Creating Enchantment: A Beginner’s Guide to Selecting Nursery Wallpaper

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

Welcome to a journey where imagination meets design, and every corner whispers stories of magic and adventure. 

Imagine stepping into a nursery that instantly feels like a gateway to a world of dreams and adventures. This isn’t just any room; it’s a canvas where your love, hopes, and dreams for your little one take visual form, creating a space that inspires, comforts, and delights.

As the founder of Teepee Joy, I’ve had the joy of helping families transform ordinary rooms into extraordinary worlds. 

I’m excited to share the essence of selecting the perfect nursery wallpaper through this article. It’s not merely about choosing a pattern; it’s about weaving a tale as unique as your child, creating a backdrop for countless memories and milestones.

From understanding the various styles that spark young imaginations to practical installation tips that make your design dreams a reality, I’ll guide you every step of the way. 

Together, we’ll ensure your little one’s room isn’t just a place to sleep but a magical space where they can grow, play, and dream.

So, let’s embark on this creative adventure, transforming a simple nursery into a haven of joy and inspiration

With the right wallpaper, your child’s room will be a testament to the wonders of childhood, where every day is an invitation to explore and imagine.

Discovering the World of Wallpaper: Types and Choices

Jungle Sprint – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Let’s dive into the wallpaper world, where the choices are as vast as your imagination. As we peel back the possibilities, it becomes clear that selecting the right type is not just about the design but also practicality, especially in a space as special as your child’s nursery.

The journey into wallpaper types brings us to two popular choices: traditional non-woven wallpapers and the innovative peel-and-stick options. 

Traditional wallpapers have stood the test of time, offering durability and a vast range of textures and patterns. However, their installation and removal often require professional help, making them a more permanent choice for your home.

On the flip side, peel-and-stick wallpapers are a game-changer for renters or those who love to update their decor frequently. This type of wallpaper promises a hassle-free experience, allowing you to transform a room without the commitment or the need for professional installation. 

Its ease of removal and ability to reposition make it an ideal choice for creating a magical nursery that can evolve as your little one grows.

But our choices go beyond just the physical application. At Teepee Joy, we understand that creating a dreamy room is also about ensuring a safe and healthy environment for your children. 

This is why emphasizing non-toxic, PVC-free materials in wallpapers is crucial. These materials guarantee that your nursery remains a safe haven, free from harmful chemicals, reflecting our commitment to not just beauty and quality but also to the health and well-being of your family.

Choosing the right wallpaper type is a balance between aesthetic appeal and practical considerations. Whether you lean towards the timeless appeal of traditional wallpaper or the flexible charm of peel-and-stick, the priority is always the safety, health, and happiness of your little ones. 

As we navigate through these choices, remember that the walls of your nursery are not just a part of the room’s decor; they are the backdrop to your child’s first years, filled with stories of love, adventure, and dreams.

Crafting Your Nursery's Story: Selecting the Perfect Design

Nebula Nautical – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Selecting a design is where your nursery’s story begins to unfold. This step is your canvas to express love, dreams, and the boundless imagination that will surround your little one. It’s about finding a pattern that not only beautifies the space but also kindles the spark of creativity and wonder in your child’s eyes.

When choosing a design, consider options that can grow with your child. A nursery is a place of comfort and wonder, but it’s also a space that will witness the rapid growth of your little one.

Opting for designs that are adaptable to their evolving tastes—from the enchanting realms of fairies and dinosaurs to the vast mysteries of outer space—ensures that the room remains a cherished space for years to come.

Look for patterns that can transition smoothly from a nursery to a toddler’s room and beyond, reflecting their developing personality and interests.

At Teepee Joy, we’ve curated a range of vibrant, playful patterns designed to ignite the imagination and add a touch of personality to any space, be it a bedroom, playroom, or nursery.

Our wallpapers are not just decorations; they are invitations to dream, explore, and discover. With designs that cater to every whimsical fantasy, your child can embark on a new adventure every day, right from the comfort of their room.

Here are a few examples of themes and patterns that can inspire your nursery design:

  • Enchanted Forest: Perfect for little explorers, this theme brings the magic of nature indoors with trees, animals, and fairy tale elements.
  • Outer Space: Ignite a love for the cosmos with designs featuring stars, planets, and spacecraft, ideal for young astronomers.
  • Ocean Adventure: Dive into the deep blue with oceanic themes, including friendly sea creatures and underwater landscapes.
  • Dinoland: Transport your child back in time with playful dinosaur patterns that spark curiosity about the prehistoric world.
  • Whimsical Florals: Soft, dreamy florals create a serene and beautiful environment, suitable for peaceful slumbers and imaginative play.


