How to Redecorate Your Teen's Bedroom Without Breaking the Bank

Redecorating your kid’s room doesn’t have to be a complete overhaul. These four looks play on just the wall and the  bedding, so you can go big without going broke.


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Mixing patterns

teen bedroom

Photo by Kate Mathis

Photo by Kate Mathis

Aspiring to Design 
For the teen who’s got the pattern-mixing thing all figured out 

What we did: A decal in the shape of a headboard is a creative and less costly substitute for the real deal. There‘s no assembly required and you can change up the decal as often as your teen changes her mind.

The inspo: Tom Buchanan Headboard Decal, wallsneedlove.com, $64. Raxa Sheets and Pillowcase Set, urbanoutfitters.com, from $99 and $39, respectively; similar available at urbanoutfitters.com. Margot Tufted Floral Comforter Snooze Set, urbanoutfitters.com, from $189. Opalhouse Pleated Velvet Oversized Lumbar Pillow, target.com, $35. Opalhouse Pleated Velvet Round Throw Pillows, target.com, $27 each.


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Blending colors

teen bedroom

Photo by Kate Mathis

Photo by Kate Mathis

Space-tial Relations 
A far-out room for the astronomer among us

What we did: Blend, baby, blend! That’s the trick to this paint treatment. Start at the top with a light color and gradually blend it into the darker color right on the wall. Add a spritz of water to make blending easier where needed. Check out this page for more helpful tips. 

The inspo: Organic Constellation Sheet Set, crateandbarrel.com, from $69. Puderviva Duvet Cover and Pillowcases, ikea.com, from $60.


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Easy boho project

teen bedroom

Photo by Kate Mathis

Photo by Kate Mathis

Free Spirit
A boho-style room where the livin’ is easy 

What we did: Nothing says boho quite like macramé. This wall hanging is way more laid-back than a traditional headboard, and is perfect for the crafting challenged who don’t want to tackle a paint job.

The inspo: Meadowsweet Macramé Panel, urbanoutfitters.com, $89. Aura Hammock Fringe Duvet Cover, urbanoutfitters.com, from $119. Geo Tufted Tassel Throw Blanket, urbanoutfitters.com, $69. Aiko Crochet Fringe Bolster Pillow, urbanoutfitters.com, $59. Opalhouse Macramé Cream Oversize Square Pillow, target.com, $35; similar available at Target. Casper Weightless Sheet Set, target.com, from $75.


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Going bold

teen bedroom

Photo by Kate Mathis

Photo by Kate Mathis

Rock the Color Block
A bold wall for a totally bold teen 

What we did: This wall look is actually easy to achieve with some strategically placed painter’s tape. As for the color, blogger and mom of two boys Emily Sweeten suggests leaving that decision up to your kid. “I handed them my color swatch fan deck,” she says of her boys, “and wouldn’t you know, they picked the brightest color in the whole deck.” It  might not be your first color choice, but your teen will appreciate being looped in since they occupy the space most often.

The inspo: Reversible Stripe Duvet Cover, urbanoutfitters.com, from $89. Project 62 Modern Pattern Sheet Set, target.com, from $28. Project 62 Stripe Faux Mohair Throw Blanket, target.com, $30; similar available at Target. Kenneth Cole Mineral Yarn-Dyed Striped Oblong Throw Pillow in Stone, bedbathandbeyond.com, $35.