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If your child’s bedroom wants to transform into a teenager’s bedroom but you don’t want to spend a lot of money, here are some ideas for you:
How to update a bedroom
My son is a mess! His room looks pretty nasty and unfortunately, I can not resist going into his room to straighten it up once a week. I am afraid mice or nasty insects will take over this room if I don’t remove the leftover food, half-empty drinks, and other unidentified trash from his room.
I am not really proud of myself for doing this, but his dirt level is much higher than mine. So anyhow, last week I went into his room and started a major decluttering action and was thinking about re-decorating this space. Searching the internet for decorating ideas wasn’t very successful.
Therefore I started re-thinking his room and collected some teen bedroom decorating ideas for you.
I was also debating if I should take off his closet door and install a barn door to add more flair to this room. Here is the link, if you are interested in seeing how to do it: How to make a barn door
But for now, I am trying not to invest too much time and money into his room.
If you are interested to find out what I did with Sean’s room to make it look nicer, here you go:
This is how it looked, after straightening up and decluttering. He wrote a quote on the wall a couple of months ago, and this just had to go. He had covered it up with flags but I wanted it gone. I tried to match the gray wall color, but I wasn’t very successful.
Because this room was painted a year ago, I didn’t feel like painting the whole room again. And I actually like the world sticker and didn’t want to take it down.
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Amazingly Easy Teen Bedroom Decorating Ideas
My first attempt was to match the wall color but it didn’t work out well (as you can see in the above pictures).
Therefore I thought about just covering up his “painting” with the least possible effort.
The decision was made, to just paint a stripe over his mural.
This is the least effort to cover up any kind of mess on a wall without painting the whole wall or even the whole room.
Of course, the wall has to be straight and even, otherwise, the paint will bleed.
These are the items you will need to paint a straight line:
- painters tape Frog tape
- paintbrush and rollers
- optional base coat paint
- paint (I love Sherwin Williams) If you only add a stripe, a sample pot of paint color is enough.
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It is easy to do if you have the right tools. In case you don’t have anything available, here are some links for your convenience:
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And here are the steps on how to paint a stripe:
- Mark the wall where you want to paint the stripe. Use a level to make a fine straight line with a pencil and use Frog tape (painter’s tape) to cover the pencil line.
3. Optional: Paint over the edges of your frog tape with a base coat paint color. I read that using the base coat will seal the frog tape down and will create a perfectly straight line. I did this by using sandpaper. Applying base coat paint is optional. If you use it, let it dry completely before you move on to the next step.
4. Use the medium size roller to paint the whole stripe with your selected color.
Always let the paint dry completely between the coats
5. Let dry and paint again if necessary. I used metallic paint, so it was necessary to apply two coats.
6. Let dry completely.
7. Remove the frog tape and you should have the perfect line, without any smears or bleeds.
It does look pretty good. Painting this stripe took me about two hours to get this little project done.
Alternatives to painting the walls
Amazingly Easy Teen Bedroom Decorating Ideas
If you don’t want to paint but you would like to add an accent to a wall, a mural or a big stencil is always a great idea.
Of course, there are many different sizes, patterns, and colors available.
Next steps for decorating a teen bedroom
I organized his sports equipment and it looks already so much better. The wakeboard will get a hook to hang on the wall.
Now I can just hope for a little wonder, that he will keep his room the way it looks now.
I try to give him a lot of easy tidy-up options. On the other side of his bed is a cabinet with drawers, a clothes hanger, and his laundry bag.
Buying furniture with a lot of drawers is always a good idea then most of the stuff is stored away (no dusting) and it looks better.
He also has a nightstand with drawers next to his bed for more storage. The only problem is all his cables, headphones, and more cables. They are all over the place. I try to put hooks everywhere to collect the cables and hang on the wall.
Stick to a maximum of two colors in a teenager’s bedroom
Always try not to use too many colors, otherwise, the room will look cluttered easily with all the books, collectibles, and other little stuff. In his room, I used blue and red as his accent colors, and white and gray as neutral background colors.
Adding another color would just be too much, so try to stick with no more than two main colors in combination with neutral colors.
And this is how it looks now. I actually like that stripe, the metallic paint makes it a little bit more interesting. It also makes the room seem longer than it actually is.
It came out pretty good and wasn’t a huge project. All in all, it took me maybe 2 hours, without the cleaning part, this took me the longest.
Wait, don’t go now, check out the most recent update of this room into a guest bedroom. You won’t believe it.
Just scroll down and you see what I did after my son moved out of the house.
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How to change a teenager’s room into a guest bedroom
And now, since Sean has moved out I updated the room again. I did not change the wall color and didn’t buy anything new.
These are the changes I made:
- I removed the shelf and the footstool
- I removed all his sport equipment
- The bed was moved to the focal wall
- I moved his dresser below the window
You can actually create a completely different atmosphere with a couple of changes, see for yourself:
Now this bedroom is used as a guest bedroom and I love the clean and decluttered look, without painting or doing much work. It is so easy to make changes to rooms just by moving furniture. Sometimes you have to try things out to see what a difference it makes.
And here are a couple of more teenage bedrooms decorating ideas I collected from Pinterest for more inspiration:
source: Perry Home Decor
I love this wood plank accent wall especially the color combination looks pretty amazing. The dark blue stripe calms it down.
And again a dark blue wall but here in combination with white accessories. Makes the room look fresh and clean and tidy. You could easily add another color here if you were looking for more excitement.
Great idea to use sports equipment to make an accent wall. Again a dark blue wall and some white with orange as an accent color. Still doesn’t look cluttered because everything has its spot.
Easy tips on how to update a bedroom on a budget
Updating a child’s bedroom can be a fun and exciting project, but it can also be expensive. Here are some tips for updating a child’s bedroom on a budget:
- Repurpose furniture: Instead of buying new furniture, consider repurposing items you already have. For example, you can paint an old dresser or bookshelf to give it a new look.
- Use wall stickers: Wall stickers are an inexpensive way to add personality and color to a room. They can be easily removed and don’t damage the walls.
- DIY decorations: Get crafty and make your own decorations. You can create wall art, photo collages, and even lampshades.
- Shop secondhand: Thrift stores and online marketplaces like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace can be great places to find affordable furniture and decor items.
- Paint the walls: A fresh coat of paint can transform a room. Choose a color that your child will love and enjoy for years to come.
- Swap bedding: New bedding can give a room an instant update. Look for sales or clearance items to save even more money.
- Use curtains: Curtains not only add a decorative touch to a room, but they can also help to block out light and noise. Look for affordable options at discount stores or online retailers.
- Rearrange the layout: Sometimes simply rearranging the furniture can make a big difference in the look and feel of a room. Experiment with different layouts to find the one that works best.
Did you find some inspiration for your home? Sometimes a little color helps a lot, paint a drawer, or use a round table instead of a rectangular one and the room looks so different. Just try it, and you will be surprised.
See you next week,
Which room do you like the best? What color combination do you think works best for teenagers? I would love to hear from you.
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