Bring your horse passion inside
How do you appease the horse or pony mad child in your home? Well, by decking out their bedroom as horse themed. A lot has changed over the years. 30 years ago you would have had a few horse pictures taped to your walls and a bedspread showing a gymkhana or Cowboys and Indians print. Leap ahead to now and you have so many online options. Typing a few key words into Pinterest will leave you stumped at the number of choices for all budgets, themes, and decors.
Let’s start with the walls
Besides the old favourite of wallpaper showing a dressage, racing, or pasture setting you now have the option of custom murals. Renting? No problem. Websites such as www.aliexpress.com offer a large gallery selection of removable wall decals to choose from. Other sites such as www.thewallstickercompany.com offer you the option to customise your own image into a decal. Etsy (an online craft market) also has a number of local small business that have a great range of designs. You provide the image and measurements required and they custom make it to your specifications. Doesn’t get much easier than that, does it? Decals are an easy way to change the look of a room without re painting.
The use of removable wall decals for children means that as their tastes change throughout the years you can adjust the style of their bedroom easily.
Adore your door
Depending on how far you would like to theme your child’s bedroom don’t stop at the door. How about installing a beautiful set of barn doors or Dutch doors to add that stable feel and look. This also doubles especially well as a child gate to keep your little ones safe. Imagine the delight on your child’s face as they crawl through the lower door into their fantasy land. There are some great DIY options online to convert your current door.
More than a bed
You can purchase a vast array of styles and designs when it comes to bedding for your child’s bedroom. Either shop local or online and you won’t be short of options. What if you want to go just that little bit further? Just a quick stroll through Pinterest and you can find some jaw dropping designs. How about turning your little girl’s bed into a replica horse jump by using painted show jumping poles as bed ends? You could even add some decorative faux fencing to replicate a classical themed jump.
Got bunks? No problem, by searching through the different images online you could take a built in set of bunk beds and clad them with recycled timber to give it a stable feel and look. A couple of extra horse shoes for decoration and you can start to make it appear like a tack room.
By keeping the style simple you can help transition your child’s room as they grow into a teenager.
Function over Fashion
Remember when decorating your child’s room that although it is an exciting time to show how much their passion or hobby means to you all, you can easily get swept up in the creativity of it all. Make sure your child bedroom is still functional. By limiting the decorative highlights of the room to the walls and bed you can still have a room that can be played in and easily tidied up.
If budget and resources aren’t an issue for you how about moving beyond your child’s bedroom. That space under the stairs would make a great stable cubby house. A set of Dutch doors, wallpaper in a timber panel look and your child has a replica stable completed with stuffed horses. You could even set up a play room to look like a horse jumping arena with jumps for those wet weather days and a stick horse toy. This same idea can be transferred outside into a small section of the backyard.
By encouraging your child’s passion you will ensure that it remains a memorable part of their childhood. You may also be able to relive your own childhood. There are some amazing decals and ideas for the adult horse lover as well.
All in all it comes largely down to your budget and style. Whether you are after a western, horse jumping, rodeo, cowboy or stable theme there is now something out there for everyone. Head to the Abler Pinterest page and have a look at the collection of images we have. There may be a little inspiration to get you started.