Five Top Tips For Tackling A Tricky Teen Bedroom Makeover

The thing about the holidays is that when you’re not going to work or the kids aren’t at school, you suddenly find yourself spending even more time in your home, which can really highlight any areas you’re not happy with. Add to this our seemingly innate desire to make changes at the start of the New Year and what you have on your hands is a burning desire to get stuck into some kind of home décor project. If your teen has been begging you to update their room for sometime and now that it’s covered in the spoils of Christmas it seems more like a good idea, read on for some top tips on how to tackle one of the trickiest of makeovers.

1) Agree a budget

Teens can be fantastically creative and imaginative when it comes to bedroom decorating ideas, which can sometimes lead to disagreements about mounting costs. Agree a makeover budget before you get started and discuss any furniture that really needs replaced. Switching a single bed to a double is a popular teen request but if they’re also bartering for a new TV in their room or new wallpaper – why not tell them what their total budget is and let them prioritise? That way they get used to making difficult choices. Plus, there’s always the option for them to purchase items that aren’t must-haves using Christmas or birthday money or saving pocket money.

2) Be clever with colours

Teens tend to plump for bold bright colours or dangerously dark ones and while it can be tempting to try and mute their choices if you’re able to paint the walls you should be able to be a little more flexible. Yes, brick red walls do take a little more covering but thankfully paint tends to be cheaper than wallpaper and if you can be accommodating with their colour choices, you’ll hopefully win a lot of goodwill when it comes to the rest of the project.


3) Cover it with care

Thanks to the gradually diminishing popularity of magazines, which have been replaced by vlogs and Instagram in the affections of many teens, free A4 posters aren’t quite as popular as they once were, which is great news for your walls. However, there’s still a chance you may have larger more professional posters to contend with. If that’s the case, suggest purchasing clip frames that you can easily swap posters in and out of as their tastes change, protecting more of your wall surface areas as a result. If they like to have collages of their friends on display check out some of the sites that allow you to upload Instagram snaps, Photobox is one of the big names. These can be printed onto cute Polaroid size cards you can hang on coloured strings with clips or transferred onto canvas. If they’d like something a little artsy on the walls, look at large inexpensive collections of canvas prints available from retailers like Vanillart.

4) Do some dual DIY

The DIY abilities of your teen might not be up to much but learning how to paint is a useful life skill, so make sure you get them involved in the doing of the project as well as the planning. From prepping the area through to the clean up afterwards, involve them in the changes and you may well save your future self time when they move into their own place! Learning how to put up shelves and paint walls is incredibly useful and if they show some DIY flair, why not up the stakes a little and upcycle some furniture or suggest some crafting? You might be surprised how keen they are to stamp some of their own character on their personal space.

5) Orchestrate some organisation

In truth, the messy teen is a bit of a cliché and there are probably just as many clean freaks out there as there are mess monsters. However, if you happen to live with the latter type of specimen, makeovers are a great opportunity to introduce a bit more organisation. If you’re moving or changing furniture, suggest sorting out clothes that can be taken to charity shops or better still, sold at car boot sales or on apps like Shpock. Funds raised could even go towards the bedroom makeover, meaning they end up with more bedroom lust haves as well as must haves!

Is your teen a messy puppy or do they keep their room as clean as a whistle? How would you feel about letting them loose with a paintbrush?

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  1. 1st April 2016 / 4:34 am

    I absolutely love this post, you’ve got some fantastic ideas there. I particularly like the idea of clip frames for posters xxx

  2. 1st April 2016 / 10:52 am

    My daughter is only five. But she would gladly take the paintbrush if we offered it to her 😉

  3. 1st April 2016 / 11:23 am

    Great tips, I remember asking my parents for bright custard yellow walls in my old bedroom and they went with it and I hated it. I had to buy my own double bed though which is what I did as soon as I got a job at 17. x

  4. 1st April 2016 / 12:29 pm

    Great ideas here. As a teenager when I lived at home I didn’t do much with my room. When I moved out at 18 I started getting more into home decor.

  5. claire
    1st April 2016 / 12:48 pm

    These are great tips for tackling that teen bedroom makeover. I’m sending this link to my sister!

  6. 1st April 2016 / 1:41 pm

    Agreeing a budget is such a clever thing to do – you offer them to be creative and do what they want as long as it’s affordable. It should help teach some life lessons too very early on. I guess when I have kids I’d let them go crazy – painting and DIY style… I say that now but who knows what happens in years and years to come 😉

    Alina from The Fairytale Pretty Picture and category manager at The Olive Fox

  7. 1st April 2016 / 2:52 pm

    I’m still a decade away from my daughter being a teen but she’s already got pretty strong opinions about her room! As we rent, we’ve used sticker decals for a lot of the walls as they don’t mark, but I love the clipframe idea.

  8. 1st April 2016 / 2:56 pm

    Wow! The rooms look gorgeous! I’ve been decorating my bedroom to a different theme recently and it’s hard not to get carried away with it!

  9. 1st April 2016 / 3:23 pm

    I remember wanting either black or hot pink walls a few years ago. Thank God my mum didn’t let that one happen! Sometimes mum does really know best..

