Sports-Themed Decorating Ideas

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Whether you're a fan of a local sports team or sports in general, sports-themed decor brings the sporting spirit indoors for days when you aren't watching or participating in an event yourself. Show off your memorabilia collections in a den or media room, paint walls with favorite team colors, and create your own area rugs based on your favorite spots.

Sporty Walls

  • The walls offer a large canvas space for showing off your favorite sports team or activities. Paint one accent wall in British racing green along with a checkered black-and-white vertical strip as an homage to racing, or go for a favorite football team's helmet color, along with a stripe or logo to match, for the focal wall in a bedroom, den or man cave. Some paint manufacturers can perfectly match team colors, from college to professional levels, thanks to licensing agreements with the teams. Create a wall border for the space nearest the ceiling using a stamp featuring your favorite sports elements, such as hockey sticks, surfboards, baseball bats or a swimmer in motion. Mix and match stamps using several different sports for a general sports theme; use a latex or acrylic paint picking up on other decor colors in the room that looks good against the main wall color, such as cobalt blue or red on a light-colored wall.

Playfield Floor Inspiration

  • Cover the entire floor with a rug or carpeting or even a painted design copied from your favorite type of sports field for a bold look. For instance, bright or dark green carpeting or a large area rug serves as the background for a painted soccer or football field. Use white fabric paints to paint the appropriate lines on a "play field" using painter's tape to block off borders as you paint. For a basketball court, use a tan rug or apply paint directly to a hardwood floor to create the play field. If concerned about painting the floor, use colored painter's tape instead. If left in place for a while, it may leave a gummy residue, but the residue can be removed with a citrus cleaner. For a more subdued flooring accent, paint round rugs to look like your favorite sports ball, such as a soccer or tennis ball. Cut carpet remnants into shapes such as footballs or football helmets for another look. Stick-on carpet-binding tape creates a professional edge on your homemade rug.

Textile Treatments

  • Licensed memorabilia such as bedding, curtains or even hand towels offers a colorful way to spice up any room with team-themed decor. Create your own themed textiles by painting or stamping designs onto comforters, curtains and pillowcases based on your favorite sports. For instance, paint a giant silhouette of a skateboarder on a comforter using a homemade stencil cut out of contact paper. Stick the contact paper stencil on the comforter; then apply a light coat of fabric paint inside the stencil area. Use regular craft stamps and fabric paint to create a sporty border around sheets, pillowcases or the bottoms of curtains. Whip up your own pillows by wrapping and stitching sports jerseys from your favorite teams around pillow forms or unneeded pillows. Washed thrift-store jerseys offer a means to create the pillows without purchasing brand new jerseys.

Art and Accents

  • Turn old sports gear into art and accent pieces for just about any sports-themed room. Drill a hole through an old skateboard, motorcycle or football helmet or a small novelty helmet and install it over the post on a table lamp. Use a lamp kit and follow the instructions to ensure safety with electrical components. Use construction adhesive to adhere broken hockey sticks to the front of dresser drawers, attaching drawer pulls through the sticks with long screws or bolts for a themed dresser. Create a collage on canvas of sports-scoring cards or old trading cards that have little value; then paint a silhouette of a sports player atop the cards. For instance, apply baseball cards and a few baseball-related headlines to the canvas with decoupage medium; then paint a silhouette of a baseball player hitting the ball or making an epic catch in the center of the canvas. Draw the design in chalk before painting for best results.

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