Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sports Teams as Design Influence

If you've ever watched an old home and garden show, you often notice the same kind of designs: plain wall colors, subtle decorations and a lot of flowers. Let's be practical, not everyone is a fan of flowers in every room. Maybe you want something that speaks to you better, like sports.

If you're a sports fan, you have to look no further than your favorite team to redesign your space. For a child's bedroom, you can let your imagination run wild by adding large amounts of sports memorabilia to everything possible. Painting murals of the field or buying cutouts of the child's favorite player will make the room a fan's dream.

For an adult's room, you may want to go with something a little more subtle. Granted, you may love baseball but there's no need to have cutouts of the entire infield in your room. Go for linens that match the teams colors. Alternating the colors, like having gold shams and purple sheets can look good and serve as a personal touch to one of your most personal spaces.

If you want to get creative, you could have a headboard or nightstand made out of the wood from baseball bats. Another great idea is to paint the walls a deep or neutral tone of the team colors, with three walls one color and the last acting as an accent wall. Then hang professional black and white photos of the playing field or court.

Another great idea is looking to the mascots. While most mascots are created to look like cartoons, you can find figures or pictures of the actual animal or item the mascot was created after and add it to the decor. For example, if your team is the Cardinals you can get a professional photograph of a cardinal bird, frame it and add it into the decor.

No matter the team or colors, you can always find a way to make the design work. Just be creative and keep an open mind. Soon your room is going to go from old and dated to fun and sophisticated.

Megan Gates is an active blogger who provides written work to the blogosphere pertaining to NY Real Estate Listings, Hamptons Condos, home improvement and the latest architecture, design, fashion and travel. Follow her on twitter @MEGatesDesign.

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