Pirate-Themed Bedroom Decorating Ideas

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Pirate-Themed Bedroom Decorating Ideas
Store your child's toys in a treasure chest in her pirate-themed bedroom. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Decorate your young pirate's bedroom with a theme he'll be happy to set sail with, making sure to include his favourite pirate details. Younger children may prefer cartoon-like images or a specific theme centred around a favourite pirate movie. Older children may appreciate more realistic details, such as genuine pirate artefacts.

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Paint the walls to set the stage for your little buccaneer's bedroom. Mimic a clear day at sea with light blue paint and white clouds along the top of the walls and on the ceiling. Paint the bottom portion of the walls with a darker blue colour, including a wavy pattern where the dark blue merges with the light blue paint to look as though the ocean and sky meet. Add light blue and white swirls throughout the "ocean" to resemble natural waves. On one wall, draw a pirate ship flying a Jolly Roger flag, or design a pirate flag specifically for your child. Another option is to make one wall look like a giant treasure map.

Use plain blue paint and a pirate-themed border on the walls if you don't want to paint an entire mural. Posters, pictures and peel-and-stick decals are additional options if you don't want to paint at all--or can't.


Weathered-looking furniture that resembles aged, rustic wood contributes to the pirate atmosphere. Consider a novelty bed shaped like a pirate's ship if your child's room will keep the pirate theme for a few years. Include a shelf, dresser and desk if there's enough space. Change the drawer knobs to pirate-themed knobs, such as Jolly Roger flag, treasure chest or ship knobs. Purchase or make a chest that looks like a pirate's treasure chest to use for toy storage.


Pirate-themed linens might include red and white striped blankets, or comforter sets with pirate images. Bedding sets are available with images of pirate ships, flags, skulls and crossbones, treasure maps or treasure chests. Choose curtains that complement the bedding. The curtains should be solid colours if you have a mural or busy wall decor; use decorative pirate-themed patterns if the walls are plain. Add a rug to the centre of the floor that looks like water, a treasure map or old compass.


Complete your look with accessories such as a pirate-themed wall or alarm clock, night light, pillows, light switch cover or lamp. Hang decorative items on the wall or display them on shelves. A large, vintage fishing net, ship's wheel, anchor, folding telescope, globe, old compass, porthole mirror or tiny ships inside glass bottles will add an air of authenticity to the room.

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