A rain-forest theme is a fun decorating idea for a nursery or kids’ room, or you can use the theme to create an exotic or tropical feel in other areas of the home. The abundance of lush greenery, vibrant colors and exotic materials inspires creative and interesting decorating schemes.
A rain forest-themed nursery provides gender-neutral decor, which makes it a good option for expectant parents who have chosen to wait until birth to discover the gender of their child. Paint wall murals featuring baby animals frolicking amongst jungle greenery with stenciled designs. Paint around corners and up onto the ceiling with vines, branches and leaves of trees. For an easier alternative, paint the walls in soft shades of pale green and hang framed art of cartoon monkeys, toucans, lions, zebras, giraffes and elephants. Scatter a few stuffed animals around the room, sitting in a rocking chair, crouching on a wall shelf, or lounging on a dresser.
Create lifelike hanging vines with artificial green leaf ivy rattan hung over curtain rods, along wall shelves, or from the ceiling. A wooden loft bed makes a “tree canopy bed,” as the wooden posts can resemble tree trunks or branches. Staple panels of palm leaf thatch to the bed frame to cover the open areas at the head, back and foot of the bed, creating a cozy hideaway study nook underneath. Secure overlapping sections of palm thatch with zip-ties to create the panel size needed for each side. Paint walls and furniture in natural hues of brown and green, and accent the room with framed pictures of real rain forest animals such as jaguars, parrots, butterflies and colorful tree frogs.
In adult bedrooms and shared living spaces, use a more sophisticated decorating style to evoke a rain forest theme. Since most rain forests are located in tropical regions, create a tropical feel in the room. Rain forest-inspired colors include muted shades of green, earthy browns, cobalt blue and bright accents of red, orange and violet. A four-poster bed with a dark wood frame is a natural fit for a tropical setting. Use white bedding and drape gauzy white material over the upper rails or hang a four-point or hoop-style canopy from the ceiling. Install a ceiling fan with paddle-style or palm-leaf blades. Cover windows with plantation-style shutters. On walls, hang photos of rain forest waterfalls, plants and animals in bamboo frames. Add greenery with large potted palm or bamboo plants.
Natural materials and organic textures add an authentic feel in a rain forest-inspired room. Although rain forests produce some of the most beautiful and exotic hardwoods, such as mahogany, rosewood and ebony, over-logging has endangered not only the trees, but the entire forest. When decorating with tropical materials, choose those that are sustainably harvested. As one of the fastest-growing plants in the world, bamboo is naturally sustainable. Use bamboo products such as curtain rods, blinds, flooring or furniture. Rattan and wicker furnishings are a good choice for tropical materials. Add organic texture with area rugs or grass-cloth wallpaper made from sisal or jute. If considering decor made from mahogany, teak or rosewood, use reclaimed wood or look for the Forest Stewardship Council, or FSC logo.
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