Recently we made a few changes to my eldest son’s bedroom, so I’m sharing it today for anyone in need of some ideas for updating a teen bedroom.

I really feel for the all the teenagers and young adults, like my son, during the Covid-19 pandemic. Alex was supposed to take his A-Levels in the summer which of course didn’t happen. In September, he started University but only attends lectures one afternoon per week currently. As he hasn’t moved away to Uni, he is spending more time than ever at home. So I wanted to do something nice for him and freshen up his surroundings, which would hopefully cheer him up a bit and make staying in his room more pleasant and comfortable.

The bedroom was last updated a few years ago when we went for a loft inspired look: brick wallpaper, black walls, industrial touches. It’s the smallest of our 3 bedrooms and although not a tiny box room, it isn’t overly generous. It felt a bit stuck in the mid-teens and I wanted to make a few changes to give it a slightly more sophisticated and smarter look; somewhere cosy and calm where he would be able to relax and get a bit of peace away from the rest of the family!

Let’s have a look at what has changed in here:

Wall Colour

Luckily for me my son is easy going and gave me free reign with his room. However, he still liked the brick wallpaper, so we’ve kept that for now (I might persuade him to let me paint over it at some point!) The two remaining walls which were painted black previously have been updated with the Dulux colour of the year for 2021 which is called Brave Ground. It is quite an earthy taupe kind of shade and provides a softer backdrop to his room than the black walls did. I’m actually surprised about how much roomier the space feels now… It seems that lifting the walls a few shades has opened it up – it definitely feels a bit wider than before!

Statement Pendant Light

Portland Pendant Light, The Soho Lighting Company

Poor Alex has had a broken ceiling light for a little while, so was relying on lamps in the interim. So I was delighted to be contacted by The Soho Lighting Company, who offered us the chance to feature one of their sensational hand painted pendant lights. I was particularly drawn to the matt black ones as I thought they would work perfectly in the bedroom and become one of the key features of the room.

With a stunning vintage appearance, the Portland Bedroom and Hallway Pendant Light had it all. With its reclaimed industrial vibes, it certainly makes a statement. The large pendant has a smooth matt black exterior, whilst inside it is finished in an enamel style off-white. It is such a beautiful and timeless light that you could incorporate it in a period property or a more contemporary one. It’s versatile enough to hang in a bedroom, a hallway, over a dining table or breakfast bar and comes in 10 different colours.

We could not be happier with the light fitting – it looks stunning and provides the ultimate finishing touch in my son’s new look room.


There’s a built in cupboard in this bedroom which is handy for storage, but after making do with a hanging rail and chest of drawers, I knew Alex really needed a wardrobe. I shopped around and opted for a smart and affordable one from Ikea. It is this Rakkestad 2 door wardrobe in black-brown.  It comes with one shelf, but you can order an extra one too, which I did.

Also recently we upcycled a small set of drawers, which is a handy bit of extra storage – ideal for toiletries ad small stuff. I put a round black mirror (one that we already had from Dunelm) above the drawer set so it’s like a little vanity unit.

I looked around for a low, compact bedside table and found an amazing steal at Songmics – it was on offer and cost less than £25. I think it fits in perfectly.

Industrial side table


The striped bedding is from H&M, I love the beige and black stripe as it’s bold but neutral, too. Good value also at £19.99 for a single duvet & pillow case set.


mini faux plants homebase

I bought the rug a little while ago from Aldi, even though I wasn’t sure where I was going to put it at the time. But I knew that for £19.99 I couldn’t NOT buy it. It’s perfect here! Eventually we’ll get the room carpeted, but for now it helps disguise the not so pretty floorboards.

The wire wall unit was already there, but it was copper coloured so I spray painted it black.

The faux mini succulents and real Dragon tree plant are from Homebase. Other things we still need to get include a very compact desk to put next to the wardrobe and the room could do with a new window blind. I’ll share these future updates when we have them!

Hope you like the mini makeover as much as we do. Massive thanks to The Soho Lighting Company for partnering with me.

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