Depending on the day -- or even the hour -- a teen's bedroom might serve as a homework zone, a social center, or a protective bunker. It's also a 3-D mode of personal expression. Help your teen realize the potential of this important space with these teen bedroom decor ideas.
At the end of adolescence, some kids leap into their teenage years, ready to look and act "grown up." If you have one of these kids, help them achieve a mature yet youthful look in their personal space. You don't have to ditch the bright and happy colors or playful patterns of their childhood room. But you can give it an above-grade-level makeover. To advance a favorite color scheme, turn up the intensity of the hues: Turn pale pink into fuchsia or mint green into chartreuse, for example. Rather than pick patterns that feel childish (polka dots), opt for classic plaids, damasks, stripes, and florals in modern designs and punchy colors. And, limit the patterns to accent pillows or window treatments. When the bulk of the decorating scheme includes solid patterns, it feels less animated and more restful.
For a teen that shares a room with a sibling, the room can hardly be a private retreat. But you can try to give her a space of her own by trading bunk beds for twin beds and separating them as much as possible. Sliding a spacious desk or a bulky dresser between the beds creates a barrier. Give each sleeper his own lamp and electrical outlets for chargers and electronics. Look for colors and patterns in bedding and window treatments that are age-neutral. And try to incorporate areas for personal expression, such as separate corkboards for photos and posters and independent shelves to display collectibles.