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Decorating a teen’s bedroom can take a bit of finessing, but it can also be a lot of fun.

It’s important to understand that their room should behave as a multi-functional space where a range of tasks will take place beyond just sleeping. It’s also a room for reading, writing, studying, creating, playing games, pursuing hobbies and hanging out alone or with friends – and creating areas for them to engage in these activities should be priorities when decorating to result in a place that they’re going to want to spend time in and helps them feel inspired.

A teenage skater themed bedroom The skateboard mood board
The skateboard mood board Teenage skater themed bedroom
Mood board: Background in Resene Triple Alabaster, floor board in Resene Scandal, A4 sized drawdown painted swatches in (from top to bottom) Resene Eye Candy, Resene Bismark and Resene Freelance, skateboard deck in Resene Eye Candy, Resene Bismark and Resene Alabaster and box and headphones in Resene Eye Candy.   Accessories: Parker Chair in mint green from Cintesi; Skate Mates by Natasha Vermeulen from endemicworld. All other props are stylist’s own.

Working together with your teen to transform their bedroom into one that reflects their unique style and interests is a great way to connect with one another – and helping them to pick out their favourite Resene paint colours to inject personality into their space is a fun way to get started.

This room, featuring trendy aquas, watery blues and vibrant violet, has a fun and energetic vibe that’s straight out of passionate skater girl or boy’s teen dreams. It also shows how even a mostly white space can be completely transformed with just a few pops of colour.

Starting with a neutral floor in Resene Triple Alabaster and a return wall in Resene Alabaster, the space has been brought to life with a back wall in Resene Scandal and three sporty stripes of Resene Freelance. A tall bookshelf with sides in darker Resene Bismark has been painted Resene Blackjack on the inside to bring some contrast to the space while the shelf fronts in Resene Alabaster help tie it into the rest of the room. Incorporating a few smaller accessories in black-and-white, such the globe, artwork, hacky sack and high-top sneakers, helps create a sense of harmony through repetition. Bold accents such as a basket in Resene Meditation, boxes in Resene Freelance and Resene Eye Candy and a plant pot in Resene Alabaster work to fuse the colour palette together and punctuate the space with pops of eye-catching interest.

Shelving colours
Mood board
The globe
Paint: Back wall in Resene Scandal, Return/corner wall in Resene Alabaster with stripes in Resene Freelance, Floor in Resene Triple Alabaster, Bookshelf sides in Resene Bismark, inside in Resene Blackjack, and shelf fronts in Resene Alabaster, Skateboard in Resene Eye Candy (top), Resene Alabaster (stripe) and Resene Bismark (bottom), Cap peak in Resene Bismark, Headphones in Resene Eye Candy, Woven basket in Resene Meditation, Cardboard boxes (on bottom shelf) in Resene Freelance and Resene Eye Candy Plant pot in Resene Alabaster.

When it comes to nailing a creative colour combo like this one, it’s all about the details – and the breadth of items that have been brought into the palette through paint might surprise you. Even items like the headphones and the brim of the cap have been painted in Resene Eye Candy and Resene Bismark to incorporate them into the room’s colour story. The skateboard in Resene Eye Candy, Resene Alabaster and Resene Bismark is the icing on the cake, echoing the angle of the wall stripes and the straight lines of the chair and floor boards, making for a very cool and cohesive place for your teen to hang out.

Other lively colours that work well with fresh aquas like Resene Freelance and Resene Scandal are happy yellows, spring greens and pure reds such as Resene Chorus Line, Resene Nourish or Resene Havoc. Or, use them to bring energy to a dusty coastal colour palette built with Resene Safehaven, Resene Raindance and Resene White Island for a more understated space.

Resene Triple Alabaster

Resene Eye Candy

Resene Meditation

Resene Chorus Line

Resene Nourish

Resene Safehaven

Resene Raindance

Resene White Island

Styling by Kate Alexander. Photography by Bryce Carleton. 2019

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