Patterned wallpaper can have a dramatic effect to the appearance of a kid’s bedroom and it’s the easiest way of creating a theme. You’re not stuck for choice and it also means you don’t have to agonise over choosing paint colours that look great on a colour card but don’t work that well in-situ.
Wallpaper can be expensive but you don’t have to paper all the walls, a feature wall can be just as effective and you’ll only need to buy a couple of rolls, three at most. Doing it this way also avoids the problem of repetitive patterns becoming too busy or overbearing.
Repeat patterns featuring football emblems, Disney characters and the like are still very popular with youngsters, and probably always will be. But if you are determined to break away from the norm there still plenty of options. Slightly older kids and teens will also appreciate something a bit more original.
Below is a selection of what’s currently popular in the world of children’s wallpaper.
Frames Wallpaper – a wall filled with random doodles and artwork may not sound so appealing but, teamed with this frames style paper, can be quite effective. The printed frames make it look like everything they put in them was meant to be there all along.
The paper is available in 4 colourways too – so will suit just about any room. £16.99 a roll from amazon.co.uk
Frozen Snowflake Wallpaper – if your child is pestering you for Frozen themed just about everything then this stylish design may be the answer?
Team it with a few choice accessories and the result is likely to meet with her approval. £9.95 a roll from amazon.co.uk
Alien Crowd Wallpaper – a bold graffiti style design with a repeat pattern of whimsical faces, some alien and some not. £15.99 from amazon.co.uk
Marvel Comics Action Heroes Wallpaper – a theme idea that’s stood the test of time and as fashionable today as it ever was. This comic book cover design is one of several that exploits the retro appeal of action heroes.
A stunning feature wall idea that doesn’t need much in the way of accessories to bring it to life. £9.99 a roll from amazon.co.uk
Sanderson Treasure Map Wallpaper – a combination of a pirate’s treasure map and a world atlas, so fun but educational too. There are new discoveries to made with every look and they’ll never get bored of it.
Available in 3 colourways: neutral, vanilla and sea blue. £40 from johnlewis.com
Sanderson Fairy Castle Wallpaper a magical world of fairies at play against a backdrop of a fairytale castles. Available in pink, vanilla and blue. £36 from johnlewis.com
Sanderson Two by Two Wallpaper – a retro style design featuring pairs of animals with their names printed beneath.
Available in 4 colourways: neutral, vintage, neapolitan and blue. £40 a roll from johnlewis.com
Sanderson Alphabet Zoo Wallpaper – a cute nursery wallpaper with whimsical zoo animals and large alphabet letters.
Available in 5 colourways: neapolitan, pink, rainbow brights, powder blue and blue. £40 a roll from johnlewis.com
Marimekko Bo Boo Wallpaper – prints of trucks, buses, vans and cars in bold, bright colours. £56.95 from johnlewis.com
Sanderson Going Batty Wallpaper – a cute woodland scene featuring owls, mice, butterflies, squirrels and, of course, bats.
Available in pink & blue, sky blue & buttercup or red & ginger colour combinations. £36 a roll from johnlewis.com
Sanderson Dogs in Clogs Wallpaper – comical dog characters parading around in their owner’s shoes. Available in yellow, rainbow brights, vanilla and bright red. £36 a roll from johnlewis.com
Teepees Wallpaper – a native Indian inspired theme with printed teepees, arrows and feathers. Available in indigo blue or storm green & grey. £70 from notonthehighstreet.com