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3 Tips for Creating a Themed Room

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Creating a themed room is one of the most fun projects when it comes to interior design.  After all, nothing compares to the feeling of snagging the perfect find to tie your theme together.  However, designing themed rooms can be difficult.  You don’t want to over- or under-do it.  While you don’t want to overwhelm your room with themed décor, you also don’t want visitors to miss the theme of your room entirely.  So, whether your room is travel-, beach-, or city-inspired, these tips will allow you to find a happy medium.

1. Think long term.

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When choosing a theme, think long term.  Will you still love your theme five years from now?  Will it still be up to date?  If your answer is no, don’t go with that theme.  Otherwise, make your theme stand the test of time by using colors, shapes, and furniture fixtures to convey it.  This is especially true of children’s bedrooms.  In this Frozen-themed bedroom, Catherine-Lucie Horber used the color pattern, subtle snowflake wallpaper, dramatic headboards, and sparkling chandeliers to create a time-insensitive theme.  For more information on this bedroom, read our interview with Catherine-Lucie Horber.

2. Contrast accessories with solids.

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Photo credit clockwise from bottom left:  BeachwoodPlace.Blogspot.com, Decoholic.org, and BeachBlissLiving.com

It might be tempting to have every element of your room contribute to your theme, but this will saturate your room and make it overwhelming for visitors.  Don’t be afraid to use neutral bedspreads or solid color couches to complement your accessories like these beach-themed rooms.

3. Use a statement piece.

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Photo Credit left to right: Big-Trix.pl, Itsy-Bits-and-Pieces.Blogspot.com

Using a statement piece in your themed room can make your life a lot easier when it comes to designing.  Having one standout element in the room makes your theme clear without requiring much else.  For color- or pattern-themed rooms, a large area rug makes a great statement.

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