If you are looking for a bold, bright decorating style that makes an impact, a psychedelic-inspired room may be right up your alley. Influenced by designs of the mid to late 1960s, the decor has a fantasy-like quality that allows for more creativity than many other design styles. Psychedelic decor is usually a hit with teens and college students, so consider this option when it's time to redo your growing child's room.
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While you may be accustomed to using a palette of soft, neutral tones to decorate your home and using darker, richer shades as accent colours, a psychedelic room is all about bright, bold colour. Don't be afraid to use a vivid shade for the walls, such as yellow, pink, purple or orange. For a truly intense look, consider painting each wall in the room a different colour. Mix in bright shades of blue, green and red as well. You may also consider neon shades for a truly psychedelic feel.
No psychedelic room would be complete without tie-dyed fabric. The tie-dye process involves tying parts of a piece of fabric with rubber bands and dipping it in dye. The tying blocks the dye from reaching portions of the fabric, resulting in unique striped, spiral, circular and starburst patterns. You can purchase fabric that has already been tie-dyed or tie-dye items yourself. For a bedroom, tie-dye your sheets or comforter in a rainbow of colours. In a living room or den, tie-dye curtains or fabric to make throw pillows. Create a tie-dyed cotton mat to use as a throw rug.
If you need a room divider for your psychedelic room, a beaded curtain is a fitting and era-appropriate option. Not only does a beaded curtain provide a lovely visual, but also it makes a distinctive sound when you pass through it, adding another sensory dimension to your psychedelic room. You can purchase curtains with beads in a variety of colours, shapes and materials. Bright, colourful beads in star, flower or butterfly shapes are ideal for a psychedelic room. Premade curtains usually come with all of the accessories that you need to install it, but you can also make your own beaded curtain for a personalised look. String brightly coloured glass beads on strong beading wire to create a funky, random pattern. Attach the strings to a piece of metal pole or dowel that you can mount on the wall with curtain pole brackets.
Lighting is an important element for creating the mood right in any room. In a psychedelic room, it can bring the whole look together. Lava lamps hearken back to the 1960s and 1970s. They come in many colours that complement the bright shades of a psychedelic room. For a trippy feel, opt for a couple of black lights for your room as well. Black lights reflect lighter shades in a darkened room, so any traces of white in your psychedelic room will have a cool blue glow when you turn on your black light. Glow-in-the-dark star-shaped wall or ceiling stickers can also add to your psychedelic room.
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