So I was recently searching through some old drafts we have on our site of posts and pages that were never finished, or given up on, and I found some from just over a year ago that I thought I would resurrect and finally post. As you can probably guess from the title, it’s Harry Potter inspired room decoration ideas! Okay okay, I know it’s not the more interesting or original thing to write about, but some of the ideas I came up with/found aren’t too bad and someone somewhere might find use for them. I’ve completely rewritten what I originally had as they were written very badly before and I was slightly embarrassed by them, but here they are!
Of course, there are Harry Potter Décor Ideas plastered all over the internet, most of them repeats of the same stuff. One of these more popular ideas is Potion Jars. They’re a fairly simple DIY project that doesn’t cost a lot and can add a really nice touch. The first step is to find some glass jars. These can be bought from lots of places, but recycling old jam jars or jars from other foods you might have lying around is a really great idea. Now you have your jar, find something to go in it. To make a potion, some water and food colouring will be effective. Just put them in, screw the lid on tight, give it a shake and ta-da! Instant potion. Of course there are also other things you could put in – glitter as floo powder maybe, or miscellaneous potions ingredients made from pieces of string or buttons. Perhaps you could keep in with recent trends and use some slime. And that’s as complicated as it gets! Find a place to put them, arrange in the most aesthetically pleasing way and bam, instant Harry Potter theme.
Another idea that seems to be everywhere is quotes. They can add a nice touch to the room and could be very subtly Harry Potter, they don’t necessarily have to say “HOGWARTS” in massive writing. Quotes can be displayed in a number of ways – perhaps in a photo frame or hung as a poster. I’ve seen large wall decals of Harry Potter quotes too – try amazon or etsy if you’re looking for one of these. Of course, sticking things on your wall isn’t always the best idea, so definitely check with a parent/guardian/landlord before doing this! Some nice quotes to have around the place could be “Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light”, “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live” or “For in dreams, we enter a world that is entirely our own” (I though the dream quotes could be suitable for a bedroom?).
An idea I had when writing the original post was to have a map on the wall. An old black and white map – more of a floorplan really – could be a nice piece of artwork to have on your wall and a nod towards the Marauders Map. If you wanted to go all out, you could even draw little footprints around the map, or print of an actual copy of the Marauders Map off the internet. Just google image search it and there’s plenty to chose from.
A perhaps less-subtle thing is hanging winged keys from your ceiling. Just draw some wings on white paper, cut them out, stick them onto some keys (you can order cheap fake ones of amazon or etsy) and tie some string to them, then hang them from the ceiling! It’s quite simple but also can look really nice. If you’re reluctant or unable to hang them from the ceiling itself, you could perhaps do some DIY and build a sort of baby-mobile thing to hang them from.
A smaller cute thing would be to write “Lumos” and “Nox” onto the light switch. It’s only a little thing, but it can help to add that little touch of magic to the room. A non-permanent way to do this would be to use letter stickers that could be peeled off at a later date when not wanted.
The best thing about being a Gryffindor here is all the house merchandise available. Almost everything Harry Potter related comes in red and gold. Take advantage of this and display some around your room to show off your house pride! If looking for some heap and affordable merch, try amazon and etsy, although primark do some good Harry Potter stuff too! DIY-ing it would be great too. Hang up a red scarf to make a Gryffindor banner, or hand-draw a poster to hang on the wall. As far as house pride goes, the possibilities are almost endless.
Of course, a bold way to say “I am a Gryffindor” would be a red theme. Perhaps you’d enjoy having a room painted entirely in bright red, but if that’s not your style then there are plenty of other options too. If red’s not your thing, try pink or orange, or even yellow to represent the gold. Or if you’d prefer a more simplistic and less in-your-face look, you could perhaps go for white with red accents. This could be provided through red curtains, a red rug or even a red plant pot.
So just like Gryffindor, I feel as though a Slytherin is stereotypically very proud of their house (and let’s be real for a moment, if you’re decorating your room with a Harry Potter theme, I’m guessing you are too), so the same goes for Slytherin in terms of displaying your house. Although there’s not as much Slytherin merch as there is Gryffindor, there’s still a large abundance of it out there, and it doesn’t have to be strictly Harry Potter, anything green will too. Perhaps some green bunting could add a nice touch. Bunting is quite easy to make too, all you need is some paper and a length of string, and some pens or other decorating materials as you see fit. First, cut the paper into triangles, and decorate as you wish. If you have 9 flags, you could put one letter from the word Slytherin on each and have them spell it out! Once decorate, take the wider end of the triangle and fold it over. How much you fold depends on how big the flags are, but about a centimetre (or half an inch) would be a good amount. Then hook these over the string and voila, you’re done! If you want to make it more secure then you could use sticky-tape to secure the fold on the back.
