Fairies connote magical spaces and conjure up diaphanous and delicate images. Whether you're planning a baby nursery, to be guarded by woodland sprites or a whimsical grown-up retreat, there are plenty of touches, both major and minor, that can transform your bedroom into a fairy's paradise.
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Fairy Tale Touches
For a nursery or a child's bedroom, you might adopt a fairy tale theme that incorporates wood sprites, fairy godmothers, unicorns and all sorts of magical creatures. Steer clear of witches or goblins, and if you have an easily frightened child, avoid images of elves or any detailed faces, altogether.
Instead, use textures, colours and shapes to evoke the world that these sprites inhabit. Use tulle and sheer fabrics to create draped spaces within the room. You can even produce a canopy-style bed by hanging a large sheer fabric from the ceiling, draped around a large ring, roughly the size of a hula hoop. Use stencils or a projector to aid you in drawing well-loved fairy tale characters along the walls. Select a soft moss-green rug to cover the floor, giving it the feeling of an enchanted forest.
A Grown-up Fairyland
If you're decorating an adult's bedroom in the style of fairies, incorporate darker colours, transforming the bright, enchanted forest into a slightly spookier glen. Choose from a wide array of fairy-themed posters, prints and paintings, with moods ranging from pastoral to mystical to sexy. For furnishings, avoid extremely modern or contemporary pieces, as cold lines and angles or metal materials may distract from the fairy theme. Instead, opt for antiques and a "shabby chic" style. Paint wooden dressers, bedside tables and bed frames white or cream or give them a distressed "whitewashed" look for an understated colour palette.
If your budget is large enough and you foresee sticking with the fairy theme for a long time, you can create a dramatic space by incorporating just a few larger elements into the theme. Work with a builder to design and produce a gnarled old tree. Paper mache or treated fabric will produce an outer layer of sufficiently sculpted, wood-like shapes. To maximise your storage space, design the tree to double as a tall cabinet for clothes. Instead of buying a traditional bed, have a unique bed built into the room with a thematic shape. For example, a child can easily sleep and play in a rounded bed styled after a woodland mushroom or an enchanted tree stump.
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