  10. 1st April 2016 / 5:33 pm

    Our daughters wanted a London theme, very much like one of your photo’s. It looks great, suppose we best get cracking soon 🙂

  11. 1st April 2016 / 5:51 pm

    I have all this to come!! I can tell my two daughters are going to want to be involved as they get older. This seems great advice, I should have a budget in mind before I start any of our makeovers, I’m terrible! X

  12. 1st April 2016 / 5:54 pm

    my teen designed her own in black and white with zebra print and I have to say it looks amazing

  13. 1st April 2016 / 7:51 pm

    What some awesome tips – I remember deciding my bedroom needed changing every 5 minutes as a teen. x

  14. 1st April 2016 / 8:08 pm

    I don’t have a teen, but our 7 year old boy asked for a bedroom makeover, so we will follow your great tips! 🙂

  15. 1st April 2016 / 8:20 pm

    I have all this to come – my boys that are only 19m apart share a room and have suddenly started saying they want more ‘peace and quiet’ but don’t know how to give them that as they also don’t want to be separated! ARGH! H x

  16. 1st April 2016 / 8:22 pm

    Great tips! We are decorating my sons new bedroom in the next couple of weeks (hes 12) and I’m searching for inspiration! Great post, thank you!

  17. 1st April 2016 / 8:33 pm

    I haven’t got any teenagers. My girls are 4 and 6 but at the moment I am in the middle of giving their room a makeover. The walls are white and I need to buy frames and prints to stick on the walls. Great tips

  18. 1st April 2016 / 8:55 pm

    Some great ideas here, I have three teens – one in Uni and the other two at home. My eldest son who is 13 has to share his bedroom with his three year old brother, so that is a little tricky! We revamped their room a couple of years ago and went for SpiderMan read and blue! Kaz x

    • Candace
      1st April 2016 / 9:05 pm

      It’s difficult when kids share and there is a large age gap

  19. 1st April 2016 / 10:18 pm

    These are some great tips. I think having a budget decided in advance is so important. My oldest is turning 9 on Tuesday so we haven’t hit the teen stage yet but I can imagine decorating their room will be challenging then! x

  20. 2nd April 2016 / 6:02 am

    Some great ideas here, I used wallstickers to add a colour punch to my teens room

  21. 2nd April 2016 / 9:05 am

    I have a pre-teen and she is so creative with her bedroom ideas, although everything she wants done will cost so much money… We are in the middle of coming up with a compromise!

  22. nicol
    2nd April 2016 / 1:13 pm

    great tips! i would definitely agree on a budget and actually sticking to it which may be troubling for teens haha

  23. 2nd April 2016 / 1:28 pm

    Really liking these ideas, my 11 year old wants his room doing over so will bookmark for later.
    He said he wants a ‘sophisticated and grown up’ bedroom and fed up with the cartoon things he has from when younger.

  24. 2nd April 2016 / 1:37 pm

    Our teen actually has the smallest of the kids bedrooms as he is only with us a few nights a week so we had to be careful when decorating his room but he helped to choose the colour scheme and theme. We painted most of the room white with one small wall red to add colour which worked really well. We now need to reassess his storage!!

  25. 2nd April 2016 / 1:44 pm

    Great tips. My girls have such strong views on how they want their rooms, need to get them painting!

    • Candace
      2nd April 2016 / 2:22 pm

      Girls always have strong views. My 12 yo likes a lamp in Debenhams that costs £65

  26. 2nd April 2016 / 2:19 pm

    My kids are still toddlers thank God so I just have to deal with their terrible tantrums at the moment. Not looking forward to the teen years. Lol.

    • Candace
      2nd April 2016 / 2:23 pm

      They are far worse! Lol

  27. 2nd April 2016 / 7:25 pm

    My nephew who is 10 going on 25 has just had a bedroom makeover and he has gone from power rangers to a london theme and it looks so different x

  28. 2nd April 2016 / 8:57 pm

    Great tips! I remember one summer when my mum let me update my room. I went all out, even made my own stencils for the walls! Was nice to be able to have some creative freedom with my own space. Though looking back now my colour choices were a bit out there!!!


  29. 2nd April 2016 / 11:33 pm

    Crikey that’s a scary thought, putting teens in charge of doing their own DIY, although might be a good idea (would get me out of doing it!)

  30. 2nd April 2016 / 11:36 pm

    I wish I had more freedom to choose how my room could look like but unfortunately I was not given that luxury. Great tips here!

  31. 3rd April 2016 / 1:19 pm

    Don’t get have kids but these are some lovely tips and given me ideas for some makeup I want to do for my room

  32. 3rd April 2016 / 3:47 pm

    Great tips! It made me want to redecorate my own place 🙂

  33. Kerry Norris
    3rd April 2016 / 4:41 pm

    I’ve just passed this on to my mum in Australia who is about 2 do my 2 little sisters rooms out. One of them is a right mucky pup. Agree on setting a budget. Great tips x

  34. 3rd April 2016 / 7:19 pm

    I used to love changing my room up as a teen – it’s a little more difficult as an adult and living with someone, you both have to agree!!

  35. 3rd April 2016 / 8:55 pm

    My teen is desperate to decorate his room, unfortunately he’ll be moving out of it in September so there really is little point. I wish we’d of tackled it sooner, but it only became an issue when he had a girlfriend

  36. 4th April 2016 / 7:27 pm

    These are great tips. My parents (foolishly, perhaps) let me paint my room neon pink and green when I was a teen and all my friends thought they were so cool!

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