15 Themed Rooms for Your Teen
The Tribute (Hunger Games for Girls)
Katniss Everdeen may have grown up in rural District 12, but she caught fire under the bright lights of the big city. Dress your teen's room like Cinna styling a future Hunger Games winner. Capitol-ize using sleek shapes and modern furniture; add candy-colored accents like a frou-frou Effie Trinket-style wig in a pastel shade perched on a wig form. With three more movie sequels on the way, interest in this theme won't Peeta out anytime soon.
The Cartoonist (Anime and Graphic Novels for Girls or Guys)
Depending on your teen's tastes, his or her room can be as soothing as an Adventure Time episode or as edgy as a Battle Royale manga. Browse fan-art sites for ideas, then paint a large-scale wall mural featuring favorite characters. Decorate with complementary colors, using rounded soft furnishings and basic furniture pieces in black, white or metallic finishes. Mount floating white shelves and display action figures as art.
The Beach Bum (Surfer for Girls or Guys)
Say aloha to palm trees, butterfly chairs, Hawaiian prints and surfboard furniture. Tiki-hut lounge style -- the midcentury approach to surfing culture -- is retro cool and easy to mimic. Frame a graphic print of a vintage woody, add a bamboo or rattan chair, choose light-stained wood furniture and grab a couple of ceramic tiki heads in bright colors. Look for bedding with strong geometrics in brown, orange and red that say "Polynesian pop."
The Vegan (Animal Lover for Girls)
We may have grown up with big-eyed puppy and kitten posters on our walls, but today LOLcats are edgier and animal lovers more scrappy than sappy. Create a room with an obvious animal-rights esthetic. Hang up a cardboard deer head, throw down a fake fur rug in an outrageous shade, and select faux leather furniture pieces in unnaturally bright tones that make it clear no animals were harmed in the decorating.
The Tree Hugger (Eco-friendly and Green for Girls or Guys)
Your guiding principle should be "biodegradable decor." Opt for hanging and/or table lamps with paper or fabric shades, a tree stump for a side table or seating, and cotton bedding and furnishings. Feature one uniquely repurposed item reclaimed from the curb or dumpster for that reduce/reuse/recycle vibe. The hottest trend: wooden pallets that can be turned into a shoe rack, bookshelf, coat rack, or coffee table on casters.
The Music Mogul (Hip Hop Bling for Guys)
Russell Simmons, Diddy and Jay-Z had to start somewhere. Launch your future impresario with a bedroom done in white and black with gold accents. Black lacquer-look furniture and a white overstuffed lounge chair spell success with a capital $. Can't afford a Bentley or Bugatti in the driveway? Hang photos of these super-luxe rides instead. Make mogul art: pour gold paint onto white paper, fold in half, unfold, then frame as your own knock-off of the Andy Warhol Rorschach painting that Jay-Z put on the cover of his first book.
The Rocker (Classic Rock for Girls or Guys)
Start with vintage concert posters from eBay and record album covers for the walls to guide your paint and color choices. Pair the British Invasion (Beatles, Stones, Kinks) with Union Jack items and a metal London street sign available online. A Confederate flag is synonymous with Southern Rock (Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd), while psychedelic rock (Hendrix, The Doors, Led Zeppelin) just begs for the hippy trippiness of a beaded curtain, bean bag chair, lava lamp, and peace signs.
The Hipster (Retro Styles and Influences for Guys)
Mimic hipster fashion (flannel shirts, oversized nerd glasses, fake moustaches) with room decor that incorporates these elements. Essential hipster items: mid-century furniture, an old-school portable record player and vinyl records, wall-mounted antlers, a banjo or ukulele, and a globe. If you aren't spooked by taxidermy, tabletop stuffed animals are big. If you are, nab an Instagram photo from your teen's phone instead and enlarge it for wall art.
The Boho (Artsy, Etsy, Upcycled for Girls)
Found items rather than planned purchases are the trick to decorating this room. Timeless elements of bohemian style include cotton-print tapestries from India, an eclectic mix of fabrics from ikat to graphic patterns, a metal-framed bed, and retro Thonet-style bentwood chairs. Funky 1950s/1960s ceramics such as a hippo planter or owl lantern complete the look. Search Etsy for ideas and artwork, and thrift stores for vintage steals.
The Jock (Sports for Guys or Girls)
There's nothing like being in a packed stadium during the big game whether you're on the field or in the stands. Bring the excitement home with a wall mural, oversized print, or photograph on canvas of your favorite sports arena, ballpark or football field. Dozens of online retailers offer versions from affordable to extravagant. If your budget doesn't allow for a full-sized mural, paint the rest of the wall a dark neutral to draw attention to the action. Smaller-scale images will pop more when highlighted by an overhead spot. Add framed posters of favorite sports heroes or action photos from your teen's own athletic career.