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Design a Girl's Dream Bedroom or Nursery With a Carousel Horse Theme

Updated on January 22, 2014
The Round Carousel Horse Crib
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Carousel horses come in many shapes, sizes, and price ranges
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A Room Fit for a Princess

If you have ever considered designing a dream room for your little princess, carousel horses are a loved design by the very young to preteen girls. By planning ahead and doing some comparison shopping, you can turn your daughter's bedroom into a paradise fit for a princess.

Ceilings and Curtains



To give your daughter's room a real carousel feel, consider decorating the ceiling with fabric or paint. To achieve this look, you can sew a "circus canopy" of two or three colors.

To Paint a Circus Rooftop:

Locate the exact center of the room. Mark the center. There is normally a light fixture in the center of most rooms. Use a chalk line to snap equal "sections" of the ceiling so it is equally marked off much like pie sections. Separate each section with painters tape. Purchase ceiling paint (it drips less) in your chosen colors. Paint a different color in every two or three shades according to your color choices.

To Create a Circus Canopy:

McCall's offers many free sewing patterns online to sew a canopy for a ceiling. Using light colorful fabrics, you can sew a canopy from left over curtains or inexpensive fabrics. For patterns check out: http://www.sewsweetness.com/2010/09/mccalls-5827-play-canopy.html. This is a great alternative for an apartment where painting is not allowed. The canopy can be nailed to the ceiling just like a circus rooftop.

Instead of decorating the ceiling, a bed canopy would also be a wonderful addition to a carousel room. Beds can be purchased with canopies attached or a canopy bracket can be purchased and installed above a bed.

Curtains:

Curtains should match the ceiling if a circus roof top is being used. Festive curtains in circus colors would be great to liven up a beige room. Tassels can be added for extra flair.

Walls:

Depending on your budget, you could either paint your walls a circus color such as pink or a pastel jewel tone and add a layer of texture to the walls for added interest. Other options include adding a mural or paying an artist to paint a mural for you.

Murals are a great way to decorate and can be purchased for as low as $29.99. There are several colors and styles of carousel horse murals for sale. You can purchase a small one for a corner accent in a room or a large one that decorates an entire wall.

Bedding:

If you decorate the walls with a carousel theme, a festive bedspread in pastel colors will complete your look. Add pastel pillows with lots of fringe and embellishments. 

Carousel Horses:

One exciting way to create a carousel horse room for a princess is to add a real carousel horse. Horses are available in many styles and sizes. Wooden rocking carousel horses are available at stores like Target. You can purchase authentic horses from EBay that come painted or unpainted in standing and jumper styles in many different price ranges.

If price is a concern, you can easily make a carousel horse for very little money by purchasing an old fashioned spring horse from an antique shop or flea market.

After you locate your horse, it will need a complete thorough scrub to remove debris that will get stuck in the paint. Take the spring horse outdoors and either hang it or lay it on newspaper or plastic. Make sure the horse is dry and coat it evenly with two smooth coats of white enamel spray paint. Give the horse one day to dry to a hard smooth finish.

The horse is now ready for accents. Choose colors for its bridle, saddle, hooves, and mane. It is best to use hard enamel and paint the accents by hand with a brush.

After you have painted the accents to your specifics, it will be necessary to apply a clear coat protective spray which is available at craft stores. This step is the most difficult and must be done in smooth strokes. This will protect the paint on the surface of the horse.

If attaching the horse to a pole, you will need to drill holes on the top and bottom of the horse to the exact measurements of the pole. After drilling the hole, insert the pole and add a base. Decorative ribbon can be placed on top of the pole for extra flair.

Lighting:

To complete the look of the room, small lamps in pastel colors add a cozy and festive feel to the room. To replicate the glow of a carousel, consider adding round Christmas lights around the room. This step will give the room the feel of a real carousel.

Mirrors:

Mirrors are a hallmark of carousels. They make real carousels come alive because they reflect both the light and vibrant colors of the carousel. Mirrors with gold beveled frames complete the carousel look perfectly. These can be purchased at places like Walmart or even at yard sales.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      A wonderful hub! I have seen these in movies and they are really grand and pretty. You spoke like an expert interior decorator. So, you can become a professional interior designer and create your success story. You are indeed versatile! This detailed hub of yours made me dream of designing a carousel horse themed bedroom for my daughter in the future. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I appreciate that Brandym2012!

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      Brandym2012 5 years ago from PA

      Absolutely beautiful! Every little girls dream room. Love this Hub!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      You could try www.themuralsuperstore.com. Good luck!

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      Gina 5 years ago

      Thank you Tammy. Is there an another web site seems like divine living web site is down

      ? It comes out blank. Are the cute animals created by you? they are just so darn cute!?!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Gina. You can try www.divineliving.com. They have tons of murals and self sticking wall décor. Thanks for reading and good luck with your design.

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      Gina 5 years ago

      So beautiful Tammy! I'm am looking for the exact same wall decore. The seal,bunny, dog and elephant. Can u tell me where I can buy them? I would love to fix my daughters room just like that!!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Well PDX, your puppies may want a cute room like this for their very own. :)

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      tammy, i can bet you any amount of money that that won't happen

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      kate 5 years ago

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for your kind comment Happyboomernurse!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      My daughter actually prefered the Tinkerbell room even though I liked the carousel horses. LOL. Thanks for visiting Amberld!

