I’ve been meaning to really amp up my numbers of inspiration boards*. With a house that’s pretty much “finished” as far as we’re willing to go (trying to pinch pennies helps stem the urge to constantly redo things or buy new [old] furniture) I’ve started creating imaginary rooms for imaginary people. That was always the most enjoyable part of playing The Sims, right? Or is it just me?
For kids rooms, I love going with a theme but at the same time I see the benefit of not going too themey, that is, not plastering the room with a character’s face. Kids hop from phase to phase (okay, okay, adults do this all the time too) so it’s not good to spend TOO much on particular items that fit within a certain theme. I’m also drawn to “reviving the classics,” that is, stepping away from the pre-packaged Disney bed in a bag (I will admit–in elementary school I was dying for any Disney bed in a bag. My neighbor had the Pocahontas set. So lucky).
Here I’ve taken my inspiration from the Wizard of Oz. A movie that here in Kansas is either met with great enthusiasm or great scorn, depending on who you talk to. Anyway, I digress.
This all started with the yellow rug. I love the idea of a soft “yellow brick road” underfoot and the ombré style is very on-trend. Ideally I wanted a poppy bedspread, since that is where Dorothy & her crew fell asleep, but in my searching I came up empty. Instead, I used the Marimekko poppy shower curtain for a graphic punch of red. Yes, it’s polyester and not cotton, but don’t you think it would clean easily? For the bed, I dressed it in a sweet blue but stayed away from Dorothy’s signature gingham because I felt that its rigid geometric properties (it’s a grid) wouldn’t jive as well with the crazy poppy curtain–I wanted a larger scale print. And this whimsical animal print just stole my heart.
I like a rich wood bookshelf (this one from Land of Nod) with some concealed storage to wrangle books and toys and everything else that comes with being a kid. The dark wood looks a bit more mature, and will last longer, than white laminate particle board (which is common in kids’ rooms). For the paint, I chose a soft gray as a nod to the black and white beginning & end of the film. It will add dimension to the room while still being light enough to bounce around natural light. I also like to think that gray will camouflage scuffs and bumps on the wall which are inevitable. At least it’ll camouflage them a little bit. Plus, using a neutral color like this makes it easy peasy to change up the room for the next phase–a few years down the road, hopefully.
For those of you who think this room is a little color-crazy, remember it’s for a child, and remember how color-crazy the movie itself is. In fact, Nicole at Making it Lovely shared an interesting article on techniclolor and the Wizard of Oz last week (after I’d begun working on this room, mind you).
- Yellow rug here.
- Marimekko poppy shower curtain here.
- Wizard of Oz prints here.
- Lions, tigers, & bears print here.
- Bedding here.
- Lions, tigers & bears pillows here.
- Paint: Sherwin Williams Spatial White here.
Please comment to let me know what you think! Got any ideas? Got any requests for fun kids rooms?
*I know I’m not the only one who hates the term “mood board.” What does mood have anything to do with it? I prefer inspiration because if one can’t buy the exact pieces listed, elements of the board can “inspire” you to look for similar pieces.
10 thoughts on “Wizard of Oz Inspired Kid’s Room!”
pirate room, dinosaurs or under water things. maybe monkeys…
Oooh yeah! How come kids get to have the fun rooms…?
we should have grown up fun rooms and you should buy your Disney bed set now!
Oh, I love it! You were so thoughtful with why each decision was made. Great room!
Thanks Ashley! I’m definitely an over-analyzer but I hope that’s a good thing in the long run!
I love, love, love the idea of the poppy bedspread! But I absolutely adore the compromise.
I like how you made this a type of theme without getting so literal and obvious. Very wise. All of these things work great on their own but come together perfectly as a theme.
Thanks, Libby! Yeah, I think kids rooms can be fun and don’t necessarily have to be tacky hahaha! Thanks for sharing this with your sister, too, BTW :)
I think if Dorothy were a real girl, she would love to have that room! I like all the classic touches, but the room is still playful. In a room with this theme you could also incorporate bubbles and sparkly things (for the good witch) or green for the land of Oz! You could really change it up any way you wanted, to accommodate the kid’s personality, but still stick with the theme.
I agree! In my dream world, the bookshelf would be filled with strictly emerald green toys.
I think you should lead the Internet Revolution in overturning the term “mood board” in favor of “inspiration board.” It makes a lot more sense, and I think we have enough nonsense in the English language already.
I think this would be a great transition room from “baby” to “kid,” when suddenly the kid starts wanting her (or his) own style to play with. And those with either some sewing skills (or knowledge of hem tape–haha) could even find the poppy fabric in a decently sized fabric store if they wanted more traditional curtains (though I think some may like the ease of wipe-away a shower curtain could offer in a kids room).
I also think that you could do a lot with the theme in something like a Playroom as well, between the several iconic settings of the novel/movie (farm, Munchkin town, Emerald City, etc), while still keeping it decently subtle that it’s not like the Wizard of Oz threw up in the room. It’s a great idea to have a guiding theme without beating it to death. <3