Teen Room Paint Colors Ideas & Inspiration

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From moody hues to inspirational shades, help your teen create their perfect space with Benjamin Moore.

A teen’s bedroom is more than a place to sleep–it’s the first living space a young person controls. Whether they’re playing video games or loud tunes with friends, the teenage bedroom functions as a multipurpose space.

Encourage color confidence and watch their creativity spark with our teen bedroom paint colors. Then, bring out their DIY side and consider learning how to paint a wall together!

The Contemporary Teen

For the sophisticated teen with an eye for design.

The Can’t-Be-Bothered Teen

For the reserved teen who values privacy.

The Chill Teen

For the relaxed teenager who loves hanging out.

The Dynamic Teen

For the active teen who is always on the go.

A Central Hub: The Teenager’s Bedroom

Ready to design your teen’s space? Use accent walls to carve out different sections of the room, from homework to hanging out. Consider a wall behind their desk in vibrant Rhythm and Blues 758 for study inspiration, or a wall in bold green Dragonfly AF-510 as the backdrop for a favorite armchair or bookcase.

Here, a loft bed with a built-in bookcase makes this bedroom ideal for the studious teenager. A fresh accent wall in Sea Star 2123-30 creates a calming contrast against trim and ceiling in Cloud Cover OC-25, separating the space from the rest of the room. We also love Victorian Trim 2068-50, Aspen Skies 1656, and Coral Buff 024 to infuse color into teen spaces with white-painted walls.

From kiddie to cool: Benjamin Moore color and design expert Sharon Grech shares her very own teen bedroom makeover.

Cityline with Sharon Grech

Unsure of where to start when redecorating your teenager’s bedroom? Discover how Sharon Grech, Benjamin Moore color and design expert and Cityline contributor, helps her teenage daughter create the perfect bedroom.

Using a palette of Creamy Satin 1087, Serendipity AF-205, Peaches ‘n Cream 040, and Boca Raton Blue 711, Sharon revitalizes her teen’s childhood bedroom with boho-chic style.

"Including your teen in the color selection process increases their confidence and gives them a sense of responsibility and ownership over their space."
Sharon Grech - Color and Design Expert

Teen Bedroom Colors: Embrace Bold Hues

From deep reds to dark purples to bright pinks, bold colors go hand-in-hand with a teenager’s creative side.

If bold paint color is in the cards, consider using neutral colors for bedding and accents. Not only will neutrals allow the walls to talk, when your teen is ready for a change, you can simply repaint—versus replace—more high-ticket items like furniture.

In this energetic teen bedroom, Caliente AF-290-painted walls present the perfect backdrop for simple striped bedding in white, red, navy blue, and yellow. Simple wooden end tables and a contemporary wall-mounted light ground the vivid space.

If your teen is looking for a shade as bold as their personality, look to hues like Scandinavian Blue 2068-30, Surf Blue 2056-30, and Fire Dance 2171-20. All three hail from Benjamin Moore’s Color Preview® Collection, a selection of expressive colors across the spectrum.

Teen Room Color Ideas: Dark Hues

Look no further than black or charcoal gray paint color to add highly sought-after grown-up vibes on an accent wall, trim or ceiling.

Here, an accent wall in Arctic Seal CSP-15 complements trim and walls in Perspective® CSP-5. A vibrant red velvet chair and gray and blue bedding bring a subtle, interchangeable, pop of color. Simple wall art completes the color scheme, with white paint breathing lightness into the room.

Other dramatic dark hues to consider for saturating your teen’s space include Oxford Gray 2128-40, Cup o’ Java 1246, and Flint AF-560.

The Clutter Wall: A Look at Teen Room Wall Décor

A teenaged version of the gallery wall, the clutter wall neatly contains personal photos, cards and visual inspo all in one place.

In this space, a strategically placed bulletin board hosts an explosion of creativity above the desk. Mt. Rainier Gray 2129-60 walls and trim in Super White OC-152 provide a sleek vibe with the ceiling in Lily White 2128-70 completing the calming, cloud-like palette. A red accent table brings a pop of color, and an astronaut bedspread reflects this teen’s playful, adventurous side.

Looking to help your teen curate a clutter wall? Soft-hued backdrops for creatively chaotic collections include Odessa Pink HC-59, Urban Nature AF-440, and Smoke 2122-40.

Teen Room Ideas: Neutral Grays

If your teen has eclectic taste, consider soft, neutral grays. Subtle grays are the perfect backdrop for color and personalization: think art, print bedding, mobiles, track lighting and more.

Here, ethereal Shadow Gray 2125-40 walls alongside a Wedding Veil 2125-70-painted shiplap ceiling with natural wooden beams creates a comforting cocoon. Plaid bedding delivers graphic texture, and a modern table lamp adds a contemporary twist to the space.

Gray Owl OC-52, Thunder AF-685 and Arctic Gray 1577 are all popular neutral grays for an understated visual background that will let your teen’s fun and funky accessories stand out.

Teen Room Paint Ideas: Color Blocking

Color blocking brings graphic dimension to your teen’s space. Use paint to create shapes—think circles, rectangles and squares—as stand-alone design elements. Or, carve out special nooks in a space using paint color. Color blocking can also simply mean painting the ceiling a different hue.

Here, a soft Crystalline AF-485-painted square behind the bed brings visual interest to the space, pairing beautifully with a White Heron OC-57 wall and a natural wooden bed frame. Accented with a soft pink bedspread and minimalist end table, this space is ideal for the modern teen on the go.

Encourage your teen to play with color blocking using these fun pairings:

Collector’s Item AF-45 and Fiji AF-525Tropical Sand 2101-70 and Mesa Peach 1200Island Getaway 593 and Lily of the Valley 905

Bring New Life to Old Furniture

Age up your teen’s childhood furniture or bring new life to your own pieces with a fresh coat of paint.

Painting furniture is an easy and inexpensive way to bring personality to a space—with the added benefit of avoiding the landfill. Furniture takes more abuse than the typical wall, so we recommend Benjamin Moore’s ADVANCE® Interior paint, which provides a durable, furniture-like finish that is available in every Benjamin Moore color.

Here, ceiling and bedframe painted in Smoke 2122-40 creatively pulls this soft gray-blue accent color throughout the room. Walls in Swiss Coffee OC-45 allow the color to stand out, while a cozy chair brings extra seating to this teen space.

Favorite bold hues we love on upcycled teen furniture include Gentle Violet 2071-20, Wasabi AF-430, and Beau Green 2054-20. For more neutral hues for your furniture repaint, consider Muslin OC-12, Truffle AF-130, and Chantilly Lace OC-65.

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