How to create a circus theme

The circus is very much in town as we look at the cutest trend to thrill and captivate your little entertainers

Roll up, roll up for the greatest bedroom on Earth! If you are looking for an adorable new theme for your child’s room, then look no further than the circus.

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Designers have fallen head-over-heels in love with everything from bold striped wallpaper to clown-printed pillows and pom poms – all perfect for children’s rooms, and all arriving in shops in December 2012. Circus, with its riot of colour and sound, is a perfect seasonal theme. So get inspired and before you know it there will be a little bit of the exciting Big Top in your home, too.


The limited edition ‘Mr Moustache’ mobile (above left) is full of vintage Barnum wit. Designed by Jall & Tofta, it’s manufactured in Germany at a centre dedicated to the rehabilitation of disabled people, with the goal of introducing them into the work place. £24.95.

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Quirky creations

‘The circus is a place of magic, theatre, fantasy and thrills. It inspires strong feelings and makes us dream,’ says designer Camilla Koerschen, one of two designers whose Danish fair trade brand Lucky Boy Sunday has international shops stumbling over each other to stock their circus-inspired creature cushions and harlequin alpaca blankets. Coveted by both children and adults, their quirky creations bring a poetic and artistic sensibility to any child’s room.

LouLou pure alpaca-knit cushion, £86, Lucky Boy Sunday at

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Artistic licence

With it's hot colours and cool motifs, a circus theme works for any child's room. So it's great for mums-to-be who who don't want to find out the sex of their baby, but do want the nursery decorated before he/she arrives.

Bobby blanket grape pure alpaca throw, £27,

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Garlands galore

Bribe the tallest person you know to fix garlands or bunting in coloured stripes from the outside of your room to the centre, working around your space by pinning each strip of bunting about a foot apart before pulling them into the middle to create a
mini Big Top you can fall asleep under.

Paper balls garland kit, £24,

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Little circus

For the smallest of circus fans, take a ringside seat at Mothercare and check out their cute Little Circus range, with everything from this Moses basket and mobile, to wall stickers and a potty. With all you need to create a mini Big Top, your tot will be on their way to becoming a little performer.

Little Circus mobile, £20,

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Burp boutique

New mum Kate Ellis' Burp! Boutique stocks this adorable troupe of circus characters by hot new toy brand stuff. Choose from elephant, ringmaster, clown and lion, then let the show begin...

From £12,

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Star room

If you want to slap one thing on your Pinterest website circus storyboard, it is pictures of the room American interior designer Kate Dixon created for her son. See how old pallets become custom-made furniture and an upturned vintage ice bucket is painted to look like a ringmaster’s podium. The Ferris wheel also gives him plenty of space for his booty…


Written by Lucy Ryder Richardson


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