Interior Styling for Autumn: Bringing the Outdoors In.

With the majority of us looking to be staying safely indoors this autumn, it could be time for a seasonal update in the home before hunkering down for winter.

The leaves are well and truly falling and crunching, the days have become chillier and windier, and there’s the smoky bonfire scent that only the autumn season can bring.

So, why not take inspiration from the great outdoors for their indoor space? From burnt orange and mustard through to warming browns and teals, there’s something about an autumnal palette that can instantly add cosiness and homeliness to interiors.- And you only need to make one or two additions or changes to make a new palette come to life.

We’ve just launched our Classic Beech High Sleeper bed with navy blue futon and super smart red buttons, and for this photography we decided to bring on board some outdoor influences for a smart, classic look with muted tones inspired by nature.

For this set we turned to adventure and discovery themes, and used sapphire tones from the ocean as well as browns from the land. A slight pop of deep red taken from the colours found in sailing boats pulls the look together.

white high sleeper blue and red

Here’s an easy to follow guide on how to create an outdoor land and ocean theme for your own childs’ bedroom:



Think about the flooring for the room. It’s probable that you are working with pre-existing flooring, so if this is the case then consider what rug you might choose to work with the floor you have. We went with a navy rug to try and ground the space, and it was a good contrast to the white washed floor boards too. Rugs are always a great idea in a child’s room as they’re cosy underfoot and instantly add some warmth. Due to the amount of space they take up in a room, they also make an instant impact in terms of styling. Top tip: Select shorter pile rugs for children's rooms, as longer piles tend to hide tiny toys which can be sore when little toes land (not to mention big toes!)


Next it’s time to consider their bed and furniture. White beds and furniture are probably the most versatile colours to go for, as it’s easy to pair them with either strong wall colours or more subtle. Deep blue beds are very on trend for 2020, and they’d be an equally fabulous choice for a nautical styled bedroom. Warm beds up with some beige, brown or blue bedding. Stripes are always a classic look, and are reminiscent of the nautical theme if you're looking to the ocean for inspiration.


From tree inspired greens, to autumn leaf inspired oranges, there are so many colours to select from when planning an outdoor inspired bedroom.

With our Classic Beech White High Sleeper, we selected Slate Blue by Wickes. This is a strong, stormy blue colour with a lot of grey in it, so it becomes more of a neutral. We paired this with a brown neutral on the adjacent wall, Brave Ground by Dulux, which happens to be their colour of the year for 2021. The brown, inspired by land, helps to create a warmth in the room and contrasts beautifully with the blue. We then used these colours to inform the rest of the bedroom styling, along with a pop of deep red for a nautical nod.


Select art work that’s inspired by nature to really reinforce the outdoor theme in their bedroom. We chose whale posters and map wall art to create focal points in the bedroom. Top tip: why not repurpose old maps and help them create their own wall art work for something really personalised?


 Using fishermen's style lamps provide a further nod to the coastal inspired theme. Other lights for an outdoors inspired theme could be those with wooden bases, or paper lamp shades. Select night lights or fairy lights for mood lighting, which can both help create warmth in a child's bedroom. 


Layers are key to autumnal looks in interiors as well as in fashion. - Think of dressing a bed as the basics: (duvet set and sheets underneath), and then layer on top the accessories. This is where you can make quick changes that can have huge impacts in terms of the overall look of the room. Accessories for a bed such as scatter cushions and blankets really are among the items that can create the biggest impact in a small space. They can also be pretty cost effective too! 

We hope you've enjoyed reading our little style guide, and that it helps you to bring some more outdoors indoors for your little one in order to create a cosy and safe haven for them. For any more inspiration, take a look at our latest Pinterest board, dedicated to all things outdoors and autumnal!