How to Decorate Your Room Like a Pirate Ship

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How to Decorate Your Room Like a Pirate Ship
Add a model ship to a pirate themed room. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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