Your day starts and ends in the bedroom, so it’s only natural to make it a space where you feel calm, relaxed and at ease. While a comfortable mattress and luxurious bed linen are important, aesthetics also play a big role in how your bedroom serves you.
There are plenty of ways you can incorporate serene décor into your bedroom, ranging from bold statements like a nature-based feature wall to subtle touches like textured throws and pillows. While small changes can make a big difference, nothing transforms your bedroom into a sanctuary quite like a forest mural. Below, we take a look at the trend and why you should consider bringing the outdoors in this year.
The advent of ‘forest therapy’
The link between nature and mental health is well documented, with forests in particular celebrated for their ability to reduce stress, improve the mood and lower blood pressure. So much so that ‘forest therapy’ has won the attention of university researchers who claim a simple forest walk can lower levels of cortisol and adrenaline in the body.
For many people, simply being around trees helps to clear the head, ground the mind and create a sense of physical presence. Because stress is a proven immune system inhibitor, spending time in forests also offers health benefits.
Even looking at images of forests and green spaces can improve mental health, a testament to the immense power of nature. A small but fascinating study reported in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health suggests that viewing natural images can activate the parasympathetic nervous system and lower stress levels.
"Viewing green scenes may thus be particularly effective in supporting relaxation and recovery after experiencing a stressful period," write the authors, “and thereby could serve as an opportunity for micro-restorative experiences and a promising tool in preventing chronic stress and stress-related diseases."
Forest mural paintings
Thanks to new wall décor technologies, bringing the magic of the forest into your bedroom has never been so easy. Inspired by high-definition images of real landscapes, our forest murals capture the beauty and serenity of nature.
They’re printed on a high quality ‘paste the wall’ base, making them easy to apply whether you’re a seasoned renovator or a DIY newbie. High light-resistance means they won’t fade or warp in the sun, while the durable construction makes the forest murals ideal for use in family homes where sticky hands and pet fur can sometime be inevitable.
Forest murals for every mood
Whether you’re looking for a sun-dappled canopy, a whimsical watercolour or a moody winter scene, we have forest murals for every mood. Our Sunshine in the Woods design is bright and uplifting, with Sunrays offering a similar aesthetic with a splash of colour. Both are great for the bedroom, with the sun rays reflecting natural light and making your space feel larger and airier.
If you prefer a more artistic feel you’ll love the Watercolour Forest wall mural featuring soft greys, greens and browns. It’s soothing and calming, making it a great choice if you’re looking to incorporate stress-reducing designs into your bedroom. For a bolder look consider our Autumn Forest mural inspired by the beauty of fall foliage. Sunlight streams through the lush green foliage and onto the forest floor, instantly transforming your bedroom into a haven.
Circle forest murals
Soft and soothing, circles are one of the easiest and most visually pleasing shapes. There are no sharp edges or corners to interrupt the flow, making them ideal for use in the bedroom. A host of scientific and psychological research supports the innate human attraction to circles, with experts musing we’re drawn to the curvilinear shape because it embodies grace, serenity, balance, wholeness and a sense of infiniteness and eternity. It’s a pretty powerful shape, which is why you’ll see it used everywhere from church domes prehistoric monuments to business logos.
We’re well aware of the aesthetic value of circles, which is why we’ve incorporated some stunning circular designs into our forest mural range. Forest Mist captures the mystery and beauty of lush evergreen landscapes, while Inside the Trees creates that whimsical feeling you get when you gaze up at the canopy from the forest floor. Tree Tops is another best-selling circular wallpaper design, with the muted grey and silver colour palette fitting in seamlessly with any décor style.
For something a little softer, our Italian Landscape forest mural has a brighter mood. There’s plenty of green foliage to activate your parasympathetic nervous system and lower your stress levels, with yellow and gold tones incorporated for a sunnier feel.
Forest mural nursery
What we really love about nursery forest murals is that they’re 100% gender neutral. This makes them ideal for parents who choose to keep the gender of their newborn a surprise. They’re also a clever choice for growing families who want to avoid nursery redecorating. With a few tweaks here and there, a forest mural nursery can easily be transformed into the perfect sanctuary for a little boy or girl. Or, if you prefer you can stick with soft muted shades and keep things neutral.
As well as creating an adorable space for your baby to sleep in, nursery forest murals will help your little one develop an interest in the outdoors from the moment they’re brought home. Immersing your kids in a wooded wonderland of bears, owls, deer, birds, bunnies and hedgehogs will help to forge a love of the outdoors.
The importance of encouraging kids to get outdoors is profound, with studies suggesting time spent climbing trees, digging for worms and exploring woodland trails can improve cognitive function, reduce stress levels, spark curiosity and help build social skills.
Forest wall mural wallpaper
Forest wall murals are a great way to bring the magic of the forest into your bedroom. But not everyone has an artist on hand to create their own bespoke design at the drop of a hat. Thankfully our forest wall mural wallpaper provides a selection of attractive designs that allow you to transform your bedroom in minutes.