Nursery Makeover: How Hard is Wallpapering a Nursery

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

Envision a nursery transformation that goes beyond mere aesthetics, weaving together creativity, imagination, and functionality into every corner of the room.

This isn’t just about picking a theme or color scheme; it’s about creating a sanctuary where your little one can dream big, learn, and play—a space that reflects the warmth and love of your family.

I’m Lee Orlian, founder of Teepee Joy, and I’m thrilled to share the essence of designing a nursery with wallpaper

Drawing from my own journey and expertise in children’s interior design, I’ll guide you through the exhilarating process of choosing the perfect wallpaper.

Together, we’ll explore everything from selecting enchanting patterns that spark joy to navigating the practical aspects of installation.

Unveiling the Magic Within: The Transformative Power of Wallpaper

Leafy Mints – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Why should wallpaper be merely decorative when it has the extraordinary capacity to encapsulate dreams, ignite the imagination, and grow right alongside your child?

Imagine walls that do more than just enclose a room—walls that tell a story, inspire adventure, and become a backdrop to your child’s earliest and most cherished memories.

Wallpaper holds a unique and profound impact on a nursery’s ambiance. It’s not just about the colors or patterns; it’s about creating an environment that stimulates the mind and soothes the soul.

The right wallpaper turns a nursery into a dynamic space that nurtures creativity, wonder, and joy.

It provides a canvas for your child’s imagination to run wild, with designs that can transport them from the depths of the ocean to the farthest reaches of outer space, all from the safety and comfort of their room.

Moreover, wallpaper designed with the evolving tastes of your child in mind offers an enduring appeal that grows with them.

The nursery is the first chapter of their story, and the walls can be the pages that reflect each new phase of their journey.

Laying the Foundation: Planning Your Dream Nursery Wallpaper

Swirls in Pearl – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Every great project begins with a plan, a blueprint that transforms vision into reality. 

As we begin the process of choosing the perfect wallpaper for your nursery, it’s essential to lay a foundation as robust and detailed as your dreams for this special space.

Let’s embark on this journey with precision and passion, ensuring every inch of the nursery resonates with the magic and wonder you envision. 

Selecting a theme for your nursery goes beyond picking colors or patterns; it’s about weaving your family’s timeless charm and unique spirit into the walls.

Whether you’re drawn to the serenity of nature, the vibrancy of a storybook adventure, or the soothing rhythm of celestial patterns, your chosen theme should mirror the world you wish to create for your little one.

It should be a space that welcomes growth, encourages creativity, and speaks to the heart of your family’s story.

Accurate measurements are the cornerstone of transforming this vision into a tangible environment. 

The size of the room, the length of the walls, and the peculiarities of the space dictate not only the quantity of wallpaper needed but also influence the selection of patterns and designs.

A precise measurement ensures the space feels both expansive and intimate, perfectly tailored to the moments you’ll share within its confines. 

Here’s a straightforward method for calculating your wallpaper needs with Teepee Joy’s products: start by measuring the width and height of each wall in inches.

For a room that embraces change as much as your child will, add a few extra inches to each measurement to account for any irregularities or future adjustments. 

Then, divide the total width by the width of our wallpaper rolls (24 inches), rounding up to the nearest whole number to determine how many rolls you’ll need.

Don’t forget to account for windows and doors, subtracting their area from your total but considering an extra roll for pattern matching and those just-in-case moments. 

In planning your nursery wallpaper project, remember that this space is a canvas for your child’s imagination and a reflection of your family’s unique charm. 

With thoughtful selection and precise measurements, you’re not just decorating a room; you’re crafting an environment where your child can dream, play, and grow.

Crafting Dreams: Selecting the Perfect Wallpaper for Your Nursery

 Rosy Foliage – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

In the quest for the ideal wallpaper, the goal is not just to find a design that appeals to the eye but one that resonates with the heart and soul of your family.

Our collection at Teepee Joy offers a vast array of options, from the soothing whispers of pastel hues to the vibrant shouts of bold patterns, all designed to create a nurturing environment that inspires.

