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Are you looking for a new classroom theme to try for the new year? If so, I've collected the top classroom themes this school year and I'll show you gorgeous classrooms with these themes as well as some easy ways to incorporate them into your class this year.
This includes classroom theme ideas for gorgeous bulletin boards, reading nooks, fun classroom management ideas, organization ideas and even pretty teacher spaces! Get inspired by some amazing classrooms and learn how to transform your classroom into the space your students will love to come to every day.
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Here are some of the top themes I've seen this year.
Here are some themes that are always fun and never go out of style.
We'll explore all these and more in this post.
The retro look has been everywhere lately from our clothes, home décor and even our classrooms. I’ve been seeing a lot of teachers jumping on this trend and finding creative ways to add a 70’s vibe to their classroom.
If you love this style too then check out some ideas to incorporate it into your classroom.
One of the funniest parts of a retro theme is choosing the colors to work with. You can choose to use soft colors like Melanie from School Girl Style did here or a bolder color scheme would work great too.
All of the little details and fun decorations help bring this theme to life like the tassel garland, and the classroom door that’s on point and on theme.
Adding bar stools is an easy way to add another flexible seating option to your classroom. I love how the bar stools even fit in with the color scheme of the class. The retro posters with positive saying are one of my favorite parts of this room.
If you got inspired to add the retro theme to your learning space this year, then check out my favorite finds below to pull it off.
RETRO CLASSROOM THEME DÉCOR | WHERE TO FIND
ONE | 18 PIECE PAPER LANTERNS
THREE | 50 PIECE GROOVY WALL COLLAGE SET
FOUR | PERSONALIZED CLASSROOM SIGN
SIX | BE HAPPY HALL PASS
SEVEN | DAISY AND TASSEL GARLANDS
One of my favorite classroom decor themes that I'm seeing this year is the rainbow class theme. You could take this theme literally and have pictures of rainbows in the class or just the rainbow color scheme.
I love the idea of incorporating both together. You will see a lot of boho rainbows this year too, which I am also loving. I'll show you some ideas for that in this post too.
If you love the rainbow theme read on to discover how to incorporate it into your learning environment including bulletin boards, class décor, your organization and even your own teacher space.
An easy way to start a new theme is with bulletin boards. Below are some fun rainbow bulletin board ideas that are sure to brighten up your classroom.
You can’t go wrong with a rainbow bulletin board. It will be sure to add some color to your class!
This bulletin board is pretty and positive and would make a perfect addition to a rainbow themed classroom.
Check out my favorite finds below to create your own rainbow bulletin board in your classroom this year.
RAINBOW BULLETIN BOARD DÉCOR | WHERE TO FIND
ONE | RAINBOW SCALLOPS BORDER
TWO | RAINBOW ART SET OF 4
THREE | RAINBOW CONFETTI BORDER
FIVE | RAINBOW FELT PENNANT 5 PACK
SIX | GROWTH MINDSET POSTERS
EIGHT | BRIGHT PAPER GARLAND
NINE | COLORED PENCIL BORDER
Here's an easy, colorful display that you can create to show of your students’ works or art. Simply start with rainbow sheets of paper and clothespins then add a colorful border and you're ready for their masterpieces.
You can create a cozy rainbow reading nook in your class with a pretty rainbow rug and rainbow-colored book bins. What kid wouldn’t love to read here?
Here's an idea to add some rainbow décor to your tabletops. You could also create something similar for desk name plates.
There's something I love about organizing with rainbow colors. It is just visually satisfying, do you agree? Check out some of the best rainbow organizational ideas below and get inspired to try them in your class this year.
If you like these organization ideas you should also check out my post- Genius Teacher Cart Ideas for Your Classroom
This teacher created rainbow log in cards with students’ names. Who said organization can’t be pretty? Do you have a need for a key chain storage system like this? If so you can find similar colorful key chain storage here and here.
Below check out my favorite rainbow organization tools and where you can get them.
RAINBOW CLASSROOM ORGANIZATION | WHERE TO FIND
ONE | RAINBOW STORAGE BASKETS
TWO | KEY TAG HOLDER
THREE | SET OF 35 DRY ERASE POCKETS
SIX | 12 PACK PENCIL BASKETS
SEVEN | KEY TAG RACK
EIGHT | 20 DRAWER TEACHER CART
If you're loving the idea of rainbow classroom organization then check out this post, 83 Best Classroom Organization Ideas that has even more rainbow organization ideas.
