Living Space: A girl's bedroom fit for a princess

This princess bedroom will make any little girl feel like she's in a castle with its classic princess style, white furniture, flowing curtains and crystal chandelier - all key to the fairytale feel.

By Kathryn Weber

With the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William behind us, there will undoubtedly be a surge in little girls who dream of becoming a princess themselves. And although most parents don't live in a castle and the likelihood of meeting a genuine prince is low, it is possible to give a little girl's bedroom the princess treatment. And who knows? A prince could still be in her future.

Give it the royal treatment

Start with a royal color scheme. Rather than go with the usual pastel pink, why not try something more elegant, such as rich taupe or even a royal blue? A successful color palette would bring in the pale blue, pink or lavender colors that would be expected as the dominant color but would use them as an accent color instead. To really glam up the princess theme, select traditional Rococo colors of white and gray, lemon chiffon or pale blue. Even celadon green would be a wonderfully rich departure from traditional little girl colors of pink and lavender, but would add serious depth and authenticity to the royal feel.

Gild the lily

Once the color palette's been selected, the real fairytale work begins. And there can be no fairytale bedroom without royal touches of gilding in gold or silver. Lots of shiny elements and classic Rococo touches will lend a castle-like air and an ethereal quality that just oozes princess charm. And today with the prevalence of crowns and royal embellishments available in home d├ęcor stores, it means those fairytale touches will be easy to find. Another key princess design element? White furniture.

Crystallize the dream

Creating a bedroom fit for a princess requires a few key archetypal elements, such as a magic mirror and a princess bed. Look for a mirror that is ornate and decorative to create that magical feel. Make the mirror do double duty by combining it with a dressing table. It's another key piece of furniture no princess can do without. A simple dressing table in white can be found inexpensively online at stores such as Ikea. Be sure to include a standing mirror to try on gowns and tiaras. For the complete princess feel, add a full and flowing canopy over the bed. If her bed comes with posters and rails, add some softness with rich fabrics and accompanying sheets. Or, make a quick four-poster canopy bed by attaching a faux crown in the center of the ceiling above the bed. Insert a ring inside the crown and add long flowing fabrics to the four corners of the bed and weave through rings suspended from the ceiling at the corners. For instructions do an online search for "canopy bed projects." Complete the bedroom with lamps with crystal pendants or sconces on the walls with dangling crystals.

Go over the top

To really complete the bedroom fit for a princess, add a room divider in a corner to create a dressing area. Play up the dressing theme by adding second-hand wedding or formal dresses hung on satin padded hangers. Include an ornate metal and glass shelf gilded in gold hung on the wall and lined with velvet pillows with gold tassels to hold individual tiaras. It's these small but classic touches that will make the bedroom feel authentic and truly magical.

Kathryn Weber is a home and decorating columnist and publishes the Red Lotus Letter feng shui ezine. For more information, contact Weber through her web site, www.redlotusletter.com.