Disney Decorating Ideas

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Disney's 2-D animation and computer-generated imagery is all about the visual, so the iconic images translate perfectly to decor. Add creative touches to personalize a Disney-themed bedroom for a film-obsessed child or a future CGI animator. Beloved characters from classic storybooks and films can grace walls and bookshelves, providing colorful graphic bedroom design and an invitation to read the stories behind the films.

Sleeping Beauties

  • Lots of little, and big, girls love Disney princesses -- all Disney princesses. A hodgepodge of princesses make delightful bedroom decorations if you pick and choose among character settings and stories. Paint a magic castle mural on one wall or apply a large peel-off mural. The other walls might be pastel shades of pink, lilac, mint or buttercream. Add a full-length white-framed mirror to one wall, flanked by figures of Snow White and Cinderella. Cover the beds with applique bedspreads featuring Aurora from "Sleeping Beauty," with a tangle of vines and flowers on pillow shams. Or let Belle from "Beauty and the Beast" decorate the bedding, along with embroidered or appliqued roses. A bedroom window is grand enough for a castle when it's covered by a gold-fringed taffeta valance, swept-back matching drape, and a filmy white sheer. Edge dressers, bookcases and nightstands with dry-brushed gold paint.

Fish Tanks and Toy Boxes

  • "Finding Nemo" and "The Little Mermaid" inspire an under-the-sea themed room and inventive uses for typical beach-house decorative items. A real aquarium in an older child's or teen's room is a relaxing instant scene-setter. Ombre turquoise walls that are darker at the baseboards and fade to a watery, pale shade at the ceiling turn the whole room into the ocean. Shaggy bedside rugs might be seaweed; painted coral reef murals on one or more walls emphasize the theme. Ariel, Nemo or Dory character bedding reflects the child's favorites. For "Toy Story" fans, a scattering of wall-painted alphabet blocks, bedding or murals depicting Woody and the rest of the gang, and the painted legend, "You've got a friend in me" transform the bedroom into a toy box. Glue Buzz Lightyear action figures to lamp bases, hang a toy airplane in place of a ceiling pendant, and paint tiny escaping toys along the bottom of the closet door.

Mouse in the House

  • Mickey and Minnie are round, cute, simple shapes in clear colors and contrasts that will brighten a nursery for a boy or a girl. Hunt for Disney mouse accessories, such as night lights, lamps or stuffed animals. Cover the walls with giant Disney cartoon murals or a painted strip of curling film stock with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto and others in the frames. Accent the theme with red, white and black in striped curtains, polka-dot bedding, and black mouse-ear-shaped area rugs. Bring in classic Disney friends with framed art depicting Lady and Tramp, lots of dalmatian puppies, Bambi, Thumper and Flower. Stock the bookcase with picture books showing all the characters and read-alouds, including "Winnie-the-Pooh" and "Mary Poppins."

Girls Just Gotta Have "Frozen"

  • A shared bedroom is bearable when Elsa and Anna are on the scene. Cover feather duvets in washable white tufted covers, like drifts of powdery snow. Paint walls icy blue or make them recede under a snow-covered glacier scene. Pillow shams or framed cartoons over the headboards assign a favorite heroine to each child -- Elsa for one, Anna for the other -- or both to keep peace with fans of both characters. Install a spring-loaded white curtain rod inside each window frame at the top, and hang sparkly white cut-out snowflakes to "fall" when the curtains are pulled back. Use clear monofilament line and a variety of shapes and sizes; connect strings of snowflakes or hang each flake separately. Don't forget the oversize plush Olaf snowman doll for each bed.

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