Ideas for Making a Circus-Themed Room for a Toddler

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Ideas for Making a Circus-Themed Room for a Toddler
Traditional circus-tent stripes are wide, but narrow multicoloured stripes also evoke the circus. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Giving a toddler's room a circus theme can not only help parents decide on a decorating idea for the room, it can also stimulate the toddler's growing mind with bright colours and accessories that encourage play. While the circus is a place of loud noises, bright colours and constant stimulation, your toddler's circus-themed room should balance stimulating and soothing features, which may make nap time easier and will keep the circus theme from seeming "over the top."

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Circus Tent Wall Paint

Paint the walls to evoke a circus tent. The classic circus-tent look is comprised of wide, alternating stripes of bold colours such as red, blue and yellow. You may wish to tone it down by using a mellower colour combination, like ivory and pale sage green or white and robin's-egg blue. Show the stripes converging in the centre of the ceiling to create a true circus-tent effect. For a vintage circus look, apply an antiquing paint treatment to the walls. (Test the treatment first to ensure you like the look.)

Ideas for Making a Circus-Themed Room for a Toddler
Traditional circus-tent stripes are wide, but narrow multicoloured stripes also evoke the circus. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Circus Mural

Adorn one wall of the toddler's room with a circus-themed mural featuring animals, shapes, colours or the letters of the alphabet to capture her attention. For example, you could paint the alphabet in a classic "circus" font along the top edge of the room. The mural could depict a circus scene with clowns, friendly lions, tigers, and elephants, a woman balancing on the back of a fancy horse, and, of course, a ringmaster. Consider hiring a professional muralist if you are not artistically inclined, or purchase a wallpaper mural.

Primary Colors

Decorate the room's furniture with the bright colours of the circus. Use low-VOC paint and air out freshly painted pieces outdoors or in the garage before putting them in your toddler's room to avoid causing harm to your toddler. Bright pieces like a sunny yellow crib or a lime-green table for colouring make excellent accents without making the room so colourful that it might interfere with nap time.

Circus Accessories

Sprinkle circusy accessories throughout the toddler's room to reinforce the circus theme. For example, you might display a framed vintage circus poster reproduction or a large photograph of balloons. A clown lamp could provide light for reading before bedtime.

Ideas for Making a Circus-Themed Room for a Toddler
Frame a photo of your family at a circus. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

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