Retro Bedroom Ideas for Teens

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Retro Bedroom Ideas for Teens
Retro designs are perfect for a teen's room. (retro 70's image by jimmy kay from

Retro is a style that originated in the 1960s and 70s and is one of the most loved themes when it comes to bedrooms and even offices. Anyone can have a retro bedroom, including teens, who love the vibrant colours associated with the retro era. They can have an exciting time with the decorative items and end up with an individualised and stylish bedroom.

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Bedroom Color Coordination

One of the ways to incorporate the retro theme in a teen’s bedroom is to work with the colours. During the retro era, people wore bold and vibrant colours. Some examples of these colours are electric blue, neon green and orange, bright pink and purple, apple green and yellow. The bedroom of the teen does not have to stick with one colour. It will have a more retro feel if many of the colours are present in the room. Create swirl designs on the wall using the colours, or paint the wall a different colour from the floor. The colour coordination does not have to stop in the walls and flooring. The furniture and accessories inside the room may also have these colours to stand out.

Furniture and Accessories

The furniture and accessories inside the teen’s bedroom do not have to be brand new. Paint some of the old furniture in retro colours to save money. For the curtains, use tie-dyed cloth. It's also a good idea to provide a shag carpet in a retro colour to brighten up the room. Shop in flea markets or at garage sales to look for some retro accessories for the teen’s room. Select some vinyl chairs, a retro clock, band posters and other accessories that tie in with the retro theme of the bedroom.


Lighting can greatly influence the mood of the teen’s bedroom. Many types of lights are available to choose from when it comes to retro lighting. For the central lighting of the room, use a large pendant light with a retro design. A floor lampshade is ideal for the bedside. Retro lampshades have different designs like polka dots, swirls, flowers or just colours mixed together. To finish the retro theme of the room, add a lava lamp and put it on a side table. Lava lamps are more for decorative purposes than for lighting but will definitely turn a teen’s room into a retro haven.

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