Wondering how to make your teenage daughter’s bedroom look more mature? Check out these dreamy decorating ideas she’s sure to love!
A mature teen girls’ dreams are sometimes very different from those of younger teens.
Many girls who are almost adults tend to have a greater focus on life in general and can be more interested in “grown-up” pursuits, while still quietly hanging on to childhood.
No longer a little girl but not quite an adult, mature teenage girls can be challenging to please.
The trick is in knowing what they are interested in and keeping their passions in mind when decorating their room.
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What are mature teenagers into?
- Striving for independence with their own sense of style.
- A desire for privacy is often accompanied with a serious concentration on academics.
- A desire to have input in the decorating process.
How can you tell what is age-appropriate for a teen’s bedroom?
Well, there are some key giveaways aside from simply asking your teenage daughter or knowing her well enough to make an educated guess.
For example, if she is applying for college or university, she may very well want to decorate her bedroom as if it were a small studio.
This means that you will likely be getting rid of the pink frill and giving her more grown-up and functional pieces like desks and other storage units (closet space is always important).
The Best Way to Begin is with the End in Mind
Teenagers’ bedrooms should be a place to unwind and relax from daily stress.
An oasis of calm provides the perfect space for teens to escape, dream of things to come, and get to know themselves before launching out into the world.
However, everyone needs to be realistic in what can be done. The space can only fit so much. And the budget will most likely have limits.
Never fear, dreamy spaces that would make any girl swoon can still be achieved with some creative ideas that turn a childhood room into the perfect teen bedroom.
The more mature teenage girl enjoys getting dressed up to go out on the town with friends, but she also loves staying in and watching chick flicks or reading romance novels.
Her room should reflect her mature tastes while still having fun!
A combination of timeless pieces and items from the latest trends is a great way to give her the room she wants and a room she can continue to grow into as her tastes change.
Create a Bedroom Design Plan
Decide on Budget
I recommend starting here first.
- Will it be only a simple bedroom makeover like new paint color, teen bedding, and cool accessories or will there be construction involved?
- Are major purchases like a new bedroom really necessary?
Be upfront with her right away. Let her know what you are willing and not willing to do.
For example, “Yes, we can change the wall color, bedding, and some new accessories. No, we cannot afford a new piece of furniture right now.”
What are the current room design challenges?
- Is it a small space?
- Does the furniture need to be updated or repaired?
- Is there room for a larger bed?
- Has the carpet seen better days?
- Is more storage needed or is it just poorly organized?
- Will her friends have a place to sleep or hang out?
- Is there a spot good for studying?
- What does she like about the room? Not like?
Likely, the makeover coincides with a perfect opportunity to let go of some items from younger days.
Decluttering clothes and things is always a smart idea to undertake on a regular basis, but with big changes now it’s more likely that fast decision-making about getting rid of stuff happens.
Consider packing away a few items or hanging on to at least a few so you don’t regret getting rid of too much too quickly.
Your Teenager’s Personality
Does she already have a theme in mind or the way she wants the room to feel?
Start there but if not or more inspiration is needed, look into her hobbies and interests to determine her personal style.
Is she interested in celebrities? Music? Movies?
Is she a dreamy girl with her head in the clouds or more practical with her focus on her studies?
Does she like bright, bold colors or softer tones?
What about patterns? Does she like geometric designs, florals, or animal prints?
What effect does she want the room to have? Will the room feel upbeat and fun or calming for sleep and studying?
For more mature teenage girl bedroom ideas:
- Go to the library or bookstore and browse magazines for young adults and modern design books for cool bedroom ideas.
- Buy a few home decorating magazines and encourage her to cut out pages of her idea of a perfect bedroom.
- Use them to create a mood board that reflects her own unique style.
- Use Pinterest to search for teen girl bedroom ideas.
- Create her own Pinterest board for her own room and have her save ideas to it to access when shopping.
- Go shopping only with the intent to get decor ideas.
- Take pictures with your phone so you can remember the sizes and costs of items along with which stores they came from.
Before doing any buying, first “shop” in your own house.
You and your teen might be surprised what can be repurposed. Be creative and open to unusual ideas.
