A long time ago, in a bedroom far, far away….
OK, OK, it was last week and it was Jacob’s bedroom ?
I cannot tell you guys how excited Ryan and I were to give Jacob the room of our dreams!
In all fairness, he chose the theme, although some may say we may have played some Jedi mind tricks on him that influenced him to lean that way. I can neither confirm nor deny that fact!
In any case, we were a little sad to let go of his Dr. Seuss room which he had for a few years, but we really felt he was getting too old for the Dr. Seuss decor. Our sadness quickly went away when we realized we were going to be able to decorate his room with one of our favorite childhood (and adulthood) obsessions!
Find Inspiration in What You Already Have
When I was a little girl, my cousin Chusi and I would play Star Wars for hours and hours!
He, of course, was the one that had the loads and loads of Star Wars toys. I had a couple small figures and a big Princess Leia. My mom would always buy him Star Wars figures for birthdays and sometimes just because. I got Barbies.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved Barbies, but I secretly always wanted the Star Wars figures! To this day I still have my 3 or 4 figures stashed away safely in a box.
Ryan was a huge fan as well, he had tons of Star Wars toys including the Millennium Falcon! Unfortunately all his toys got lost in the shuffle. I would have loved to have them all for our boys, but nonetheless we’ve made sure they have all grown up to be Star Wars fans and have plenty of toys of their own!
Jacob’s last birthday party was Star Wars themed, so he received a lot of fantastic Star Wars presents that helped us in the decorating of his new room.
He’s also lucky enough to have Star Wars fanatics as godparents, so they’ve also contributed to our slight obsession.
So for this room, my inspiration was clear and easy from the beginning. We had plenty of toys and decor, and we definitely wanted a mix of vintage Star Wars and new Star Wars.
Quick Tip:Decorate With What You Have
You don’t have to go out and buy everything new when decorating a kid’s room. See what you have at hand, look through their toys and belongings and make sure you use anything that will fit well with your theme.
Start With a Blank Slate
We wanted to have a completely fresh start to the room, since there was also a lot of decluttering of toys that had to be done. For that reason we started out by clearing out the entire room, and leaving it as blank slate.
Setup a Staging Area
The playroom was piled high not only with his things from his room, but all the toys in the playroom that needed decluttering! It wasn’t pretty for a few weeks, but I survived.
Quick Tip:Setup a Staging Area
Setting up a staging area to completely clear out a room can be helpful, but be careful! You don’t want those piles of things sitting around in your staging area for too long or you’re going to have a whole other problem on your hands. On a project like this, you will have to be committed to complete it within a certain amount of time.
Your Theme Should Drive Color Choice
First order of business was choosing a paint color. We knew we wanted to go with either a blue or a gray. So, we looked through many pictures and paint color choices, and decided to try out a gray that we seemed to love from the moment we saw it. We chose Software by Sherwin Williams, and as soon as the first brushstroke went on the wall, we knew it was perfect!
Quick Tip:Let the Theme Determine the Color Choice
Let your room’s theme drive your color choice. Start by looking for accent colors in your primary decor pieces like blankets, pillows, rugs, etc and then choose a color that will complement those pieces.
I mean even the name made sense. It was an easy painting project for Ryan since it was only half walls he was painting. We did it all with one gallon and had plenty of paint left over. We used a Satin SuperPaint finish, which is what we’ve used in all our home.
Mix and Match When Choosing the Bedding
I started looking for bedding, and was thrilled with the options Target had to offer. I found an awesome quilt set for a great price, so I ordered it online and it arrived in no time! The quilt has a great feel to it, and seems sturdy.
I combined it with this sheet set, and they go perfectly together.
I finished off the bed with a couple of Storm Trooper pillows, also from Target.
I thought these were too perfect to pass up! I love how they’re actually shaped like a Storm Trooper helmet.
