What Is Whimsical Decor?

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Whimsical decor has been trending on Pinterest and for good reason.  Several popular design styles use some of the same hallmarks as whimsical decor.

But, what is whimsical decor exactly?  In this post, we’ll define whimsical decor and talk about the key elements that often appear in this design style.

whimsical bedroom

What Is Whimsical Decor?

The whimsical decor style uses a playful mix of colors, textures, patterns, interior styles, and home decor. Whimsical interior decorating unpredictably arranges decor and furniture without adhering to rigid decorating standards.  

It often features lighthearted decorative accents such as a painting of dogs playing poker, or animals riding a multi-seater bicycle.

Rich colors, bold walls, and patterns are a hallmark of the style. A mix and match of furniture, patterns, and decorative accessories much like the eclectic decor style is prevalent within whimsical interiors.

There is no skimping on decor when it comes to whimsical interiors. This style leans much more maximalist than minimalist in its adornments.

whimsical decor - living room

Adjacent Interior Design Styles

Several interior design styles use whimsy.  Bohemian, eclectic, maximalist, grand millennial, cottage core utilizes a playful mix of textures, colors, and patterns.

Design collections like Opalhouse with Jungalo by Justina Blakeney and Mistiana or Mack and Milo from Wayfair are great places to find whimsical decor.  Studio 350 at Overstock/Bed Bath and Beyond is another brand worth checking out if you’re looking for uncommon, creative decor accents.

Whimsical decor - colorful dining room

Patterns, Prints, and Colors

Bright vibrant colors such as pink, blue, green, aqua, teal, and magenta are often found within whimsical decor.

They are often incorporated into busy prints and mixed and matched patterns.

However, whimsical decor does not exclusively use bright, playful colors.  There are dark whimsical interiors as well. 

whimsical bedroom with lots of prints and patterns


When it comes to textures, whimsical decor often splashes around dainty, intricate fabrics like lace, long carefree fibers like shag, and fluid textural features like fringe.

whimsical bedroom with floral wallpaper

Famous Examples

Here’s a look at a few famous examples of whimsical interiors from television and movie sets.

To All The Boys I Loved Before

whimsical decor - bedroom from "To All The Boys I Loved Before"
whimsical decor - bedroom from "To All The Boys I Loved Before"
whimsical decor - bedroom from "To All The Boys I Loved Before"

The School for Good and Evil

whimsical decor - "The School for Good and Evil"
whimsical decor - "The School for Good and Evil"

Limmeny Snickets a Series of Unfortunate Events

whimsical decor - "Limmeny Snickets a Series of Unfortunate Events"
whimsical decor - "Limmeny Snickets a Series of Unfortunate Events"

Whimsical and Opulent – Great Gatsby

Key Features of Whimsical Decor

When attempting to create a whimsical interior decorating style, always remember, that there are no hard and fast rules by which to adhere.  This style is playful, fun, unexpected, and unrigid.

That being said, some common elements often appear in this style’s interiors.

Wall Decor

Gallery walls, murals, wallpaper, accent walls, living walls, or garden walls.


Footstools, ottomans, egg chairs, swings, hammocks, wingback chairs, antiques, and sculptural furniture.

BedBathandBeyond.com – Black Metal Handmade One-of-a-Kind Reclaimed Motorcycle Bar with Light Up Headlights and Taillights


Chandeliers, wall sconces, candelabras.


Hanging plants, potted plants indoors and outdoors, garden walls.


Heavy floral prints, bright colors, layering rugs.

Home Accessories

Canopy, drapery, sculptural wall art, gallery walls, painted fireplaces, libraries or bookshelves, bird cages.

BedBathandBeyond.com – Gold Aluminum Textured Mushroom Accent Table with Glass Tabletop

Outdoor Decor

Lanterns, patterned path, and garden lights, colored lights, string lights, painted fence.


In conclusion, whimsical decor offers a refreshing departure from conventional design norms, embracing a playful and eclectic mix of colors, textures, patterns, and furniture. 

This style allows for endless creativity and personal expression, making it a favorite among those who appreciate a lively and imaginative home environment. 

By incorporating elements from various adjacent design styles such as bohemian, eclectic, and maximalist, whimsical decor creates a unique and vibrant space that is both fun and inviting.

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