Tristan Butterfield’s Design Tips For A Teenager’s BedroomCreate a space that takes your teen from childhood to becoming a grown up.

12 May 2017 by | | with No Comments

12May 2017


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A teenagers bedroom is their sanctuary, a place to escape, a place to work and a place to spend time with friends. To design this space for this emerging young adult, who seems to change daily can be a tough challenge. Here are a few helpful hints and tips to create a space that takes your teen from childhood to becoming a grown up.

Start with mood boards, get your teenager to collect or pin images of what they like, can be of spaces, fashion shots, movies or even make-up colors. Help them make sense of the pictures, see if there are any strong themes or patterns within what can seem a desperate collection of images.


For this particular client, Lily-Rose, a British teenager who lives in the USA, she was drawn to warm metallics and dusty pinks, tears from Vogue magazine, metallic eye shadows and vintage furniture was her draw. Lily-Rose wanted to keep certain sentimental pieces of furniture from her childhood, her painted toy box, pin board and her antique brass bed.

Once we had established a design direction, we sourced the material palette, limed oak flooring and Dulux paint swatches of soft off whites and dusty pinks.

We decided that it would be fun to create a feature wall using Baker metallic agate inspired wallpaper, this acts to ground the bed and creates a glamorous back drop for her simple cream furniture. A balance of simplicity and Deco glamour emerged, with the addition of a Pottery Barn gold open shelving and warm gold accessories. Cream owl lamps with ruffle shades add a sense of fun and softness to contrast against the ground up wallpaper.


The final result, is a look that won’t date, feels mature yet has playful elements to show her personality.

By Tristan Butterfield
Tristan Butterfield is the Chief Creative Officer at Baker Interiors Furniture Company.
He appeared as a guest mentor and judge on The Apartment: Rising Stars Edition.
Find out more: Baker Interiors Furniture Company