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Turn a kid’s room into a teen’s room for under $100

Watching your little prince or princess grow up and out of their childhood things is hard enough without having to empty your wallet on a new, grown-up space to fit your teen’s new, grown-up needs.


t Instead of blowing your budget on all new furniture and decor, make some simple and low-cost changes to your teen’s space that will make the room more mature and fit their new up-and-coming style.

1. Give It a bold new color


tTeen Room Remodel via Hometalker Linda @It All Started With Paint

t The simplest and most effective change to try is a new coat of paint. Change pale pastels into bright neons or bold colors. Get your teen’s input, so that you’re sure to end up with a paint color that’s their absolute fav.

2. Create a cool space for homework


tRock N Roll Teen’s Room via Hometalker Anita Roll Murals @Anita Roll

t With all the new fun and drama of teenage years comes harder homework and longer nights of school assignments. Giving your teen an organized and quiet space to get work done is as easy as bringing in a small table or desk, and adding a lone chair. Add floating shelves or repurpose crates as book storage, and install a DIY cork board for keeping track of notes.

3. Decorate with unique bold patterns


tGirl’s Room Makeover via Hometalker Jill F @Sew a Fine Seam

t Teens tend to like loud patterns and unique designs, so (with their approval) go ahead and mix and match throw pillows and wall decor from everywhere and anywhere. Stick to fun shapes and a collage of colors, so that whatever odds and ends you find from clearance sales matches the design perfectly.

4. Add a Cozy Hangout Space


tDIY Pallet Daybed via Hometalker Debbie @Painted Therapy

t You can expect your son or daughter’s room to become a constant chill spot for friends, so it’s a good idea to add the right furnishings for maximum hangout. Add a couple DIY large floor pillows, or grab a couple of pallet boards and add a mattress to create a low-cost and cozy DIY daybed.

5. Create wall decor that encourages creativity


tTeen Room Reveal via Hometalker Angie @The Country Chic Cottage

t Teens are just beginning to get an idea of what they like, which means it changes often and they might not appreciate a parent’s input. Because of this, the best decoration you can give to your teen’s room is something that inspires them to decorate themselves. This design using empty frames strung with lines and pins for hanging artwork is a genius teen decor idea.

6. Include fun features


tChalkboard Wall Feature for Your Teen via Hometalker Jeanne @I Dream of Jeanne Design

t Make your teen’s room stand out by adding unique features all their own. Again, encouraging creativity is key, making this chalkboard feature the best of both worlds: an easily DIYed and one-of-a-kind fun canvas for your son or daughter’s bedroom designs.

7. Provide lots of storage space


tGirl’s Bedroom Makeover via Hometalker Susan Sease @Uniquely Yours Or Mine

t Part of growing up is accumulating a lot of stuff. Now that your teen has more belongings that they feel attached to, there will be more stuff to store. To avoid a messy bedroom, and a lot of gentle pleading, make sure your teen’s bedroom has storage space galore, with simple storage shelves and DIY decorated bins, baskets, and boxes.

t Want more great bedroom decor designs? Check out our Bedroom Ideas topic page on Hometalk!

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