You’ve Googled “teen bedroom ideas” and all you’re finding are either ultra-twee designs, ugly boyish interiors and what can only be described as the remains of an imploded kaleidoscope. Teen bedrooms can be a challenge, to say the least. Parents often want one thing (a neutral haven which can transform into guest-ready space for those periods of out-of-town visitors); teenagers undoubtedly want the absolute opposite (flower power wallpaper and a circular bed). They might be attempting to explore their personal style with “creative” design choices (read: acid yellow walls). Or perhaps they have great style but it’s just not in keeping with the rest of the house. (Netflix’s To All The Boys I Loved Before has given teens some serious food for thought in the shape of Lara Jean’s room complete with what looks like beautiful hand-painted wallpaper.)
If you’re going through this civil war right now, just know that there is hope – a happy compromise between parent and teen. Whether you’re looking for teenage girl bedroom ideas or teen boy bedroom ideas, follow these dos and don’ts and the example of these designers to find a style that you (and they) can live with. Just remember, teenage ≠ garish.