If your son—or daughter—goes bonkers for buccaneers, then decorate his or her bedroom in real pirate style. Nautical-themed décor will give imaginations full sail, and it need not break the bank. Go ahead and carry on the theme with your child’s next birthday party. After the event, teach your child gracious manners by sending fun pirate thank you cards to all the guests. Is your child ready for a sea-worthy bedroom makeover? Here are some suggestions to get you started.
There are many affordable touches that can fuel your child’s imagination and love of all things nautical. Hang a classic ship’s wheel on the wall, along with a classic ship’s porthole wall decal. A decorative fish net can be strung and made into a holder for plush animals and larger toys. Hang some large cast iron skeleton keys on a ring from the doorknob. If your child has his or her own bathroom, add a towel ring topped with an anchor by the sink and put up a shower curtain decorated with skulls. Hang affordable nautical art such as vintage black and white prints of seventeenth century ships. Does your child enjoy making things? Model kits of traditional pirate ships make great gifts and rewards, and the finished item will be something your child can display with pride.
For bed linens and curtains, think beyond pirate prints and instead, try to stay in tune with the atmosphere of a pirate ship. Try grey Egyptian cotton sheets topped with a black comforter and finished with a grey bed skirt. Likewise with curtains, the combination of black and grey make dramatic window coverings. Touches of red from decorative pillows and even window swags add energy.
When you support your child’s imagination and give him or her room to grow, wonderful things can happen. Personalize the bedroom by hanging a canvas print of your child dressed as a pirate. Whether your child adores pirates or elephants or airplanes, let your thoughts go back to your own young fantasies, and remember how much they meant to you. Your child’s dreams are just as strong and just as important, so drop anchor and help your child set sail on the high seas.
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