For avid trophy hunters, a stellar trophy room is a must-have. This is a space to showcase your prizes and relive your hunts and adventures with others through stories and visuals. Here are some tips to help you make the most out of your trophy room:
- Measure your trophy room: Knowing the exact square footage and wall height of your trophy room let’s you figure out how many mounts you can fit inside without overcrowding. But not only do you need to measure the inside of your room, it’s also important to measure the doorway opening to the room. This is especially necessary for when you decide to have full-size animal mounts made—like life-size bear, deer, mountain lions and large safari animals—so you’ll know they can fit through the door.
- Display a variety of mount and game types: Unless you own a huge home, you only have one trophy room. Ideally, the room will be a good balance of mount types in different poses—head, shoulder, in-flight, life-size—and a variety of animal species—big game, small mammals, birds, fish. You might also want to include taxidermy rugs and pieces that hang from the ceiling to add more contrast.
- Personalize your trophy room: It’s your room, so decorate as you please. Some ways you can personalize your trophy room include creating a theme based on the types of animal species you hunt or the places where you like to hunt. In addition to the taxidermy you display, you can really express your personal style through the inclusion of specific textures, colors and accents.
- Incorporate furniture and art: Continuing on from personalizing your trophy room, the aforementioned textures, colors and accents can also appear in the form of furniture and art. Examples might include a natural looking wood table to represent a particular country you hunted in, colorful tapestries that make your mounts pop or a centerpiece made of a pair of gigantic horns. You can even collect a few accents and furnishings that follow the theme of your room. For example, if your theme is animals from Africa, then incorporate some other African artifacts.
- Be inspired: Whether you are just starting a trophy room or looking to redo the one you have, take the time to hunt for decorating, setup and arrangement ideas. There are many places to pull inspiration from. Look on Pinterest, in magazines and on room decorating blogs, or even check out what your friends’ trophy rooms look like.
- Arrange for visual appeal: You might have quite a collection of mounts, which you don’t want to cram haphazardly into one area. Once you’ve compiled decorating ideas, don’t rush putting your room together. First, envision what you want the space to look like, and then draw possible layouts on paper. Start putting it all together when you’re happy with a mount arrangement idea.
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