Young boys and girls dream of growing up to be cowboys and cowgirls, but if you grow out of your childhood wishes you can still fill your bedroom with western sentiments. Create a theme-based Wild West bedroom, corralling the following ideas.
Kids’ Room Theme-Based Design: Create a Wild West Bedroom
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The Wild West is known for colourful characters, yet colour accents were dull compared to today’s standards. Maintain a toned-down mood, choosing light yellows and browns for the walls.
Choose textured paint for a ‘rustic and rugged’ look. To create added texture, consider embedding ‘tumbleweed’ in the walls and grain of the paint.
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The Wild West was built on hard work and with a lot of hardwood. Choose worn pieces of wood from the local lumberyard to frame a bookcase, create a headboard, or carve a chest for your clothes.
Since you’re emulating an age of the past, seek lived-in furniture, second-hand pieces sold at flea markets and garage sales. Alternatively, go online or peruse magazines for popular designers who create unique furniture. Target a piece that looks like it came out of the Wild West; or, to counter the theme in the room, choose a modern-looking item. See what designer, Charles Eames, has to offer.
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Like the modest colours on the walls, western curtains were made to keep the sun out and warmth in. Fashion was an ancillary concern; interior design was a pleasure afforded to the elite of society rather a mainstream interest like it is today. Think casual, not chic.
Choose organic material of white or light brown colour. Consider tying curtains with rope rather than ribbon to channel the western effect.
The Wild West hosted liberal gun laws in addition to an allowance of blades and other weapons. Dress tabletops or create a small museum of Wild West gun and knife artifacts. To take the act of accessorizing a step further, consider purchasing a dummy from a mall or online vendor, dressing it in Wild West vests, boots, lasso and other assorted duds.
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It took days to get a letter to a friend in the Old West, yet today you can send a message to multiple friends in seconds using a number of social media platforms. Peruse social platforms like Pinterest to glean the ideas of others, finding where they bought accessories or using their implements to generate a different design idea.
Wanted posters featured infamous bank and train robbers and assorted outlaws of the Wild West. Consider hanging posters around the bedroom, using your computer to print search images.
Moreover, consider using photo software to transform existing pictures to appear dated and aged. To accentuate the style, find picture frames made of metal with Old West appeal.
Purchase a hat rack, finding derby hats and other head toppers apropos to the time. Seek online literature featuring descriptions of period fashion as well as pictures of western commoners to pay proper respect to detail.
Jessica Andrews has enjoyed a successful career in interior design. From professional home offices to appetizing dining rooms to specialized spaces, she has a knack for the fun, practical, and inspirational.
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