- Mardi Gras masks can also double as festive home decorations.party masks image by Jake Hellbach from Fotolia.com
Decorating a room or home in true New Orleans style can be a jazzy way to add a little bit of the New Orleans’ Cajun flair to your house. If you're game for trying out this type of décor, incorporate some easy New Orleans-inspired ideas to add a little Creole flavor to your home.
Mardi Gras Beads
- If you’ve attended the world-renowned Mardi Gras in New Orleans, you might have an excess of sparkly beads on your hands. Use those beads to decorate with if you're looking to recreate the magic of Mardi Gras in your home.
Fill glass vases with them and use as centerpieces. Additionally, you can intertwine beads to make a cute beaded curtain. Or, simply hang the beads from mirrors and frames around the house. If you've never been to Mardi Gras, you can usually find these types of beads at party or costume stores.
New Orleans Color Scheme
- If you want classic New Orleans color, try painting a room in purple, yellow and green, the traditional Mardi Gras colors. New Orleans style is characteristically bold, so don’t be afraid of combining these three opposing colors, as they dynamically embody New Orleans flair.
- Music is an instrumental player in New Orleans, a city known for its funky jazz. Try decorating with a musical theme.
Cut out and paint musical notes from cardboard and hang them along your walls, or paint tiny musical notes along your trim. Look around for musical note patterns and fabrics to decorate with, as well.
- Try a spicy kitchen theme to represent the Cajun spice of New Orleans. You can do bowls of peppers as centerpieces; use fake peppers from a craft store to make long-lasting centerpieces. Alternatively, purchase fake green vines and glue fake peppers to them for a festive garland. Collect and display hot sauce bottles along one wall to add to your kitchen’s spicy new look. Walls can be painted with red or green trim.
Mardi Gras Masks
- Mardi Gras masks are another bountiful item you can find in New Orleans that can add some artsy beauty to a room. Head to any local tourist shop in the city and you can find plenty of these, or go online and order some in bulk. Select a particular wall just for the mask display, or you can hang the masks in a hallway.
- New Orleans is a very historic city, as are most of its buildings. When designing a room with a New Orleans theme, try to stick with vintage décor like old light fixtures, think iron chandeliers, or even Gothic candleholders. You can even paint light fixtures, like ceiling fans, with rustic-looking gold or silver paint to give them that vintage look.