Incorporating elements that match your child’s unique personality creates a nurturing environment where they feel truly at home.

Whether your little one dreams of exploring outer space or the magical world of enchanted forests, our wallpapers serve as a backdrop to those fantasies, making every moment spent in their room a memory to cherish.


The Perfect Fit: A Guide to Measuring and Ordering Your Wallpaper

Enchanted Forest Frolic – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Fear not the tape measure; mastering this step ensures your wallpaper fits perfectly. The magic of transforming a nursery with wallpaper starts with precise measurements.

A little attention to detail here can make the difference between a good and a great outcome. Let me guide you through this process, ensuring that when your wallpaper arrives, it’s exactly what you envisioned for your little one’s special space.

Step-by-Step Guide to Measuring Your Walls:

  1. Measure the Width: Use a tape measure to determine the total width of the walls you plan to cover. Measure in inches for the greatest accuracy, and if you’re covering multiple walls, add their widths together.
  2. Measure the Height: Next, measure the height from the floor to the ceiling at several points along the wall. Use the tallest measurement to ensure the wallpaper will reach the ceiling across the entire wall.
  3. Determine the Number of Rolls: Teepee Joy’s wallpaper rolls come in 24-inch widths and lengths of 6, 8, 10, or 12 feet. To find out how many rolls you need, divide the total width of your wall (in inches) by 24 (the width of our rolls). If you’re ending with a partial number, round up to ensure full coverage. For instance, if you calculate 4.2 rolls, order 5 to cover the entire space.

Tips for Ordering:

  • Account for Extra: I always recommend ordering an extra 10-15% of wallpaper to account for any mistakes or wall variations. Trimming off excess is much easier than patching up a shortfall. Especially important for patterned wallpapers, having that extra bit ensures pattern alignment and a flawless finish.
  • Consider the Height: When selecting the length of your wallpaper rolls, opt for a size that matches or exceeds your wall height. If your ceiling is 9 feet tall, choose our 2′ x 10′ rolls to allow for that extra room to adjust and align.

By following these simple steps, you’ll ensure that you order the right amount of wallpaper, avoiding the hassle of reordering or ending up with unused excess.

Remember, a little preparation goes a long way in creating that enchanting nursery space you’re dreaming of.

Installation Tips for a Flawless Finish

Cityscape Cruising – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Transforming your nursery with wallpaper is an adventure, and I’m here to guide you through each step.

Installing wallpaper can be a smooth and rewarding process with the right approach, leading to a beautifully transformed space that you and your little one will adore.

Here, I’ll share essential tips for both peel-and-stick and traditional wallpapers, ensuring a flawless finish that brings your vision to life.

Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper Installation:

  • Prepare Your Walls: Ensure your walls are clean, dry, and smooth. Any dust, dirt, or texture can affect the adhesive’s ability to stick properly.
  • Plan Your Approach: Start from the top corner of your wall and gradually work your way down. Peel a small section of the backing off and gently smooth the wallpaper onto the wall, using a squeegee to push out any air bubbles.
  • Smooth Application: The squeegee included with your Teepee Joy purchase is your best friend here. It helps achieve a smooth, bubble-free finish by firmly pressing the wallpaper against the wall.
  • Overlap and Trim: When applying multiple panels, overlap them slightly to match the pattern perfectly. Trim any excess material at the bottom and sides with a sharp utility knife.


Traditional Wallpaper Installation:

  • Wall Preparation is Key: As with peel-and-stick, start with clean, smooth walls. Traditional wallpaper requires a primer or sizing for the best adhesion.
  • Consider Professional Help: Installing traditional wallpaper is a more advanced project. Due to the complexities of applying paste and ensuring patterns align perfectly, consider hiring a professional for the job. Their expertise can save time and ensure a seamless look.
  • Use the Right Tools: Apply the wallpaper paste evenly on the back of the wallpaper, or if you’re using pre-pasted wallpaper, activate the adhesive according to the manufacturer’s instructions. A brush or roller can help apply the paste, and a squeegee or smoothing tool is essential for pressing the wallpaper onto the wall without air bubbles.
  • Avoid Common Pitfalls: Be mindful of the environment where you’re applying wallpaper. High humidity can affect the adhesion of peel-and-stick wallpapers and the drying time of traditional wallpapers. Also, avoid applying wallpaper on textured walls, leading to improper adhesion and visible imperfections.


