A white picket fence is a classic image of Americana that evokes a warm, inviting home. While you may think of it solely as an exterior embellishment, there are actually a variety of ways to use the fencing in an interior as well. In particular, picket fencing can be an ideal decorative element for a child's bedroom because of its novelty and whimsical look when used unexpectedly indoors. Incorporate it into a child's room for a fun decor that brings the outdoors inside.
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One of the most dramatic ways to use picket fencing in a child's room is as a fun headboard for the bed. Pre-made bed frames that mimic the look of fencing are offered retail, but making your own is less expensive and can be a fun weekend project. Mount a section of fence that measures the width of the bed to the wall behind it. To evoke a shabby chic theme, repurpose old sections of fencing you might have on hand or give new sections a distressed appearance with speciality paints or by sanding paint off the edges. For a crisp look, paint the picket fence with a fresh coat of white paint. If you prefer a more subtle finish, try a pastel shade, such as pink, yellow or blue.
Instead of installing wainscoting or wood panelling on the walls of your child's room, use a section of white picket fencing instead. It is an ideal wall covering if the room has a garden theme, because you can paint a floral mural on the wall behind the fence, complete with butterflies and birds. Because of the fencing's open design, images on the area of the wall between the fence posts peek through, so extend the mural all the way to the floor. Picket fencing is also great for a barnyard theme. Paint a mural of farm animals behind the pickets, making it look as if they are in pens.
Smaller sections of picket fence are ideal for creating shelves in a child's room. Trim the fence to the desired height for the shelving unit and add basic pine shelves to the front of it with shelf brackets. Paint the entire unit white to give it a traditional feel or go with a brighter colour for a bolder, modern look. For added fun, glue small decorative birdhouses to the ends of one or more of the shelves so the unit has a whimsical, gardenlike feel. These shelves are ideal for holding books, toys and games or for displaying your child's favourite keepsakes. Or try mounting a section of fencing to the wall and add hooks to serve as a coat rack.
Cut a rectangle in a section of fence and use it as a frame for a mirror, a piece of your child's artwork, or family photos. Or wind artificial flowers through the slats, and add toy birds or make tissue paper butterflies to dress it up and use a section of fencing as a piece of wall decor in its own right.
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