I’m Kristin, interior designer, mom of three, Oreo cookie lover, and….owner of a tween daughter. Since my oldest daughter turned 10 we quickly realized that “tweens” (and eventually my teens) crave their own identity, space, and style.
Decorate a Teen’s Hang Out Space with Online Interior Design
So let’s check out both designs and grab some ideas for your own teen hang out space!
What ways can you make a teen hang out space different than a Playroom or a Living Room? Teen Hang Out Space Tip #1: Make It Grown Up (But Fun)
So a lot of things items I would specify for an adult’s Living room-with modern, streamlined pieces in neutral colors. But then I did a few twists to make it appeal more to a tween: while the loveseat is modern looking, it is in a fun aqua color.
Sequins and fur pillows are fun, but are still in neutral colors so they don’t scream “kid” decor. Teen Hang Out Space Tip #2: Use Inexpensive Decor Items
But teen interests come and go with the day, so I like to add in inexpensive decor items that can easily be swapped out in the future. In the Mood Board above, this pink lamp (#7) and girly pillows (#10 and #11) are all Target finds.
They will think you are the coolest (but will never admit it), if you actually include a media center that feels grown-up (like this Pottery Barn unit above), instead of just throwing a TV on the floor. But before we get to the last two tips, I wanted to introduce you to the SECOND version of this teen hang out room! After sending my client the first version, there were a lot of things she loved (the neutral colors, the pops of glam metal, and the modern looking furniture), but she also wanted to make a few changes. She wanted to make the hang out space less “girly” so everyone in the family could enjoy it.
Again, a lot of these items might surprise you as being very “grown up”, but adding some teen pops like this “Hi” pillow (#12), geometric rug (#3), Relax sign (#9), and the gold balloon dog (#6) still make it fun. So choose the items that are important to you (maybe a neutral sofa, or an entertainment system that works for the whole family), and then let THEM sprinkle in their own personality.
I love Etsy as a place for inexpensive artwork, that your teen can pick something as unique and custom as them. You choose the frames you like, then let them have control over filling them with pictures of friends or artwork they love. Or I love this idea from Apartment Therapy: Use old fashioned polaroids or a site like Printiki to easily print off Instgram photos, and put them on a wall as temporary art.
I hope today’s blog post gave you some ideas for the teens in your life.
And if it is your tween or teen’s bedroom space you are needing ideas for, I have one more source for ya! Check it out and get some ideas to make her feel grown up while still showing her fun side.
I package up all of your drawings, instructions, shopping lists, and material samples into a Postbox, then I mail your Room-Inside-A-Box right to your mailbox.