The Teenager’s Room Reveal

When it came to his own space, our son knew exactly what he wanted…it just took us a few years to get to the finish line! He’s all about industrial minimalism, warm woods, and neutral colors…so basically the opposite of the rest of the house! But I’m totally okay with that. I can appreciate his aesthetic and opinions, and was thrilled to help him create the exact room he wanted. After all, we know how much time teenagers spend in their rooms!

He wanted the space to feel like a lounge, and had tons of over-the-top ideas for it (including a whole new bed and suspended lighting), but I didn’t want to spend a small fortune. Especially since the room may change in a few years! So that really required we compromise and stay open-minded to each other ideas.

For instance when he suggested he ditch the bed completely, and place the mattresses directly on the floor, I had 87 reasons why that was a bad idea. But then I thought, ‘Why not?!’ And turns out, it was a great idea! Would I do it for my own bedroom or a guest room? Probably not. But for a teenage boy’s room, it totally works. And even better, he loves it!

Shelf Unit | Wall Map | Curtain Panels | Rug | Ceiling Paint Color: Valspar ‘Mark Twain Gray Brick’

We painted the walls white for a clean aesthetic, but accented the pitched ceiling with a dark matte charcoal (leftover from this bathroom makeover project). To keep the bed from getting lost, we added the oversized map (stolen from this room) to serve as a sort of headboard. Small side tables serve as nightstands, and industrial sconces provide reading light without using surface space.

Sidenote: We’ve been working on this room for a few years, so many of the items are no longer available…so I linked the next closet thing from the same retailer.

Wall Map (last seen in this room) | Similar Bedding | Pickle Pillow | Wall Sconces | Side Tables | Wall Color: SW ‘Alabaster’

Curtain Panels | DIY Galvanized Pipe Rods


His old DIY Organizer Board is still holding strong, and provides storage space for his mementos, as well as notes and reminders. The dark wood helps warm the room, and keeps it from looking too stark.

DIY Organizer Board | Magnet Strips

More often than not, you’ll find him sitting at his desk studying or playing on his computer…so having a large, comfortable work area was important. We utilized the wide blank wall for shelves, and an extra-long desk (see more of that in this post).

Desk Chair | Shelves| Brackets

Desk Chair | Task Lamps | Wire Trash Basket | Desk Top | Desk Legs | Shelves| Brackets | Cable Management | Plant | Woven Pot

Pencil Cup | Task Lamps | Desk Top


I was hesitant to hang the dartboard in his room (hello, tons of tiny holes in the wall!!), but they’re barely noticeable on the white paint, and it’s easy enough to fix later. If having a fun room means his friends will want to hang here more, then I’m all for it!

Dart Board | Wall Hooks | Caps

We turned the bookshelf on its side to serve as a sort of footboard, and give the bed a more finished look.

Shelf Unit | Wall Map | Similar Bedding | Pickle Pillow

The room has two very clear zones…the bed and desk areas…so we angled the smaller rug to marry the two. The faux plants add some life and color, as does the little splashes in the rug and pillows. And the DIY Galvanized Pipe Rods were a simple, inexpensive project that give the room the industrial vibe he loves.

Desk Chair | Task Lamps | Wire Trash Basket | Desk Top | Desk Legs| Shelves| Brackets | Cable Management | RugCurtain Panels

Curtain Panels | DIY Galvanized Pipe Rods

You can’t go without a ceiling fan in Texas, but the black camouflages into the the dark ceiling.

Shelf Unit | Wall Map | Curtain Panels | DIY Galvanized Pipe Rods | Rug | Ceiling Paint Color: Valspar ‘Mark Twain Gray Brick’ | Similar Bedding | Pickle Pillow | Wall Sconces | Side Tables | Ceiling Fan

We had so much fun creating this space together, and I love that it’s exactly what he wanted, while still classic and stylish. Now if we could just finish Little Miss’s Room!

To see more of our house, check out the Decor Tab on the navigation bar, and click here to see his previous room. It’s crazy to think he was just 8-years old when I started this blogging journey! See you back here tomorrow for a big Dressing Room Diaries! xo. C.


