How to Create a Gender-Neutral Nursery with Wallpaper

Written by Lee Orlian
Interior designer & co-founder of Teepee Joy.
Gender Neutral Nursery Wallpaper

Imagine stepping into a nursery that blossoms alongside your little one—a sanctuary brimming with wonder, imagination, and love, unfettered by the conventional hues of pink or blue.

This vision is not just a dream but a beautiful possibility. As Lee Orlian, founder of Teepee Joy and a fervent believer in crafting spaces that ignite the imaginations of our youngest dreamers, I’ve seen firsthand the magic that thoughtful design can weave into our lives.

Today, I’m eager to take you by the hand and guide you through the enchanting process of creating a gender-neutral nursery. Utilizing wallpaper as our canvas, we’ll explore designs that are both captivating and timeless.

Drawing from my personal journey and expertise in children’s interior design, I’ll share invaluable tips and insights to help you craft a space where your child can grow, dream, and discover, without the constraints of traditional gender norms.

Together, let’s create a nursery that’s as unique and boundless as your love for your little one.

Understanding Gender-Neutral Design

Retro Rainbows – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Why settle for the ordinary when you can create a space that mirrors the uniqueness of your family’s values and aesthetics?

In the world of interior design, especially when it pertains to the sanctuaries we create for our children, the importance of an inclusive, flexible environment cannot be overstated.

Gender-neutral design is not about eschewing color or vibrancy; it’s about broadening the horizons of possibility and expression.

The philosophy behind gender-neutral design transcends the traditional and embraces inclusivity at its core. It acknowledges that our little ones are individuals with their own personalities, preferences, and potentials.

By choosing a gender-neutral approach, we open the doors to a realm where creativity and imagination are not just encouraged but celebrated.

This design strategy allows children to explore their interests freely, without the limitations set by societal expectations of gender.

Moreover, gender-neutral spaces are designed to be timeless and adaptable, growing with your child and easily transitioning as their tastes and interests evolve.

This flexibility is not only practical but also cost-effective, sparing families the need to overhaul a room with each passing phase or trend.

In creating a gender-neutral nursery, we’re not just making a stylish choice; we’re making a statement.

We’re saying that our homes are places of unconditional love and support, where every child can feel valued and understood.

This design choice is an opportunity to foster an environment where imagination flourishes, and creativity knows no bounds, laying the foundation for a future where our children feel empowered to be their most authentic selves.

The Role of Wallpaper in Shaping Your Nursery

Wave Symphony – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Wallpaper isn’t just a backdrop; it’s a canvas that tells a story and sparks joy in every glance. In the nurturing cocoon of a nursery, where a new life begins its journey, every element plays a crucial role in creating an ambiance of warmth and inspiration.

Among these elements, wallpaper stands out as a transformative force, capable of setting the tone for a space that invites curiosity, comfort, and imagination.

The choice of wallpaper in your nursery does more than just adorn the walls; it lays the foundation for a world of wonder and exploration.

With its vibrant colors, playful patterns, and tactile textures, wallpaper has the unique ability to bring a nursery to life, turning it into a nurturing environment that stimulates the senses and ignites the imagination.

Whether it’s a pattern that mimics the night sky, a whimsical woodland scene, or abstract shapes that captivate and intrigue, the designs you choose can foster an early appreciation for beauty and artistry.

Moreover, the wallpaper you select can create a soothing and calming atmosphere, essential for both restful naps and stimulated play.

It’s about striking the perfect balance between stimulation and serenity, crafting a room that feels safe and cozy yet is brimming with creative potential. The right wallpaper can transform a simple room into a sanctuary of creativity, where stories unfold, and dreams are born.

Incorporating wallpaper into your nursery design is also an opportunity to make a personal statement, reflecting your family’s style and the hopes you hold for your child’s future.

It’s a testament to your commitment to creating a space that not only looks beautiful but also resonates with meaning and intention.

Selecting the Perfect Wallpaper

Toadstool Tales – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Dive into a world of colors, patterns, and textures, where each choice is a step towards the nursery of your dreams.

