When you want to give your room decor a natural theme, consider a large tree or forest mural. Not only do they instantly give a room a focal point, but if you use a decal you can easily change the look to suit the season. Or, if you prefer, you can create your own season regardless of the weather outdoors!
Today, let’s take a look at some forest panoramas that represent different times of the year, from Spring through to Winter.
Picture the scene. You are standing in ancient woodland (probably somewhere in Britain) in springtime. There’s a delicious scent floating on the air. At your feet, a carpet of blue with a hint of purple. Yes, you are in a bluebell wood, enjoying it at its most magical.
The scene below was photographed in Micheldever Wood in Hampshire, which (if you are not familiar with the UK) is a southern county of England. The month would be May, or possibly April if the weather has been warmer than usual.
Bluebell carpets are romantic settings and have been used to great effect in at least a couple of movies. Those that come to mind are a kiss between actress Romola Garai and new Superman Henry Cavill in I Capture The Castle, and another with Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw (as poet John Keats) in Bright Star.
Who doesn’t love the shade of a forest on a glorious summer’s day, when the sun bakes the earth below? It’s a refuge of leaf shadows and rushing streams, a place to have a picnic or enjoy a hike shielded from the fierce rays.
Everything is so green at this time of year. It is this abundance of green that will transform a room into a natural paradise. Help it out with some house plants — they will help to blend indoors and outdoors more convincingly.
If you find waterfalls and woodland streams soothing, choose a panorama that includes water. While the one above was photographed in the mountainous Jura region of France, it is typical of forests in many parts of the world. Slow motion photography has captured the falling water, creating a silky effect as it tumbles to the river below.
Autumn / Fall
No matter what you call it, this is a wonderful season. Maybe nowhere more so than in a deciduous wood or forest, with the leaves turning from summer green to all kinds of vibrant shades: yellow, gold, russet, orange, even scarlet.
It’s a season too of mists, cloaking everything in softness and enchantment. Visit a forest in Autumn and you’ll feel like you’ve walked into a fairytale.
The woodland panorama above has taken us to New Hampshire — a long way from ‘old’ Hampshire in the first panorama but every bit as picturesque. Here we see a road at Mondanock Mountain, photographed towards the end of the season. A mist lingers over a carpet of rich orange leaves, with those still on branches adding gold and flame shades to the scene.
If clear, crisp days are more your scene, escape the mist and instead enjoy a vista of Aspen trees. Those in this particular scene were found in Colorado. Backlit by the sun, their Fall finery turns to a blaze of gold. This is a scene that will cheer up any room!
And so the year rolls on and we find us in Winter, which brings its own joys. Of course, we sometimes have a romantic image of the season with pure white snows, but the reality can be disappointing.
While you snuggle up inside, why not enjoy a perfect ‘winter wonderland’ view instead?
Take a look at those Aspen trees now! A fall of snow has transformed them. This panorama of a winter forest was photographed in New Mexico.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… each offers something new to enjoy. Let your decor be inspired by the season, and tone your room accents to match. Fresh shades complement your Spring wall decal, while flower petals suggest lovely hues for your Summertime room. Your Autumn-themed decor will of course borrow from the rich palette of the season. Finally, winter means chic and elegant white, silver and ice blue.