Decorating a room in your home based on a favorite storybook or movie character is not a new concept.
There are plenty of off-the-shelf products for do-it-yourselfers to quickly and easily decorate a bedroom or play area with larger-than-life princess characters or the latest movie heroes. For a different approach to creating a character themed room in your home, try choosing elements such as colors, props or scenery from the story instead. You could even paint a quote or an actual page of text from the story right on the wall.
For example, for an Alice in Wonderland themed room, a palette of rich jewel tones would be a good place to start. Many of the characters in the story were known for their vivid colors, such as The Mad Hatter and his purple attire, and the Cheshire Cat with its pink and purple stripes. In addition, much of the story takes place within the forest amongst deep green foliage and brightly colored flowers. Painting the walls, doors and trim in such dramatic colors will give the room an instant sense of whimsy, which is so important to the premise of this novel.
When it comes to props, this particular story has an almost limitless selection to choose from. However, as much of the story of Alice is based around things not being quite as they seem, whatever prop you choose should be used in an unexpected way. For example, the tea party is a very well-known event in the story. You could represent this in your space by spray painting a child's plastic tea service all one color and securing the cups and saucers to the ceiling, making them look as if they're floating along in a brightly colored pool.
The scenery in this story is also very whimsical. Memorable moments, such as Alice's encounter with the flowers could be represented by painting whimsical flowers on the walls in random places. The less realistic they are the better, but wall decals could also be used in this instance. Alice's meeting with the queen would also make a good backdrop and could be represented by painting a few playing cards or a chess board pattern on the wall.
This concept could be applied to creating a themed room from almost any favorite storybook or movie. The key is to think beyond the actual characters in the story and to focus on elements that would make you feel as if you've actually entered the story yourself. There's also no need to limit the idea to children's rooms or play spaces, as this concept would be great for decorating bathrooms, dens, laundry rooms, or any other space that may normally be overlooked when it comes to decorating your home.