As Robert Frost famously wrote in his poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” “The woods are lovely, dark and deep.” If you love the still, expectant hush of the woods; like to camp; or just enjoy the great outdoors; you can bring that natural, earthy feeling right into your bedroom. Decorating with a woodland theme provides a calm, peaceful vibe that is so helpful at bedtime. And even better, the woodland theme works well for all ages from toddlerhood right through adulthood.
Basics of a Woodland Bedroom
A woodland theme has a simple, natural color scheme, which helps to create the tranquil feel. Shades of green from light to dark, earthy browns, soft tans, and a few spots of cheery color such as you’d find in a patch of wildflowers make up the palette for this tranquil look. This isn't the decorating theme for harsh brights, pure white, metallics, or an abundance of pastels.
Keep walls soft in muted brown, green, sandy tan or a rich, warm off-white. Wood is the natural flooring choice for a woodland theme, but if you prefer carpet, choose a neutral brown or green. Add a bit of contrast against the soft walls with curtains or blinds in a deeper shade of green or brown. Bedroom furniture in natural wood tones is best for this theme – rustic and aged or smooth and traditional is up to you, but avoid sleek, shiny finishes or contemporary styles.
The Master Bedroom
Keep the woodland theme grown-up, not childish, with subtle touches that suggest the forest. An accent wall with a simple birch-tree-patterned wallpaper works perfectly at the head of the bed. You'll find an abundance of such designs from just about every wallpaper manufacturer. A self-stick wall mural is another option.
Bedding with a pattern of leaves or branches keeps to the theme, yet is subdued enough for an adult’s bedroom. If patterned bedding isn’t your preference, pick a spread, duvet or comforter in deep green or rich brown, and set it off with clean, cream sheets. Light up the room with a forest-themed ceiling fixture that adds a touch of whimsy, yet remains elegant. Don’t go overboard with accessories – remember to keep the vibe fresh, natural and serene. A grouping of candles, potted plants, or forest-themed collectibles is enough, along with one or two framed woodland pictures on the walls.
A Preteen Girl's Bedroom
If your daughter loves all things woodland, create the room of her dreams. Go a little more colorful than in the master bedroom, perhaps with a wallpaper mural on the largest wall. Look for bedding that really highlights the theme to set the focal point of the bedroom. Most girls love stuffed animals, so add a large deer or two in the corner, or a soft collection of forest creatures at the foot of the bed. Hang paintings or posters with your child’s favorite forest animals cavorting through the trees. If you want to give the woodland theme fantasy overtones, add some fairies to the mix. Wall decals, artwork, or a few collectibles are enough fairy dust to give the room whimsy and girlie appeal. Carry the feminine touch all the way through with a circle of green netting suspended from the ceiling around the head of the bed.
A Younger Child’s Bedroom
If you have an elementary or kindergarten-age child, play up the animal aspect of the forest. Keep the theme light and lively to avoid any fears of dark, scary woods. This is the perfect age for a painted or self-stick mural on the walls, filled with friendly looking trees, animals, and flowers. Let your child help pick a bedding set printed with woodland creatures, and be sure to add a grouping of well-loved stuffed animals to the scene. For fun, weave a garland of faux green leaves around the curtain rod or along the edge of the ceiling. A small rug next to the bed shaped like a flower or forest animal is a great finishing touch.