Get the Look: A Grown Up, Frozen-Inspired Scandi Royal Bedroom


Last month, Disney’s Frozen made its Broadway debut. While I can’t comment on the success of the transference from screen to stage, I can skate down memory lane to when Frozen first premiered in theaters and the cheesy, cartoony kids bedroom decorations overwhelmed the internet. So I propose we leave the snowflakes behind and settle in with some gorgeous Scandinavian design inspired by the movie to create a bedroom fit for a queen. It will still serve Frozen vibes, but in a much more grown up way. It’s a style that’s worth melting for.

My dream as a kid was to have a canopy bed (which I never got) because they felt grand. Honestly, they are. Look at you, sleeping beneath swaths of fabric. Who gave you permission to be so fabulous? What I didn’t realize as a kid was they’re fairly easy to DIY. But the past is the past and I’m definitely over it. Definitely.

For the other furniture, look for carved wooden pieces. There is so much beautiful detail to be brought into the case goods. Nightstands with an interesting leg detail or a chest with carved drawers would fit perfectly. Another special touch to either look for or DIY is rosemaling, which is the painted designs on wood. It can be flowers, geometric shapes or scrolls. You see it on the doors and wooden furniture throughout Arendelle. If you’re feeling like it’s not “frozen” enough, think about incorporating a piece of lucite furniture. It lends an icy touch without screaming Disney and it’s a modern twist that won’t look out of place.

Because they live in a castle, the seating throughout has very high, straight backs. I’m going to advise you keep the straight back idea and leave the tall idea at the palace. I mean, we’re already working with a canopy bed, you can tone it down a little bit elsewhere. The simple, straight backs keep the look into line with minimal Scandinavian design.

Where you can bring in some rustic edge is in the lighting. An iron (or blackened brass) chandelier wouldn’t be out of place. Even black table and floor lamps bring the look from princess to pretty stylish.

The easiest way to swerve into cartoonish is with the color palette. Instead of pastels, consider dustier tones to bump up the sophistication. And bring in a wallpaper to carry the rosemaling throughout the room. If you have wainscoting or want to add some, paint it in off-white to ground the pattern elsewhere in the space.

Now you’re ready to entertain a royal or a very cute iceman.

Get the look

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