How to have a princess theme without going Disney-crazy
Let me start off by saying that I have two boys. And they haven't requested a room with a princess theme that I know of. But I know plenty of young ladies who are princess fans and would LOVE that sort of room.
I just got back from Disneyland and the line to wait to meet one of their princesses was loooong. All of this is great keeping in mind that Disneyland is a lovely place to visit. But no one wants to live there! And maybe you're not so much a Disney fan. So how do you give your princess fan a princess theme without feeling like you live next door to Mickey? Here are some easy tips.
Princess theme tip #1: color theme
Like most things Disney, a lot of the princess merchandise is bright, colorful, cheery! All things that little ones love but maaaaybe would be a bit much for an entire room.
My suggestion for a color theme is to choose one color (pink, purple, blue, whatever), take it down a notch (or 10) to have a nice soft color for a soothing bedroom. And then layer in analogous colors as accents (analogous is a fancy word for next door neighbors on the color wheel).
So say you've got blue like Rapunzel here. Take a nice soft blue and add in a lighter shade and a darker shade in small doses. Most importantly, make sure you've got a neutral foundation for these color to play on. Blue walls may sound like a good idea until you see all that paint surrounding you. Or until the next phase comes.
Princess theme tip #2: textures
When I think of princesses, I think of light and ethereal. I love me a good solid tartan plaid, but on the whole that's not super princess-y in my mind. I will say that Merida is pretty awesome, and I believe she's got some plaid; that lady knows how to hold her ground! For the most part though, we're thinking gauzy, lightweight fabric. Easy places to incorporate these materials are curtains (layered with other window treatments as needed for light/temperature/privacy purposes), bedding and throw pillows.
Show me a little one who wouldn't love their very own doll to cuddle with. Find a handmade one on Etsy. Or a snuggly throw pillow with a funny twist to it. There are many ways to throw in soft accents that don't cost a ton (and can easily be replaced when the princess phase grows old).
Princess theme tip #3: accessories
There are ways to incorporate a princess theme without even whispering the word "Disney" (or its price tag). In my mind, the more abstract the hints of princess are the better.
There is some fantastic wall art that is very much of a princess-y genre but in a way that is super enjoyable for adults, too. Christian Jackson created a fantastic series of wall art from children's literature. My favorite is probably "The Little Mermaid". It's obviously related but in a muted lavender that doesn't beat you over the head.
I also love to display beautiful princess accessories like a beautiful wand, or a floral wreath/crown. These look great hanging on a wall. Also, I know that fairies aren't necessarily princesses, but who could say "no" to a pair of wings?
Princess theme tip #4: the sparkly stuff
All that glitters is gold. And princesses are usually pretty glittery. Put hints in here and there of the magic of princesses. This can be mirrors (who really is the fairest of all?) or metallic accents. Even a hint of shimmer in the curtains will add that extra special touch. Use caution with homemade accents. I'm all for displaying kiddos' art, but that glitter just gets everywhere. And stays there. You'll be sparkly for years!
Last but not least, I want to share my favorite princess of all time. May the force be with you.
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