For a teen who enjoys caring for horses, competing in equestrian events or simply appreciating the natural beauty of the horse, a themed bedroom offers a way to enjoy the creatures without setting foot in a stable or barn. Choose a color scheme for the room based on her favorite horse breeds or her favorite colors, accenting with white and brown shades, from light to dark, for an earthy, equine style.
Walls of Natural Beauty
A horse-themed focal wall showcases the natural elegance of the animal while setting the tone for the decor in the rest of the room. Paint a horse mural by tracing an image of a favorite horse breed projected on the wall, using chalk to mark the outlines before painting, or use a pre-made photo mural if you prefer not to paint the design yourself. For the teen who enjoys the freedom represented by horses, create painted silhouettes of wild horses running across a field, projecting a clip-art image or photograph as the basis for the design. Instead of black silhouettes, paint the horses in the teen's favorite color or in a color that pairs well with the base wall shade. Create a wall border of running or standing horses by dipping a horse-shaped rubber stamp in acrylic craft paint, stamping it along the upper perimeter of all the walls in the room.
Add a horse-friendly vibe under foot by adding hoofprints or horseshoe prints across the floor. For a hard floor, use a life-sized rubber stamp and acrylic paint to make realistic prints. Create the look on a short-fibered rug or carpet by dipping the stamp into fabric paint instead. If you prefer a less-permanent print, cut out the hoof or horseshoe shapes from contact paper, sticking them down on a smooth, hard floor surface. For a more temporary, portable solution, add an area rug colored to match her favorite horse breed, such an American Paint or a Pinto.
For the teen who enjoys taking care of a horse or visiting a stable, furniture suited to a country lifestyle fits right in with the horse decor. Add a desk or table made from reclaimed barn boards, or paint a set of mismatched bedroom furniture with several coats of paint, each layer a different color. Apply candle wax between each dry coat and sand through the layers of paint once the top layer dries to create an antiqued, weathered look. Choose a French vanilla shade for the top color for a simple country cottage chic. Give the bed a ranch-style feel by choosing a loft bed made of wood, using fence-style posts and boards across three sides to emulate the look of a fence around the perimeter of a ranch or farm.
Bedding and Beyond
Select bedding and curtains in shades found on some of his favorite horses, such as a dark brown or an off-white, or select a comforter featuring a large horse on top to show off a favorite breed. Repurpose an old horse blanket from a horse he cares about into an upholstered cushion for a chair or bench seat in the bedroom. Create your own embellishments for sheets, pillowcases or plain curtains using rubber stamps featuring horse heads, running horses or equestrian show jumping. Display select ribbons and trophies won by the teen and his horse on the shelves of a bookcase or within a shadowbox on the wall. Whether he has worked with horses or simply enjoys them, embellish the room with accessories such as horse statuettes or horsehead-shaped lamps or horse-themed lampshades.
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