Over the (Big) Top: Grown-Up Circus Style at Home

Over the (Big) Top: Grown-Up Circus Style at Home

Taryn Williford
Jan 13, 2016
(Image credit: Stephen Shubel)

Anyone looking to give their home some serious drama... well, you need look no further. The answer is right here in these seven theatrical spaces. Each one takes their style cues from the spectacular and mysterious world of the circus.

Browse along for inspiration, then bring the look home. Some key elements? Marquee lights, high-contrast vertical stripes and tenting (whether its real or the trompe l'oeil version).

Above: A trippy paint treatment in the bathroom of designer Stephen Shubel.

(Image credit: Maxwell Ryan)

Full-scale marquee lights dominate this Cisco Brothers scene from High Point Market.

(Image credit: Rozalynn Woods)

A bedroom decked out in striped fabric from Rozalynn Woods.

(Image credit: John Sutton)

This houseboat from photographer John Sutton belongs to a former Barnum & Bailey executive.

(Image credit: Tracy Murdock)

Even a beach house goes bold with trompe l'oeil tenting details in the entryway. From Tracy Murdock via Houzz.

(Image credit: Constance Gennari)

This one from The Socialite Family is, of course, a nursery, but it's done in a restrained, grown-up way that could apply to any adult room.

(Image credit: Dwell)

A simple room from Dwell with one crazy fun detail: A real swinging trapeze.

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