Transforming Kids' Bedrooms with the Magic of Wallpaper

The bedroom is more than just a room in our home; it’s a sanctuary, a playground, and a canvas for our imagination, particularly in the case of kids' rooms. Interior design has the power to inspire creativity and calm restless spirits, and one of the most versatile tools in a designer's arsenal is wallpaper. With a myriad of patterns, textures, and colours, wallpaper can enchant a child’s burgeoning world, making their bedroom a space where stories are born and memories are made.

Wallpaper: 'Fizz Supreme Onyx' by The Curious Department.


In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore how parents and designers can harness the power of wallpaper to create a space that's not just aesthetically pleasing but also functional and nurturing. We'll walk you through each step of the process, from choosing the perfect wallpaper to maintenance and long-term care, and provide real-life examples to spark your creativity. Whether you're planning a complete bedroom makeover or just looking to refresh a few walls, this post is bound to inspire you.

First, we’ll explore the myriad ways to choose the right wallpaper, ensuring it's both resilient and evokes the right mood. Next, we’ll unearth a world of themes and creative ideas, before venturing into the often-overlooked areas of maintenance and longevity. We’ll then immerse ourselves in real-life examples, showcasing the breadth of what's possible with this seemingly simple material. Then, finally, we'll recap the joys of incorporating wallpaper into your design, beckoning you to join the movement.

Choosing the Right Wallpaper

When it comes to using wallpaper in a kid's bedroom, it’s essential to consider durability, safety, and the sensory experience it offers.

Durability and Safety Factors

For an area as rife with potential for (literal) sticky situations as a child's bedroom, washable and non-toxic wallpapers are non-negotiable. Scrubbable papers are the heroes that erase the history of every sticky finger smear, while non-toxic materials ensure that as your little one breathes in the world, they’re breathing it in safely. 

Our Wallpapers are all non-toxic, printed on sustainably sourced paper and our Mica coated stocks offer additional wipeable protection from accidents!

Design and Colour Selection

The subject of design and colour selection for kids' room wallpaper is an art that balances the stimulating with the soothing. Vibrant patterns and hues can invigorate the space, but it’s crucial not to overwhelm. Consider featuring softer pastel shades in larger swathes with bolder, brighter accents for smaller areas or elements. This interplay not only calms but also creates a dynamic and engaging environment.

Wallpaper: 'Liberatzión Tourmaline' by The Curious Department

Themes and Ideas

The exciting part for both parent and child alike lies in the selection of themes and ideas that turn the bedroom into a magical realm.

Popular Themes and How to Use Them

From undersea worlds to outer space odysseys, the breadth of potential themes is as wide as the imagination. When choosing a theme, always consider its adaptability—will your child still be fascinated by dinosaurs in a few years, or fixate on a new favourite? For themes with longevity, select versatile patterns that can grow with your child.

Wallpaper: 'Electric Lagoon White' by The Curious Department


Wallpaper: 'Coral Odyssey Teal' by The Curious Department

Creative Wallpaper Uses

Space doesn't solely dictate one’s imagination. An accent wall can serve as a focal point for a themed mural, while the entire room enveloped in a complementary pattern can immerse its occupant in a cohesive narrative. Don’t overlook the power of the ceiling as a sixth wall, and even furniture can sport thematic prints for a consistently curated look.

Wallpaper: 'Electric Lagoon Mist' by The Curious Department

Maintenance and Longevity

Ensuring the brilliance of your wallpaper through the years is as important as selecting it.

Maintaining High-Traffic Wallpaper

Regular maintenance is fundamental, and the occasional deep clean with gentle detergents can restore even the most beleaguered wallpapers. It’s also wise to keep a stash of extra rolls for future touch-ups.

Updating as Kids Grow

Children grow, and so do their tastes. The beauty of wallpaper is that it’s not a permanent fixture, despite its enduring presence. Updating or changing is as straightforward as picking a new pattern and peel, especially with the advent of more user-friendly application and removal technologies.

Wallpaper: 'Opium Blush Winter' by The Curious Department

Real-Life Examples

Case Study One: The Curious Nursery

For our beloved daughter's bedroom, we intentionally chose a color palette that breaks away from the traditional gender stereotypes of blue for boys and pink for girls. We achieved this by blending a beautiful mixture of pastel pinks, blues, and greens, creating a fabulous, modern colour scheme perfect for 2024 and beyond. To complement these colours, we selected the playful and engaging patterns of Liberatzión and Fizz Supreme. These patterns are designed to stimulate a curious mind, encouraging imagination and creativity in a space that's all her own.

To enhance the room's cozy atmosphere, we opted for a soft neutral cream shade for the woodwork, walls, and carpet. This choice creates a soft, cocooning feeling throughout the space, enveloping anyone who enters in a big, warm hug.

For the finishing touches, we chose statement lighting fixtures from Dowsing & Reynolds to add a touch of whimsy and elegance to the room. Additionally, a versatile sofa bed from was selected to ensure the room is always guest-ready, providing a practical yet stylish solution for sleepovers or quiet reading times. This carefully considered design approach has resulted in a unique, inviting space that our daughter loves, and we hope will inspire her creativity and dreams for years to come.


Wallpaper: 'Fizz Supreme Tourmaline' by The Curious Department



The application of wallpaper in a child’s bedroom is more than an interior design footnote. It plays a pivotal role in the formative environment of a growing mind. The careful selection, creative themes, and dedicated maintenance of wallpaper can serve as a cache for cherished childhood memories. Whether you opt for a bold statement or a subtle backdrop, the magic and versatility of wallpaper are beyond measure.

Now that the stripes have been painted and the walls have spoken, it’s your turn to step into this world of touch and texture. Perhaps it’s time to brush up on your do-it-yourself skills or reach out to the professional designer who understands the nuances of creating a foundational space for your child’s life. The transformation is within your grasp, or rather, within your walls. Remember, a home that sings with the laughter and dreams of a child, holds the heart of the future. And sometimes, the notes and lyrics to that tune are best expressed through the artistry of wallpaper.

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