Every kid dreams of living in a magical palace of their own imagination. And often, that magical place is a secret fort or better yet, a tree house set up high in a canopy of colorful leaves and cute critters. New parents can create a sanctuary for their little ones without the worrying about broken limbs or massive amounts of lumber purchases.
The best part about these treetop inspired bedrooms is that they double as a place to rest their little heads and a place to play. An indoor playground? What could be better?! All it takes is a little bit of imagination on mom or dad’s part to bring the atmosphere of outside, inside. But don’t let the inspiration stop there. When designing your child’s brand new bedroom, consult with them! Children are always surprising sources of ideas and if they’re going to love it, they should have a part in the process.
Ask your little one to make a short list of their dream room! Of course you know if they prefer unicorns to penguins or baseball to football, but their little minds are wellsprings of fun and adventurous ideas, so before you slap on the paint, have a brainstorming session over dinner.
Once you’ve narrowed down some of your ideas (and theirs too!) it’s easiest to start with a color palette. Are you looking for a dreamier landscape or something natural and realistic? Featured in our post today are a series of rooms that pull their passion from the great outdoors. Cutesy blues that call to mind expansive skies placed against white accents – there are those clouds! – are perfect for ceilings or large accent walls. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, make one side day and the other night. Earth tones of brown, beige, tan, grassy green, emerald or olive can be used not just on walls but on physical structures as we show below. If a giant oak isn’t just sprouting up in your house already, it may be time to get crafty. Paper-mache tree trunks, natural woods solidified with wear-and-tear sealant, plastics covered in texturized paint or actual lumber put together in tree form with a bit of elbow grease and a lot of vision.
Innovative indoor tree house bedrooms don’t stop there. When representing the ground, you can select from real wood – what would be more authentic? – or wood laminate substitutes or carpets that serve dual functions. Choose carpets that are dark, like real earthen floors, i.e. chocolate brown or clay red and you get the effect you want while also giving yourself a chance to hide stains and wear and tear. Dark carpets are essential for children’s rooms if you can manage it.
Once the walls and floor are complete, it’s time for every mother’s favorite part: accessorizing! Go to garage sales, flea markets or craft fairs and keep an eye out for all that is au natural. Faux feathered birds, stuffed animals have never been more appropriate. Find blankets, sheets and curtains that pick up on the trend: leaf patterns, animal prints or natural landscapes. There’s a million ways to make a unique tree top hideout right inside the home.