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Go Wild with a Safari Inspired Bedroom!

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If your child is a little explorer who loves animals, why not turn your child’s bedroom into a jungle filled with wild creatures? Inspired by our elephant bedroom sign, here is our guide on how to transform a boring room into a safari or jungle extravaganza!

Colours

Got for neutral, light colours for the main walls of the room.  A sandy yellow base with accents of dark green is the perfect start for a safari themed room, or an accent wall painted in a darker colour will really set off the room without making it too lively.

Murals

Many animal/jungle themed bedrooms have animals painted on the walls as a focal point. This is definitely only an option for the artistic, if you’re not sure if your skills are up to it, painting some simple leaves and fern patterns in dark green around the bottom of the wall is an easier approach, or large animal stickers can also be placed around the room, and are easily removed if you ever want to change the theme of the room.

Furniture

Basic pine furniture will work well in a yellow bedroom or against darker colours, or if you want to immerse the bedroom deeper in the theme, go for dark or light green furnishings. This table by IKEA would make a great space for study time or craft activities.  We also love this jungle themed storage solution from Bambino Direct. For something really special, this elephant chair not only fits the theme perfectly but is perfect for imaginative children!

Accessories

Bedding is a great focal point for a jungle themed bedroom, animal print bedding is a perfect match – leopard, zebra and even giraffe print children’s bedding is available in various designs.

If you don’t want to change the carpet or flooring of the bedroom, a large rug is a good way of accessorising the room without making a dramatic change. A dark green rug will compliment light coloured walls perfectly, or specific jungle animal rugs are available, such as this really cute monkey rug.

 Finishing touches

What is a jungle themed room without a few cuddly toys? Time to build up a menagerie of cuddly creatures to live on the bed!

For a finishing touch, get our elephant bedroom sign so everyone visiting knows there’s a wild child inside!

If you’re a parent, it’s likely you’re very aware of the escapades of Lightning McQueen, Mater and their convoy of auto-buddies from Pixar’s Cars. This has restarted a huge trend for lots of little boys (and girls!) loving everything to do with racetracks, zooming engines and waving chequered flags.

If it’s time to give your kids’ bedroom a refresh, why not go for a racing theme?

Inspired by the racing car bedroom door sign available from our site, here are some hints and tips on how to transform your child’s bedroom into an awesome pit stop.

If You’re On a Budget:

Time to grab the paint. For colours, go for racing car red (Lightning McQueen’s colour!) and contrast with sky blue so that the room isn’t too loud. If you’ve got confidence in your brushwork, painting two crossed chequered flags above your child’s bed is a great way to spark and inspire their imagination.

Another great way to transform a child’s room on a budget it to get creative with your accessories. If your budget doesn’t cover a new carpet or floorboards, these popular ‘road rugs’ or playmats are perfect for playing with toy cars.

Buy some plain pine furniture and razz it up with a paint-over! Or even better, paint over the old furniture that’s already in the room. Turn a wardrobe into a petrol pump, or you could turn a chest of drawers into a mechanics themed giant toolbox.

If You’re Splashing Out:

If you’re redecorating on a bigger budget, the crowning glory of your Cars themed room HAS to be a racing car bed! Since children do eventually grow out of wanting to sleep in a car bed (believe it or not), looking through auction sites online will give you plenty of second hand options.

Try some upcycling and turn old car parts into functional furniture. A quick look on the internet will show you lamps made out of traffic cones, shelves made out of tires, and even book ends made out of old gears. It will take a little time, effort and skill but you will create something that is completely unique and timeless.

 

Don’t forget the finishing touch, our racing car bedroom sign!

 

Deck The Halls! Christmas Ideas For Your Front Door

The Festive season will soon upon us, and decorations are already popping up from neighbourhood to neighbourhood. Before you put up the tree and hang the baubles, a nice early touch is to decorate your door in order to give your incoming influx of guests and well wishers a warm Christmas welcome. Here are some tips on how to make your house entrance shine with yuletide sparkle.

Wreath

Traditional – The Wreath

If you like to keep your Christmas classical, then hang a Christmas wreath on your door. There are lots of premade ones available from garden centres and home stores, but it’s easy to make your own with a ring of oasis and a few garden trimmings and pine cones. Making a wreath can be a fun craft activity for your children too – think spray glitter, ribbons and snow in a can.

Victorian – Lanterns

If you have hooks where you usually hang your Summer hanging baskets, replace them with some Victorian style Christmas lanterns where you can put in candles for a atmospheric look straight out of A Christmas Carol. You can also decorate your lanterns with sprigs of holly, bows and baubles for an extra seasonal touch.

Green Fingers – Fresh Flowers

If you have a flair for flower arranging, Christmas flower garlands are a classy edition to your front door. You can use the traditional holly, ivy and mistletoe to make a familiar red and green arrangement that will look great on your porchway. The bright, dramatic red of the Poinsettia has also become increasingly popular over the years, though it may be best to get fake ones as upkeep is difficult.

Poinsettia

 

Crafty – Yarn Wreath

If you’re knitting all your gifts this year, a yarn wreath is a great make for your home. The best thing about them is that upkeep is easy and it can be used for years to come! They are extremely easy to make (Styrofoam rings can be picked up from most garden centres) and endlessly customisable. Felt flowers and festive shapes like stars and angels finish the wreath off as a quirky decoration for your door.

Yarn Wreath

Kitsch – Fake snow and Stickers

It’s more fashionable to go for a pared down look these days, but some of us still want a over the top Christmas! If you want your doorway to look brash (in the best way), go for coloured lights (bonus points for flashing and music!), santa and snowflake stickers to go on your door’s glass panels and, of course, cans and cans of fake snow.

However you decide to decorate your door this year, don’t forget to hang the mistletoe!