tips, tricks & tuts: how to design a theme room part two – the little mermaid

Thursday, November 20, 2014 0 Permalink 10

you can find the intro post & star wars theme room here.

this theme room concept was inspired by my youngest sister. she loves the little mermaid and mermaids in general. since i know there are plenty of girls out there that feel the same way, i decided to make part two of adventures in theme-room-land a bedroom inspired by the little mermaid. i wanted to keep things very bright and light. think frothy sea foam and glittering water. add in a little texture and color and you’ve got a serene space fit for an underwater princess.

how many wonders can one cavern, er bedroom, hold you ask? below you find the sources and thought process behind each selection.

1. serena & lily – capiz scalloped chandelier shells & scallops, need i say more. but really, lighting in so important in a space so why not make it a fun focal point in the room 2. clare elsaesser – married to the sea i actually gave this print to my little sister for her birthday last year. i love the fact that this feel very mermaid-y in a quiet and beautiful way 3. world market – driftwood table lamp base pair this lamp with a crisp white drum shade and the ocean references stay clean and fresh 4. west elm – mid-century 3-drawer dresser in white + acorn the white and wood tone combo adds warmth to the space and adds an unexpected style element to the space. when paired with knobs no. 8 & no. 9 it takes the clean lines to a more underwater realm 5. caitlin wilson textiles – gold scallop pillow scallops live in the ocean, yes, but this stylized geometric pattern nods to the mermaid motif without being too literal 6. anthropologie – tassel trace pillow i picked this pillow because of the abstract sea foam vibe i was feeling and it adds some nice texture to the space 7. rugs usa – tuscan moderno ombre blue wool rug the ombre blue simulates the color variation of the ocean. the overall pattern is subtle and would be a great option to ground the bed area. it’s a wool rug, which is naturally stain resistant and that’s always a plus in a kid’s space 8. anthropologie – pliant rope handle this has an obvious nautical sensibility and adds some dimension and texture to the clean lines of the dresser  9. anthropologie – crowned quartz knob these knobs are a less obvious choice, but evoke the feeling of bits of a coral reef, or the glimmer of the sunlight on the surface of the water.

if you are looking for a literal element for the bedding, how perfect would this be? or if you are trying to gear the space towards a younger age (since, as is, the design leans more towards the tween to teen age) this print would be a super sweet option to use as a jumping off point in a nursery or toddler’s room. or for a really dramatic wall treatment, how about this wallpaper in the light blue or off-white colorway? or use it in a smaller dose in an adjoining bathroom or walk-in closet.

my advice is to take the obvious and roll it back a few notches so it becomes a little more abstract. sprinkle in a few literal and a few completely unrelated, yet cohesive elements to keep things interesting. and above all, take the mermaid theme and make it a part of your world, instead of the other way around. gravitate towards the items you and your child love most, regardless of the theme. if you do that, you’ll love the end result. xo

interested in working with me on your next design project? contact me at astephens@ashleyrachelle.com

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