Themed bedrooms can be very popular with children, but there is no reason why adults can't also enjoy a themed bedroom. When designing a room around a theme, it can be tempting to go overboard, which can result in a slightly hectic or even tacky appearance. Less is definitely more when it comes to a themed room. Choosing your theme is the first step towards a special, unique space.
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The Bohemian elegance of a red, pink, black and gold Moulin Rouge theme can create a sexy, seductive room. This is not a minimalist style, as it requires lashings of elaborate fabric. The bed should be covered in sensual silk or satin sheets, with brocade cushions and fabric draped at the head of the bed to create a luxurious canopy. Use sumptuous velvet for the curtains, with gold or black tasselled tie-backs. Fabric wallpaper adds to the rich feel of the room, with soft lighting and scented candles to finish off the romantic atmosphere.
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Gothic-themed bedrooms don't have to be black and morbid. When designed correctly, a Gothic-themed room can be a rich, seductive space. Use a combination of deep reds, grey, white and black. Choose "heavy" medieval-looking wood and iron furniture, plus wrought iron wall sconces and candle holders. Dress the bed in lots of rich fabrics. A black velvet throw turned back and heaps of red and black cushions can look extremely striking when teamed with white bedding. To add a bit of fantasy, add a suitably Gothic item, such as a gargoyle figurine or framed fantasy print.
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To create an exotic Moroccan-themed room, think Aladdin, genies and sumptuous desert tents. You're aiming to create a luxurious, rich, decadent look. Use warm colours, including orange and red, that are similar to spices such as paprika and saffron. Add plenty of embellished fabric in these colours to create a luxurious feel, and pile lots of cushions to recline on throughout the room. Lighting should be soft and warm. Glass Moroccan lamps with candles inside, rugs and wall hangings all add to the authentic look, and you can create a really exotic atmosphere with incense.
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A zen bedroom should be minimalist and simple, creating a clean, relaxing space. There are absolutely no rules to this type of design, as long as the finished look is something you find relaxing, balanced and peaceful. Use neutral, soft colours and natural materials. Avoid adding any furniture or embellishment that isn't necessary. Choose simple, low furniture, such as a futon. To add interest to the room, a bamboo plant, mini zen garden, or small Buddha figurine are subtle but effective choices.