By following these tips, you can ensure a successful wallpaper installation, whether you choose the DIY route with peel-and-stick or opt for the durability and timeless appeal of traditional wallpaper.

Weaving Dreams into Decor: Creating a Cohesive Nursery Theme

Snowflake Hoppers – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Wallpaper is just the beginning; let’s tie the whole room together.

After selecting the perfect wallpaper that sets the stage for your nursery’s theme, it’s time to add the finishing touches that will transform the space into a cohesive, comforting, and inspiring environment for your little one. ‘

At Teepee Joy, we believe in the power of personalized spaces that not only spark joy and imagination but also cater to the unique personality and dreams of each child.

Complementing Your Wallpaper:

  • Teepees for Imaginative Play: A beautifully crafted teepee creates a focal point in the room that complements your chosen wallpaper theme. Whether it’s a castle for a princess or a rocket for an astronaut in training, our teepees are customizable to match any nursery theme, offering a special nook for reading, playing, or dreaming.
  • Blackout Curtains for Restful Slumbers: Coordinating blackout curtains enhances the room’s aesthetic and ensures a restful environment by blocking out unwanted light. Choose colors or patterns that complement your wallpaper, creating a serene backdrop for sweet dreams.
  • Decorative Pillows for a Touch of Comfort: Add layers of comfort and charm with decorative pillows that echo the room’s color scheme or theme. These small but impactful accents can tie the room’s decor together, making the nursery feel cozy and complete.


By carefully selecting decor elements that complement your wallpaper, you create a harmonious and enchanting nursery theme that serves as the backdrop for your child’s early years.

Each piece, from the teepee to the decorative pillows, plays a role in weaving a story of comfort, curiosity, and imagination.


1. Can I install peel-and-stick wallpaper if this is my first time doing it?

Absolutely! Peel-and-stick wallpaper is designed for easy DIY installation. With a little preparation and by following the step-by-step guide provided, even first-timers can achieve a beautiful, bubble-free finish. 

Remember, the key is to start at the top of your wall, gently smoothing the wallpaper down, and use the included squeegee to eliminate air bubbles.

2. How do I choose the best wallpaper design for a nursery that will grow with my child?

Selecting a timeless design or theme that appeals to broad age ranges is a great strategy. Look for patterns and colors that you can easily accentuate with changing decor over time. 

For example, a nature-themed wallpaper can be suitable for toddlers and older children simply by adjusting the decor.

3. What’s the difference between traditional and peel-and-stick wallpaper in terms of durability?

Traditional wallpaper typically offers a more permanent solution and can be more durable over the long term, making it ideal for spaces where longevity is key. 

Peel-and-stick wallpaper, while durable and resistant, offers the flexibility to change designs more frequently without damaging your walls, perfect for keeping up with changing tastes or in rental properties.

4. How much extra wallpaper should I order to account for mistakes or wall variations?

It’s recommended to order an extra 10-15% of wallpaper to ensure you have enough to cover any unexpected issues or mistakes during installation. This additional allowance is particularly important for patterns that need to match up at the seams.

5. Can I customize the wallpaper design to match my nursery’s theme?

Yes, at Teepee Joy, we offer custom wallpaper design services. Our team can work with you to create a unique wallpaper design that perfectly matches your nursery’s theme and color scheme. This personalized approach ensures your nursery is as unique as your little one, creating a truly special and cohesive space.

Final Thoughts and Next Steps

The journey to creating a magical nursery space is one of joy, excitement, and boundless creativity. As we’ve explored the realms of wallpaper selection, measurement, installation, and theme creation, it’s clear that every choice made along the way contributes to crafting a haven where your child’s imagination can flourish.

At Teepee Joy, we’re dedicated to helping you make these dreams a reality. Our collection of high-quality, enchanting designs offers the perfect starting point for your nursery project.

Everything you need to create a wonder-filled room for your little one, from vibrant wallpapers to customizable decor pieces, is just a click away.

I invite you to explore Teepee Joy’s collection further, order a wallpaper sample, or schedule a video consultation for personalized advice and assistance.

Whether you’re embarking on this creative journey alone or seeking expert guidance, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Remember, the spaces we create for our children are more than just rooms; they’re the backdrop to their childhood memories, a place for dreams to take root, and a sanctuary of comfort and joy.

Choose designs that speak to your heart, embrace the process with love, and watch as your child’s room transforms into a place of wonder and imagination.

Thank you for joining me on this journey. Here’s to creating spaces where our children can dream big, play freely, and grow in an environment filled with love and creativity. Let’s make magic together.