The natural world and the seasons form an integral part of a child’s education and provide endless inspiration for kitchen table craft projects. Think autumnal leaf collages, acorn animals and hand-crafted pine-cone garlands. Often the best part of such projects is the trip to the woodlands to forage for materials and witness the wonder of wildlife. Children love to explore nature and wander free so what better than to create a whimsical woodland adventure that they can enjoy from the comfort of their own bedroom or playroom.
So, if you’re sitting comfortably, perhaps with your favourite mug of hot chocolate, we’ll take you on a whistle-stop woodland tour of some of our favourite nature-inspired interiors.
There’s a wealth of nature to be discovered in Hilary Evans’ house. A playroom beneath the stairs reflects not only Hilary’s colour palette for life but her preference for natural, organic toys for her brood; Madison, Dusty and Harper.
We love so much about this beautifully organised play haven, but we couldn’t help but zone in on those adorable wooden mushrooms from @timberloveco and the fantastic wooden leaf puzzle by @mylittlepackage.
We’re nuts about this little snapshot of harvest heaven and the way MamaPotrafi’s acorn-shaped muslin pillow echo’s Hej Hanni’s hand-drawn foraging squirrels. It’s not just a vision of nature; the squirrels are printed climate-neutrally on natural paper in Germany. The caramel tones of the pillow sit so comfortably next to the trio of autumnal pumpkins found at Depot Online.
Enchanted woodland is the theme for craft maven, Julie, and her children’s shared room. When she’s not crafting, weaving and inspiring others with her DIY prowess, Julie is sprinkling fairy dust and woodland wonder in Piper and Harvey’s room.
Can you get more enchanting than a fairy house nightlight, providing a gentle warm glow to soothe playful little pixies to sleep?
Woodland décor comes in all shapes and palettes. Rustic and autumnal doesn’t always rule the roost as Claire Pérez, founder of Fable Heart, demonstrates with her altogether daintier and delicate approach. Hibou Homes’ Woodland Wallpaper is the secret ingredient here. A soothing backdrop of gallivanting bunnies and other woodland creatures, magical keys, crowns and toadstools bathe in dusty pink and olive. A bespoke floral arrangement by @osbornesenniskillen completes the ‘outdoors-in’ vibe. No wonder that sleeping fairy has nodded off to magical pastures.
Mushroom hunting is a childhood rite of passage, so this exquisite “Rainforest” mushroom garland by @efi_little_things is igniting the mycologist within! A collection of taupe, terracotta and teal, mustard and grey in velvet, linen and cotton. Perfect for enchanting reading corners and an indispensable aid for reliving mushroom foraging expeditions.
We’re interpreting picnic in the woods here in this contemporary kids’ room, and it seems one guest has arrived early. The forest mural is wallpaper’s version of Narnia’s wardrobe conjuring up fantasies of stepping into the dense foliage and through to an ethereal world of mystical creatures. The grass-like rug hosts a bubblegum pink table, ready for lunch when the room’s explorer returns.
For a textbook example of the very best in woodland interior’s for kids, look no further than @homeofthewildlings. The multi-talented Mama Tahnee has soothed her OCD by creating cohesive little copse-inspired retreats for her boys, Parker and Archer. Here we get a glimpse of Parker’s room in all its matchy-matchy splendour. The bed linen and accompanying print are the work of Fleur Harris and part of a collaboration with Adairs Kids. The whitewashed tree stump bedside table provides a podium for Mr Rabbit and a vibrant toadstool while rattan, pampas grass and wicker preserve the earthy undertones.
If we didn’t know better, we’d say that Autumn just blew right through Rudy’s room and house bed, scattering a collection of the seasons finest on the multicoloured bedlinen by @little_jagger_
Handy then that Kid of the Village’s leaf chart is on standby to help see the wood through the trees!
Giant mushrooms from Rebel Walls’ Woods of Wonder mural create a fairytale of Alice In Wonderland proportions for Esmeé’s eagerly-anticipated arrival. For now, they are savoured by the watchful rabbits. We love how the vintage-effect canopy by @jolleinofficial mimics the shape and form of the mushrooms.
No self-respecting woodland-themed interior is complete without a collection of forest friends. And that is precisely what Rebecca has achieved here by teaming the fabulous Oh Deer mural by @anewalldecor with Crate and Kids’ papier-mâché animal heads. Fox, deer and rabbit seem perfectly comfortable coexisting in this magical forest of dreams. And why wouldn’t they?
Emily Starr loved the Oh Deer mural by @anewalldecor so much that she gave daughter Max’s whimsical bedroom a refresh, swapping out the darker for, the lighter version! Teamed with Benjamin Moore’s dusky pink First Light paint, it transformed the space, adding light and air while keeping a sense of familiarity with the same fluffy bunnies, beguiling owls and darling deer.
A muted mural gives way to a moody and intriguing forest, adding dense layers of mystery beneath the mono twigs, branches and leaves. Noz Nozawa achieved this more mature version of enchanted woodland by using Rebel Walls’ Bellewood in Grey Toil. There’s a sophisticated but serious tone, disrupted only by the cheeky monkey, plush tiger and pops of colour from the bed linen.
This sweetest of reading corners is like an autumnal walk in the park with an abundance of nature-inspired embellishments and accessories including MamaPotrafi’s acorn pillow and H&M’s rusty leaf print cushion cover. Even the bookcase is full of forest fables, and woodland wonder draped in a garland of quilted leaves in sumptuous shades of amber, ochre, olive and grey.
How fitting that a corner of learning should be supervised by this playful but knowing owl by @printsbyka.
The only time to invite Mr Bear into your bedroom is when he’s dormant save to bring a soft autumnal glow to the evening. The hand-crafted, wooden bedside light by @little_lights_ is right at home in the vintage wilderness Sarah has lovingly created for son, Henri. The delicate leaf decals by @ _wunder)_wand marked the first patterned wall in Sarah’s self-styled home, and she hasn’t looked back since.
Accent walls and a floaty canopy bring a touch of whimsy to this lucky little fairy’s room. The Blackberry muslin bedlinen by Garbo and Friends continues the outdoors theme with its mossy green leaves and aubergine berries.
Layers of cosy bedlinen ignite memories of campfire tales and toasted marshmallows. There’s a beautiful simplicity about this unassuming space with warmth radiating from a crock of toadstools at the end of a russet-toned rainbow by @wildlingsinteriors.
Legend has it that it’s impossible to sneak up on a sleeping deer because their ears are never lowered, and they are constantly monitoring what is happening around them. We think you could safely take your chances with this charming deer cushion by Nobodinoz, crafted from eco velvet in caramel and toffee tones. After all, that terracotta pouffe looks too good to give up!
A modern birch tree mural frames Baby Sawyers’ wintry white crib in his boho boudoir. Mom, Shannon Jenkins, was definitely channelling winter woodland when she conceived his nursery décor back in January 2019. A feather mobile come dreamcatcher adds a flighty touch and sisal flooring underfoot creates the illusion of the natural world outside. We love the tribal Panda cushion, patiently awaiting the arrival of the newborn.
We all know how wild kids’ rooms can get at times, so it’s good to know help is on hand with a bit of stylish storage. More shy than sly fox, we love how Pottery Barn’s coquettish rattan basket keeps the lid on childish clutter.
Branch out with your woodland décor aspirations and use nature’s own resources to mark your territory. Hanging wooden letters from twigs or branches to spell out your child’s name provides a unique take on the nameplate trend and creates an authentic, rustic woodland feel.
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