9+ Fairytale Interiors in the Real World

Fairy tales are my favourite stories.

You can probably tell that I’ve dedicated my whole lifestyle blog on fairytales. So it’s no surprise that I’m putting together this post that showcases real interiors and living spaces that remind me of fairytales that we love so much. From cute girly bedrooms to gothic and dark corners that are ominous, you’ll find it all below and I’ll explain exactly why it reminds me of the tales that we continue to pass on from generation to generation.

A Fairytale Bedroom fit for a Princess

Photography by Alina Ghost at LivingEtc House Tours

This bedroom is light and bright and has numerous shades of pink to accentuate the femininity of the space. To me, it seems like a princesses room; fit for a queen in fact. It has gorgeous and unique fairy lights and tonnes of floral pictures in frames to bring you back to nature. Imagine yourself singing ‘one day my prince will come’ as you get cosy under the covers, feeling majestic.

Tip to copy: Add velvet and silk cushions in a pop of colour to a white space and find quirky fairy lights to suit your bed frame.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Photo from Instagram by @teawithruby

A dining room with decaying branches might not seem to be appealing at first but it’s ominous, yet mysterious, sense makes you want to delve in deeper into its tale. Much like a dark fairy tale, this room ooozes with imperfections that lure you in. Did you notice that mirror on the wall yet? It’s far from glam as it’s covered with marks. Similarly to a lot of antagonists within our favourite stories, they began whole but somewhere along the way they got tarnished.

Tip to copy: Look for items with a rough edge, like an antique picture frame or a distressed piece of furniture, and subtly add these into your interior design.

Living Room for the Ice Queen

Photo from Instagram by @slow_design

It’s true that there’s nothing better than escaping the cold by starting to read a new book. The chill outside and the snow beyond the luscious lounge reminds me of the Ice Queen. It’s beautiful, yet deadly. The textures within however will be sure to make you never get up from the sofa again. The book too will be no different as your mind and heart will be captured within its pages.

Tip to copy: Add tactile textures, such as knitted throws, fluffy cushions and embroidered home furnishings to add a warm and luscious finish to the space. 

Be Our Guest in the Open Plan Kitchen

This modern open plan space looks like a fantastic area to entertain guests and family. Just like within the tale of Beauty & the Beast when Belle was taken care of by the castle’s enchanted surroundings, you too can enjoy company and a supper that’s unforgettable.

Tip to copy: Apart from a spacious and seamless place that merges a number of rooms, you can add off-white furniture to create a bright place.

The Sink of Cinderella’s Shadow

Photo from Instagram by @mademoisellepoirot

What a captivating, dark corner. It really brings to life the darkness of fairytales in my opinion and as it captures a sink and the raw brick wall it reminds me of Cinderella. Perhaps that’s what she saw her step mother’s house as – dark, gloomy but at the same time majestic.

Tip to copy: show off the brick wall and it’s beautiful shades for an industrial interior. Add gothic wall art to reflect the feel of the dark design too. 

Oriental Bedroom of Mystery

It fascinates me how every fairytale has many versions and nobody actually knows where most have originated. Although some tales can be pin-pointed to specific regions, lots of tales ventured from eastern areas of the world to the west and vice versa, morphing into what we read and know today. This room has the look of exploration and travel drawn all over it, literally, so it’s definitely one to admire.

Tip to copy: Add wall art, a mural or wallpaper to capture scenes from other countries that evoke your inquisitive self and hence inspire.

A Writer’s Writing Desk

Photo from Instagram by @jo_rodgers

It’s a desk for writers to envy. With an array of stacked books, it makes chaos desirable. I can imagine stories being written here and what’s most important is that I expect more tales to be written at this very spot.

Tip to copy: Cosy throws in a wicker basket subtly placed by a glamorous chair and distressed desk will create the perfect atmosphere for a writer’s inspiration.

Grandmother’s Stories by her Favourite Chair

Stories began by being passed on from generation to generation. Fairytales especially were told to children by parents and grandparents in a warm and friendly home. I feel that this lounge reflects exactly that with its cosy atmosphere, topped off by a checked throw and beautiful aromatic smells of lavender or rose. Of course, a cup of tea would never go amiss here either alongside a great fairy tale.

Tip to copy: Soft furnishings and scatter cushions make or break a living room but particular smells can transport us too, be it nostalgia or a memory trigger for something we’ve long forgotten.

The Room of Escapism

Although a contemporary and white room it has a great way to transport us with it’s ‘out of this world’ wall design. I can definitely see myself forgetting the real world in this reading corner and not putting down a story until it’s done. What I love most about fairytales is that you can read them again and again and each time I do I love them more.

Tip to copy: Add a wall design of a galaxy to remind us that there are plenty of other worlds out there that exist and into which we can be transported with our minds. 

Thank you so much for reading and be sure to come back as I pursue and add more fairy tale interiors in the real world.

What do you love most about fairytales? 



Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.


  • February 22, 2017

    five little doves

    Gorgeous interiors! I love the fairy tale bedroom, that is so pretty and looks so inviting!

  • February 22, 2017


    Great collection of images.
    Loving the kitchen one

  • February 22, 2017


    Wow some gorgeous ideas here – I love the escapism them in particular so lovely!

  • February 22, 2017


    What beautiful inspiring ideas. Please come redesign my house. I’ve hit stalemate with our rooms, and really need it all changed. Fabulous ideas here.

  • February 22, 2017

    Welsh Cakes and Wellies

    I wish my place looked half as good as these stunning interiors, I love the open plan kitchen and the writing desk and the fairy bedroom …. I could go on!

  • February 22, 2017


    The room of escapism is just beautiful! I love seeing all these rooms <3

  • February 22, 2017

    Newcastle Family Life

    Some wonderful ideas. I have never really been into interiors but since moving before Christmas I can’t wait to make over the house. Love the writing desk x

  • February 22, 2017


    What beautiful interor ideas i love the fairytail bedroom the most

  • February 23, 2017

    Ella Ivoire

    I’m moving to a new house soon, so this comes really handy for inspiration. I think I’m spending waaay too much time on Pinterest looking at interior pictures but I can’t help myself. It’s just all so pretty!

  • February 23, 2017


    I do love an open plan kitchen. We spend most of our time in ours. Just wish it was open planned

  • February 23, 2017


    I love all of these rooms. I can just imagine them all in my house now!! They are all beautiful 🙂

  • February 23, 2017


    The open plan kitchen definitely gets my vote. I love the space.

  • February 24, 2017


    the interiors are gorgeous, maybe once the kids leave home I can have a white room LOL

  • February 25, 2017


    These are stunning ideas x

  • April 11, 2017


    I absolutely love the room of escapism I’d love to see the whole thing. If there’s a big window in there the atlas fabric from https://www.curtainscurtainscurtains.co.uk/made-to-measure-curtains.html would make amazing made to measure curtains in this room.

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