Perfect example of a teen room any adult would be content in. Unless that adult hated travel, oceans and land.
A minimalist teenage room— what's not to like? Mid-century furnishings are definitely the way to go for teen boy rooms; they're tailored, sport fun, interesting shapes, and can be used elsewhere when 13-year old Sammy becomes 21-year old Samuel. Something super common, maybe even borderline cliche, when styling interiors is the inclusion of guitars or drums in teen boys' rooms. Well, who cares? Incorporating a classic object such as a guitar is an excellent way to put something a kid loves and uses on display. Something I've done a few times is hang a guitar horizontally above the bed, then frame it out with molding. Not exactly groundbreaking by any means but it's a great way to shed light on a teen's favorite thing. Now, hanging up an X-box, notsomuch.
Motif versus theme, an ongoing obstacle. Notice how this room boasts lots of letters and texture? It works, and it works magically here because it's done in a motif manner with no signs of an in-your-face theme. Repeating a shape, pattern or iconic object throughout a room is a fantastic approach to design; recreating the Amazon with frog covered walls and water feature nighstands is...a DISASTER.
If I were a decorating teacher, I would give the designer of this kidspace an A+. The room is completely functional and great looking without having sacrificed a large, open space.
Wall murals can go awfully wrong. However, it's all about the subject and how it's installed that makes it oh-so-right. The map pictured here turned an otherwise bland wall into a true work of art. Murals Your Way is a great place to find affordable murals that don't look like they were purchased on the side of the road from a van with a missing tag.
Thank you, West Elm, for being an excellent source for affordable, modern furniture great for a teen space. If the kid gets sick of this after a few years, who cares? Pieces like this work in any room.
Dear American interior designer Amy Lau, you are a genius and I love your teen rooms as much as your non-teen rooms. Again, mid-century design is fantastic for teens; it's cool enough for teens and nostalgic enough for moms, dads, grandmoms and granddads. The FL/Y pendant from Kartell is great for teen rooms for many reasons: it's plastic and hard to break, it comes in many colors, it's often under $300.
Minimal? Yes. Boring? No. High-energy colors seen in furniture and accessories are kept in check here with an ultra-white backdrop. The gray-toned wood floors are also a great way to add a younger, fresher look to run-of-the-mill hardwoods. Armstrong is an excellent source for gray-toned tongue-and-groove that stands up to teen foot traffic.