Today, let me introduce our teen girl bedroom makeover!
Ella is 14 and was desperately in need of a new style bedroom. She loves design and has strong ideas and had a clear vision of how she wanted the room to look.
You can take a look HERE to see how her room used to look.
Not being a fan of clutter (honestly that will come as a shock to anyone who sees her room from time to time), she wanted a space that was minimal yet made a statement.
I think you’ll agree she’s achieved exactly that.
The wall mural, colours and design were all her ideas, and it was a true family effort in the decorating.
Let me show you around in more detail.
Teen Girl Bedroom Decor Ideas – The Makeover
It’s hard to find teenage girl bedroom ideas. They’re always a little pink and twee for our tastes so Ella knew she wanted a dramatic wall mural. We hunted the internet for days trying to find what she liked.
We trawled the designs recommend by Grillo Designs – she has some amazing temporary wallpaper ideas that were exactly the style Ella was after – but still with no luck.
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Then I had a chat with Murals Wallpaper. I’ve always loved their designs and they were kind enough to send us the mural so I could share my thoughts.
This is Portrait from Murals Wallpaper.
I’ve put wall murals up before, and I have to say it was really hard work.
BUT this went on like a dream. The quality is excellent, I was incredibly impressed.
We laid out our pieces as per the instructions, getting an idea of how to match them and then put the first one on the wall in the left corner. It’s really important to get this straight (which was a little tricky with our old Victorian walls) but once this piece was on the others followed rather quickly.
It’s a paste the wall paper so no need for a pasting table. Just your usual accessories, like bucket and brush, sponge, scissors and edge roller. We don’t wallpaper very often (the last time was probably 5 years ago) so we’re not very practiced, but this was easy. The whole thing took about 2 hours.
It looks incredible. It was straightforward to match up and once dried, the following day it looked brilliant. She just has to keep her feet of it!
So yes, a big thumbs up for us on the Mural Wallpaper Portrait design. This piece for our wall retails at around £300.
I’m a big fan of Valspar paint – I love it. I think it goes on beautifully, covers really well and cleans up nicely too – ideal in a teen girl bedroom. As I’m often mentioning them naturally on here, they kindly gifted some paint for Ella’s room.
She chose Mint Zing for the ceiling and the walls are a match for a Dulux shade called White Mist. The guys at B&Q simply colour matched the paint chip. We tried lots of shades and couldn’t get the right balance so she just went pale. In the daylight it’s a very pale grey.
I know the dark ceiling isn’t to everyone’s taste but we all love it. She designed the shaping on the walls herself (and I cussed a lot when I painted it in!) but it turned out ok and I’m really pleased with how it breaks up the paler wall.
I’ll be honest we’ve kept it simple and hot footed it over to IKEA for a mammoth shop.
The bed has storage drawers, the wardrobe is built to our internal design and gives her maximum storage space. The desk has cute legs and fits the space perfectly plus the drawer cabinet holds a surprising amount of stationery, pens, papers and books.
One of the key elements in the room for Ella was a new bookshelf – she’s an avid reader and hasn’t had the space to store her books before, so the new, tall Billy Bookcase was ideal.
As you can see there’s very little else in here apart from plants. Ella loves plants. One of the items on her wishlist for the new room was a Monstera, or Cheese Plant as you might know them, and so again, we picked this up on our IKEA trip. He’s a beauty.
I do think one of the tricks to create the best teen girl bedroom is to get their input.
And she has lots of cacti and succulents dotted about the room.
She doesn’t want a rug or lots of fussy bits, but I think the design will evolve over time.
All kids’ bedrooms should be designed to change and grow as they do, even when they’re younger.
She’s a big artist and has plans for some art on the walls but for now, she’s enjoying this calm, uncluttered space. (Don’t be fooled, there was a big pile of stuff on the landing which I’d removed so I could take these photos – uncluttered doesn’t mean tidy!).
We’d love to know what you think of Ella’s design. Would you go for these teen girl bedroom ideas in your own home?
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