Shop Around for Fun and Low Cost Supporting Decor Pieces
I also snagged a pillow cover at Pottery Barn Kids that was on clearance and added it to his window bench.
It looks great with this unbelievably cute talking Chewbacca he got from some dear friends for his birthday.
For his nightstand, I found this awesome Star Wars lamp at Target. It has a double shade, so it looks extra cool when turned on!
I also had bought this Darth Vader alarm clock for him on his birthday, but had kept it in its packaging until we could redo his room. He loves it! If you press down on the helmet, a red light turns on.
I also put out his favorite Star Wars books on the nightstand. As for the cute little Storm Trooper helmet holding his markers, it was a last minute find at Walmart, and it’s actually a toothbrush holder! Hey, think outside the box right?
Quick Tip:Find Alternative Uses for Items
You don’t always have to use things for their intended purpose. Think outside the box, and be creative when looking for storage and decor items!
Choose Storage Options That Fit the Decor
The white wicker baskets we had in his Dr. Seuss room were not going to match the decor, so we had to find an alternative. It was hard finding the right size and color, but we eventually found these at Lowe’s of all places.
They had different sizes, and we loved the fact that they were black and gray.
The Star Wars plastic bins came from Target, but we’ve had them for a while. They used to hold all the Star Wars toys, but now, since most of those toys are out, they hold his other toys, and decorate the room nicely!
Quick Tip:Make Use of Storage
When decorating a young child’s bedroom, make sure you use storage options to put away items and toys that don’t fit well with the room’s theme. Bring out any items that fit with the theme and use them as decor pieces.
Choose Curtains That Complement Your Color Scheme
We went with blue for the curtains, since we felt they tied everything together. We considered gray, but since the walls were gray, we felt it would be too much.
Like my little curtain tie-backs? Well, guess where they came from? They are the ribbons that came wrapped around the comforter set!
They already came with velcro, so I simply adjusted the size with a little packing tape and voila!
Decorating pieces can show up in the most unconventional places. Always keep your eyes open and be resourceful.
Fill Empty Walls With Wall Decor of Various Shapes, Sizes and Textures
Shopping for the wall decor was a lot of fun! I went to Hobby Lobby and found a huge selection of these metal wall signs. They were 50% off on the week when I went, so I got several to place throughout the room.
I also found this neat light switch cover plate, that says “Light Side” and “Dark Side”. See what they did there? ?
When it comes to artwork and mirrors, you don’t always have to hang them on the wall. You can get just as good an effect by leaning them! That’s what I did with the two canvas pictures in the following photos. I placed one on his bookshelves and the other on his nightstand. I think they look great and add to the decor pieces next to them.
On a side note, styling his shelves was a lot of fun. We mostly used things we already had on hand. The walkie-talkies and his giant BB8 were cool birthday presents from family and friends. That was an unexpected benefit of having a Star Wars themed birthday party. Most of his gifts were also Star Wars themed! Also, we already owned the Darth Vader mask from a previous Halloween costume. As for his legos, they look so cool in the figure containers. Oh, and mommy loves building legos!
Now back to the wall decor, we had everything finished except for the big wall in the room opposite Jacob’s bed. We wanted something slightly bigger to cover more wall. We went to several places before our final stop where we found the perfect canvas prints. Walmart! They had quite a few to choose from, but I let Ryan take the lead on this one, and he chose these three. We put them up side by side and they completed the room perfectly!
Match the size of your decor items with the space they are filling. Use larger decor items when you have large empty spaces to fill.
The Star Wars Bedroom Reveal
And now for the big reveal! Here’s Jacob’s new Star Wars room!
Well, I really hope you enjoyed the reveal of Jacob’s new Star Wars room as much as we enjoyed putting it together! It’s so much fun walking into his room and remembering one of my favorite pastimes as a child. I’m thrilled to say he loves it as much as we do! The force is strong with this one!
Want to check out Jacob’s room he left behind? See his whimsical Dr. Seuss room here.