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When Lou Reed crooned “take a walk on the wild side,” the subtext was risqué but his words ring true for adding playful edge to children’s rooms this fall. A trip into the forest can make for great inspiration — whether you’re looking for an overall theme for the room, or just a quick hit to refresh it.

Here are a few great — and widely varied — ways to get the look. And stay tuned to our Great Kids’ Rooms blog for more woodsy inspiration over the next few weeks. Happy autumn!

Ferm Living’s Dotty wallpaper has become a classic motif for avant-garde kids’ spaces in recent years. The yellow version has universal appeal, but I also love the rose and grey colourway, which is surprisingly understated and grown-up.

Black pine trees look graphic on a white ground in this wintry-white Finnish nursery.

For setting a shady, magical mood, you can’t beat the inky Black Forest mural (it’s about 12’ x 10’) by Parisian artist Nathalie Lété for Domestic. With so many creatures peeking out among the foliage, a child will never feel alone.

In this bright, modern space, a wall clad in Cole & Son’s now-iconic Woods wallpaper establishes a nature theme that’s reiterated by a mossy green rug, leafy Midsummer ceiling light by Tord Boontje and a fantastic tire swing.

Saartje Prum’s 12’-wide photo mural of a birch glade offers a sunnier, more verdant look.

If you’re more of a do-it-yourselfer or prefer a folksier aesthetic, follow these simple guidelines for painting tree-trunk silhouettes on your walls.

Or if you’re feeling particularly whimsical, take a page from Babyccino blogger Courtney Adamo’s book; she painted a single leggy tree trunk in daughter Ivy’s room, then dressed it with vintage wallpaper leaves from Inke Heiland.

Photo credits:
1. Ferm Living
2. My Second Hand Life
3. Domestic

4. Skona Hem
5. Saartje Prum
6. Apartment Therapy

7. Babyccino Kids 

Author: 

Katie Hayden

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