A huge thank you to interior design expert Nicola for this inspirational advice on planning a teen bedroom makeover.
When approaching a teen’s bedroom, why not get them involved? What do they love? Colour options? Styles? Can you find inspiration from accounts that they follow on social media?
When I ran my Basics in Interior Design workshops from my home, I welcomed a number of parents and their teens to the sessions. With a bedroom in mind, it was fascinating to see how different their ideas and mood-boards were. It was key in helping the parent visualise and understand the space that their son or daughter was looking for.
If there is uncertainty on what to go for, keep the walls neutral/light/bright and add colour and depth with different textures and materials. Go for motivational prints, wall/mirror stickers to build them up and remind them how fantastic they are when they rise in the mornings. Equipp offer some amazing pieces that will help you do just that! If they have a particular hobby, interest… include that in their room. Their safe haven needs to be a space to relax, to study, to hang out with friends and to feel inspired.
This teen girl’s bedroom was a dream to design, a space I would have loved….in fact, I’d love it even now. A bohemian dream, keeping things light and fresh with lots of different colours, texture and layers. With cork tiles to pop on the wall to showcase notes, photos and reminders. Looking to add fun storage ideas with hanging baskets for make up and bits & bobs. Faux plants are perfect for teens’ rooms, as they add the greenery but are zero maintenance. You won’t be entering the room and finding a plant graveyard!!
For a teen boy’s room, I have created a richer palette. The lovely Oxford Blue for the walls and deep oranges on the bed add a perfect pop of colour. Again, add inspiring prints – Equipp’s Unstoppable print and cushion are perfect. If you are going for darker, heavier furniture around the room, why not go for ‘mesh’ pieces on the wall to allow light and colour flow through? A metal peg noticeboard allows them to personalise and change up the space whenever they wish and the mesh shelving unit is great to store books, gaming controllers and games. Along with the ceiling light, add a table lamp or floor lamp to create a more cosy feel for the evenings.
For both rooms, it is important that it reflects them and is a space to relax and enjoy. Below you will find a directory for both mood-boards. If you would like to know more or need further inspiration, please do not hesitate to get in touch: www.precioustimedesign.co.uk. You can find me on Instagram at @precious_time_design
Teen Girls Room:
Dulux White Mist Paint – Dulux
Brilliant White – Dulux
Picture Ledge for Above Bed – IKEA UK
Limitless Print – Equipp
Faux Plants – IKEA UK
Shorty Lockers (Bedside Units) – Mustard Made
Semi Flush Ceiling Light – John Lewis
Natural Fibre Wall Light – Maison du Monde
Storage Basket – The Little House Wooden
Hook for storage basket – Amazon UK
Pom Pom Garland Indigo – Bohemia Design
Macrame Plant Hanger (Using different colours) – ETSY UK
Macrama Wall Hanging – ETSY UK, Macrandme
Blush Double Bedding – Dunelm
Green/Teal Fitted Sheet – La Redoute
Cotton Blanket for bed (In blue or green) – H&M Home
Rug for end of bed – H&M Home
Cork Squares for Memo Board (pack of 6) – ETSY UK
Leaning Mirror – NEXT
Phenomenal Mirror Sticker – Equipp
Storage Bench – Wayfair
Black Out Blinds – Blinds2go
Linen Curtains – Light Grey – H&M Home
Dusky Pink – Voile 2 pack – H&M Home
Teen Boys Room:
Dulux Oxford Blue – Dulux
Bedside Table – Oak Furniture Land
Unstoppable Cushion – Equipp
Cotton Orange Bedding – Zara Home
The Good News Print – Southwood Living
Vinyl Record Storage – Urban Outfitters
Black Industrial Dresser – Urban Outfitters
Pewter Lamp Shade – Next Brooklyn
Floor Lamp – Next
Metal Noticeboard – Amazon UK
Unstoppable Print – Equipp
Rise & Shine Plaque – Flat102
Mesh Shelving Unit – The Farthing