Turning dreams into reality is what home decor is all about. Creating a space that is both practical and a little fantastical is a great way to capture a relaxing and inviting feel.
Little Red Riding Hood, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White – these traditional fairy tales have been inspiring and enchanting people for generations. But they aren't just entertaining us as books and movies anymore. Now they are also working as inspiration for artwork, decor and themes to be used throughout the home. Whether through bedding, paintings or wall color, your home can be reflective of your favorite fairy tale.
There are tons of great ways to use traditional elements of home design to create a mystical and magical getaway from the real world.
"Fairy tales are now acting as inspiration for artwork, decor and themes throughout the home."
Here are a few tips for creating your ideal interior with a hint of mature make-believe:
Animals: Animals are a key part of most fairy tales – Bambi, Snow White, Cinderella – and often act as advice givers, supportive characters and cute additions to the cast. But decorating with an animal-inspired theme doesn't mean having to have a flock of birds dressing you in the morning. In fact, simply incorporating faux fur throw blankets and pillows, or hanging artwork that depicts forest animals like wolves, birds, bears or horses is a great way to create the illusion of an animal-friendly fairy tale.
China: In Beauty and the Beast, the China in the castle were actually some of the most important characters, as they offered Belle guidance and pep talks while she was imprisoned by the Beast. A great way to add an air of elegance and enchantment is to incorporate your own set of china into your dining room or kitchen. Not only is this a practical addition, but choosing a china pattern gives you the opportunity to express your personal tastes in a simple and understated way.
Drama: No matter what element of fairy tale lore you choose to incorporate into your home, be sure to keep it subtle. You don't want your house to shout "little girl's room," but allowing for some fun and playful elements is a great way to liven up the whole space.
Luxury: Royal families are a common theme in most fairy tales, and they all live in luxury. Giving your home the royal treatment will make it feel plush, comfortable and too good to be true. There are certain areas of the home that are easy to make more luxurious. The bedroom, living and dining rooms are some of the most common examples. For a more luxurious bedroom, adding an upholstered headboard, mirrors, light colors and a bit of bling will do the trick. In the living and dining room, adding custom window treatments can take the space from drab to fabulous in no time!
Nature: There are so many fairy tales that take place in the forest, it is hard to know where to start. Whether it is the cabin in the woods in Hansel and Gretel, or the cottage of the seven dwarves, there are a few simple ways to replicate the style of these simplistic homes. Adding greenery around the house, incorporating flowers and using natural colors for the walls and furnishings will all aid this aesthetic.
When it comes to creating the ideal space for your fun-loving, fairy tale family, we hope these tips help. To learn how Metropolitan Window Fashions can help to turn your dream into reality, contact us today for a free at-home consultation.