This teacher used jumbo paddle pop sticks and rainbow washi tape to create these one-of-a-kind rainbow talking sticks!
If you really want to take it up a notch create your own personal teacher space to match your rainbow theme. This teacher created this space with all of her favorite items, pens, and pretty accessories as her spot to work. I think I could do some creative work there!
These are my top picks for rainbow classroom decor that are available online.
RAINBOW CLASSROOM DÉCOR | WHERE TO FIND
TWO | COLORFUL MASKING TAPE
THREE | LARGE COLORFUL CRAYONS TAPESTRY
FOUR | RAINBOW LIGHT
FIVE | RAINBOW WALL DECAL
SIX | PAPER POM POMS
SEVEN | DRY ERASE CIRCLES
EIGHT | RAINBOW RIBBON GARLAND
NINE | RAINBOW LETTER BOARD
TEN | RAINBOW LIBRARY POCKETS
ELEVEN | RAINBOW DOORMAT
Another popular theme that I'm seeing this year is the boho rainbow theme. This is similar to the traditional rainbow theme, but the color scheme is a little more muted and natural.
If you like this idea, then check out some inspiration below to pull it off in your classroom.
One tip for creating a boho rainbow theme is incorporate some of the colors from the rainbow into different aspects of the room. That’ll help to carry the theme throughout the room in a more subtle way.
Like here the wall paper on the back bookshelf and the cubbies match the rainbow colors.
There are tons of fun bulletin board options with a boho rainbow theme. This bulletin board with job charts and the calendar can stay up year-round.
I'm loving the boho rainbow designs, how about you? Here are cute rainbow name tags and signs. Check out below some of my favorite boho rainbow finds and where you can get them.
BOHO RAINBOW DÉCOR | WHERE TO FIND
ONE | RAINBOW PRINTABLE
TWO | LARGE WALL DECAL
THREE | ROUND RAINBOW SIGN
FOUR | COME IN AND PLAY
FIVE | SMALL RAINBOW WALL DECALS
SIX | SIMILAR SMALL WOODEN RAINBOW SIGN
SEVEN | BE KIND SIGN
I created these free boho rainbow printables to go with your theme. Click here to download them!
Sunshine is a cheerful theme that would work great in an elementary classroom.
As you can see in the classroom above the sunshine theme pairs perfectly with rainbows. The huge bulletin board is definitely the star of this classroom.
To steal this look, use a rainbow bulletin border and spell out hello sunshine in large letters on the wall. Then of course add plenty of sunshine and rainbows.
Notice the cute flowers on the desks along with the rainbow-colored supplies. Wouldn’t your students get an instant mood boost walking into a class like this?
If you love this classroom then you should check out the Hello Sunshine Theme that is available on Amazon here.
If you want to try this theme in your class, this year then check out my favorite finds below to get you started.
SUNSHINE THEMED CLASSROOM DÉCOR | WHERE TO FIND
SIX | HELLO SUNSHINE NOTEPAD
EIGHT | SUNSHINE PILLOW
Looking for more ideas for classroom themes? The next thing that I am loving this year is the camping theme. I love this theme because it is so fun, and you can fairly easily create an entire classroom that is a campsite.
This works especially well if you have some camping gear in your garage already! Check out below some amazing elementary school classrooms that have gone all out for this theme and get inspired to add it to your room this year.
Kids love tents and why not add it to the classroom? This could be a calm down area, a fun reading spot or a place for small group activities, the possibilities are endless.
This classroom has a log cabin reading area and a stage area with an outdoor mural that makes you feel like you are in the great outdoors. What a fun way to bring this theme to life!
This teacher created a happy camper theme with a camper tent, a campfire reading center, a picnic table listening center and even has a mountain backdrop for her class. I love how every detail in this classroom fits her theme.
This would be the perfect book nook for a camping themed classroom. Your students can sit at the tree stump table or grab a book and read in the tent.
One of my favorite finds are tree stump pillows. They actually look pretty real. You can place them on the floor to create a reading spot that looks like a campground! You can find those here.
This teacher takes the camping theme to the next level by creating several camping spots in her classroom. This look was pulled off with the fake trees, campfire and numerous tents.
Some of us already have supplies for this theme in our garages. Do you have folding camping/sport chairs that you can borrow for your classroom?
