Brushstroke of midnight: Bedroom decorating ideas inspired by fairy​ tales

"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales," said Albert Einstein. 

Considered one of the smartest human beings to ever walk the planet, Einstein's wise words shed light on the beauty and power of fairy​ tales.

Your paintbrush can swish like a magic wand as you transform your bedroom into a fairy tale inspired wonderland. They say in many of these mystical stories that dreams can come true, and a sweet way to bring such joy to your home is by making the room where you sleep and dream a relaxing space.

Take inspiration from these bedroom decorating ideas for your very own happily ever after. 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves 

Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? Why, you are, of course! Enjoy getting dressed up for work or parties in front of a well placed mirror.

Snow White was famous for having porcelain skin in pearly-white tones, which would make for an ideal, calm wall paint colour. Resene Bianca and Resene Alabaster are creamier whites with warmer undertones, to help bring the innocence and purity of this heroine to your room.

However, the most dramatic chapter of this story is developed thanks to the fiery-red poisoned apple, and you can bring this excitement and mystery to your bedroom by placing the Floral Motif in red vinyl as a headboard above your bed. Linen in similar red tones for pillows and bedsheets will add to the mystical aura. Why not place a bowl of apples on your bedside table as a tip of the hat to this story, too?

Sleeping Beauty 

Perfect for a bedroom, the story of Aurora who was cursed and slept for days can be interpreted through so many interior design ideas. 

Sleep like royalty by placing the Crown wall decal above both sides of the bed, for the king and the queen of your castle. For some colour diversity, you can add one in gold and the other in silver, as these wall decals come in shimmering metallic shades to sparkle like jewels in your room. 

For the ultimate sleeping chambers, consider buying a four-poster bed and hanging up curtains like in palaces. Resene Meander Voile comes with fine metallic stripes that would complement the crowns, and for committed fairy tale lovers there is also the option to hang these in the colour 'blonde' to match Aurora's golden locks. 

Beauty and the Beast

A tale as old as time, this enchanting story of true love teaches the importance of never judging a book by its cover. Belle's love of books can flow through your bedroom through floating shelves placed above your bed, great for keeping your favourite reads close at hand before you tuck in for the night.

One of the most special moments from this story is the waltz between Belle and the Beast, dancing under the shimmering candlelight. Recreate the romance of this moment with the Chandelier wall decal, which comes as a set of two in varying sizes to add cool perspective to your display. 

Yellow is typically the colour associated with the princess of this fairy tale, and it is also a lovely, neutral, happy hue for a bedroom. Resene Hive and Resene Southern Cross can bring a ray of sunshine to your walls, even when the curtains are closed. 

With so many more fairy​ tales to choose from, bedroom design can become your blank page for writing a new narrative. Where will your 'once upon a time' take you? 

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