Butterfly Theme Bedroom Ideas

By Interior Designer TRACY SVENDSEN | Published on August 29, 2015 |

What little girl wouldn’t adore a pretty room filled with magical butterflies? Butterfly-theme bedrooms are simple to create, and the possibilities are endless. It’s a perfect theme for a room to dream, play, and grow in, inspiring little imaginations through the use of color, shape, and form.

This design of this room appeals to me, as I believe it is a soothing and relaxing environment filled with meadows, soft colors, grass, butterflies, flowers, and whimsical objects. Although this is how I envision a butterfly room to be, there are many variations that can be created.

Before beginning to create a butterfly theme bedroom, it is a good idea to choose the bedding prior to the color of paint and accessories that will be incorporated. Many butterfly quilts, comforters, and bedding sets are available in a wide variety of patterns. Most butterfly bedding has soft pastel colors, such as pale pink, yellow, purple, or meadow green. These colors work well in creating a soft dreamy feel. Another option is to purchase a solid comforter or quilt set and add giant butterfly pillows, sheets, and shams in butterfly print. Butterfly bedding is available in brighter red, orange, and yellow.

Once the bedding has been chosen, it’s time to select a wall paint color. When viewing samples, I suggest bringing a pillow sham or the complete bedding set into the paint store. Once the walls are painted, a butterfly theme wallpaper border can be added. Other options include butterfly wall stencils, murals, or hand-painted garden scenes with butterflies, bees, flowers, and a picket fence.

For those not wanting to paint, you can purchase stick-on wall decals or wallpaper murals. A creative idea for butterfly theme bedrooms is to paint or apply a purchased mural of a beautiful garden scene and add a wood frame with shutters around it to depict a window.

Butterfly Girls Bedding

Pottery Barn Butterfly Theme Bedding

Creative Design Ideas for Butterfly Theme Bedrooms

1. A picket fence compliments a butterfly-themed bedroom, creating a garden-inspired look. There are several options available for creating a picket fence. You can use real fence posts painted white, hand paint a picket fence onto the wall, or apply a WALLIES pre-pasted, vinyl cut-out of a fence. Silk vines and flowers can be incorporated. A trellis with soft arches can run the length of a wall. One of the most compelling butterfly theme bedrooms I have viewed had the walls painted a sunny yellow color, where yellow graduated in shade, darker at the bottom, becoming lighter as it reached the ceiling point. Real fence posts were painted white and attached section by section to the wall. Soft rose-colored wall paint was applied behind the fence section only. Large paper flowers were wound around the posts. Faux-painted grass, butterflies, and ladybugs were then painted randomly. It created a very whimsical and magical look to the room.

2. There is also a wide range of butterfly and garden theme artwork and prints available, or creating your own can be very simple. You can cut out images from magazines or books, place them in frames, and hang them on the wall, or arrange them in small groups on dressers and bookcases. There are many photo stock images that can be purchased for a minimal price online. Artists create ‘vector’ images of butterflies in a wide variety of colors. I usually purchase mine from istock.com. They can be printed and framed. If you are familiar with Adobe Photoshop or a similar program, you can add your child’s name to the image, adjust colors or combine several images. Dragonflies, butterflies, flowers, bumblebees, and ladybugs can all be used.

3. Some great accessories to use are nylon hanging butterflies, which can be attached to the ceiling or wall. You can purchase butterfly switch plates, lamps and stools. Little butterflies can be glued to an existing lampshade. Hang a clothesline/clothespins with tiny doll dresses in pretty fabrics against a wall.

4. Classic white furniture looks wonderful with this theme. Be sure to choose dainty pieces that don’t compete with the delicate butterflies. Canopy beds or white metal beds also fit in well. A sheer canopy can have butterflies randomly glued in place. Replace handles and knobs of furniture with butterfly theme hardware, such as dainty porcelain with hand-painted butterflies. You can decoupage butterflies onto a dresser – or border around a mirror. Try hand painting a dresser, with the first drawer having a soft yellow background, with roses applied, the second drawer background in a soft pink, with purple polka dots, and the third bottom drawer having a purple background with yellow butterflies painted on. Let fabrics, artwork, and bedding inspire you.

5. A soft grass green or rosy pink carpet that compliments the walls and bedding is a nice touch. A neutral color also blends in well and won’t detract from wall art and other decor.

6. Purchase butterfly curtains and butterfly hold-backs. I think that sheer white curtains fluttering the breeze teamed with a gingham valence, provides a stunning effect. You can purchase organza ribbon and glue small nylon butterflies where it ties or randomly throughout the curtain. Floral patterns can also be incorporated.

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