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How to give your home a woodland theme

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So many people find it hard to inject a bit of personality into their home décor. I don’t blame them; it’s difficult to pull off one particular look, especially if that look moves away from a largely magnolia colour scheme with the odd feature wall to elevate things.

For those of you who want to be a bit more daring, one look I’m currently living is the woodland theme. Done right, this can look edgy – not to mention stylish – and can add a hint of Scandi-chic to your home.

If that’s the case, why aren’t more people running off to buy wallpaper covered in woodland animals?  It’s pretty simple; done correctly, this scheme looks amazing. Executed badly, it can look like you’ve let your five-year-old decorate your home.

But fear not - if you’re lusting after animal-inspired interiors, this post will help you create a subtle woodland theme with an end result that won’t resemble a nursery.

Planning is key

First and foremost, you need to plan this scheme carefully. Take time to pick each and every piece – don’t rush. Get on Pinterest and pin the different items you like on a board for each room. If you don’t use Pinterest, you can always make a mood board, by cutting out pictures and pinning them to a large piece of A3 paper or cardboard, to get a sense of what the room could look like.

When decorating with a woodland theme, it’s important to use it as an accent. In other words, brightly-coloured walls plus animal inspired items will definitely give you a more childish finish, which, unless it is a nursery you are decorating, you’ll probably want to avoid. Go for off-white colours, such as Farrow and Ball’s Strong White or Wimborne White, which will give you a good base to be a bit more daring with your wallpaper or other decorative features.

My current favourite range featuring animals is by Scion Living. Their Mr Fox range comes in a lovely range of colours and you can find it on everything from espresso cups and doormats, to wallpaper and blinds. In my home, I have a wall in our kitchen papered with the Mr Fox paper in yellow. I then accessorised with a yellow kettle, toaster and mugs, to tie the theme together. It gives a hint of woodland without being too overbearing.

Alternative options

If wallpaper sounds like a bit too much commitment, soft furnishings and prints are another great way to nod in the direction of this theme. If you have a pastel colour theme, why not try and add these printed fabric antlers to a wall? Adding these sorts of hints allows you to dabble with the theme but isn’t as costly – or permanent – as wallpaper.

If you prefer a stronger colour palette, I would recommend going with greys and adding your woodland elements with soft furnishings and prints. Try Dimity on the walls and Downpipe on your woodwork – both Farrow and Ball – which will create a great base. Then, shop around for woodland inspired prints. Etsy has a great range, so there’s sure to be something that fits the bill in their selection.

There you have it; by taking your time and choosing the right items, you can create a woodland décor theme in your home that’s grown-up, stylish and sure to be the envy of all of your friends.

Chiara is an editor who likes the simple things in life; a cup of tea by the fire, travel, and spending time with friends and family. She also can’t resist the lure of Scandinavian decor and has a penchant for anything warm and cosy. You can find out more about Chiara and follow her adventures on her blog, Wine and Olives.