For parents of a budding fireman, decorating a bedroom or nursery in a firefighter theme doesn’t have to be a financial emergency.

Creativity comes to the rescue when designing a firefighter theme bedroom or nursery. Parents can follow these tips to keep a fireman theme from burning through their budget.

Start by Decorating the Walls of the Fireman Theme Bedroom

There’s certainly a wide array of wallpaper and paste on mural choices to complement firefighter themes for a nursery or bedroom, but many parents opt for the less expensive coat of paint. Primary colors work well for this theme. Red fire engine accents will stand out brilliantly against a blue wall.

Parents who want to lighten up the room can use a fire engine wallpaper border to divide the wall midway down. They can paint the bottom half blue and the top half white with black Dalmatian spots.

Once the walls are covered, parents can use craft paints to add murals of fire engines, hydrants, blazing flames, firemen dowsing a fire, and adorable Dalmatian puppies. Peel and stick wall decals are another attractive option to help parents liven up the fireman theme room.

Bedding, Window Treatments, and Rugs for the Fireman Theme Nursery or Bedroom

For parents who want to go all out with the firefighter theme in their toddler’s bedroom, there are a number of fire engine beds that can Wisk their little guy off to dreamland each night. And of course, fire engine beds are often available second hand for bargain hunters at yard sales, in local papers, or on Craig’s List.

Fire hydrant toy boxes, firehouse bookshelves, and a host of other fireman theme furniture are available from several manufacturers, but the cost of theme furniture adds up quickly. Parents on a budget might consider the more affordable option of dressing up existing furniture with fun fireman accents.

Many bed and crib set manufacturers offer fireman theme bedspreads, sheets, bumper pads, curtains and even area rugs. For parents who decided to save money and skip the theme furniture, these quilts and spreads are an equally attractive means of tying the theme together.

For do-it-yourself decorators who save by not purchasing every piece coordinating with the bed set, curtains and spreads can be made from a host of fun firefighter fabrics. If the room has a hardwood floor, any area rug in primary colors should fit nicely and be reusable with other themes.

Decorating a Fireman Theme Nursery or Bedroom

Dalmatians are a key accent to any fireman theme bedroom or nursery. Oversized stuffed puppies look great draped across the rocking chair or bed.

Parents can give the firefighter theme room a punch of color by suspending a ladder painted bright yellow along the wall. Parents can post sticky hooks on the ladder to hang fireman jackets, boots, and hats. Inexpensive firefighting costumes for kids can be found just before or after Halloween. Birthday party supply stores are also a great place to find cheap fireman hats and décor. Posters are another inexpensive way to bring more fire engines into the bedroom or nursery.

For fun, parents can find a cheap set of walky-talkies for calling their child out to rescue the family cat or just down to dinner. They can learn fireman lingo together such as 10-12 (a visitor’s coming) or “Copy that” (I understand the message).

Higher shelves are a great place to decorate with toy fire stations, Dalmatian figurines, toy fire trucks, and storybooks. Parents can choose books whose covers depict heroic fireman and set them covers facing outward. Decorating with books is an inexpensive way they can instill a love of reading early.

Parents can personalize the room by visiting a fire station with the family and asking to take pictures of the child by a fire engine or with a firefighter. Firemen are usually more than happy to give kids a tour if parents call ahead. Of course, framed pictures of the child in a fireman suit or at a fireman theme birthday party are also perfect accents for the wall. Touches like these make the room feel special and fill it with happy memories.