For those looking to embrace a gender-neutral theme, our range includes designs that transcend traditional color schemes, offering a palette that is both inclusive and diverse.

Choosing wallpaper for a child’s nursery goes beyond aesthetics; it’s about selecting a backdrop for your child’s daily adventures and dreams. 

Our eco-friendly wallpaper options are not only visually stunning but are crafted with the well-being of your family and the environment in mind.

Made from high-quality, sustainable materials, they provide a safe, non-toxic environment for your child to explore and grow. 

The practical benefits extend further, with features like easy application and removal, allowing the room’s look to evolve as easily as your child’s interests.

When selecting a wallpaper, consider how the design complements the overall theme of the nursery.

Think about the stories you want the walls to tell—whether it’s tales of jungle adventures, serene ocean voyages, or flights across starlit skies.

The right pattern can stimulate imagination, encourage creativity, and provide comfort, making the nursery a favorite space for both you and your child.

Bringing Dreams to Life: Easy Wallpaper Installation for Your Nursery

 Autumn Blades – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

The transformation of your nursery goes beyond the visual splendor; it’s woven into the very process of creation, where each step brings a sense of joy and achievement.

This journey from concept to reality doesn’t have to be daunting.

In fact, with the right approach and materials, it can become a fulfilling DIY project that adds a personal touch to your child’s first sanctuary.

Here, I’ll guide you through the simple yet impactful process of applying both peel-and-stick and traditional wallpaper, ensuring your nursery’s makeover is as seamless as the designs you’ve chosen.

Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper: A DIY Dream

Peel-and-stick wallpaper is a boon for those looking to dive into a DIY project without the commitment of permanent alterations.

Perfect for renters or anyone who enjoys the freedom to switch up designs as their child grows, this option offers a straightforward application:

  • Prepare the Surface – Ensure your walls are clean, dry, and smooth. Peel-and-stick wallpaper adheres best to surfaces free of dust and texture.
  • Measure and Cut – Measure the height of your wall and cut your wallpaper strips accordingly, allowing a few extra inches at the top and bottom for adjustment.
  • Peel and Apply – Starting from the top, peel a section of the backing off and gently smooth the wallpaper onto the wall, working your way down. Use a squeegee to push out any air bubbles for a flawless finish.
  • Trim the Excess – Once the wallpaper is in place, Trim any excess material from the top and bottom for a perfect fit.

Traditional Wallpaper: Timeless Elegance

For those who prefer the durability and long-lasting beauty of traditional wallpaper, the process requires a bit more preparation but results in a stunning, durable finish:

  • Wall Preparation – Similar to peel-and-stick, ensure your walls are clean, dry, and smooth. Apply a primer if necessary to create an optimal surface.
  • Apply adhesive – Use a roller to apply a uniform layer of wallpaper adhesive to the back of the wallpaper. Some wallpapers come pre-pasted, which only requires activation with water.
  • Hang with Precision – Carefully place the wallpaper against the wall, starting from the top. Use a brush or squeegee to smooth the paper onto the wall, ensuring there are no bubbles or wrinkles.
  • Seam and Trim – Pay special attention to the seams, making sure they align perfectly. Trim any excess material for a clean and professional look.

Teepee Joy wallpapers are designed with the DIY enthusiast in mind. They blend ease of installation with high-quality materials to ensure your nursery’s makeover is not only beautiful but also a testament to your personal touch.

Whether you choose the simplicity of peel-and-stick or the traditional charm of glued wallpaper, the result is a room transformed—a space where your child can dream, play, and grow.

By following these tips, you’ll find that installing wallpaper is not just a task but a rewarding part of the nursery makeover process.

It’s an opportunity to pour your love and creativity into a space that will become a backdrop to your child’s earliest memories.

Preserving Magic: Caring for Your Nursery Wallpaper

Mellow Bunnies – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

A nursery’s beauty lies not just in its initial reveal but in how it endures and inspires through every stage of childhood. 

The walls, adorned with your carefully chosen wallpaper, become the silent witnesses to countless stories, dreams, and milestones.

