How to Design an 80's Style Bedroom


One of the most exciting aspects of designing and decorating your bedroom is the ability to represent your identify in a tangible space. A bedroom can serve as a sanctuary, a place of seclusion and even a blast from the past if you recreate images from your youth or a time period that appeals to you. Not only can these images conjure fond memories, but they can allow you to live in a place that perhaps you have never visited. Not having been a child or teen of the '80s should not deter you from styling your bedroom to represent this era.

  • Narrow your theme. The '80s style encompasses distinct fashion trends that don’t necessarily relate. An '80s rock star theme will look different than '80s prep. Decide which aspects most appeal to you and choose items that fit your desired image.

  • Choose paint or paper. The major colors of the 1980s were anything labeled “hot.” Hot pinks, greens, blues, oranges and yellows made the '80s pop with explosive shades. Wallpaper should follow a similar theme of flashy. Maybe hot pink and silver stripes or something equally zany. Keep in mind that walls make a huge impact on the room and every other item will have to correlate with your chosen color to be effective. One idea is to paint a single wall in a bright shade and leave the rest neutral, but with other decorations.

  • Opt for some icons. Consider the famous faces of the '80s to add panache to your room. Popular '80s celebrities include Madonna, Prince, Molly Ringwald and many more. Hang posters of these stars or decorate your room with old VHS and cassette tape jackets from these famous celebs.

  • Decorate shelves or bookcases with popular games and toys from the '80s. Some examples include Rainbow Bright dolls, Trapper Keepers, Glo-worms and Etch-a-sketch.

  • Add some '80s fashion flair. Whether you wear the items yourself or place them around the room for emphasis, '80s fashion is a statement in itself. Consider a few of these items: high-top sneakers, denim jackets, leg warmers and cut-off sweatshirts.

  • Include finishing touches such as curtains and bedspreads. Whether you choose flashy '80s colors or purchase items with an '80s theme, comforters and curtains can pull together your design.

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