How to Decorate a Bedroom With a Space Theme

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How to Decorate a Bedroom With a Space Theme
Stars painted in glow-in-the-dark colours make a room feel dreamlike. (outer space image by Doug Stacey from

Images of outer space can create an otherworldly and dreamlike bedroom, especially at night. Rich, dark hues of space and the night sky on walls and ceilings instil the bedroom with a sense of sanctuary. Comforters and rugs with images of outer space provide a setting for imaginary trips to other dimensions. Thousands of images and patterns are available to decorate a bedroom with a space theme, including drawings, NASA photos, and icons from science fiction.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • String
  • Styrofoam balls
  • Glow-in-the-dark paint and stickers
  • Rope lights
  • Gauze
  • Foam board
  • Markers
  • Wall mounting hardware
  • Painting supplies, including dust sheet, brushes, and paint
  • Wall paper supplies, including flat pans, rollers, exact knife, and water

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    Paint the ceiling a dark blue or black colour and scatter glow-in-the-dark stars or planets across the surface. These stars can be purchased at many novelty, dime, and toy stores and are quite inexpensive.

  2. 2

    Paint your own designs of space objects, such as cloud nebulae and planets, using glow-in-the-dark paint. Make a stencil of an outer space object and spray paint it onto the walls if you're not comfortable drawing freehand.

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    Hang home-made planets from the ceiling using hooks, string and styrofoam balls painted various colours. Buy multisized styrofoam balls to create a solar system.

  4. 4

    Create a bed spaceship buy attaching a home-made spaceship silhouette to the side of a bed. Buy a large board, such as foam board, and cut it into the shape of a spaceship. Draw with paints or markers the different parts of a spaceship, such as the control panel and windows. Mount the spaceship to the side of the bed the occupant doesn't normally use to enter the bed, and use a dry mounting hardware, such as clamps or string, to keep the spaceship in place. Applying an adhesive can diminish the value of the bed frame.

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    Find images of a science fiction story the occupant likes, such as Star Wars or Star Trek, and print these on a large format printer. Place the images in frames in order to hang them on the walls, or print them on vinyl paper in order to adhere them to a wall as though they were large stickers.

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    Create a space-themed wall paper on your computer by importing images from space or science fiction into digital editing software. Print the images on an acrylic or vinyl coated paper. Douse them in water to make them adhere to the wall.

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    Mount rope lights to the ceiling in a bundle, and cover in a light material, such as coloured gauze. Scrunch up the gauze around and over the rope lights to create a haunting cloud nebula.

Tips and warnings

  • Glow-in-the-dark paint can be found at hobby stores, home stores and some hardware stores.

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