Cinematically, there has always been a strong bond between children and animals. Four-legged characters like Lassie and Bambi are every bit as famous as Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe down Sunset Boulevard. As the most famous dog in the movies, it is no surprise that Lassie’s paw print can be found alongside canine contemporary Rin Tin Tin, and Muppet’s front man, Kermit the Frog, on the Hollywood Walk(ies) of Fame.
More recently Pixar & Co. have taken that relationship onto another level through animated movies such as Toy Story, Finding Nemo etc. Woodland creatures such as Bambi, though, are the ones that always tug on the heartstrings and that factor – plus the modern-day lifestyle obsession with ‘bringing the outdoors in’ – perhaps helps explain why woodland-themed bedding for children is becoming increasingly popular.
One of my favourite moves as a child was the Disney production of Robin Hood. So if you’re thinking of giving your child’s bedroom a woodland-themed makeover, I’d definitely recommend getting hold of a copy; Robin Hood is a fox, Little John a brown bear, a badger plays Friar Tuck and, surprise, surprise, a wolf is cast as the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham. How could that not inspire you? It’s also not a bad way to spend nearly an hour and a half on a rainy day at half-term.
If that doesn’t ‘movie-you’ in any way, then I’d suggest checking out The Great Little Trading Company’s blog post about children’s bedding. This article about children’s bedding comes up with some great ideas about how the magical world of the woodland can be brought indoors and incorporated into your child’s most important living space. Like in the movies, GLTC explains how symbolic animals can be, especially when related to a child’s personality. The deer is seen as a shy, gentle soul, and would therefore be a very good fit for a more sensitive child. The squirrel, which has been adopted as the GLTC mascot, is a resourceful and well-balanced creature. A rabbit-themed room, meanwhile, is seen as the perfect fit for a little one with plenty of bounce and energy, and the fox, whilst often portrayed as being sneaky and sly, can be equally cute too. On their blog you’ll also find lots of inspiration for furnishing and accessorising your child’s bedroom.
It’s not just the type of bedding you need to consider, but having the right accessories is important to the overall theme of the room. From rabbit shaped mirrors to stag antler dressing gown hooks, there’s a world of possibilities. Imagine reading Gruffalo’s Child to your little one whilst sat on a toadstool chair!
Jenny Wardman is a mum of two who loves all things creative. When she’s not indulging in her passion for watercolour painting and photography she enjoys putting her creativity to good use through interior design projects and is always on the look out for new inspiration.