Before your son or daughter goes hurtling through a play room or bedroom to design their own version of pirates sailing the ocean, consider taking some time out to plan the design for a pirate-themed room. Leave the cardboard ships and paper eye-patches for play time, and use antique and yard sale finds to re-create a room to look like a true buccaneer's frigate . Use your sense of creativity to pull together everyday items to give the illusion of a swashbuckler's man of war on the high seas.
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Select seaworthy colours. From pale sky blues to muddy grey-blue tones, the colour of blue makes an optimal choice when decorating a room like a pirate ship. Alternatively, dark greys and rich browns work as well. Choose a couple of colours as a palate to design your room around.
Paint the room. Choose a neutral colour, such as a grey or medium-hued blue to paint your room as a base for your pirate decor.
Find furniture. Think rustic and old. Rough-hewed tables and chairs in a dark stain suggest the wooden planks used to make floor boards and walls of a ship. Pick cushions on sofas and chairs that have natural, woven materials such as linen, hemp or canvas.
Add soft lighting. An antique lantern or a darkly shaded lamp can produce a dusky glow to light up the bowels of your pirate ship room. Place the lighting on tables around the room to shed enough light to illuminate the room.
Incorporate thematic elements. A coiled rope hanging on the wall, a mural of a treasure map or a glass bottle containing a miniature ship suggest a pirate at sea. Hang a pair of Arabian dagger's criss-cross on a wall or use a pirate flag as a throw across a sofa. Figurines and wall art depicting a pirate at war also tie the theme together.
Tips and warnings
- Incorporate nautical elements such as a compass designs or anchor shapes on accessories to further display a ship-like theme.
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