Creating a gender-neutral nursery offers a delightful challenge: selecting wallpaper that not only complements your aesthetic vision but also fosters an inclusive and inspiring environment for your child.

At Teepee Joy, we’re here to guide you through this creative journey, ensuring the wallpaper you choose brings joy, comfort, and a touch of whimsy to your nursery.

When selecting wallpaper for a gender-neutral theme, consider designs that offer versatility and longevity. Look for patterns and colors that can grow with your child, transcending age and trends.

Our collection features a range of designs that cater to this very need, from serene geometric shapes to enchanting nature-inspired scenes.

These patterns don’t lean towards traditionally masculine or feminine colors but instead embrace a palette that is soothing, uplifting, and conducive to creativity.

The colors you choose play a significant role in setting the mood of the nursery.

Soft, muted tones such as sage green, warm grey, sunny yellow, and sky blue can create a tranquil and cozy atmosphere, perfect for rest and play.

For a more dynamic space, consider adding wallpaper with vibrant yet sophisticated accents. These can introduce energy and personality without overwhelming the senses.

Our wallpapers are not just visually appealing; they are designed with your family’s needs and convenience in mind.

Made from high-quality, self-adhesive poly fabric, our peel and stick wallpaper offers a luxurious look and feel, coupled with the ease of installation and removal.

This makes it an ideal choice for renters or anyone who loves to refresh their decor without the commitment of traditional wallpaper.

For those who prefer a more permanent solution, our traditional wallpaper options provide a durable and long-lasting finish, perfect for creating a timeless look in your child’s room.

Each design in our collection is carefully crafted to spark imagination and wonder, making your child’s nursery a place where stories come to life.

With the added convenience of easy installation and the option to choose between peel and stick or traditional wallpaper, creating the perfect gender-neutral nursery has never been easier.

Calculating Your Wallpaper Needs

Skyward Blossoms – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

With a tape measure in hand and a dream in your heart, let’s navigate the practical steps to bring your vision to life. The journey to transforming your nursery with the perfect wallpaper begins with understanding how much of it you’ll need.

This process might seem daunting at first, but with a few simple calculations, you’ll be well on your way to realizing the nursery of your dreams.

Follow this step-by-step guide to measure your walls and determine the number of wallpaper rolls required, incorporating our product dimensions and expert recommendations for extra coverage.

1. Measure Your Walls: Start by measuring the width and height of each wall you plan to cover with wallpaper. If you’re covering multiple walls, be sure to measure each one separately, as dimensions can vary.

2. Calculate the Total Width: Add up the widths of all the walls to get your total coverage area. This will help you understand the overall scope of your project.

3. Account for Extra Coverage: To ensure you’re covered for any variations in wall width or unforeseen errors during installation, add a couple of extra inches to your total width measurement. This extra allowance can be a real lifesaver.

4. Divide by the Roll Width: Our wallpaper rolls come in a standard width of 24 inches. Take your total adjusted width and divide it by 24 to determine the number of rolls you’ll need. For instance, if your total width is 120 inches, dividing by 24 gives you exactly 5 rolls.

5. Consider the Roll Length: Depending on the height of your walls, you’ll choose from lengths of 6, 8, 10, or 12 feet. If your ceiling is 9 feet high, opting for the 10-foot rolls ensures you have enough length to accommodate any slight variations in wall height.

6. Round Up: Always round up to the nearest whole number to ensure you have enough wallpaper. If your calculation comes to 4.2 rolls, order 5 rolls to be on the safe side.

7. Factor in Extra Rolls: We recommend ordering an additional 10-15% of wallpaper to account for mistakes, matching patterns, or any wall irregularities. This extra step can prevent the need for a hurried reorder and ensure color consistency across all rolls.

8. Slight Color Variations: Keep in mind that slight color variations may occur between batches. Ordering all your wallpaper at once guarantees a uniform color throughout your nursery.

Installation Tips for a Smooth Transformation

Constellation Jungle – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Transforming your nursery with wallpaper can be a joyous DIY project or a perfect opportunity to collaborate with professionals. 

Regardless of the path you choose, the journey to a beautifully wallpapered room should be as smooth and enjoyable as the final outcome.

