Whether your child cannot get enough of the ocean or he simply has a love for sailor stories, a nautical bedroom can send him to sleep dreaming of the sea. Choosing a nautical theme for your child's bedroom opens a wide array of decorating possibilities, so pick the elements that most please you and your child.
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Wooden Oar Clothing Pegs
Purchase a wooden oar from a garage sale or jumble sale, and drill holes along the length. Screw furniture knobs into the predrilled holes, and mount the oar on your child's wall. The oar plays to the nautical theme while still retaining a practical purpose as a place to hang clothes.
If the child has a bunk bed in her nautical room, provide her with a rope ladder that attaches to the top bunk. Climbing a rope ladder is like climbing the rope rigging on an old-fashioned ship and adds another nautical element to the child's room.
Purchase nautical maps from reproduction sites, and frame them before hanging them up on the child's wall. Also try decoupaging nautical maps to a child's wooden desk so he can see them whenever he is reading or working at his desk.
Nautical Wallpaper Borders
Run a nautically-themed border around the room near the ceiling or at waist height to provide the room with some visual contrast; many themes are available to choose from. Look for wallpaper borders that feature anchors, ships, mermaids and lighthouses. Similarly, you can use stencils to create a border around the room that has the same look and effect.
Seashells call to mind the shore and the sea and are used in a number of different ways. Scattered them on the windowsill the way that they are scattered on the beach, or keep them in glass jars to display them. If keeping them in glass jars, add coral, drift wood and sand for some visual variety.
Paint the top half of the room a soft white or very pale blue, and paint the bottom half of the room a deeper, richer blue. The top half represents the sky while the bottom half represents the sea. Use a chair rail or a wallpaper border to separate the two. You might also install wood panelling along the lower half of the room to create the impression of a wooden ship.
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