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When I bought my first house and started taking on design challenges, I got caught up in theming a couple of the rooms. My favourite was a southwest theme where I’d incorporated a painted cactus in the corner, soft geometric wallpaper borders, white-washed furniture, a natural tree branch curtain rod and other elements. That was decades ago and I long since gave up on themed rooms until recently.





Moroccan themed living room with bear painting

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Kids jungle themed bedroom

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For the longest time, I thought theme rooms were only the domain of kids’ spaces…



While this is a great place to do up in a theme, there are other spaces that can be themed without looking cartoony or cliché. A themed bathroom can still be classy as can an adult bedroom or even a living area.




fashionista themed bedroom with teal wallpaper

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Something else I’ve learned is that a theme room doesn’t have to be “all or nothing”.



Themes can be as simple as a colour or shape you love, or you can go more traditionally themed with a jungle theme, sea-side theme or Paris them. The lines between theme and décor blur pretty easily. What one person may see as accessories and design elements, another may see as a theme. To me, a theme room is one that obviously has a core element driving the majority of the pieces. That could be the “pink circle room”, the “cow spot room” or the “rainbow colours room”, but from the moment you step in, you know what the theme is.

bathroom with an English theme

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What will clearly tie the room together is paint or wall coverings.



A strongly themed room may have custom painted walls or murals while a lightly themed room may just pick up on the colours of design elements or even leave the walls neutral. It all depends upon the level of impact you’re after, the other pieces you’ll be incorporating and how much work you want to take on.



bedroom with a unique bookshelf

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Don’t forget the difference a few well-placed accessories can make!



Thanks to the wonder of the internet we have so many shopping options for even the most obscure themes! So don’t be shy. If you’ve always wanted to do a white poodle room or a jazz room or a tropical fruit room, start with a few well-chosen pieces that inspire that theme and go as far as you dare!


About the Author: Ronda Payne

A writer since she could hold a pen, Ronda is passionate about her craft. In 2007, she kissed ‘real jobs’ goodbye and began her true occupation as a full time copywriter and freelancer. A regular contributor to a variety of publications, Ronda joyfully lives in Maple Ridge, BC in yet another renovation project home with her husband and their pets.

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