Here at Teepee Joy, we understand the importance of a hassle-free installation process. 

Whether you’re a seasoned DIY enthusiast or considering wallpaper for the first time, these tips for both peel-and-stick and traditional wallpaper installation will ensure a seamless transition and a flawless finish.

For Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper:

  1. Preparation is Key: Start with a clean, dry, and smooth wall surface. Any dust, dirt, or texture can affect the adhesive’s ability to stick properly. If you’re painting the walls first, allow ample drying time before wallpaper application.

  2. Plan Your Approach: Before peeling anything, plan your layout. Start from the top of the wall and work your way down, aligning your wallpaper from the ceiling and using a level to ensure it’s straight.

  3. Peel, Stick, and Smooth: Carefully peel the backing off the top portion of the wallpaper, and gently press it onto the wall. Use the included squeegee to smooth out any air bubbles or wrinkles, working from the center outwards.

  4. Overlap and Trim: If you’re applying multiple strips, overlap the edges slightly to ensure there are no gaps. Once all the wallpaper is up, use a sharp utility knife to trim any excess material around the baseboards, ceiling, and corners for a clean finish.

For Traditional Wallpaper:

  1. Wall Surface Prep: Ensure your wall is smooth, clean, and primed specifically for wallpaper. Any imperfections on the wall may show through the paper, so consider skimming and sanding if necessary.

  2. Measure and Cut: Measure your wall height and cut strips of wallpaper, allowing a few extra inches at the top and bottom for trimming. Account for pattern repeats to ensure your design aligns across strips.

  3. Apply the Adhesive: Use a paint roller or brush to apply a uniform layer of adhesive to the back of the wallpaper, following the manufacturer’s instructions. For some traditional wallpapers, you might need to ‘book’ the wallpaper, which involves folding the paper onto itself, adhesive side in, and letting it sit for a few minutes.

  4. Hang and Smooth: Starting from the top, align your wallpaper strip with the ceiling and edge of the wall. Gently press it into place, smoothing out any bubbles or creases with a brush or squeegee.

  5. Seam and Trim: Ensure the seams between strips are tight and match up correctly. Use a sharp knife to trim the excess from the top and bottom for a neat finish.

Whether you’re opting for the convenience of peel-and-stick wallpaper or the traditional charm of paste-up wallpaper, the key to a successful installation lies in taking your time and paying attention to detail.

Remember, the transformation of your nursery into a haven of creativity and comfort is a process to be enjoyed. With these tips and your personal touch, you’re well on your way to creating a space that reflects the joy and love of your growing family.

Caring for Your Nursery Wallpaper

Botanic Prowl – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Keep the magic alive with wallpaper that stays as vibrant and enchanting as the day you installed it.

As your nursery becomes a backdrop to countless memories and milestones, it’s important that the wallpaper not only endures but continues to inspire and delight.

At Teepee Joy, we understand that life with little ones can be full of surprises, which is why we’ve compiled some essential tips to help you maintain and care for your nursery wallpaper, ensuring it remains a lasting emblem of your child’s growth and exploration.

1. Regular Dusting: Begin with the basics. Use a soft, dry cloth or a duster to gently remove dust from the surface of the wallpaper. This simple step, done regularly, can prevent dust accumulation and maintain the wallpaper’s pristine appearance.

2. Spot Cleaning: For the inevitable fingerprints or smudges, spot cleaning is your go-to method. Use a damp cloth with warm water, wringing it out thoroughly to avoid excess moisture.

Gently dab at the spot; avoid rubbing, which can damage the wallpaper’s surface. For peel-and-stick varieties, a mild soap can be used for more stubborn stains, but always test a small, inconspicuous area first.

3. Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Harsh cleaning agents can fade or even damage wallpaper. Stick to mild, non-abrasive solutions specifically recommended for wallpaper. This caution will ensure the colors and patterns remain as vivid as your memories.

4. Addressing Peeling Edges: Should you notice any edges beginning to peel, you can easily reattach them with a bit of wallpaper adhesive (for traditional wallpaper) or simply press firmly back into place for peel-and-stick options.

