When it comes to decorating a child’s room, I think wallpaper is a great choice – used in the right way it can add a fun element to the room and tell a story which sets imaginations alight. Although we chose a muted grey and yellow theme for Max’s nursery, I’m conscious that as he gets a bit older he’s going to want to chose things for himself and we’re likely to face redecorating. I’m not keen on staring face on with a Peppa Pig mural (his current obsession), so I’ve been eyeing up my favourite children’s wallpaper.
Cole & Son’s Woods and Stars, £78 per roll
Cole & Son’s wallpapers are iconic British designs and offer fantastic prints that really stand out. I love the Wood and Stars wallpaper in dark blue – the gold stars catch the light beautifully, giving it a magical feel that’s perfect for a child’s room.
How It Works, PaperBoy, £60 per roll
Image via Paperboy
Another British company, Paperboy’s wallpapers are quirky and have a retro vibe to them. I love How It Works, which shows various different animals with their skeletons visible. It comes in lots of different colour ways, but this pale blue and white is my favourite.
Scion Animal Magic, £38 per roll
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I love this bright and cheerful wallpaper from Scion which has really cute and charming illustrations of so many animals. Perhaps not a great choice for longevity, as I suspect that this one might not be so popular once your child is 10, but if you’re starting a nursery then I think this is a great choice.
Daydream by Julia Rothman, Hygge and West, £120 per roll
This is one of my all time favourite wallpapers. We’ve used it in our bedroom, so we’re unlikely to use it in Max’s room as well (especially given the price!), but I felt that it’s so lovely it definitely deserved a mention here. It comes in lots of different colour ways, the yellow and turquoise being my two favourites, and it works really well in nurseries. I’ve also seen it used lots of times on the ceiling which must be lovely to look up at watching the birds soar above you.
Cowboy Wallpaper, Cath Kidston
Image credit: Left, Apartment Therapy
I’ve loved this for years now, since I saw it in a house tour in Ideal Home magazine in a little boy’s room. It’s retro, fun, and a bit quirky – surely any fan of Toy Story would love a Woody racing around their room. Sadly Cath Kidston appear to have discontinued this paper now, which is such a shame- please bring it back Cath!
Paddington Wallpaper, Jane Churchill
Image via Jane Churchill
I know I said no cartoon characters, but this Paddington print is just so lovely that I’d make an exception! The illustrations show Paddington eating marmalade sandwiches, consulting his A-Z, and exploring the sites of London.
Do you have wallpaper in your child’s room? Did they allow you to veer away from Peppa Pig, or am I doomed to embrace the pink one in my future design choices?