It’s easy to take your little one’s bedroom to the wild side with a kids safari bedroom. It’s a great choice for kids that are drawn to the exotic and colorful nature of the jungle. By adding old world globes and maps to the mix, it also provides the perfect opportunity to add an educational note to spark your child’s imagination to learn about places around the world.
The most simple way to start designing a kids safari bedroom is to choose a jungle or safari bedding set to use as the initial focal point and kick-start the design process.
There are many quilt and comforter sets available that depict safari scenery and animals, such as lions, zebras, giraffes, and tigers. Safari bedding can be found in bold and dynamic colors, as well as more muted, earth tone shades.
When I have designed a safari room for a teenager, I generally prefer to start with a solid tan or creme color comforter and incorporate the animal print patterns into cushions that are placed on the bed as well as larger ones in groups of three on the floor.
Walls can be painted in a color captured directly from the bedding, in a more muted tone, or perhaps a bolder one, depending upon the look you are seeking.
Color plays an important role in a kids safari bedroom. If you want to create the feel of an African safari, be sure to incorporate earthy shades such as browns, creams, golds or taupes to echo the landscape that exists there. It’s also a great way to add warmth to the space. Complete the look with burnt oranges, olive greens, and shades of rust. Paint color can also reflect the Savannah’s great expanse of sky, by incorporating blue to the walls or ceiling.
For an older child, soft tones of brown work well. If there is a color that is predominant in the bedding, such as a bright orange, this can also be incorporated into the rooms overall color scheme.
There are many accessories and options available that can be integrated into a safari theme bedroom, which help complete the look or pull it together. If you are wondering how to design a kid’s safari bedroom, the following tips hopefully will make it easier for you to create this fun and creative theme.
1. Hang safari themed artwork on the walls
Consider animal print or safari theme wall murals, wallpaper, or borders. Have an artist paint a safari theme on one of the walls. Murals can include tropical plants, flowers, and trees as well as monkeys, lions, zebras, toucans, parrots, cockatoos and giraffes. Wall art instantly enhances the theme. You can purchase prints depicting jungle scenes and animals, or simply cut out images you like from magazines and books and frame them. There are many websites that sell stock print photography, for as low as $2.00 per image. Bring in animal prints, but remember – a little goes a long way. Add prints in small doses, such as a pillow, throw or tray. It’s perfectly fine to mix and match prints if you vary the scale of the patterns.
I usually take this route, as the images can be printed in sizes that fit standard frames, hung on the wall, or clustered in small groups on dressers or built-in storage cubicles. If you are handy with Adobe Photoshop or a similar program, you can create your own artwork.
For my teenage daughter’s room, I used one image of a zebra, erased the white stripes, and incorporated other unique colors of her choice into the empty space.
2. Throw in a few stuffed animals, such as lions, elephants, and zebras
Stuffed animals can be placed on the bed, a chair or tucked into a corner. Incorporate accessories such as netting, binoculars and animal print pillows to add to the collection.
For an older child, large weathered African style vases stuffed with twisting branches look great. You can purchase the branches at many home decor stores. They look best in black for this theme. When grouping items together, odd numbers work best, e.g. three animal print cushions on the bed, rather than two. Odd numbers create a better balance.
3. Think about adding plants and small trees as the space allows
Border the room in large leafy plants to create a feeling of being enclosed, or tucked into the jungle. Plants and trees can be real, fake or painted on the walls. Tropical plants such as banana and rubber trees add a drama and depth.
4. Incorporate rugs, window treatments, and lighting that reflect the theme
Rugs, curtains, and lighting can also add to the safari theme. Choices available are thick green or earth tone rugs, or floor mats. When searching for a safari bedding set, often a coordinating rug is also available for purchase. African-inspired patterned rugs instantly tie in the design elements in a kids safari bedroom. For older kids, an animal print area rug is a good option.
Curtains can be purchased that coordinate with the bedding, with the same print reflected in the valence, or solid colors that reflect a color that exists in the bedding.
When choosing window treatments, or paint color, it’s a great idea to bring the bedding with you to the store. Lampshades can be purchased in earth tone shades, or again, by picking out a color from the bedding. I like to pick out a brighter color sometimes, like an orange or blue as it adds a bold splash of color.
5. Don’t forget about the wall color
If you feel comfortable with painting, you can paint the walls of the room a soft blue color, and then paint images of cartoon type giraffes, tigers, and lions throughout the room.
6. Use natural materials to create an instant Safari vibe
Natural materials such as leather, wood, rattan and native materials work best in a jungle-safari bedroom and instantly add a sense of authenticity. This can be achieved through the use of furniture and décor such as drums, bamboo lampshades, woven baskets, and plants.
7. Design safari-theme accent walls for added interest
Create an accent wall to be a focal point of the room with wood framed mirrors, images of exotic birds and waterfalls, tribal art and African masks.
I hope you have found these tips helpful. Have fun creating your kid’s safari bedroom!
Written by the Editor & Interior Designer for Buyer Select: Tracy Svendsen