How to Decorate a Surfer RoomA picture says a
thousand words, so I am going to use one of our surf rooms that we
decorated to give some tips on how to decorate a bedroom with a surfer
theme. We started with a pretty basic room, that had hardwood floors,
but of course carpet looks great too, and a fun sand color carpet is
The main starting
point of any bedroom is the bedding itself. The most prominent feature
in the room will be the comforter or duvet cover. This is known as the
“top of the bed.”
I choose one of our
own bedding patterns we had designed for us just for bedding. This
particular print, DM301 – Cruisin’ Hawaii, was printed a little larger
than a normal Hawaiian print to work with the size and scale of a
bedspread. Obviously comforters are much bigger than a Hawaiian shirt so
a larger scale Hawaiian print version looks best on a bed. This
particular print works well on bedding because the pattern repeat runs
from top to bottom, or in lines up and down the bed giving the bedding a
clean “line” look.
Now that you have your
top of the bed picked out, you can move onto the rest of the bedding
you will need. The next step is to pick out a coordinating pair of
sheets. For this surf room look, we used an all over “tossed” hibiscus
sheet set in a dark navy color way. The hibiscus sheet set was chosen to
coordinate with the hibiscus flowers in the comforter. We used a
“tossed” hibiscus flower and a darker color to give it some contrast and
depth. We didn’t want the entire bed ensemble to blend together by
using a striped sheet set, or the same primary blue color way found in
the comforter. The pillowcases that come with your sheet set, will also
help to break up the top of the bed design. We recommend using a sheet
set that can pull out a color from the comforter and shams.
Once you have chosen your bedding, it is much easier to start adding other items to coordinate or match with your centerpiece. Some
people like to match the bed skirt in the same color as the sheet set,
and I recommend this when using a solid color sheet set, but for our
surfer room, I wanted to bring in another color by using a raffia grass bed skirt.
It is basically a hula skirt that the Hawaiian dancers use, but we made
it into a bed skirt that goes all the way around the bed. The raffia
not only keeps our surfer theme going, but also adds a warm color around
the bed. Raffia looks great on the hardwood floors because it offers a
subtle transition into the wood floor coloring.
To showcase the
bedding a little more, we like to use matching window valances. Since a
window valance does nothing to keep the sun out, we also raffia thatched
pull down window shade to help us sleep at night. The raffia pull down
shade also matches with our bed skirt, and keeps the island vibe going
through out the room.
The bedding is the
biggest decision you will make, and I always recommend buying the
bedding you like first, and then start looking for room accents and
paint for the walls. Picking out surf themed décor for the rest of the
room is the fun and easy part. There are so many options to choose from
When you paint your
walls I suggest using a contrasting color so your bedding won’t get
lost. We used a sandy color to keep with our surfer theme room. You
don’t want to dark of a color for this bedding, or all white walls. The
soft sand tones add a subtle background to your bedding centerpiece.
For accessories, we got some great surf signs and
posters from a Surfer magazine. We used some metal signs and simply
nailed them right in the wall with finishing nails, but you can also
frame them, which adds a little elegant more formal look.
We found an old
surfboard at a garage sale and put that in the corner of the room, and
also went to the beach and collected some seashells, which we placed on
our shelf. A conch shell was placed in the window
sill. That we had to purchase from a shell store. We thought a
lifeguard hat would make a great touch too, so we bought one of those
and hung it under the shelf. Have to watch the sun burn these days!
We hope this article
helps you with your home decorating, and remember if you ever have any
decorating questions, feel free to ask!