Forget the foam fingers, bright signs, and tacky team decor. Whether its you or your spouse that wants to adorn the house in team spirit, you can do it tastefully and while still upholding a respectable style by following these simple tips.
|This room screams team in all the wrong ways. |
Lets try to avoid this, shall we?
2. Incorporate subtle accents into your existing space that represent either a team color, player, coach, or an ode to stadium. A throw blanket (or two) that represents one (or the second) color of the team can be easily worked into a room without throwing off any working color scheme. A framed photo of the coach, player, ticket, or stadium can be an accent on your bookshelf. A game ball, token from a game, or even a bobble head could work as a bookend. Coasters, picture frames, dish towels, or a single pillow can all be subtle nods to your favorite team. The idea is to use them thoughtfully and sparingly to keep the tribute subtle. Too many of these objects or too blatant of a display will make your room look like shrine.
|These Crate & Barrel throws are a great |
way to bring in your team's colors.
|This vintage ice bucket from To Hell in a Handbag Shop on Etsy |
is a fun and subtle way to show your love of golf.
3. Adorn your walls with a images and objects of your team to create a gallery wall. This is a great way to contain the love by concentrating a large quantity of memorabilia into a controlled space. A gallery wall can be as small or as large as you want and can showcase your own photographs, others art or photos, game-day tickets, players cards, and great vintage items.
|You can use both images and items to create a great gallery wall.|
|Gallery walls work well in any place!|
Silhouette pillow from ElsaBeta Shop on Etsy
|Letter Pillows from Jonathan Adler can easily be|
customized to represent your team's initials and color.
So go ahead and invite your team into your home without compromising your home's style. And keep these additional tips in mind when shopping for and incorporating team spirit into your decor...
Vintage items are a great way to show your love for the team because people tend to "respect" vintage items over newer items. This work for you because they won't automatically pin you as a die-hard fan... and a tacky one at that. There are tons of vintage posters, postcards, souvenirs, or even vintage "how to play the game" books that you can use in your home (use them as a whole on your bookshelf or take out and frame individual pages). Check out local garage sales, antique shops, and online shops like Ebay and Etsy.
|This great print from a 1940's dictionary would be an |
awesome addition to a boxing fan's collection.
More sports available from Folie Dujour Shop on Etsy
|Jessica Morgan's photo of Dodger Stadium|
|Photo of Busch Stadium by Gemini Complex on Etsy|
|This image of stadium seats could be a great "generic" image to |
round out your own gallery wall or collection.
By HHHillaryyy on Etsy
Frame your items to make it look more thought out. Rather than tacking up a team photo to your wall or flag (al a my husband... and hanging these things crooked I must add) frame it, hang it straight, and add to it (thats right I said 'add to it') to make it into a gallery wall.
|This collection of team pennants could have looked like a huge mess, |
but grouped together and framed make a great impact on a space.
To sum it all up... Use your pieces thoughtfully and sparingly to create a tasteful tribute to your team, and let the colors inspire you rather than dictate you. Remember, you can still represent the team while also representing stylish interiors.