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An American College Theme for a (soon to be) Teenager’s Bedroom

An American College Theme for a (soon to be) Teenager’s Bedroom

I wanted to start the title of this post with the words ‘reluctantly’ as it doesn’t seem that long since we were picking out a Marvel and DC theme for our tween’s bedroom, but since starting secondary school he seems to have matured over night. He’s getting increasingly self-conscious about what his friends think as well as desperately trying to emulate his older brother, who he now sees in a new light as one of the ‘cool kids’ in school. He’s decided it’s time to ditch the super heroes and opt for a more mature chill out room. Much to the disgust of his Batman loving dad who is living the Bruce Wayne dream through his boys!

Last year we were sent some american ice hockey shirts from his namesake relative across the pond. Not wanting to hide them away, never to be seen again, he asked if he could display them for all to see, so we took these as our starting point and just needed to create a room he’ll be proud of. The only problem with the tween years is that although it’s not long before they become a fully fledged  teenager , there’s still a hankering for toys and games which neither of us are ready to hide away just yet. I shudder at the amount of money we’ve spent on Lego over the years so I’m desperate to get as much mileage out of it as I can.

Our solution to this is an ottoman bed (like this one from Bedstar.) We’re a male heavy household and with that comes copious amounts of Lego, Nerf Guns and various fancy dress outfits which every now and then (usually when his cousins come to stay) make an appearance. He doesn’t want these things on permanent display but still needs to be within easy reach and this seems the perfect solution. It also means they’re hidden away and out of reach from out inquisitive toddler  whose favourite room in the house is, yes you guessed it, Tween’s bedroom with all his non toddler friendly toys and games. It’s like an Aladdin’s Cave full of tempting treats he’s just not allowed so naturally, he wants them even more!

When you’re planning a makeover for your tween it’s worth baring in mind that a theme which will see them through to the teenage years is a must. This american college theme with its stars and stripes is just perfect. We have lots of family in the States which Tween is very proud of, it also reminds him of the many American TV shows he’s often watching.

It’s only natural that the older they get the more time teenagers tend to spend in their room. I really tried to resist it but knowing that it’s going to happen, making it as comfortable as possible is only fair. Lined curtain which will keep the heat inside on a winter evening and the light out on early summer morning and lighter nights is a must. Believe me when I tell you a grumpy, sleep deprived teenager is not a recipe for a happy house.

I’ve thought long and hard on how I make Tween’s room his space but still within fitting to the rest of the house and ultimately it’s the accessories which finish it all off. This is where I tend to give the boys a little more free rein as it’s what makes the room personal to them. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt through already parenting a teen, it’s that these years are about negotiating choices and knowing when to let them make their own decisions but with a little gentle guidance.

But at the end of the day, I think both my tween and teenager will agree that mum does always know best!

a tween to teenager bedroom makeover in an all american college theme.

Bedlinen – Debenhams / curtains – Next /

Bed – Bedstar / oak side board – Dunelm Mill /

Accessories and wall paper – Rose and Grey

This is a collaborative post, however all words are entirely my own.



  1. 26th October 2015 / 9:06 am

    Perfect looking theme for any budding teen. #MagicMondays

    • 26th October 2015 / 10:03 am

      My tween certainly seems to think so, I’d better get saving!

  2. Sue @ Home Heart Harmony
    26th October 2015 / 10:43 am

    Love your ideas. We have just finished decorating our ‘tweenager’s’ room and he is loving it. Like you say, it’s important to make sure it appeals well into the teenage years to avoid having to do the whole things again! Good luck! I look forward to seeing the finished article. Xx

    • 28th October 2015 / 2:05 pm

      It’s hard trying to think ahead so it’s taken a lot of gentle nudging in the right direction from me but I think if I do manage to convince him we’re on to a winner.

  3. Jodie Allen at Budget Beauty and Babies
    26th October 2015 / 11:04 am

    This looks so cool! I’m a female yet i still think i would have been pretty chuffed if this was my room growing up! #magicmoments

  4. 26th October 2015 / 2:04 pm

    Looks and sounds like a great theme for a teenager x

    • 26th October 2015 / 7:16 pm

      My son certainly approves, I loved writing this post.

  5. 28th October 2015 / 7:35 pm

    Gosh it’s so hard trying to keep up with all the ideas they have now isn’t it, thinking back to when we were growing up you were a child or a teenager. I love that theme and think it would look great, he’d be the envy of all his friends for sure X #HomeEtc

    • 30th October 2015 / 9:29 pm

      I expect that will be the ultimate decider, if his mates like it then it’s a winner.

  6. Caroline
    28th October 2015 / 7:50 pm

    Great theme, Will look fab when its complete. #HomeEtc x

    • 28th October 2015 / 9:59 pm

      Just need to get ordering now the hard work’s done

  7. Mum in Brum
    29th October 2015 / 2:50 pm

    Very, very cool – I’m sure your son will approve! I love the accessories you’ve found and that light fixing is perfect for the theme. You-re right – mum always knows best! Good luck with the decorating 🙂 #brillblogposts

    • 29th October 2015 / 4:04 pm

      I’m looking forward to this one! I think i’ll leave it to my final decision though.

  8. 1st November 2015 / 10:29 am

    That looks great – so important to have something that grows with them and something that looks nice too. But you’re right don’t the years go so quickly?! #homeetc

    • 1st November 2015 / 11:45 am

      I’m hoping with a cool room like this they’ll look after it and keep it tidy!

  9. 2nd November 2015 / 7:54 pm

    Oh love it. Must be SO hard selecting a theme for this age group – so fussy right? Love this look and it would work perfectly. Thanks again for linking up – much appreciated. Jess xx


    • 2nd November 2015 / 9:10 pm

      it most definately is, especially as they change their likes and dislikes so often

  10. 3rd November 2015 / 4:26 pm

    Aah this is SUCH a cool room scheme for a teen! Love the American flag bedlinen. Funnily enough I’ve just used that same wire notice board in one of my own posts!! It’s SO cool isn’t it? Love your ideas Ali xx Thanks so much for linking with us on #HomeEtc

    • 5th November 2015 / 6:59 am

      Thank Caro, I love that notice board. Its a serious contender for both my boys rooms and somewhere to pin all those school notes. long gone are the days of the cork notice board.

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