While some people take the minimalist approach to redecorating, others prefer to unleash their artistic side and let loose with vibrant paints, beautiful fabrics, bold patterns and awesome accessories. So, if white walls and plain carpets aren’t your thing, take a look at these top five themed bedroom ideas and produce something to be proud of.
If you want to create a palace for your very own price or princess, the first thing to do is to choose your colour scheme. Bright pink is ideal for a budding Cinderella and blue is great for a future Prince Charming. However, you can always opt for light purples, greens or yellows if you want to keep things a little more neutral. Wall transfers and stickers are also ideal if you don’t want to splash out for paint and come in an array of themed designs including Disney characters, carriages and castles. Of course, young royals also need somewhere grand to sleep, so transform their old bed into something spectacular by making a canopy from lace or check out the array of themed bunk/cabin beds from eBay.
Believe it or not, there are many places across the world where you can sleep under the sea. Rooms at the Poseidon Underwater Resort in Fiji, for instance, come complete with panoramic sea life views, but there are easier ways to wake up to your favourite denizens of the deep. Creating an underwater themed bedroom is relatively simple thanks to the vast range of fishy wall murals, posters, stickers, transfers and stencils available and you can also buy underwater themed wallpaper, borders, lamp shades, rugs, pictures – the list is endless. If you want to get your little ones involved, you could also sketch a marine creature onto a large piece of paper and ask them to cover it in bright paper, beads and other materials.
When it comes to football, there’s a wide range of merchandise and memorabilia that will look great in any football themed room – whether you’re a Tottenham fan or prefer to watch the Gunners in action. Generic football bedding, curtains, cushions, lampshades and beanbags are also available or you could frame your favourite shirt to hang on the wall. If you’ve been lucky enough to visit your team’s stadium or have met a much-loved player, framed photo collages are also a great way to add a personal touch to your bedroom. What’s more, if your room is big enough, you could even squeeze in a table football set and invite your friends round for a bit of competitive fun.
If your little cherub loves nothing more than running round the house pretending to be the next Jack Sparrow, a pirate themed room could be ideal, just like those at the Splash Landings Hotel, Alton Towers. You can either paint the walls a deep blue or you might decide to keep them white with splashes of black and red – both colour schemes work well. If you want to push the boat out (no pun intended), there are plenty of wall transfers available in the shape of anchors and pirate ships that will help bring the room to life. To keep costs down, you could even make your own shiver me timbers stencils, but don’t forget to apply the paint with a sponge to avoid unwanted smudges and drips. Complete the room with a skull and crossbones flag and a parrot if possible and you’ll be onto a winner.
Does your child dream of becoming an astronaut and rocketing up to space? If so, the solar system could be a great theme for their bedroom. Not only will it be educational (especially if you include all the planets in their correct order from the sun which is Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto), but it can also be wonderfully imaginative. Of course, the night’s sky can be quite dark, but get hold of some bright pain and have fun creating shooting stars, planets, moons and much more. You could even get hold of a cheeky alien or space ship wall transfer to add a different dimension.
There’s no right or wrong way to create a themed room, so let your imagination run free and have a great time decorating.
This article was written by freelance writer and mother of three, Kathryn Thompson. Follow her on Twitter: @katht35