One of the most well-known designs for outer space bedding is the ‘Out of This World’ comforter set. It is a classic design that has planets, rocket ships and comets set into an outer space background. The bedding can act as the main focal point of the room, and the theme can be completed with the addition of accessories.
Walls can be painted in a color taken directly from the bedding, in a more muted tone, or perhaps a bolder one, depending upon the look you are seeking. Colors most typically associated with an outer space theme are light or medium blue. A sky blue works well on the walls, and dark or navy blue can be used for the ceiling. If there is a color that is predominant in the bedding, such as a bright orange, this can also be a creative approach to take.
There are many accessories and options available that can be integrated into an outer space bedroom, which help complete the look, or pull it all together.
1. Consider out space theme wall murals, wallpaper, or borders. Have an artist paint planets, stars, astronauts, and spaceships on one of the walls. You can hang ready-made murals of the same items. Glow in the dark stars can be used on the walls and ceiling, as well as stick on planets. Stars, planets and the moon can be painted on the wall in glow in the dark colors. Glitter paint can be around edges or on stars.
2. Wall art is another method to further enhance the theme. You can purchase prints depicting outer space and planets, or simply cut out images you like from magazines and books and frame them. There are many web sites that sell stock print photography, for as low as $2.00 per image. 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, and perhaps add your child’s name to one of the images.
3. Existing furniture can be re-painted to coordinate with the new bedding and theme. Good color choices are those found in the bedding, or get creative with silver paint! Some of the planets in the bedding, may have orange or yellow tones, which can work well.
4. With many of the outer space bedding sets, you can purchase coordinating rugs and curtains with the same motif throughout.
5. Additional accessories for an outer space bedroom can include star-shaped ceiling lighting, rocket ship nightlights, outer space lamps, metallic silver frames for photos, a hanging model of the solar system attached from the ceiling, binoculars, or a framed print of a map of the solar system.
6. One of the most effective outer space theme bedrooms that I have viewed, incorporated a ceiling painted black, that ran down approx 12″ down the walls. A wood border was then applied to the edge. The ceiling had a combination of large circular stars hand painted on the surface, and paint was spattered to create the feeling of stars in the distance. The walls were painted in a very light tan color, as the client did not want a dark room. Images of planets, astronauts and outer space were framed and hung on the walls. A huge mural of the moon and stars was applied to the wall, and then wood framing to resemble a window was placed around this. Open shutters were painted onto the mural. A large telescope was mounted and pointing out the ‘window’. The bedding was tan and olive plaid. The carpet was a tan color as well. Black was brought into the room through the ceiling, telescope and desk chair. Very clean design. This look would be very suitable for an older boy, or if you are trying to avoid the primary color look.
I hope you have found these tips helpful. Have fun creating your outer space bedroom!
Written by the Editor & Interior Designer for Buyer Select: Tracy Svendsen