Decorating a Teen’s Room on a Budget

February 28, 2010 at 11:36 pm 4 comments

By Kim Gellman, owner of

Decorating a teen room with fresh, hip products can be fun both for the parents and teens involved. There are a number of different ideas you can explore to produce a room your teen can enjoy, and at the same time, one that doesn’t break the bank.

One inexpensive way to update a room is to repaint it. Picking a fun, trendy color like orange or hot pink for a gal or royal blue, navy or red for a guy, can reinvent the entire look of a room.

If you are not a painter, wall art or wall stickies are a fun, innovative way to update a teen room. Wall stickies come with wall pockets which are great for holding pictures, discs, letters and other small items. Wall photo corners are the newest way to hold photos of your friends, or pics of your child’s own artwork – and are also easily removable. Modern Wall Sticker Art like trendy cupcakes or polka dots make walls jump out or choose from a range of pocket appliques for holding discs, photos, letters and personal items. Floral wall stickers can add a splash of color to walls.

Cool bedding or pillows are a nice way to improve a teen’s bedroom. If your budget doesn’t allow for a new bedding set, add a few pillows to change the entire look of a room.

Another creative way to bring change into a room is to refinish a vintage piece of furniture like a desk or book shelf. You can find unique pieces at garage or estate sales, then strip them and repaint them in the color of your choice. Or rub off some the paint with sand paper for a more rustic look.

Not the do it yourself type? Other easy ideas include:

Whether you do it with a fresh coat of paint, a new set of bedding or pillows, or wall art – it is possible to change the entire look of a teen’s room on a small budget.

Kim Gellman is the owner of, a fun and hip website that sells kids furniture, bedding, and room décor for baby to college age kids. She is the mother of two boys and enjoys every moment of life and all its adventures!


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Nicole Wexler of Turquoise Decor LLC featured in the Redmond Reporter Cheap and Cheerful Kids’ Rooms

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Wall Decor  |  August 14, 2010 at 1:57 am

    Great topic to post about. We just renovated our 13 y.o’s room with wall stickers and it looks quite nice. I guess the only frustration was that she was quite picky with all the bedding designs since she wanted to give it a “vintage” feel.

    • 2. turquoisedecor  |  August 15, 2010 at 11:02 am

      Glad the post was helpful! Fortunately, for kids who are – er – shall we say, discerning, there are tons of options available 🙂

  • 3. Zoe Feast  |  May 6, 2011 at 3:11 am

    You can have so much fun decorating a teen room, it was the first room I tackled when moving into my new house. There were so many other rooms that needed doing but I just had to do this one first. The concept of a penthouse came from my 13 yr old, I painted a skyline mural on the wall, added beaded curtains and hey presto a teenage penthouse … in the basement. Take a look at the before and after photos
    Teenage penthouse decor

    • 4. turquoisedecor  |  May 6, 2011 at 7:26 am

      Zoe, I love your makeover – what a stunning transformation! Do continue to share your before and after pics with us, and your techniques – I’m sure our readers will find them very helpful.


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