Teenage boy bedroom ideas, as with most things when it comes to teens, are tricky to get right. They are at an age where they probably want creative freedom, which is great if that means they want something simple and chic, less great if they want to turn their bedroom into a half-pipe. So there's probably will have to be some compromises when it comes to design and decor, but that doesn't mean you can't both create a room that's stylish, functional and reflects your child's tastes. And we have plenty of bedroom ideas and inspiration to help with just that...
1. Incorporate street style
This teenage boy's bedroom idea has a super cool, urban feel, thanks to the huge up-and-over window, skateboard racks on the walls and a school locker style wardrobe. Be inspired by this space and add an exposed brick wall to add to the industrial vibe and if pulling off plaster isn't an option for you, there are loads of really realistic brick print wallpaper that can create a really similar effect.
2. Embrace a theme
Talk to your teens about there hobbies and use that as the basis for their bedroom design. This surf-mad teenager’s bedroom features a hand-painted mural designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, which is quirky and fun but stylish too.
Elaine Penhaul, director of home staging company Lemon and Lime Interiors advises: 'Parents may shy away from giving a teenager free rein but try to remember that paint is temporary, and it can be changed as their tastes change or when they leave home. They will benefit from having the freedom to experiment and can learn to manage money if offered a budget.'
3. Blend there tastes with style
Not overly keen on painting a football pitch on your kid's wall? Look for ways to bring in their taste in more subtle ways. Take this teen's modern bedroom – although the sporty wallpaper is playful, the rest of the room has a very chic look to it, owed to the cohesive colour scheme and chic furnishings. Monogrammed bedding and a statement chair complete the look.
4. Design a statement mural
Win some cool points with your teenager and add a street-art style mural to their bedroom. If you are feeling brave, you could let them go to town with their own creation or instead, you could commission a design that you both agree on to add a focal point to the space.
5. Go graphic
We love the graphic lines and funky mix of primary colors in this teenage boy bedroom, but what we love even more is it's practical too, with loads of storage for keeping clutter at bay and providing a sleek workspace for homework.
Elaine Penhaul of Lemon and Lime Interiors says: 'Storage is incredibly important as teenagers tend to collect lots of belongings over the years. Helping them to find clever ways to organize clothes, books, shoes, and anything else they may own will help them to keep the space tidy with minimal effort.'
6. Turn a wall into something more
Any guesses what this kid's passion is? This room does actually prove how taking inspiration from your children's hobbies can create really stylish space if you just think creatively. This feature wall is inspired by a goal, but at a first glance, it just looks like a very cool, minimalistic design.
7. Build in a stage
Whether it's for dance routines, or band practice (or more likely recording Tik Toks), what teen wouldn't want a stage in their bedroom. This drum kit sits on its own raised plinth, made from the bandsawn oak floorboards. We think it would look pretty cool in a teenage boy's bedroom!
8. Make space for their knick knacks
Heavily into sports? Create a cool scheme with sport-inspired art, and use open shelving to display any trophies or medals or collected paraphernalia like boxing gloves, ping pong bats, a baseball glove and ball, etc.
9. Display their passions to add personality
Mount their hobby or passion on the walls to add personality to their room and ensure that it really reflects their personality. Elaine Penhaul explains: 'When it comes to teenagers, it’s key to let them personalize their room so they feel like they have their own space. Allow them to incorporate any hobbies or interests they might have and create wall features by hanging weird and wonderful items – Pinterest offers loads of great ideas on how to do this.'
10. Decorate with a teen approved wallpaper
And if hanging skateboard from your walls isn't an option, then instead go for a cool, urban-inspired wallpaper like this one will instantly change the atmosphere and give the room a more grown-up feel.
11. Get creative and splatter walls
The walls of this teenage boy's bedroom have a wild, splatter paint effect, but they are in fact wallpaper. If you're feeling brave, you could let your teen try and recreate this themselves. Then if it doesn't work out, you could always wallpaper over it.
12. Add a secret door easily with wallpaper
This 'secret door' to a teenage boy bedroom was surprisingly inexpensive to create, as the door is just covered with Trompe l’Oeil wallpaper. The wall and door were papered in one go, with a dark architrave and a fake skirting board completing the illusion. Simple and effective
13. Make a teen's room more grown up with graffiti art
There's something about graffiti that teens love, maybe it gives them a cool, grown-up edgy feeling (we remember that feeling well), and it's a bonus that done it the right way it can look really stylish too.
Hanging some graffiti-inspired artwork is a really quick way to make a kid's room feel more grown up without having to totally redecorate so can be a great addition as your child gets older.
14. Or create a graffiti wall
Or you could go all out, and commission a graffiti artist and paint your teen's room in person. It could make for quite a fun experience, and your teen and his friends could all get involved.
15. Add in some retro games
A retro – but working – arcade game like this would make a fun display in any teen bedroom! And who are you kidding you would love to get your hands on Pac Man again too.
16. Create a cozy cabin aesthetic
The teen’s room has a distinctly grown-up feel to it, with a large upholstered headboard, a faux fur throw and taxidermy (faux antlers would achieve an equally cool look) on the wall. Plus this is a classic, neutral look that's got longevity so you won't find yourself redecorating every year as their tastes change.
17. Keep things fun
They might want a more grown-up scheme, but you can balance out a grown-up bed, sophisticated bedding and lighting with playful touches to keep the feel young and fresh. In this teenage boy's bedroom, interior designer Katharine Pooley introduced a fun wallpaper, and displayed jars of sweets, giving this sophisticated room a more playful atmosphere.
18. Make space for a desk
Upgrade their kids desk to a more grown-up looking one – industrial style desks are a popular choice. A leather chair like this will also help give the room a cooler, edgier look and creates a comfy and practical space to do homework.
19. Go for open storage to display there things
Open storage like this is perfect for displaying treasured knick-knacks and can add color and interest to a space. Pick something with an industrial edge and use the surface for decor.
20. Pick a dramatic color palette
The drama of deep color creates a fantastically cocooning effect and adds some drama to a teenage boy's bedroom. Pair deep navy walls with greys, blacks, and whites for a classic scheme that's going to grow with them.
How do you style a teenage boy's bedroom?
When styling a teenage boy's bedroom make sure you always get them involved in the design process. If you can get their attention for 15 minutes create a mood board together so you both have an idea of the vision you are going for. Look at color schemes, themes, furniture, materials, any patterns they might like that you can bring in with wallpaper or bedding.
If you aren't sure where to start themes that always work in teen's boy bedrooms are industrial, rustic styles with cool neutral color palettes and lots of textures. Add in some quirky artwork and make sure there's plenty of open storage for them to display their knick-knacks.
What colors should you choose for a teenage boy's bedroom?
Color schemes that work well in teenage boy's bedrooms and are a safe bet are greys, blues, and whites. These neutral palettes are the ideal backdrop for any style and can be adapted as their tastes change too, just by switching out accessories. For a warm look, try browns which can look really stylish and modern when paired with vivid colors like reds and oranges.
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Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.
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