For peel-and-stick wallpaper, it’s helpful to use a soft cloth over your finger to smooth out the edge and secure it back to the wall.

5. Long-Term Care: To extend the life of your wallpaper, keep the nursery’s environment in mind. Avoid excessive humidity, which can affect adhesion, and consider using a dehumidifier if necessary. For sunlit rooms, UV window filters can help prevent fading and keep the wallpaper’s colors vibrant.

By incorporating these care tips into your routine, you can ensure that your nursery’s wallpaper continues to provide a beautiful and inspiring environment for your child.

Wallpaper in a nursery is more than just decor; it’s a canvas for the imagination, a witness to growth, and a part of your family’s story. With a little love and attention, it can remain an enchanting feature of your home, sparking joy and wonder for years to come.


Creating the perfect nursery is an exciting journey, and we understand you might have questions about selecting and installing the right wallpaper. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions that can help guide you through the process.

1. Can I order a wallpaper sample before making a full purchase?

Absolutely! We highly recommend ordering a sample of our wallpaper to see and feel the quality for yourself. This step ensures you’re completely satisfied with your choice before committing to a full purchase.

Samples are available for a small fee and can be ordered directly from each product listing on our website.

2. Is the wallpaper easy to install?

Yes, our peel and stick wallpaper is designed for easy DIY installation. It’s a great way to transform your nursery without the need for professional help. For traditional wallpaper, the process is a bit more involved. If you’re not comfortable with DIY installation, hiring a professional is a good idea.

3. How do I measure my wall for wallpaper?

Measure the height and width of your wall in inches. For the width, add a couple of extra inches to account for any variations, then divide this number by the width of the wallpaper roll (24 inches for our products) to determine the number of rolls needed.

Round up to the nearest whole number, and consider ordering an extra 10-15% to account for mistakes and pattern matching.

4. Can the wallpaper be easily removed, and is it safe for use in rentals?

Our peel and stick wallpaper is designed for easy removal, making it perfect for rentals or anyone who likes to change their decor frequently. It can be removed without damaging the walls, allowing for hassle-free updates to your space.

5. How do I clean the wallpaper?

Our wallpaper can be cleaned with a damp cloth. For light dust, a dry cloth or duster is sufficient. For spots or smudges, use a damp cloth with warm water, avoiding harsh chemicals and abrasive cleaners to maintain the wallpaper’s integrity and color vibrancy.

If you have more questions or need further assistance, our team is here to help you navigate the process of creating your dream nursery. Our goal is to ensure you have all the information and support you need to bring your vision to life.

Final Thoughts and Next Steps

As we wrap up this guide, I warmly invite you to start the joyful journey of designing a gender-neutral nursery, a space as boundless as your own imagination.

In my journey with Teepee Joy, I’ve seen firsthand how a nursery can become a nurturing sanctuary that celebrates the wonder of growth, creativity, and the sheer happiness of childhood.

Understanding the importance of a space that mirrors your family’s values and your child’s endless potential, we’ve lovingly put together a collection of unique, high-quality wallpaper designs to inspire, soothe, and ignite the spark of curiosity in every child.

This moment is the perfect opportunity to take the first step towards the nursery you’ve always dreamed of. Dive into our rich array of wallpapers, each designed with the warmth and whimsy to elevate your child’s room into something truly special.

I encourage you to order a sample swatch; it’s a wonderful way to touch, see, and feel the premium quality and vibrant colors of our designs, making sure your selection beautifully matches your vision.

And should you need a bit of guidance or just want a friendly second opinion, I’m here for you. Let’s have a video chat to bring your ideas into clearer view.

We can look at customized options together, share installation advice, and address any queries you might have.

This free 15-minute consultation is your chance to get personalized tips from someone who truly cares about making your vision come to life.

Creating a gender-neutral nursery is more than just decorating a room; it’s crafting a space that evolves alongside your child, brimming with love, imagination, and beauty.

Allow me to be by your side in this exciting project, offering the inspiration, resources, and support you need to forge a realm where your child can dream without limits and explore with freedom.