*Photos by the darling & talented Mary Summers.*

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  1. The room looks really well-designed. I love it!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Posted 10.12.17 Reply
  2. Sandy wrote:

    The shelving unit turned on it’s side at the foot of the bed=brilliant!
    87 reasons why the bed should not be directly on the floor=hilarious!
    Great guys room!

    Posted 10.12.17 Reply
  3. Shay Shull wrote:

    Cassie! This is fantastic!!!

    Posted 10.12.17 Reply
  4. What a great room for a great young man! Love the paint! Love everything actually.

    Posted 10.12.17 Reply
  5. sydnee wrote:

    It’s perfect for a young man, masculine and industrial! Love it!

    Design by Sydnee | A Lifestyle Blog

    Posted 10.12.17 Reply
  6. Leslie wrote:

    This is perfect for a teenage boy’s room! Yay for a cool space for your son!

    Posted 10.12.17 Reply
  7. Jennifer wrote:

    The room looks great and how wonderful you were able to honor his vision! The years go by so fast. I have one in college now but she still loves coming home to her own room! 🙂

    Posted 10.12.17 Reply
  8. Looks great! Love the calm feel of the space and the darker ceiling is a fun feature!

    Posted 10.12.17 Reply
  9. Angi wrote:

    What is it with teenagers and the bed on the floor? I just let my teen queen do it too. It’s no for forever I keep saying to myself. Love the gray. super masculine and the lighting is great!
    He’s so handsome mom! #abercrombiefitnessapproved

    Posted 10.12.17 Reply
  10. Looks great Cassie ! Grown up but still fun and teenish! 🙂

    Posted 10.12.17 Reply
  11. Sharon wrote:

    That is one lucky teenager! It’s a great room, functional and full of character. I especially love the duvet. Thanks for sharing.

    Posted 10.12.17 Reply
  12. Lisa wrote:

    Love the charcoal ceiling Cassie! Such a great room for a hanging out with friends or getting homework done!

    Posted 10.12.17 Reply
  13. Colleen wrote:

    Love that map “sort of” headboard. Does he use a dresser or is there storage in the closet for socks, shorts, etc. ?

    Posted 10.12.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Oh yes! That open door leads to his bathroom and closet, and he has space for all his clothes in there! xo

      Posted 10.13.17 Reply
  14. Michelle Nordstrom wrote:

    Love it. I just yesterday finished painting my 16 in 10 days year old sons ceiling SW iron ore and bought his new bedding today. Working on finding curtains and since we own a floor covering store, new LVP in a few weeks.

    Posted 10.12.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      I love Iron Ore!! That’s the color of our bedroom! xo

      Posted 10.13.17 Reply
  15. What a cool room!! The bed totally works on the ground and I love that you added storage at the foot of it like that. Also in love with the black ceiling, and that pickle pillow is cracking me up 😀

    Posted 10.13.17 Reply
  16. lucinda wrote:

    Wow what a great room! It will totally take him into the college years! And love the only in Texas homecoming armband!

    Posted 10.13.17 Reply
  17. I totally remember his bedroom 8 years ago! It reminds me of when we first met! This room is so cool though and it’s so fun to see him grow up through the years!

    Posted 10.15.17 Reply
  18. Jenny wrote:

    I love how this room turned out! What a cool room!

    Posted 10.17.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thanks so much, Jenny! It’s his style exactly, and I’m so happy he loves it!

      Posted 10.17.17 Reply
  19. Helen wrote:

    Hi! Love the room. Is just the mattress on the floor or is it the boxspring and mattress?
    Thanks, Helen

    Posted 11.16.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thank you, Helen! The boxspring is covered with a fitted sheet and sits on the floor, topped with the mattress.

      Posted 11.20.17 Reply
  20. Sarah wrote:

    Hi could you tell me the brand of bedding and nightstand? Love both and ones linked are different 🤗😊 thank you for your time.

    Posted 3.21.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Hi Sarah! The bedding is older from Urban Outfitters, and nightstand are Target!

      Posted 3.21.19 Reply