Sparkle + Shine: Sophisticated Unicorn-Inspired Design

Add a little magic to your space.

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Once upon a time, we lived in a sad, sad world that reserved unicorn parties to little girls between the ages of five and 10. More tragic still — unicorn decor was restricted for the outfitting of little-lady bedrooms and nothing more. All that pretty pink, pastel purple, fresh mint and iridescent, sparkly goodness — appropriate only for the pig-tailed kiddos? C'est tragique!

PSA: The dark days are over. Unicorns are "in" right now — for everyone. Consider these horn-headed steeds the it-mystical-creature for SS17. (Go ahead, quote me on that.)

Banquette Breakfast Nook is Charming, Coastal

Banquette Breakfast Nook is Charming, Coastal

The walls of this coastal breakfast nook are painted a fresh white, Benjamin Moore's Swiss Coffee, highlighting the gray of the charming banquette bench. A natural oak stained table and dining chairs are paired with a white airy drum light for a modern touch. Designer Becki Owens ties the look together with the pink block print fabric of the window treatments and pink and neutral throw pillows.

We can't get enough of their innate iridescence, their unapologetic sparkle and that magical thing they've got going is such a mood boost, am I right? Adults are throwing all kinds of sparkly, unicorn-inspired soirees for bachelorette and birthdays alike. Starbucks is serving the masses with their creamy, cotton-candy-colored Unicorn Frappuccino (don't look at the sugar count). Now seems like as good as time as ever to take back unicorn decor and design while we're at it.

I'm here to prove that we can (and should!) milk this magical, mystical creature for all it's worth. The end goal? To create unicorn-inspired spaces that are sparkly and magical, and downright — dare I say? — sophisticated.

Pick Pastels

Soft, featherlight hues are key to executing the adult unicorn design. Opt for snowy white, pale pink, light lavender, mint or aqua to give your space a fresh, one of a kind look. Easily incorporate these hues via paint color, wallpaper or even glam furniture pieces.

Blush Velvet Sofa

Blush Velvet Sofa

Slub Velvet Leonelle Sofa

Photo by: Anthropologie

Anthropologie

Blush Velvet Sofa, $2,798, anthropologie.com

Gallop Bench

Gallop Bench

Photo by: CB2

CB2

White + Hoof Details! Gallop Bench, $599, cb2.com

Desert Blaze Rug

Desert Blaze Rug

Photo by: Lulu & Georgia

Lulu & Georgia

(Pastel-Painted) Desert Blaze Rug, $262+, luluandgeorgia.com

Cook Up Some Magic

Want pastel on a smaller scale? The kitchen is the perfect place to incorporate these fresh 'n' fun hues.

KitchenAid Lavender Stand Mixer

KitchenAid Lavender Stand Mixer

Photo by: Williams-Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer (Lavender), $349.95, williams-sonoma.com

Pastel Tea Spoons

Pastel Tea Spoons

Photo by: Anthropologie

Anthropologie

Pastel Tea Spoons Set, $32, anthropologie.com

Luster Latte Bowls

Luster Latte Bowls

Photo by: Anthropologie

Anthropologie

Luster Latte Bowl, $12, anthropologie.com

Le Creuset Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Le Creuset Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Photo by: Williams-Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma

Lovely Le Creuset Cast Iron, $149.95, williams-sonoma.com

Star Cluster Wine Glass

Star Cluster Wine Glass

Photo by: Anthropologie

Anthropologie

Star Cluster Wine Glass, $14, anthropologie.com

Luster + Light

Keep it bright, airy and beautiful with some glamorous lamps and light pieces.

Unicorn Lamp

Unicorn Lamp

Photo by: Target

Target

Unicorn Table Lamp, $33, target.com

Crystal Pendant

Crystal Pendant

Photo by: Lulu & Georgia

Lulu & Georgia

Brass Marjit Pendant, $174, luluandgeorgia.com

Iridescent Tea Light Holder

Iridescent Tea Light Holder

Photo by: CB2

CB2

Rainbow Iridescent Tea Light Holder, $7.95, cb2.com

Soft Landing

Go ahead, give a nod to this mystical steed's mane with ultra-fluffy throws throughout your space. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?

Blush Faux Fur Throw

Blush Faux Fur Throw

Photo by: Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

Faux Lamb Fur Blanket, $179, urbanoutfitters.com

Faux Fur Pillows

Faux Fur Pillows

Photo by: PB Teen

PB Teen

Fuzzy Fur Pillow Cover, $44+, pbteen.com

Iconic Touches

Not interested in subtleties? I hear you! These unicorn pieces will dress up your digs in a major way — without crossing the fine line between trendy and tacky. You're welcome.

Unicorn Mug

Unicorn Mug

Photo by: Anthropologie

Anthropologie

Magical Mug, $14, anthropologie.com

Brass Horseshoe

Brass Horseshoe

Photo by: West Elm

West Elm

Horseshoe, $10, westelm.com

Unicorn Print

Unicorn Print

Photo by: Etsy

Etsy

Printable, $5, etsy.com

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