- An armoire can create more closet space.
- A tired headboard can be updated with a coat of paint or covered with fabric to match the new bedroom theme.
- An old desk can turn into a makeup vanity with a bit of paint, a mirror, and a cool chair.
- If you’re really handy, an old dresser can get a new life as a window seat.
- Finding pre-loved items from online sellers or thrift stores can be had for significant savings. And treasure hunting is fun!
Purchasing items on a whim, yours or hers will usually result in someone being upset. She may not like your tastes and hers may change quickly.
Choosing colors for mature girls’ bedrooms can be difficult. Color choice depends on the style and period of the room, as well as personal preferences.
Muted colors add a sense of calm to the bedroom, ideal for sleeping and studying.
For teenage girls who love bright and bold colors, or very dark colors consider using them only as an accent wall, especially in smaller rooms, with either paint or wallpaper.
White walls or other neutral palettes allow for more creativity with choices in bedding, artwork, and other accessories.
Consider choosing furniture first. Simply because some colors won’t look as good if you are choosing furniture that has a distinctive color.
For mature girls who like to decorate simply with a color or two, choose colors that work best in low light. These include soft blue-greens, soft pinky-purple, light yellows, light mochas, and tan.
Flooring for Teen Bedrooms
If removing carpeting, flooring that can be easily cleaned and keep the dust down is ideal for bedrooms, especially for people with allergies.
Adding unique throw rugs to adolescent bedrooms is a fantastic method to add a distinctive and interesting design without breaking the bank and provides a bit of warmth to the look and feel of the bedroom.
If the rug becomes stained or your tastes alter, simply replace it.
Teenage Bedroom Furniture
When choosing furniture consider picking timeless items that have classic lines. By avoiding overly trendy styles your daughter will be able to use and appreciate the pieces for years to come. Choose sturdy pieces over inferior quality ones.
Traditional woodgrains, all-white furniture, fabric headboards, will set the tone of the room.
Beds and headboards:
Teenage years are a great time to switch to a full or even queen-size bed if the room has enough space and the budget allows since it will also require the purchase of a new mattress.
For girls, a double bed works well for sleepovers as well as their growing bodies. As she matures and moves out it will be the most important piece of furniture she’ll need to start her apartment.
If she chooses not to take it, you’ll have a lovely new piece for guests.
Nowadays, so many teenagers choose to just have a headboard. There are a variety of styles to choose from. Simply attach to a metal frame, platform, or hang on the wall as a statement piece, like this one.
Even still attractive platform beds with no headboard at all is another option.
Usually, girls at this age don’t necessarily want bunk beds. However, they do want the extra sleeping space to have other girls stay over.
A loft bed is a great solution for small rooms to provide not only an entertaining space but a more mature look to their room.
Some have a bed on the upper level with a futon-style couch below.
Great for lounging or studying. And will easily convert to a sleeping space for friends.
If you choose one with just an upper bed there will be available floor space underneath to accommodate a bureau, desk, or vanity.
You could even choose an oversized chair to fit.
A bureau with mature designs and classic lines will help achieve that mature look and feel to the bedroom.
So many girls choose not to have a traditional bureau. Often they like to be able to see their clothes all at once.
The ever-expanding wardrobe and coordinating accessories need plenty of clever storage. If there isn’t enough room in the closet, there are a few choices.
- Hanging Racks
Create one using metal bars, or pipes for a more industrial look. Or purchase one that’s premade. You can get them with regular feet, wheels, or even covers.
- Cube Organizers:
Girls love these. They come in woodgrain, white and black. Use them with bins to hold items but still keep a clean, organized look. These units also work well for books, tv’s and displaying cute decor.
A separate study space is the best way to provide your teen somewhere to focus on their school work. If they don’t want to sit there and do assignments, at least they have a location to keep everything tidy so that they can be productive.
Ideally, the space should include:
- A desk or work surface
- A chair that is comfy enough for extended periods of sitting without being excessively soft allowing teens to fall asleep
- A task light
- Shelving for books, awards or childhood momentos
- Drawers or containers for keeping supplies organized
- A corkboard for posting important reminders
- Access to outlets to recharge phones and computers
By this time many mature teenage girls are wearing makeup, styling their hair, or at least performing some sort of grooming activity that requires a mirror and usually a significant amount of space for beauty and hygiene supplies.
