A kid's bedroom filled with friendly animals can be a dream come true. Two brothers with similar tastes live in a pair of creature-happy animal-themed bedrooms.
For the rough-and-tumble 4-year-old, a pond-themed room was the way to go. Cool blue stars in the "outdoor" space, painted frogs, reeds, and clouds create no-worries artwork throughout the room. Underfoot, a large braided rug creates the look of water.
Choosing simple patterns such as stripes and zigzags gives the bedding longevity.
In lieu of curtains, a wooden treatment (called a lambrequin) topped with wooden cutout clouds gives the space dimension, signaling blue skies ahead for the room's happy resident.
Fleece no-sew tie-top panels conceal the television in Gabe's room. The television and versatile drawer units can be removed to make room for a computer and desk chair in a few years.
Cuddly jungle animals were the way to go for a quiet 3-year-old. A subtle plaid pattern painted on the lower half of the walls leads to a soft green "field" where a menagerie of painted animals roam beneath a canopy of leafy branches.
A daybed stands in the corner, reminding parents and child that the days of crib-sleeping are coming to an end. But the play area in the center of the room will be useful long after the crib is gone. A chunky rug anchors the space and is soft on the hands, knees, feet, and eyes.
The window treatments here are simple and light: a sheer, short curtain near the crib and a simple valance over the changing table, letting the sun shine in on all the creatures resting in room, both human and otherwise.
More animals parade around the patterned rug that includes all of the room's colors.
Bright orangey-red details keep the color scheme from being too pastel and washed out, and will help transition the room to toddlerhood and beyond.