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How do I best create a beach/tropical style bedroom?

I am a college student moving into a house and I have total control over how to design my room. I want to create an open, airy room that reminds me of a tropical and beachy setting. I have no furniture yet, no bedding yet, a carpeted room, and white walls to paint any color. Let's hear your ideas!


  1. Ask HGTV
  2. I would paint your walls yellow and have a Bamboo Looking bed with a tropical Flower bedding!
  3. HGTV would help, but a DIY thing would be: On the bottum of the walls do a sandy color. Sponge it on. The rest, do a wave/water color and do waves. Then a Coconut tree or a palm tree OR You COULD apply to be on Myles of Style... Here's the link... read. http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/be_on_hgtv/article/0,1783,HGTV_3222_5705914,00.html OR Design on A Dime http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/be_on_hgtv/article/0,1783,HGTV_3222_1688777,00.html
  4. Nothing says tropical like mosquito netting around a bed!Here's an idea: http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Mombasa-4-point-Canopy/1601120/product.html? Wicker furniture is another tropical must: http://www.overstock.com/search?keywords=wicker%20furniture&taxonomy=&SearchType=HP_Header Don't be afraid to use outdoor furniture in your bedroom, it works beautifully! The third thing is a potted palm tree. Sometimes they have them quite inexpensively at Home Depot. Put a little spotlight or uplight and put it under the plant to cast shadows on the wall. If it's not tall enough put it on a tall plantstand (Ross is good for those). A ceiling fan would be good if the ceilings are high enough: http://www.overstock.com/search?keywords=ceiling%20fan&taxonomy=&SearchType=HP_Header A bare floor with a flotaki:http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Hand-woven-Greek-Flokati-Natural-Wool-Rug-411-x-711/107315/product.html? would add a tropical touch. As for paint color, I would go with a light green or blue color.
  5. For beachy, I would go with white furniture and blue fabrics. If you look in Pottery barn catalogs or their website at their beachy ideas their white furniture with blue and white and even blue, white, and yellow, is very open, airy, and beachy. You can get white furniture, accent it with blue comforters and blue and white pillows, some coral and if you go to potterybarn.com there are mason jars you can hang and LOTS of beachy things you can decorate with. You can also decorate with clear vases and fill them halfway with sand and shells which you can do on your own by going to the beach or have family and friends collect them when they go to the beach. You can put one or two of those in your room. You can get a buoy or two and put that in your room. You want to stick with natural fabrics and things that light weight. You can also do string lights and laterns, you can get them at Linens and Things, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, etc, and decorate with them they add a really nice touch and you can find nice beachy accessories at those places too that aren't too expensive. I hope some of these ideas help!
  6. First get bedding with palm trees on it. Next paint the room a olivey type green with one wall cream. For curtains get some bamboo ones that are meant to hang from the top of a door but they should hang from the window. My sister had a friend that was able to paint two palm trees on her walls and a sunset. You could even try to do this yourself or find someone to do it for you. Next buy some of those block letters so they spell out your name. spray paint them burnt orange and hang them on the wall. Lastly buy a few cool accessories lilke a pineapple shaped jar. Hope this helps!
  7. loads of ideas on these sites http://boysthemebedrooms.com/surfing/surfing-safari-beach-theme-bedroom-decor.html http://girlsthemebedrooms.com/exotic/tropical-jungle-bedroom-decorating-ideas.html
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