Decorating a Small Bedroom in an Egyptian Theme

An Egyptian themed bedroom can be fun, or it can be a tasteless and expensive disaster. It, therefore, requires a lot of planning. For starters, you will need to establish a budget. Egyptian home décor can include beds, couches, replicas of sarcophagi, and other pricey items. It will thus be very easy for you to spend thousands of dollars on your Egyptian themed bedroom. Decide in advance how much you can spend. Also, consider decorating the Egyptian themed bedroom in stages: Paint the walls first, then get an appropriate carpet, followed by a bed or other furniture. Not only will decorating the room in stages help keep you from spending too much, it will also help you edit your decorating so you don’t turn the room into a tacky nightmare.

Consider the color scheme and textures

The ancient Egyptians famously loved gold, so some people decorate their Egyptian themed bedroom with lots and lots of gold. The result tends to look very gaudy. Other traditional Egyptian colors include brown and deep shades of yellow, red, green, and blue. White, black, and beige work as neutrals and beige has the added advantage of resembling sand.

Home guides from SFGate suggests painting the walls a deep and rich color like maroon to evoke the feel of the pharaohs. If you want to do that, you need to consider the room’s lighting, for dark walls can easily make the room look dark and gloomy. A safer option, especially for a small room, might be to paint one wall a dark color and then paint the others with lighter colors. You can also paint all of the walls beige and/or white and then use a color like deep blue or red for the trim.

You can also use patterned wallpaper decorated with hieroglyphics or other symbols in your Egyptian themed bedroom. Using faux brick to simulate the wall of a pyramid is another possibility that will also add texture to the wall. A textured wall adds interest and feels more authentically antique than a smooth modern wall. Stone, marble, wood, and reeds were also used in Egyptian home decor by the ancients.

As for the floor, a tan carpet or rug can evoke the look of sand, and it will help make the small Egyptian themed bedroom seem lighter if you painted the walls with darker colors. You can also scatter smaller rugs decorated with Egyptian motifs.

Motifs

Egyptian home decor has several recurring motifs that can include the following:

Ankh – An ancient hieroglyph for “life,” the ankh is called “crux ansata” or “cross with a handle” in Latin. It looks like a cross with a loop at the top.

Eye of Horus – Horus was the Egyptian god of the sky, and he was often depicted as a falcon. The Eye of Horus was a symbol of good health, protection, and power. Ancient Egyptians often used the Eye of Horus in amulets.

Sphinx – The Sphinx is a creature that appears in both Egyptian and Greek mythology, and it has a human head and a lion’s body. While the Greek Sphinx was malicious, the Egyptian Sphinx was a benevolent guardian that protected temples and tombs. The ancient Egyptians made enormous statues of the Sphinx near such places. The Great Sphinx of Giza is both the largest and best-known example.

Hieroglyphics – The ancient Egyptians used hieroglyphics, which evolved from their art, as their writing system. As with Asian writing, the symbols represented words or concepts rather than sounds. Researchers have identified about 1,000 characters.

Cats- The Egyptians worshipped many gods, and one of them was a protective deity called Bastet. She was often depicted as a woman with a cat’s head, and cats were sacred to her.

King Tut – Tutankhamen (1341 – 1323 BC) is arguably the best-known Egyptian pharaoh or ruler. He owes much of that fame to his impressive tomb and death mask which the English archaeologist Howard Carter found in 1922.

A lot of Egyptian art depicts the gods, the pharaohs, and the symbols associated with them. It is stylized and follows certain conventions. Important figures like gods or pharaohs will be larger than those of lower status. A god or human’s shoulders will always be turned towards the viewer. If they are seen from the side, one foot will be in front of the other.

Furniture

Avoid anything that looks too modern or is light-colored. Pick pieces made of dark wood. The bed should either be a four-poster that can support a canopy, or it should be low to the floor. Most people use silk or Egyptian cotton in their Egyptian themed bedrooms, and they use the fabrics as window draping, bed linen, or a canopy. Make sure the window draping and the bed linens work well together. At least one authority recommends using a simple design on the bed to avoid competing with the accessories and keep the room from looking too busy.

Chairs should have high backs and ornate carving. Side tables can have column-like legs or supports that resemble sitting cats or other animals.

Accents/Accessories

You have a lot of options for Egyptian home decor ranging from paintings to cat statues to throw pillows. It will be very easy to get carried away and use too much, and the result will be a cluttered room.

The ancient Egyptians painted on papyrus, and many places sell replicas of such paintings. The pharaohs and gods were popular subjects, and the paintings were often accompanied by hieroglyphics. The painting below depicts a pharaoh being prepared for his trip to the afterlife before his grieving wife and daughter.

Image Source: wikimedia.org

If your budget doesn’t allow you to buy a new bed or a replica of a sarcophagus for your Egyptian themed bedroom, here you can still get a few throw pillows or sphinx statues. You can also dress up your current bed in the Egyptian manner by buying sheets made from Egyptian cotton, which is considered the world’s best cotton. Just stick with your color scheme and pick a suitable motif for your Egyptian themed bedroom.