Remember Snoopy’s alter ego “The Red Baron”? In several memorable episodes of the Peanuts series, the inimitable beagle would don goggles, gloves, a riding cap and scarf and his doghouse would be magically transformed into a mean and mighty red aircraft bearing down on an imaginary aerial adversary.
If your child is like most, they have as fantastic an imagination as the beloved beagle of Peanuts fame and if you’re thinking of decorating their room in a military-theme, you might find the following tips useful.
Step One: Choose Your Color Scheme
Just because it’s a military-theme doesn’t mean you need to be restrictive about the color. Camouflage can be achieved by using any color and a darker version of it in contrasting and complementing patterns. What colors does your child like best? Even pink, when mixed with a small degree of black or gray, can become the base of a camouflage color scheme.
Step Two: Add Detail and Depth
Now that you’ve picked your foundation colors and painted the walls, add some military memorabilia, maybe some reproductions of classic “We Want You!” or “Rosie the Riveter” posters. Adding a Craftmade Warbird ceiling fan, which is decorated to resemble an aircraft propeller, can bring out the Red Baron in your little one. Netting and dog tags (many companies can personalize these, for an added touch of authenticity) can be draped on the walls or from the ceiling, adding more flair to your kid’s lair. A montage of old tanks and helicopters, can enliven bookcases and shelves, and for extra bang, large models of these can decorate various corners – or better yet, cut one helicopter in half and have it appear to be flying through a window.
The ideas are as limitless as your (and your child’s) imagination!
Isabelle Lee is a professional interior designer, specializing in children themed bedrooms. Sources collected for this article can be found at http://www.ceilingfandesigners.com/servlet/the-Craftmade-Warbird-Airplanes/Categories.