Harry Potter Themed Room Ideas
It was eleven years ago when the last Harry Potter movie installment was released but the world still can't get over the bespectacled protagonist. And, on July 31, we are celebrating his birthday, or more like the Harry Potter series' author's natal day - happy birthday, J.K. Rowling! And since it's a special day for HP fans throughout the globe, we're featuring here the magical Harry Potter design styles that were used to bring Harry's magical world to life with McCreery's Home Furnishings.
#1. The Dursleys: English Countryside Style
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Let's jump right to where it all started. There's news that the Dursleys' house is now being auctioned (the actual owner is named Sandra Smith) but what we're interested in today is the house's interior design. Harry Potter may have slept underneath that cramped Cupboard Under the Stairs but his Uncle Vernon's and Aunt Petunia's habitat is not exactly unfortunate looking.
There's an explosion of pastels, florals, and doilies but, still, their home is easy on the eyes. You can almost smell the baked cakes and pastries being served in their colorful dining room.
Cottage living is seen as a simplistic and natural style. Here, it is easy to feature architectural beauties or showcase imperfections in your home that could actually turn out to be unique elements.
Typically small and challenged in terms of storage, country cottages often come with armoires and cupboards. Look for these furniture pieces if you want to stow away more stuff. It’s time to tuck linens inside the wooden trunk and the dishes placed inside a pie safe. Go ahead and hide the modern-day electronic appliances behind weathered cabinets.
The comfort that country cottage brings with it comes with age. The patina in wood speaks of generations past or simply of a properly weathered look. Find coverlets, canvas slipcovers, and other stuff in bolder greens, creamy whites, or buttery yellow.
Below are the more modern and subdued versions of the Dursleys' living room:
As Ron Weasley's spell said, "Sunshine daisies, butter mellow..."
You just gotta love the shades of yellow in this living room.
Or how about a green wallpapered living room instead of Petunia's pink pastel walls?
And here's a more glamorized Aunt Petunia living room with almost the same sofa and chair designs. And aren't the paisley patterns lovely? The Marge Carson Furniture designed room below is both a toast to the amped version of the Harry Potter design and a classic interior design that is simply timeless.
Country Living Begins with White
Gray, oyster shell, and taupe are the right hues for cottage living. When these are fused, they tend to make a space look fresh, vibrant, and beautifully natural. Think of wood beams exposed high up on those vaulted ceilings. These can expand a master bedroom or any spacious retreat.
Use white paint across ceilings and walls. This is the standard look that you could default to if you don’t know how to achieve country cottage just yet.
Don’t stop with the furnishings, though. Carry that paintbrush and swipe it all across your wooden flooring. You can also achieve a nautical-inspired bedroom for kids. These floors will beautifully contrast with pine boards on your walls and the ceiling.
This concept is applicable in a Harry potter design, too. You must always strive to achieve balance by fusing opposite pieces. This means finding joy in marrying glossy with the muted pieces or the contemporary with the distressed ones.
Cozy Means Cottage, Cottage Means Cozy
Just as soon as you walk in a country cottage home, it's easy to feel at home right away. Natural elements and neutral color palette have the power to rejuvenate the senses. Any space can immediately look livable and comfortable if you use them.
Throw a slipcover onto your sofa or chairs then add a good amount of toss pillows for increased comfort. Materials that you should definitely look into are burlap linen, and wool.
Fresh Blooms Aplenty
You will never find a country cottage home that does not feature some fresh flowers. These are natural design elements that can soften the starkness of some architectural features. You can also add some potted plants to make your home more natural.
Make Country Cottage YOU
Here's a Fandom depiction of the Dursleys' kitchen breakfast nook. And below is a similar chair that you can get to set up this look in your own Harry Potter design.
Pull in all of your preferred elements to come up with a space that is solely yours. A country cottage style dining room, for instance, can be a daily or an occasional eating spot according to your preference. For the former, you can set up a casual table, a bench or two, some slipcovered chairs, and your everyday dishware. For the latter, you can add formal lighting in the form of chandeliers.
It’s Not Quaint
When people think of country cottage, they immediately think of worn-out homes with old fixtures and furnishings. This is not always the case. While there are rural and simple cottages, it might surprise you that there are also state-of-the-art homes featuring country cottage décor.
Yes, More On Pastels
If you’re still categorizing pastel colors as hues only for girls’ bedrooms or nurseries, then you’re hugely mistaken. There is so much more to these awesome colors that can freshen up and uplift the natural beauty of homes. Gone are those days when they are just paired with equally neutral colors. These days, they can go with pretty much any color that you can think of including black.
Pastels + White
Heightening the effect of pastel is as easy as pairing it with white. Many designers use soft hues as a standalone color inside many homes. Some use an accent wall complemented with any accessory that comes in the same shade.
A white room is a great playing field for lovers of the pastel palette. The secret to using pastels in a seemingly blank room is to have them as accent pieces like artwork, textiles, and lighting fixtures.
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Any shade of pastel can be used to achieve a soft glow. Warmth and softness is the beautiful result of cream and gold plus some light pink roses.
When the walls come in any pastel color, then you can use white textiles and Sacramento fine furniture. This is a powerful combo that can be balanced with the use of pastel accents such as throws and some pillows.
Just imagine the delicious ambiance that pastel green walls can provide to white furniture pieces. Or if you prefer it the other way around, place pastel furniture inside a mainly white room.
Pastels together with white walls can make even the smallest rooms appear spacious. This is also one of the reasons why pastels are becoming more popular. While they are light-colored, they are far from boring unlike the usual neutrals that dominate many homes. Just picture a unique mint green or sunny yellow bedroom – ain’t it awesome?
Pastels + Bright Colors
If white and pastels result in a crisp interior, then pastels plus some vivid colors equal awesome. The biggest trends today play up the pastel colors by adding neon and other bright hues. For instance, pastel walls can be highlighted by a neon pink cornice. Pastel blue rooms can be heightened with bright colors such as lime green or orange. And while you’re at it, check out the uniqueness of pale green, light chartreuse and lavender. These are all irresistible colors that will look hot with coral pink; light green walls can be paired with peachy sheets; modern shelves can house bright colored books.
You might wonder how two colors on almost opposite ends of the spectrum could fuse so beautifully. Pastels and bright colors are alluring because they complement each other marvelously. For instance – going back to hot pink – it can be your color of choice for the mirrors, bed, lamp, and pillows inside your place of relaxation.
One other approach to pastel interiors is subtlety – like really subtle. An example is a white room with a silver motif. Add a dash of blue with a table lamp and throws and you’ve just achieved a modern room that elevates pastels without being overpowering.
Gray can also be combined with pastel colors to create a contemporary look. This can be both soothing and sleek.
Pastels + Earthy Pieces
When talking about pastels, don’t automatically go for pastel pink or blue, or their cousins green and yellow. There are so many other tints of pastels that you can experiment with. Don’t be bound by just the classics. When you’re feeling up to it, you can also use purple or the incredibly chic pale mustard yellow.