The next thing your classroom needs is a bulletin board to fit your theme. Below are my favorite finds to create a camping themed bulletin board for your class.
There are tons of options for cute camping theme bulletin boards like this one created by Ashley McKenzie. I’m loving the calming neutral colors.
Look closely and the cameras have student pictures in them. If you like this bulletin board, you can purchase the Camping Adventure Bulletin Board bundle here.
Check out below some more of my favorite finds for a camping themed bulletin board.
CAMPING THEMED BULLETIN BOARD DÉCOR | WHERE TO FIND
TWO | VINTAGE TRAILER CUT OUTS
THREE | WOODLAND FRIENDS CUT OUTS
FOUR | BURLAP BULLETIN BOARD PAPER
FIVE | TWIG LETTERS
I have collected some more fun ideas that I found that will really bring the camping theme to life in your classroom. Check them out below.
Here's a great camping themed classroom management idea. This teacher created this behavior scoreboard. When students are doing well, they get more fireflies in the jar.
This teacher created a goodie bag to go with her camping theme for her students on the first day of school. They are filled with delicious smores treats!
Here's a simple way to add a class reward to go with your theme. These are felt smores that the class can earn when they receive compliments from others. The class gets a party when then earn a certain amount of smores.
If you want to try out the camping theme in your classroom this year check out below my absolute favorite finds for camping classroom décor.
CAMPING CLASS DÉCOR | WHERE TO FIND
TWO | MINI CAMPER TENT
THREE | TWIG PENCILS
FOUR | TREE STUMP THROW PILLOW
SIX | WOOD NAME PLATE HOLDER
SEVEN | TEEPEE TENT
EIGHT | CARDBOARD CAMPFIRE
One of the final classroom themes that I'm seeing everywhere is the cactus theme. What I love about this is there are so many learning puns that you can use for your class décor and bulletin boards. Here's some of my favorites.
Check out below some gorgeous cactus themed classrooms so you can steal some ideas for your class this year.
This teacher went all out with her cactus theme. Look at the details like the labels for the tables and supplies, the banners, and cute cacti everywhere.
As I mentioned there are so many good cactus puns that work great for cute bulletin boards and decor for classroom walls. Check out my favorites below.
Here's a gorgeous way to display your students’ best work, to fit in with your cactus theme!
This first-grade teacher created this bulletin board to help her students track their goals. For her class it is used to track each student accelerated reader goals, but you could use it to track any of the goals you set for the class.
The students get to move up their clothespin when they get closer to completing their goal!
Here's another adorable bulletin board idea. Follow the link above to check out this teacher’s TPT cactus décor pack bundle.
Here's a cute bulletin board idea for your cactus themed classroom. Each pot says my goal for growth is… This would be perfect for the beginning of the year when talking about goals and expectations for the next year in your classroom.
Below check out my favorite cactus themed classroom decor.
CACTUS BULLETIN BOARD DÉCOR | WHERE TO FIND
TWO | SIMILAR CUSTOM WELCOME TEACHER SIGN PRINTABLE
SEVEN | CACTUS PUSH PINS
EIGHT | SIMILAR LOOKING SHARP SIGN
NINE | CACTUS BULLETIN BOARD BORDER
A classroom job chart is another opportunity to show of your cactus theme. Beneath each classroom job you can place either a magnet or a Velcro strip with each student’s name to easily swap them out.
Here's an easy classroom door display to show off your cactus theme.
This first-grade teacher from Texas created this cactus flip sticks to go with her class theme.
Pretty classroom labels and name tags are a great way to incorporate your theme throughout the classroom.
Why not take your one of your classroom themes into your desk as well? You can find stylish desk accessories to fit your theme here.
If you're loving this theme as much as I am check out some of my favorite cactus classroom finds below.
CACTUS ACCESSORIES | WHERE TO FIND
ONE | TEACHER PLANNER
FOUR | SET OF 30 CACTUS PENS
SIX | BOHO CLIPBOARD
If you love bright and cheerful colors, then the tropical theme might be right for you. To incorporate this theme, add pineapples, flamingos, flowers and plenty of bright colors to your decor.
Check out a little inspiration to pull it off in your classroom below.
Melanie created this fun tropical theme for this kindergarten classroom. The bright colored paper lanterns add a playful touch to the room. The bench seating on the left is full of bright pillows to help tie in with the theme.
