5 decorating themes that work for adults AND kids

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5 Decorating Themes That Work for Adults AND Kids

Styling a room that parent and child will both love doesn’t have to be hard. Make a youthful theme more grownup by playing with color, furniture, and accent pieces. Designing for two different generations may be challenging, but have fun with your inspiration! Working with an unconventional theme can really highlight the versatility of your design skills.

Looking for inspiration? We’ve put together a list of themed designs that will charm your inner child.

1. Under the Sea

under the sea theme bedroom

When you think of the ocean, what do you imagine? A seaside cottage? Tropical paradise? An aquatic theme can be easily adapted by pairing neutral paint color and furniture (think of a sandy beach) with sea inspired touches. Bring in coastal vibes with a chunky teal throw and vividly hued pillows. A bright turquoise will really pop against a neutral backdrop. The same goes for drapery. Bold marine colors will make the space more lively – and on theme.

If you prefer subdued tones, choose softer shades of blue and incorporate nautical themed textiles. Fresh blue and white nautical stripes are a fabulous way to transform a room into a beachy haven.

If your client is ready to take the plunge with a brilliant ocean color, cerulean and cobalt are eye-catching choices. Otherwise, go with an accent wall.

Decor for a beach getaway

2. The Jungle Book

jungle book

Similar to a bold ‘under the sea’ backdrop, you can create an exciting adventure theme by combining neutral walls and furniture with vibrant green textiles. For elements of the jungle, tropical pinks and yellows will throw some color into the space. They’ll pop even more alongside natural woven fabrics. If Indiana Jones is more what your client is going for, look for leather. Wallpaper might be a fun way to experiment with an accent wall. Botanical prints will help you bring the outside in.

Whether your client is raising a budding scientist or simply wants to highlight their family’s unique style, an adventure-themed room will keep boredom at bay.

Décor for a family adventure

3. Out-of-this-World

travel theme

Do your clients feel like they missed out on becoming an astronaut? Do their kids love to stare at a starry night sky? Transform a room into a space inspired by the wonders of the galaxy by using deep, luminous color choices. Think of silvery blues and add a topcoat for a glittery finish.

Look for eye-catching chrome lamps to go with metallic or iridescent textiles. If your client is still waiting on a mobile of the solar system from this year’s science fair, don’t worry! There are plenty of others ways to become lost in space.

Décor for a sci-fi night in

4. Bookworm’s Paradise

bookworm paradise

If story time is more of your client’s idea of fun, design a room that every bookworm will fall in love with. For a den, invest in an impressive-looking library by installing built-in bookcases. Working with a limited budget? Simple IKEA hacks can transform basic bookcases into custom looking shelves.

Warm throws and plenty of pillows will make for comfy seating. Lamps will also serve as statement pieces and ensure there is always plenty of ready light in the room. Find out what the households’ favorite books are, and craft a literary theme in other rooms.

The fantastic thing about a home library is that a family will grow into it over time.

Décor for a fantasy library

5. Wild West with a Grown-up Twist

wild west

Time to tackle another frontier: the great Wild West. Think back to your favorite Spaghetti Western for design inspiration! Has your client secretly always wanted saloon doors? They can be mounted on a wall, or used as room dividers. Look for big solid pieces of furniture to go with rich leather. Use logs or wood slats for a truly rustic look.

Warm paint and textile colors will complement fun plaid or gingham prints.

Décor for pioneer charm

Have you ever adapted a shared family space? Share your experiences in the comments! For more design tips, check out QC’s post on designing a kid’s room that will stand the rest of time!

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