Also as with Gryffindor, if you can incorporate some green into your room that’d be great. Painting all the walls in dark green might not be the nicest-looking decision (although to each their own), but perhaps a lighter-green feature wall, or green accents here and there would be nice. I also feel as though a good theme for Slytherin would be dark wood. Maybe it’s just me? But I just feel as though dark wood gives off a very dungeon/Slytherin common room-esque vibe.
I personally also feel as though a Slytherin-themed room wouldn’t have lots of irrelevant clutter. Maybe you like to have lots of things on display, but you could try narrowing it down to only the important things that you’re most proud of being on display, and the rest of the clutter tidily packed away somewhere.
Okay, so you can probably guess what the first thing on this list is going to be. Yup, you got it: books. Listen, it’s not my decision, but the stereotype of a Ravenclaw is that they like reading, so if you fit into that then embrace it! Display your books proudly around your room. In my personal opinion, you can never have too many bookshelves, but perhaps that’s just me.
Following on from bookshelves, just shelves in general are good. Have some empty space? Why not fill it up with some small miscellaneous items, perhaps a favourite mug or a photo frame? I always imagine a Ravenclaw’s room to be packed with stuff, not necessarily relevant or useful, but perhaps just pretty and nice to look at.
My next idea is to do with skills. Do you have a particular skill or hobby, something you enjoy doing? If yes, then why not dedicate a corner of your room to it? If you play a musical instrument, you could put your music stand in the corner and pile up your music around it. If you’re into astronomy, you could put a telescope near your window and hang up some astronomical charts on the wall around it. If you’re a particularly skilled knitter, you could put a comfy chair surrounded by balls of wool in the corner and stick up some knitting patterns on the wall around it. Whatever it is you’re good at or enjoy doing, embrace it and proudly display it in the room!
Of course, the first thing that springs to mind is yellow. Perhaps all-yellow walls might be a bit in-your-face, but it’s easy enough to add yellow accents here and there. A yellow cushion cover or some yellow curtains could add some nice bright touches to the room.
Speaking of bright, that’s what I personally think a Hufflepuff room would be. If your room is a bit dark, find a lamp somewhere or use a new lightbulb to brighten it up. A cute way to bring some more light in could be fairy-lights. Hung on the walls, draped along shelves or wrapped around the end of a bed could look really nice. Although, of course, be careful with where you’re putting them and how you’re twisting them as it’s all very well them looking nice but if they’re not safe then they’re not good.
A stereotype of Hufflepuffs is that they love Herbology and plants, so if you have green fingers and don’t kill every plant you own (unlike me) then why not have some plants in there? Cacti especially are very cute (and currently quite fashionable) but there are all sorts of cool plants you could display if you’re wanting something interesting and different. Some of my personal favourites are snake plants (sansevieria trifasciata), bonsai trees (pinus thunbergii) and peace lilies (spathiphyllum).
What always springs to mind when I think of a Hufflepuff-themed room is cosiness. If you can, why not get lots of snuggly cushions and warm blankets? They can look nice as well as being really practical when you need warmth, and are just really nice to have in general.
Pictures of family and friends to remind you of your favourite people and favourite memories are also a good thing to display. Stereotypically, Hufflepuffs are very family- and friend-orientated people so perhaps display little things that remind you of them, such as photos, drawings, or other little trinkets that have fond memories attached to them.
Finally, scented candles can also add a nice touch. Nowadays, you can get candles that smell of anything (I feel like I’m saying this a lot, but just check amazon or etsy!). They can add a really nice touch to the room as well as making it smell wonderful. As with the fairy-lights though, be careful where you’re putting them and what you’re doing with them. If in any doubt then avoid lighting any – it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Of course, the list could go on. I could write paragraphs and paragraphs about Hedwig and Dobby teddies, or Hogwarts acceptance letters pinned to noticeboards, but I think I’m going to have to finish this blog post here as it’s almost the same length as an essay I wrote at school the other day worth 25% of my grade. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it, and maybe even found some inspiration for some of your own decoration. If there’s anything not mentioned here that you think is a great idea, why not head over to Instagram and comment it on this post? We’d love to hear your suggestions and ideas. Speaking of Instagram, if you have any questions or suggestions, or just want to talk, our DM’s are always open and we’re quite active over there!
Thanks again for reading, and bye!