rug that can transition with her to college, you will make it easier on yourself to later turn that space into a home office or guest room. Consider a high-quality shag in a simple pattern or even an indoor/outdoor rug for easy clean up.

Choose pieces that will be useful beyond the here and now to stretch a makeover through some of the most confusing and exciting years of your child’s life. It’s about more than just the color, Moms. Giving her a space inspired by her own interests will encourage confidence and pursuit of passions that will carry her further than just these formative years. Not to mention, she’ll think you’re pretty awesome for giving her a space she can show off to all her girlfriends. No boys allowed!

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