Teen girl bedrooms find themselves in a tricky conundrum. Your little girl isn’t so little anymore. But she’s quite a while off leaving the nest.
It’s out with the bright pinks and the barbie dolls, that’s for sure. But how do you go about creating a zone that’ll grow with her through the high school years and beyond?
Making your tween or teen a space that feels sophisticated without being stuffy can be tough. It also has to feel youthful but not juvenile. And you definitely want to decorate it now with longevity in mind.
I recently caught up with Metricon’s senior interior designer Jacinta events and Snooze stylist Mel Brady. And below you’ll see their stunning work in pictures, but also in video. It’s all in the name of putting teen girl bedrooms back on the map. So let’s get styling!
Expert Advice for Styling Teen Girl Bedrooms
A Considered Colour Palette
Teen girl bedrooms can be super sophisticated while also being quite effortless and relaxed. Jacinta and Mel did a stellar job here with the colour palette, which is a great place to start.
As you can see, the main colours executed here are pretty quiet and calm. Soft greys and whites are used as the base tones, with soft pink accents bringing some much-needed femininity to the space.
On top of that, brighter emerald green gives visual punch to the bed, while a small hint of ruby red picks up on this seasons hottest colour palette (more on the rich romantic trend here).
Don’t be afraid to use wallpaper either. A simple grid wallpaper has been used in this Metricon display home and it works wonders to bring a bit of interest to an otherwise blank wall.
Of course, textures are super important in all teen girl bedrooms. They not only make the space feel warm and inviting, but here they help to keep it light and bright too.
The Curve timber bed from Snooze is a great way to keep furniture feeling crisp and contemporary, while the sheer curtains bring an airiness to the room. The soft grey carpet and charcoal armchair further add to the feeling of cosiness. And the accessories – in glossy ceramic finishes and shimmery copper tones – make the room gorgeously girly.
I’m also fond of popping a round jute rug on carpet like Jacinta and Mel have done here. The texture clash looks amazing, don’t you think?
Thinking about Longevity and Function
The teen years are going to see your daughter’s needs change a fair bit, so it’s wise to think about how the room will function and what will be required over time.
From a furniture perspective, it’s time to move toward bigger pieces.
“Definitely moving away from your single bed and going into a double, or even a queen,” Jacinta explains, “Which will really take them into those later teen years and even adulthood”.
Opting for solid and durable pieces is also a wise move. It ensures your teen can take the piece with them when they eventually move out of home.
It’s also wise to introduce pieces like a desk early on; one they can keep and use for years.
As Jacinta and Mel rightly point out, it’s a good idea for you to choose the base pieces of furniture. You’re less likely to get caught up in decor fads, and can move toward pieces that are sturdy and long-lasting. They can still be beautiful, of course. But if you work on the functionality aspect, your teen can come in and help with the finishing touches.
“Essentially, if you choose the bedroom furniture for them,” Mel explains, “when it comes to decorating… for a girl… let them do it themselves”.
I love the sense of eclecticism that’s present in the desk vignette above. All tween girl bedrooms are going to have their own vibe and sense of style, and that’s what’s going to make them so special.
Need more hints and inspo for teen girl bedrooms? Check out the video below.
And if you need more interiors inspiration, explore the Metricon LookBook here.
This post includes images and/or videos of Metricon display homes and events, reproduced with permission. © Metricon Homes Pty Ltd 2016. Shot on location at the Sentosa, currently on display in Point Cook.