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Get the Look: Indoor Camping Kitsch

Camping is one of my favorite Summertime activities, and ever since I came across this adorable Campfire Tealight (below right) the other day, I've been obsessed with creating a decorating theme that brings the spirit of camping indoors.

There are definitely right and wrong ways to incorporate camping gear into your decor: A friend whose college living room consisted only of two fold-up camping chairs and a TV comes to mind. And I'm certainly not suggesting that you curl up every night in a sleeping bag. But done right, this would be a very cute look for a sitting room, office, or sun room. Here's how to get it.

The Palette: You'll want plenty of woodsy hues, including dark brown and forest green, balanced with lighter earth tones like sage green and khaki.

The walls: To recreate the comfy feeling of being surrounded by nature, try a kitschy Morning Forest Wall Mural, or pair an earth-toned paint shade with rustic accents that echo tree branches.

For the rest of your indoor camping essentials,

The furniture: Supplement regular furniture with pieces that evoke camping gear. Canvas-covered cots and fold-up chairs would be fun, as would a hammock for snoozing.

The lighting: Find table lamps that resemble or re-purpose camping lanterns — like this adorable Camping Lantern Lamp that I'm crazy about.

Accents: Here's the place where you can really have fun with campfire-motif tchotchkes like the tealight above. Also, consider mixing real camping gear, like enamelware dishes, with retro relics like Campfire Girl patches, pictures from old guidebooks, and nostalgic Summer camp photos.

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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 10 years
I'm not a big fan of anything kitchy or themed. I think that is a look better suited to kids rooms. It's not adult looking enough for my tastes.
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
i love camping and outdoorsy stuff, but i can't say i like any of this. what about a tree that is painted on a wall or made out of something similar to wood-look and then the branches go on the ceiling and sort of hang down and could have little lights in it or something to make you feel like you're outside...maybe a seating area on the floor below it with a faux or real fireplace nearby?
Nan-Einhart Nan-Einhart 10 years
This is the only kind of camping I would do!! I have fake log pillows from Anthropologie in my never used fireplace. They are fun and they make people laugh.
vienvien vienvien 10 years
Nay...never will this kind of stuff shall surround me my habitation. It grew out of fear when once I lived in a friend's house where I slept on a pull-out sofa bed in their den. The den was decorated w/ his father's fondness for hunting and camping paraphernalia like a deer's head, a bear's head, statues of birds (that are real birds but preserved to be figurines), real leopard skin carpet, etc. And all those creepy creatures were looking down on me while I was trying to get some sleep. Eeeekkkk...so scary and from there on , I 'd swear I'd never never never sleep or be around with that type of surrounding ever again
angeldevilwings angeldevilwings 10 years
I'm really not the woodsy type. Great to look at but not for me.
kellyanne kellyanne 10 years
I love the lamp, I thought that it would look adorable in my vintage '58 trailer. But $225? That's craziness!
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
That lamp is pure redneck fugness, but I love that tealight!! Very kitschy.
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I wouldn't really want it in my house, but the tealight is really cute!
jhuck jhuck 10 years
It's stuff I could decorate my camp with! Sweet!
mizlynz mizlynz 10 years
I want that tealight! That is SO cute!
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