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Teen Rooms with Star Power!

  • Style: The Star

    The Inspiration: Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) Glee

    For the teen whose talent is as big as her rock 'n' roll dreams, like Glee's Rachel Berry, a bedroom reflecting visions of stardom fits the bill. Whether it's a room designed to look like the interior of a luxe tour bus or an over-the-top theatrical Lady Gaga-like dressing room, the design is all in the details.

    Look for lighted mirrors or small light-up signs as accents. Costumes—feather boas, bodices, capes, kimonos—can be displayed on walls or draped over a bed. Paint walls a color, but use silvery wallpaper on the ceiling to reflect light, says designer Jennifer Allen Frank: "I figure they're always lying in bed and talking on the phone, so they might as well as stare up at something interesting."

  • Style: The Thinker

    The Inspiration: Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley) Gossip Girl

    If your teen harbors literary aspirations like Gossip Girl's Dan Humphrey, he might appreciate a room with clean lines, neutral colors (with a splash of orange, which sparks creativity), and areas for both studying and long heart-to-heart talks with friends. Like many teens, Dan is a fairly straight-arrow guy who also tends to overanalyze. A room that offers soothing neutral colors and organized spaces can help tame an overactive mind.

    Blue and brown color combinations are "very popular" in boys' rooms right now, says New Jersey-based interior designer Vanessa DeLeon, as are large-desk areas for studying and computers. A thoughtful touch: Match the wood color of the furniture (the bed and desk here) when choosing mats or frames for pictures to lend balance.

  • Style: The Tomboy

    The Inspiration: Alex Russo (Selena Gomez) Wizards of Waverly Place

    Lively Alex, a former tomboy, is the type of teen who marches to her own drummer—brave and bold and a little bit different. Sound familiar? Then use a boyish element, like stripes, in your teen's room, but make it dramatic. Where a boy's room might include a conservative pinstripe, a wide, out-there stripe better suits a girl with a tomboy spirit. Strong geometrics like big stripes are "modern and fun," says designer DeLeon. Add what every teen wants right now—"a giant pop of color," says Nashville interior designer Cathy Whitlock. Utilitarian elements such as nightstands that double as storage space (on wheels, no less!) and lots of shelving suit a practical temperament.

  • Style: The Smart Aleck

    The Inspiration: Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    For kids (male or female) like Ferris Bueller—the computer whiz who used his tech-savvy skills to engineer one of the most memorable days off ever—chalkboard paint offers the opportunity to let those creative ideas fly. If painting walls in black chalkboard is too extreme for your taste, look for large blackboards or bulletin boards. The most popular elements in boys' rooms these days include stripes, blue and green accent colors, and plenty of cubicles and desk space to keep computers and games organized, says Manhattan designer Jennifer Ellen Frank. It's enough to inspire Ferris to stay home.

  • Style: The Dude

    The Inspiration: John Bender (Judd Nelson) The Breakfast Club

    Your teen doesn't have to be a bad boy like Bender to want a room with some edge—bold graphics, stark black paint with a few accent stripes of bright colors like lime green and medium red and metallic accessories.

    If your teen has a passion for a particular hobby or sport, such as skateboarding, use objects from that passion as design elements, says Vanessa DeLeon. A skater's room might include shelving made from L-brackets and inexpensive skateboards. For example, attach brackets to the walls and mount the skateboards on top of the brackets. Screw colorful skateboard wheels to the legs or base of a nightstand to continue the theme and turn an ordinary table into a multipurpose rolling cart.

  • Style: The Creative Type

    The Inspiration: Lena Kaligaris (Alexis Bledel) Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

    Quiet, introverted Lena yearns to create, and she's happiest when she can be alone to paint. Teens like Lena (called "Lenny") can find inspiration and creative expression in bold, '60s-style design and bright colors. Think deeply saturated oranges and pinks, rich lavender, and bright celadon green, says Nashville-based interior designer Cathy Whitlock. "For artistic kids, the bedroom is the one room in the house where they can really be free to express themselves."

    Bold geometric shapes and big, pop art design elements, like flowers or polka dots, add to the '60s feel. Look for modern furniture with strong, clean lines, and metal chairs. Details that make it work: bright-colored lamp shades, usually topping white ceramic lamps. "They don't want what their parents have—traditional white or beige lamp shades."

  • Style: The Bohemian

    The Inspiration: Alice Cullen (Ashley Greene) Twilight

    Floaty fabrics, mismatched prints, fringe, beads—they're all essential ingredients of the bohemian ("boho") look captured so well by vampire Alice Cullen of the Twilight series.

    If you've got a free-spirited teen at home, think about creating a bedspread using vintage scarves or silky Indian sari fabrics. Accent with embroidered, beaded throw pillows and a furry rug, says designer Jennifer Ellen Frank. Use fabric panels hung from the ceiling to create the look and feel of a gypsy tent, and consider replacing closet doors with a long, beaded curtain. A fringe of beaded trim around the edge of a lamp shade adds a nice touch, too.

  • Style: The Sassy Homebody

    The Inspiration: Miley Ray Stewart (Miley Cyrus) Hannah Montana

    For the almost-grownup teen who loves adult sophistication and the simple, sweet style of childhood, the ideal room will reflect that dual personality with warmth and creativity. Miley remains firmly rooted in her Tennessee childhood and would feel right at home in a country-style room with both vintage and modern elements. Design a room around things your teen loves, whether it's vintage handbags or black riding boots or old postcards. Kids really need to express themselves with their rooms, says designer Frank: "If they can't do it as teenagers, it's not going to happen as they get older. Adolescence is a really creative stage."

    For an American folk look, take inspiration from a quilt or vintage throw pillow and stencil a design element on the headboard. Paint the hardwood floor a soft gray or cream. Other touches: little antique silhouette pictures, lacy bed skirts, and painted wooden chairs.

  • Style: The Diva!

    The Inspiration: Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale) High School Musical

    You don't have to be a Sharpay-like diva to love luxury, says designer Vanessa DeLeon. Right now one of the hottest trends in teen girl rooms is "blinged out," meaning rich fabrics, elaborate window treatments, and lots of sparkle, she says. Try velvet or rich floral patterns for bedspreads and window panels and lots of pillows to add a feeling of softness and depth. Fluffy, almost shag-like area rugs provide a soft cushion for pampered, pedicured feet. And sparkling crystals—edging a lamp shade, sewn onto pillows and, of course, dangling from the current "must-have" accessory, a crystal chandelier—bring instant fabulousness to any room.

    Accent with something unexpected, like a collection of pretty perfume bottles or, if you must, expensive perfume bottles. The most-wanted color combo for glam-lovers is black, white, and pink.

  • Style: The Sophisticate

    The Inspiration: Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) Clueless

    Like Clueless's confident Cher Horowitz, "Kids are pretty sophisticated these days," says designer Cathy Whitlock. "By 16 they've got a Gucci bag and a convertible." Well, not really. But you can let your self-assured teen express herself with a room that shows a sense of maturity. Leave the canopies and Crayola colors to the little girls and bring on saturated wall colors, sophisticated fabrics (such a damask and toile) and rich textures (matelasse, faux fur).

    Window treatments are a key element in sophisticated rooms—for many teens, the more elaborate the better. "Teens today like heavy curtains that puddle on the floor with big tiebacks," says Vanessa DeLeon, "or valances with Roman shades."

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