A couple of weeks back I posted some ribbon bunting we had made for Doll’s Room. At that time I promised you I’ll be back with her room reveal soon. So here it is! Doll’s is a jungle theme kids room.
Here’s the original post where we had made the plan for Doll’s room. I think this is the only room in the whole house where the plan has remained unchanged from beginning to the end!
Once the plan was final, we started working on the finishes. I had to keep in mind a few important things while designing Doll’s room. Most importantly, that she loves animals and hates ‘girly-girl’! She was very clear that she did not want a pink room. (It’s amazing how sometimes, 10 year old kids are so sure of what they want!)
Now, jungle theme rooms can end up being quite childish (picture palm tree murals with monkeys hanging by their tails) or very rough-and-tough and masculine (picture the log hut look with lots of rough, dark wood all around). I wanted neither. Doll is 10 and already out of cartoon characters. She wouldn’t want animal sketches on her walls. She is also going to be a teenager soon enough. That is the age some girls become more interested in clothes and make up and all things feminine… and some do not!
So I set out to design a jungle theme kids room which would work great even when Doll grew out of being a kid. And a room that’s not girly-girl one bit… but can be soft and feminine if that’s what Doll wants as she grows up. Here’s the final result.
Jungle Theme Kids Room:
The Bed Wall
The main highlight of this room is the zebra striped wallpaper covering the entire bed wall. That gorgeous lion head is actually a bag I saw hanging at a store. I immediately picked it up as a wall-hanging for Doll’s room.
I originally showed you this gorgeous headboard on the back of a garden bench when I went furniture shopping in Delhi. It was customised perfectly for us by Mody Woody interiors at MG Road. They made this day bed for us using a similar piece of wood for the headboard.
We added a panel of jungle green wallpaper by the side, along the entrance door. This gives us some colour in the room and brightens it up as greens always do!
And finally the dark walnut door adds the ‘woody’ feel to complete our jungle theme kids room.
We added an LED strip behind the jungle green panel. This reflects beautifully on the zebra striped wallpaper and gives the most perfect ‘soft’ light as the sun sets in our jungle!
The handles we used in this room are my favourite in the whole house. (We got them at Esmailjee Moosabhai… where we got all our handles for this project) They are lovely rose-gold colour leaves. The leaves go perfectly with the jungle theme. And the rose-gold adds a bit of pink to the room. It’s a touch of femininity without being overtly ‘girly’, and it also gives us another colour to play with in the room. Notice the bedspread above? We did a brownish colour, again to go with the jungle theme. But that touch of pink in it softens it up instead of giving us a rough jungle look.
Storage & Seating
We also played with that touch-of-pink with the pink ribbons we added in the ribbon bunting for the room.
And the touch of pink leaves on the soft board fabric. We have green polka dots on the mattress (green=jungle; polka dots=girly but not obviously so!) Below the seating is a pull out tray for Doll’s keyboard and a large drawer for toys.
Doll has never played with dolls, but has a ton of animal soft toys which she completely adores. They made easy and instant decor for her shelves. We also added a touch of ‘soft’ with her curtains. They are flowers, which is feminine. But not the regular pink, so it’s not ‘girly-girl’. The green foliage, again, goes well with the jungle theme.
The left part of her unit also houses her dressing area.
We’ve given her a small cupboard which stores her dressing accessories. We mounted the vintage brass mirror on the bathroom door right next to the dressing. I thought a shining sun would be perfect in our jungle!
Wardrobes & Study
We continued with the wallpaper on parts of the furniture. We kept the base a cream to keep the room looking light. The bits of wallpaper on some of the drawers and shutters tie in the furniture to the rest of the room.
The rose-gold handles and the pops of green in the accessories add the colour.
This unit is really simple but the zebra stripes give it an interesting twist.
Before & After!
Isn’t this the most exciting part of any reveal? So here goes… this is the bed wall.
From the other side…
The wardrobe wall…
The window wall…
The display unit…
As always, we round up our reveal with a short video.
Hope you had fun going through this jungle theme kids room. I would love to hear your comments and questions… do write in!
Until next time,