5 of the Best Children’s Wallpapers


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 Woods and Stars collage

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

Paperboy How It Works

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

Scion Animal Magic collageImages via Fashion Wallpaper

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

Daydream Julia Rothman Hygge and West

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.


Daydream by Julia Rothman Wallpaper


Cowboy Wallpaper, Cath Kidston

Cath Kidston Cowboy collageImage 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

Paddington Children's WallpaperImage 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?

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  • Elsie Pop
    March 23, 2016

    Lovely ideas! You are officially my wallpaper guru! xx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      March 23, 2016

      Sorry about that 🙂 I do love a good wallpaper – I’m just not so good at making a decision on which to go for!

  • Mum in Brum
    March 23, 2016

    Such a lovely selection. I think the woods and stars has to be my favourite for a feature wall x #HomeEtc

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      March 23, 2016

      It’s lovely, isn’t it? (And to be honest, at the prices, most of these would need to be limited to a feature wall!)

  • Louise George
    March 23, 2016

    Love these – especially the Paddington wallpaper 🙂

  • Stephanie Oakes
    March 23, 2016

    What a lovely selection, we had a feature wall of Harlequins ‘What a Hoot’ for Jack which was lovely, i’m with you on the lack of cartoons!! I absolutely adore the CK print, we nearly had a chair made in that fabric and I love Paperboy print too x

  • Keira Marshall
    March 23, 2016

    Love this selection, especially the Julia Rothman one with the swallows. (Although trust me to pick the expensive one!!)

  • Katie LifeOnVista Haydock
    March 23, 2016

    Gosh I just adore the Paddington get up! So sweet and I love that it could be for a boy or a girl xXx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      March 24, 2016

      It’s gorgeous, isn’t it? They do the print in fabric too – would be lovely to make so many things out of – I’m having lots of ideas!

  • Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper
    March 23, 2016

    I absolutely LOVE that ‘Daydream’ wallpaper and my kids would like the Paddington one at the moment too! I really could go mad styling children’s bedrooms, they’re probably my favourite rooms to style 🙂 x

  • Lins BooandMaddie
    March 23, 2016

    Oh my god I’ve been lusting after that daydream wallpaper for ages, it’s beautiful!! In fact they’re all gorgeous but the daydream one I’d love for a feature wall in our guest bedroom if only it wasn’t so damn expensive!! Xx #HomeEtc

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      March 24, 2016

      I know – we only have a feature wall of it in our bedroom due to the price. I also got stung with import duty on it, despite ordering from a UK site – I wasn’t happy!

  • Natalie @memeandharri
    March 24, 2016

    I love all of these, we have painted our Girls rooms (a bit easier and cheaper) but I have a lovely teapot wallpaper in my dining room which I love. Wallpaper makes a room look so finished I love it xx

  • Caro Davies
    March 28, 2016

    I’ve always hankered after the Woods Cole and Son wallpaper — but have never had the right setting for it — I love the addition of the stars for a little ones bedroom — so magical! Love the Daydream wallpaper too — we have a bluebird paper on the ceiling of our guest bedroom — Laura Ashley though and a fraction of the price!! 😉 Thanks so much for linking up with us 🙂 #HomeEtc

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      March 30, 2016

      Oh, I’ll have to check out the Laura Ashley one to see if they still do it – a fraction of the price sounds great! Thanks so much for the tip, and for hosting!

  • mummyofboygirltwins
    March 28, 2016

    Love wallpaper! Harry has cars and Lottie flamingoes – both by Laura Ashley and I love them! Although themes do go out of fashion with the little ones quickly! Thanks for sharing & linking up again lovely, good to have you! #HomeEtc

    Jess xx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      March 30, 2016

      Wow, I’m kind of jealous of the flamingo wallpaper – that’s amazing! I think children’s rooms end up being the most frequently decorated in the house from the changing tastes – I know mine got a fair few iterations as a kid!

  • Gaby {lifeineight.com}
    March 29, 2016

    Oh my! These wallpapers are adorable! I agree that wallpaper is a great choice for a kids room. We went for a Harlequin one with birds and owls for our little ones’ bedroom and I think thta’s the main reason why my girlie is now so happy to sleep in her bedroom after months of co-sleeping: she absolutely loves the “Birdies room” 🙂 #HomeEtc

  • Gym Bunny Mummy
    October 8, 2016

    OMG I love these, especially the Cath Kidston I just love the Cowboys print #HomeEtc

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