How to Style a Woodland Winter Nursery


There’s a lot to do when preparing for a new addition to the family – especially in the colder months – but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! We’ve gathered everything you need to create the most magical nursery for your little winter arrival.

If you’re expecting (congratulations!) and approaching the colder weeks of winter while your bub is nearing their welcome, don’t think that the season has to make the experience dreadful. Au contraire, we’re here to bear good news.

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Woodland-themed nursery filled with wall art and rugs. Image source: 

Shake up tradition

There’s a bonus in having a winter due date more than any other time of the year and that has to do with shaking up the traditional blue or pink room.

Nurseries in general are known to be probably the warmest room in the house – decoratively and literally speaking – but when the rain is tapping against the window, it calls for an even more snug setting.

We’ve found the perfect solution, and it’s called: the woodland winter nursery. It’s quite simple, really. We’re updating two popular themes and fusing them to create something really special.

We love this mystic wallpaper and plush faux fur combination. Image source:

Buh-bye tints, hello tones

Instead of a typical zoo theme, we’re opting for more mystical animals to feature in your décor.

And rather than the old-fashioned colour scheme of lollipop pastels, we’re going for winter wonderland tones of milky whites and timeless grey contrasted with deeper tones of maroon and navy. Bliss.

Mobile used as a feature in this enchanting room. Image source:

Warm up with fluffy texture

For the much-needed warmth on frostier nights, we love the look of fluffy textures – hide rugs on the floor (make sure this includes under the cot!), knit throws on mum’s armchair and scattered wool cushions. Faux fur also gives that Scandinavian appeal that we adore.

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Hide rug, throw and textured ottoman bring this space to life. Image source:

Fill it with character

Decorating a nursery goes beyond plush toys. Get creative with wall stickers, prints and mobiles. Nothing is more woodland than foxes, owls, deer and bears scattered around a background of wildering forest trees.

Of course, tying the entire room together relies on the finer details. Switch up the nightlights and lamps for something more rustic looking with timber tones.

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Acorn Table Lamp from Micky & Stevie, available online at Zanui.

No drawbacks!

Aside from this theme looking completely magical, it’s gender neutral. So whether you do or do not know the sex of your baby, you can start decorating as early as you’d like. Hooray for organisation!

Most importantly, the décor needs to be practical. Whether it’s baskets, bins or the change table, incorporate what you need into your theme.

It can be as simple as opting for the look of natural timber grains instead of the basic plain ol’ white furniture.

There are really no rules or limits – it’s up to your imagination. Like winter in the woods, your nursery ultimately should be calm and soothing, with a whole lot of enchantment…

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Rhea Cot from Oeuf, available online at Zanui.

Natalie Milad is a content and blog writer who studied journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney. Since her graduation in 2016, she has landed a gig at Zanui. Her days not writing are usually filled with DIY projects, floury benchtops and tending to her bunny. Natalie loves animated short films, animals and Christmas. She has experience in script writing, news reading and interviewing. Among her favourites was interning for The Bridal Bazaar.