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

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.

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

A bedroom decked out in striped fabric from Rozalynn Woods.

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

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

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.

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

(Image credits: Stephen Shubel; Maxwell Ryan; Rozalynn Woods; John Sutton; Tracy Murdock; Constance Gennari; Dwell)