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Great hub with terrific and unique decorating ideas for a girl's bedroom. There's something magical about carousels and any child who's been on one should get a thrill from this decorating theme.

      Even though I don't have any young children or grandchildren, I enjoyed looking at these lovely, whimsical rooms.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

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      Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      I would have loved this as a child! maybe I will redo my daughter's Tinker Bell room to this next year!

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      HubTub 5 years ago

      Awesome hub (and photos), Tammy! I personally love the color scheme as well. How could any little girl not like this? Voted up and beautiful!

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      Tim Mitchell 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

      An awesome article offering creative ideas on a provocative theme. Adding a recent past event, I went to the grocery store Sunday. A little girl who's face beamed a smile so bright and full of joy caught my attention. Riding the little merry-go-round with her grandpa proudly watching she had the time of her life! :)

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      Dawn Conklin 5 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Beautiful! My girls would love to have a room decorated like this. It is amazing the creativity here. I honestly would not have thought to do something like this, but most little girls would love to have one. I actually wish I was a kid again to have one (the honey would definitely not go for this in our room)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Pamela. I appreciate that.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      What an absolutely lovely hub! I'm more of the mind to give the child a plain room and lots of love but I think this is a special idea if the little girl and mommy are working on it slowly together.

      It's amazing how you found all these different products and layouts. Gorgeous little bedrooms. You've got my votes!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Never say never PDX! You and your wife are still young. You may one day hear the pitter patter of little feet. :)

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      well, Tammy, I suppose if I was a lady that I would find this helpful :-) Or I was going to have kids (then again, my wife does have me watching The Bachelor now. I'm on Team Lindzi)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you nityanandagaurang. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. This is a favorite of my daughter too. :)

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      nityanandagaurang 5 years ago

      Pictures are really beautiful.Any girl will be easily pleased with such beautiful rooms you have designed.Beautiful and voting it up.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Susan. Little girls are a whole new bag! I always wanted a fantasy room when I was little. This is one idea that would be a fantasy for any little girl. Thanks for commenting!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I always wanted a little girl. I used to dream of decorating a girls room with a canopy bed and lots of frills and lace. I enjoyed this hub, and will keep it mind if ever I have a granddaughter to spoil.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I would be there too RealHousewife! It is always bittersweet when the kids pick up a "grown up" room. I love Kirlands too. I wish it were bigger and expanded to include rooms and rooms of stuff. :) I am now debating on a room like this or a fairy room. I'd glady sleep in it. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Your visits always brighten any room!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hey Tammy - those rooms are beautiful! What a great idea! I am always changing things. I just took my little girls to Kirklands and let them choose some more "grown up" bedroom pictures and wall art. It was so fun!

      My girls might think they are too big but I am not - I'd like to sleep in that room:) lol

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for your visit and kind words prasetio! I appreciate that very much.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub. They look beautiful. I had never seen like this before. Thanks for share with us. I learn something new from you. Well doe and rated up!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading Nell. I never got the princess treatment when I was little either. I guess this is why I spoil my daughter so much. I get to live vicariously through her! Boys and boy stuff just isn't the same. My boys didn't care at all what their rooms looked like. I appreciate your visit!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, these are beautiful, I wish I had them when I was a child, I love the horse crib! I tried to make my sons room very boyish when he was small, but he dictated what he wanted! lol! I think I was trying to relive my childhood, lol! wonderful, thanks

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      You are so kind poetvix! It is my pet peeve that people will take the time to write a great décor hub and not have any or just minimal photos. I appreciate it! I hope your niece will get her own princess room. Every girl deserves one. I appreciate your visit!

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      poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      This is so detailed. It's great and the pictures really allowed me to see what a room like this could be. Further, I like that it will work for more than just a year or two. I think my niece would love a room like this as she is outgrowing Dora fast.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Laela,

      I really appreciate your visit and I am glad you enjoyed it.

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      Laela Winkelmann 5 years ago

      Lovely pictures and a great design idea! Well researched and really interesting! Voting up!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi GmaGoldie,

      I want to start collecting these. I am trying to round up enough décor to do a carousel horse Christmas and full tree. I appreciate you reading and commenting!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      A neighbor of mine collected these treasures. Wow! Beautiful!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      We certainly fpherj48 and we don't have any plans to grow up any time soon. I say we go for it. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Tammy...I'm sold!! Since there are no longer (human) kids in my home, except for visits....I AM THE RESIDENT "PRINCESS." My hubby calls me the QUEEN, but I like Princess better because they're usually younger! I would LOVE a bedroom like this! We're all little girls at heart, aren't we? AWESOME!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks alocsin,

      I appreciate that. I love it. I am going to do one on fairys too. That is my daughter's favorite.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This design will please any little girl. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Ardie! It is never, ever, too late to have a great childhood. Thanks for reading!

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Now I want a carousel bedroom too! The pictures are so pretty. I grew up in apartments and never got to have a decorated or themed bedroom - just the standard bed and toybox, white walls and ugly brown carpet. What better time to have my dream bedroom than now?! Think the husband will mind? Eh - who cares hahah