Want to turn your kid’s room into a space they’ll love to spend time in? One of the easiest ways to give any child's bedroom design an instant injection of colour and pattern is with a feature wallpaper. Bold colours and fun characters are great way to inspire young minds, while older kids will jump at the chance to express their creativity with a striking design of their own choice.
Don’t be put off by a bold design either as you don't need to paper the entire room. You could try papering just one or two walls, or perhaps make a feature of a desk area with a wallpaper as the backdrop to that part of the room.
Whatever option you choose, let their imaginations run wild with one of these statement designs.
1. Have fun with bold colour and pattern
Keep kids' rooms classy but fun with a neat geometric wallpaper design and a bold background colour. Combine with a colourful rug and cushions.
Available with a blue, green or neutral backdrop, this Reggie Robot wallpaper by Harlequin features rows of mini robots to create the effect of a striped wall. You can complete the look with a matching range of accessories too. Around £38 per roll.
2. Foster a love of nature with a forest print
Botanical wallpaper is trendy – and in a children's bedroom, a botanical print will help develop the kids' interest in animals and plants. Think of the walls as an opportunity to delight and entertain, and also educate them.
Our pick is The Forest Friends Wallpaper by Karlie Klum (shown below), available at Lime Lace.
3. Add a little texture for a multi-dimensional effect
Textured wallpapers are fun and useful for visually enhancing a small room. Kids will love their tactile look. Pick a colourful option for younger kids' rooms and something monochrome for older children.
We like the Rain Wallpaper in teal by Karlie Klum, available at Lime Lace.
4. Choose pastels for a relaxed look
Pastels are an enduringly popular choice for kids' bedroom – and with good reason. Easygoing and fun, a pastel wallpaper will complement most rooms, while making the most of the natural light coming into the room.
We love the dreamy Marshmallow Clouds design from Graham & Brown, £20 per roll.
5. Pick a wallpaper to match your child's interests
When kids are interested in something, whether it's animals, cars, or playing nurse, they can't get enough of their new interest. Encourage them to explore their favourite activity with a matching wallpaper.
We like the Zoom Away Blue Wallpaper by Arthouse. Perfect for a budding mechanic or car enthusiast.
6. Enhance playtime with an activity wallpaper
Bring outdoor play inside with this stylish Teepees wallpaper from Hibou Home. It’s also a paste-the-wall design, which makes it very easyto hang. £59.95 per roll.
7. Choose a bold print for a statement wall
The great fun of decorating kids' rooms is that patterns and colours don't need to match. Indulge your child's love of bright colour with a bold geometric print. Experiment with different patterns by wallpapering just one statement wall.
Find similar geometric wallpaper at Murals Wallpaper.
8. Go for a delicate print for an understated look
If you prefer a subtle look in neutral tones, go for a wallpaper in a monochrome print. It can still be playful and fun, but will not overpower an understated kids' room decor.
We love the very sweet Portraits Wallpaper by Hibou Home.
9. Pick a versatile pattern in older kids' rooms
Older children will want a more grown-up wall treatment; this doesn't mean that only plain white wall will do: choose a wallpaper with a graphic design, such as asymmetrical polka dots, and it should see you through most of the teenage years.
For a similar polka dot wallpaper design, try the Dots Black & White Wallpaper from Graham & Brown.
10. Choose an abstract print for a sophisticated look
Abstract prints also work very well in older children's rooms – and will also appeal to children who like drawing and painting. Choose a wallpaper with a neutral background colour for a sophisticated look that will work with most furniture sets.
11. Pick a wallpaper that tells a story
Nothing keeps little kids occupied like a good story. With a storytelling wallpaper, getting them to imagine that they are inside a fairytale will be easy and effortless.
We love the very colourful 'Monkeys' Wallpaper Mural by Clare Wilson Studio, available at Wallsauce.com.
12. Don't be afraid of pink
Pink is a firm favourite of many children – and rightly so, it's a warm, welcoming shade. An especially popular choice for decorating a girl's bedroom, many boys will like pink, too. If you can't stomach an overly pink bedroom, but your child loves the colour, pick a wallpaper with pink accents, then pair with a pink chest of drawers.
13. Choose a wallpaper design that will grow with them
Most kids' room wallpaper designs will need replacing several times while your kids are growing up. If the prospect of renewing the children's room wallpaper every few years does not appeal, choose a design that is not exclusively for kids' rooms and it should accommodate all age stages.
The Classic Seasons Winter Snowdrift Wallpaper by Sian Zeng is a keeper – even after they've grown up.
14. Help them learn about the world with a map design
What better way to help you kids learn the map of the world than having it up on the wall? The light blue background is a bonus, since it will work with most bedroom designs.
A variety of Children's Map Wallpaper designs is available from Wallsauce.com.
15. Decorate together with wall stickers
Make a fun day of decorating the bedroom together with your kids (and perhaps even get them into DIY along the way!) with wall stickers.
The Croatian Fabric Sticker Sets from Sian Zeng are easy to reposition and remove, and are eco-friendly, too.