To create a space where your child can play, sleep and learn, use a themed bedroom when you are preparing for a new baby or remodelling your kids' bedrooms. Choosing a theme will bring the whole room together for a cleaner look, and an animal theme will work for younger boys or girls who love animals. Go beyond a general theme and narrow down the type of animal theme you will use: safari, rainforest, zoo, woodland, or ocean, for instance. You can buy many of the items you need to create an animal-themed bedroom, but there are many small details you can easily add yourself, too.
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Forest on the Wall
You can set the background for an animal-themed room by making the walls the animals' home. Paint whatever habitat goes with the chosen theme onto the walls; for instance, a woodland theme will need a forest. You can make your own tree stencils and paint branches and leaves on the walls. Repeat the same style of tree that you have on the walls on the dresser and other furniture by stencilling a leaf or two on each drawer. If you don't want to paint the walls, you can still have a forest on the wall using wall decals, which come in a large variety of sizes and shapes, or you can use animal wallpaper in the whole room or just on an accent wall.
Posters and Accessories
For animals on the walls, unless you can paint well, you will probably find that buying animal posters is the most practical. Posters cover a large amount of wall space and are less expensive than paintings. Another option is to frame a large piece of animal pattern wall paper to hang as a picture. You can find accessories with the animals your child chooses on them too, such as lampshades and light-switch covers.
Plants and Vines
In keeping with your animal theme, consider small potted trees as decorations in the child's room. You can leave the trees bare or put small hanging animal toys such as monkeys with magnets in their hands to populate the plants. If you would rather not take care of live plants, buy fake plants instead. You can pin faux vines along window sills and use them for borders around posters or along the walls.
The bed is often the focal point of a child's room, so it will be central to your animal theme also. Use colours that coordinate with your choice of paint or wallpaper for pillowcases, sheets and comforters. Rather than buying a comforter and sheet set with an animal pattern, you could buy one with a zebra or leopard print, or buy a throw blanket with just one animal on it. Of course, the child's stuffed animals can sit on the bed, but you might also want to buy others for decoration, such as a stuffed snake to wrap around the bedpost or a stuffed bird to sit on the bed's canopy.
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