Of course, all of the wall décor and bulletin boards incorporate pineapples, bright pink, yellow and teal and there are even little flamingos on the desks. If you’re loving this theme the School Girl Style Simply Stylish Tropical themed classroom décor can be found on Amazon here.
Check out my favorite finds to pull off the tropical theme in your classroom.
TROPICAL THEME CLASSROOM DÉCOR | WHERE TO FIND
ONE | PINEAPPLE BORDER
THREE | PINK STRIPED PILLOW COVERS
FIVE | COLORFUL PAPER LANTERNS
SEVEN | CLASSROOM FLAMINGO PILLOW
EIGHT | FLAMINGO CUT-OUTS
The daisy theme is another popular one this year. I love it for the simplicity of the color scheme and also how cheerful it looks. Check out some inspiration below to add it to your class this year.
If you want to try this theme in your classroom you could either stick to the black and white color scheme or add your favorite color for an accent.
Here the pink wall looks stunning with the black and white theme. The cute daisy rug can be found on Amazon here.
The Oh Happy Day Banner goes right along with the cheerful vibe that you would except in a daisy themed classroom.
The bumble bee rug (that you can find here) is a fun touch that fits perfectly with this theme. The throw pillows and paper lanterns add a pop of color to the room.
The details really make this theme come to life like the daisies in polka dot vases on the tables.
Polka dots and daisy cut outs on the wall help carry the theme throughout the entire classroom. It doesn’t look too busy or over done because the black and white help to ground the space.
High Bar stools add a fun seating option for students. The flowers on the windowsill with bumble bee letters in them add a cheerful touch to the classroom.
If you want to add this theme to your classroom this year, check out my favorite picks to pull it off.
DAISY CLASSROOM THEME DÉCOR | WHERE TO FIND
ONE | BUMBLEE BEE PUSH PINS
TWO | 4 BUNDLES FAUX DAISIES
THREE | BEE CLASSROOM AREA RUG
SIX | DAISY GARLANDS
SEVEN | DAISY AREA RUG
EIGHT | BLACK AND WHITE STRIPED BORDER
NINE | DAISY FLOOR CUSHION
A safari theme is really fun and younger kids especially love it. If you like this theme then add animals, natural colors and animal print in your classroom. Check out a little inspiration below to get the look.
The safari color scheme is incorporated into all the details of the room. You can see the color scheme in the soft orange wall, the light pink stools and the paper lanterns.
In this Safari themed classroom, a pattern painted on the walls gives an animal print feel but in the classroom color scheme, of course. Animal print is also incorporated in a leopard area rug. The floral details add a pretty touch to the theme.
To make this theme come to life add papercut outs of animals, flowers, and incorporate them into your bulletin boards and on your walls.
Next, check out my top picks to add to a safari themed classroom.
SAFARI THEME CLASSROOM DÉCOR | WHERE TO FIND
THREE | FRINGE BORDER FOR BULLETIN BOARD
SEVEN | SAFARI THEMED CALENDAR SET
EIGHT | ANIMAL BULLETIN BOARD CUTOUTS
NINE | COLORFUL ZEBRA PRINT BORDER
The next classroom themes that I want to show you are really fun and I think your students would enjoy. Check them out below.
Take your beach theme to the next notch by making your students feel like they are chilling at the beach in Adirondack chairs under an umbrella.
For a calm coastal theme add pretty ocean blues and sandy tan tones. You can incorporate shells, sand and Sealife like fish and turtles.
Bring your zoo theme to life with a play zoo set that younger students would enjoy as they are learning about new animals.
Inspire your students with a space theme. There are tons of fun puns that you can use for your décor like, the sky isn’t the limit, your work is out of this world, first grade is blasting off for a few ideas.
If you want a bright colored, positive and fun theme that students love then you might want to try the superhero class theme.
For a fun touch in a monkey themed classroom hang a few stuffed monkeys from the ceiling on green nets to appear that they are swinging through the jungle.
If you have a farm classroom theme, then you may want to take some inspiration here and add an incredible farm play area for your students. This is one of my favorite class themes for young students.
Now you have seen my absolute favorite classroom themes. I hope you got inspired to try a new one in your class this year. Feel free to save your favorite classroom theme ideas to your Pinterest boards just click on the P on the picture.
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