(We have included third party products with the goal to help you navigate the web easily so you can focus on what matters to you. Purchases made through links on this page may earn us a commission.)
Actually when you think about it, black is a very elegant color and is a classic in your wardrobe - the quintessential black dress always wows at the party. You can pair just about any top with black pants. Black front doors and window frames are very much on trend.
Why then do we get so upset when our teenagers get obsessed with black? I think it might be because we feel it could lead to dark thoughts. Paired with young minds and raging hormones, we parents can get a little paranoid about the black.
Keep in mind, when it comes to designing a teenager's room, incorporating bold and stylish elements can make a significant impact. Let's explore tips and ideas for creating a chic and sophisticated teenager's room with a touch (or a lot) of black.
My daughter went through the phase too. There was a time when she would only wear black - and as if that was not enough, she loved it with (horror of horrors) SKULLS ! Yes, she even made me paint her a skull with cats on it. Her favorite hoodie was black with skulls and blood (Thank you Halloween!) and she wore it all the time.
Whether it was because I always supported her or because that's just how teenagers' develop, she eventually left that interest behind. Phew!!
It is so important that we always support and communicate clearly with our children. Allowing them to grow on their terms and make mistakes to learn from, is an essential parenting skill. But that's a different topic for a different blog post.
Black is not just black anymore. Just as white can have cool or warm tones, black too can be warm or cool. Before you go picking out your paint color, there are 3 important points to look at.
Check the light in the room. Are there large windows bringing tons of natural light in the room? Or is the room already dark to start with?
How big is the room? Will the black make is look smaller or will it look cozier?
What is the vibe your teenager is going for? Are you looking for a dramatic teen bedroom or an elegant and sophisticate bedroom? As always, think function first. The room should reflect your teen's personality and function per their interests.
As mom of teenagers myself, I can totally relate to your need for some time to relax and reflect. Teenagers truly know how to push our buttons. So give yourself some grace; accept your feelings in the moment; walk into your sanctuary and away from the mayhem outside; so you can jump back in refreshed. This guide is for you, dear mom. You soooo deserve this.
If your teenager insists on an entire room painted black, create an accent wall with added texture. This allows the eye to break away from a monotonous view so it doesn't give black-hole vibes.
In the picture above, the nightstands, the dresser and even the drapes are all black. Why did you not notice them at once? Because they blend in. This can give a feeling of a larger space instead of the dark walls closing in on you.
You have to agree that this is a beautiful space and not the black nightmare you had envisioned.
To avoid an overly dark ambiance, pair black with lighter colors. Consider incorporating white, gray, or pastel shades in bedding, furniture, or decor. This creates a visually appealing contrast and ensures the room remains well-balanced.
As you know, black pants can be paired with a top in just about any color. Ask your teen what their second favorite color is and incorporate that color into the room through furnishings - art, pillow, rug, chair or bedding.
Bringing black in teenage room design is easier than you realize.
Introduce black through stylish furniture and accessories; opt for black bed frames, desks, or shelving units to add a modern and sophisticated touch to the room. Black metal or wooden furniture can enhance the overall aesthetic.
When paired with a grey wall, the overall look is still black but infused with more interest and character.
Think jewelry. What would you pair with your gorgeous black dress?
Adding metallic accents to the room will enhance the glamor and elegance of your teenage bedroom design. You can do this through lamps and chandeliers, knobs on the dresser and nightstand, frame on the artwork and much more.
Experiment with the balance of black and contrasting colors to achieve a modern and chic teenage retreat.
There are many ways to bring black into your teenager's bedroom without painting all the walls black. Use these tips alone or combine them to create your own unique teenage retreat.
When she finally got a room of her own, my daughter too started out with "I want black walls." We discussed the pros and cons, she lived with her room for a few weeks, and then decided (SHE decided. That is important to note.) that she wanted an accent wall with black and purple. This is what her accent wall looks like.
Adding black in teenage room design need not be something to hyperventilate about. Remember to always support your child especially during the teen years. Paint is easy to change; room makeovers can be a snap; your child's feelings and emotions are hard to understand and repair if not attended to. Always look at the BIG picture.
Subscribe to my email newsletter for more inspirational goodies. See you there.
Hi, I am Richa and am super excited to see you here. I enjoy interior designing so much I went back to study it. Now armed with knowledge, passion and a vision to make 'happy homes', I hope this site will give you all the tools you need to make your kid's room happy too. Read More...