While the top of a bureau or cube organizer will work she may want to sit down while doing her beauty routine or when experimenting with the latest look.
Having the desk double as a vanity is certainly an option, particularly in a small room. However, my daughter has mentioned the mirror can be distracting. One of her friends covers her mirror while studying. LOL
This space should have:
- An open flat surface like a desk, vanity or counter
- A comfy chair
- Plenty of natural light
- A mirror, ideally one on the wall and one for close up
- Drawers or other organization containers like bins, mason jars or baskets
- Access to a plug for hair styling, phones and lighted mirrors
- Window seats:
Window seats offer a place to sit, display stuffed animals, and can provide plenty of storage. In most cases, you won’t be building one.
Place a hope chest or bench under the window. Alternatively, they can be placed at the foot of the bed.
A small sofa or a loveseat is great for mature girls who like to curl up and read. This is a perfect place for guests to sleep.
If the space is too small to accommodate one, a comfy armchair is the best choice if she wants a reading nook in her bedroom.
Make it comfortable and inviting with cushions, throw pillows, and cozy blankets.
Once you have all the larger pieces, try out multiple layouts, on paper even. Just placement can make all the difference. Be creative and open, beds don’t have to go flat against a wall and loveseats can flank the end of the bed.
Bedding for Teenage Girls’ Bedrooms
Bedding of all sorts and styles can be found.
They should be coordinated with the color scheme, however, if the wall colors are relatively neutral, the bedding can offer a way to bring quirky designs and themes to the room.
For teenage girls who want simple, less distracting elements, fabrics can offer ways to add to the design of the room through the use of texture instead of print.
Comfort is key in a bedroom, so choose fabrics that are soft. Consider reading reviews before buying to find out how well they hold up after use and washing.
Teen Girl’s Bedroom Decor Accent Pieces and Accessories
This is where to really have some fun with your teen’s room and tie it all together.
Using pops of color when choosing accessories adds to the overall look of the room.
Use colors, patterns, and textures when picking small tables, lampshades, and of course, lots of pillows.
These allow her personality to shine through without having to redesign a room if new colors or patterns become her favorites.
A few well-placed items like framed photos of family and friends, and a little hint of glamour will complete the look.
Bedrooms should have multiple lighting possibilities, it is essential for creating mood. Quirky lighting (like the above piece) can add a bit of whimsy and show personality also.
Soft, warm lighting evokes a more dreamy feel while the opposite is true for bright lights that are ideal for studying or reading. Task lighting saves eye strain and makes getting things done easier.
- For larger projects have ceiling lights or floor lamps.
- Areas like the bedside or desk, use clip-on lamps that can be aimed and focused. And battery-operated candles for a soft glow throughout the room.
- Use string lights around vanity mirrors or across an entire wall or simply add them to mason jars for an illuminating effect. Battery-operated candles can offer the same effect.
From the window to the wall
Curtains, drapes, sheers, or blinds are necessary unless the windows have built-in shutters.
Be sure to hang a piece of wall art, frame a favorite quote, or shop for a cool new mirror.
Perhaps hanging something that represents her aspirations. Is she a painter? Does she draw? Sew? Or take photographs?
Choose something from her collection and display it or create a masterpiece as a feature wall.
A gallery wall with different-sized framed artwork with a recurring theme is a way to create a sleek sophisticated look. Consider incorporating mirrored pieces like these.
Additional Storage Space For Teen Rooms
Under the bed, bins can give unused space a purpose. Use them to tuck away out-of-season clothing, sports gear, or “stuff”.
Final Thoughts Mature Teenage Girl Bedroom Ideas
So, there you have it!
Creating a space for your teenage girl can be a fun and rewarding project.
With these mature teenage girl bedroom ideas, she’ll surely love dreaming in this room! It’s all about the design with sleek lines and sophisticated touches that make it cool yet comfortable.
I hope you found this post helpful and that you are inspired to create a bedroom oasis she will love spending time in.
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