Greetings friends! I missed you yesterday and am so sorry about not posting. Life kind of got ahead of me. 🙂 I am sure you know how that goes. Well today are decorating tips for those of you who are not sure how to start decorating a room and whether or not you should choose a theme.
Easy tips for working around a theme
How many of us have thought to ourselves ”what theme do I want for this room?” I have been guilty of it. When our first child was born I went with a ”classic pooh” theme and my nursery looked like it had stepped out of Target.
I quickly realized that this was not the way to go. Interestingly enough, I decided at a much younger age that I preferred mixing beds sets, or finding a unique blanket or pillow for excitement, and even starting sewing my own room textiles. Yet, in my first apartment, I had a nursery “in a bag”.
When my son was just a couple of months old, I completely redesigned the room. I kept pooh but found vintage pooh fabric and mixed in corduroy, chenille, and cotton fabric for new bedding. Adding art projects brought in other interest along with painting the nursery furniture. From that moment on, I have been careful about being a culprit of furniture sets, bed in a bag, and other collections retailers often attract their buyers with for bonus pieces and discounts.
Is it a design dilemma to want to choose a theme? Let me give you ideas how it can be accomplished without appearing like the room just came from a store.
First, if you have a theme in mind, think of it has inspiration.
For example, let’s say your little girl loves the Little Mermaid and asks for a Little Mermaid room. Try not to think of the Little Mermaid in a literal sense but use it as inspiration for picking your colors, textures, and decor items. Can you imagine using ocean colors for the wall and bedroom furniture with red and aqua accents to represent Ariel’s hair and tail color?
Sea shells, drift wood, and sea glass would be great “under the sea” decoration. Be careful not to go overboard with an “ocean” theme. Think of a spa or a relaxing beach cottage with touches of “ocean” inspired decor.
Don’t forget light fixtures and window treatments.
*Since I chose a child’s room for an example, I would like to mention that a room like this would be much easier to “grow” with the child. Any room you choose, as long as you keep your “investment” pieces in a neutral colors with classic lines, you can easily adapt to a new inspiration when you are ready.
I just couldn’t resist creating a “Little Mermaid” inspired bedroom.
Tell me what you think? Have you tried designing a room around a theme before? What do you use for design inspiration?