It’s essential, then, to ensure these walls maintain their vibrance and allure, continuing to be a source of joy and inspiration as your child grows. 

Here are some practical tips for caring for your nursery wallpaper, keeping it as fresh and enchanting as the day it was installed.

Routine Care and Cleaning

  • Dust Regularly – Like any surface in your home, wallpaper accumulates dust. Use a soft, dry cloth or a duster to remove dust from the walls gently. This simple step, performed regularly, helps preserve the wallpaper’s colors and patterns.
  • Spot Cleaning – Life happens, and with little ones, it’s not uncommon for walls to encounter the odd spill or smudge. For most wallpapers, especially those from Teepee Joy, a damp cloth can remove most marks. Always blot gently rather than rub, and use water sparingly to avoid soaking the paper.

Addressing Accidents

  • Immediate Response – The quicker you address spills or stains, the better. For non-washable wallpapers, absorb as much of the spill as possible with a dry, absorbent cloth, then lightly dab with a damp cloth if the wallpaper can handle moisture.
  • Professional Advice – For stubborn stains or if you’re unsure how to proceed, seeking advice from a professional or wallpaper manufacturer can prevent damage.

Long-Term Maintenance

  • Avoid Direct Sunlight – Over time, sunlight can fade the vibrant colors of your wallpaper. Consider using blinds or curtains to protect the nursery’s walls from direct sunlight during the brightest parts of the day.
  • Proper Ventilation – Keep the nursery well-ventilated to prevent moisture buildup, which can adversely affect wallpaper adhesive and lead to peeling or bubbling.

Embracing Changes

  • Updating Your Space – As your child grows, their tastes will evolve. Teepee Joy’s wallpapers are designed with durability and ease of removal in mind, making it simple to update the nursery to reflect your child’s developing personality and interests.

Caring for your nursery wallpaper ensures that the space not only remains beautiful but also continues to spark imagination and creativity throughout your child’s early years.

With these tips, maintaining the enchantment of your nursery becomes an effortless part of its journey, allowing those walls to be a canvas for your child’s dreams, now and in the future.


Q1: How do I choose the right wallpaper for my nursery?

A1: Selecting the right wallpaper involves considering the theme, color scheme, and overall atmosphere you want to create in your nursery. 

Look for designs that match your aesthetic preferences while also offering flexibility to adapt as your child grows.

Teepee Joy’s collections offer a range of gender-neutral, vibrant, and whimsical patterns that cater to various themes and are designed with children’s imagination and parents’ peace of mind at heart.

Q2: Can I install the wallpaper myself, or should I hire a professional

A2: Many of Teepee Joy’s wallpapers are designed for easy DIY installation, especially our peel-and-stick options, which can be applied and adjusted with minimal fuss. 

For those comfortable with DIY projects, installing wallpaper can be a rewarding experience.

However, if you’re uncertain or prefer a flawless finish, hiring a professional might be the way to go. Traditional wallpapers require more expertise to apply, so consider your comfort level and the specific product instructions.

Q3: How much wallpaper do I need for my nursery?

A3: To calculate how much wallpaper you need, measure the width and height of your walls in inches. Divide the total width by the width of the wallpaper roll (24 inches for Teepee Joy wallpapers) to determine the number of rolls required.

Always round up to the nearest whole number and consider ordering an extra roll for pattern matching and potential mistakes. For detailed projects or irregular-shaped rooms, consulting with a professional or our customer service can provide additional guidance.

Q4: Is the wallpaper safe for my child’s nursery?

A4: Absolutely! Teepee Joy prioritizes your family’s safety and well-being. Our wallpapers are made from high-quality, eco-friendly materials that are non-toxic and safe for use in children’s spaces.

Our products comply with stringent safety standards, ensuring they are free from harmful chemicals and suitable for your nursery.

Q5: How can I maintain the wallpaper and keep it looking fresh?

A5: Maintaining your nursery wallpaper involves regular dusting with a soft, dry cloth and spot cleaning with a damp cloth for any spills or marks. For peel-and-stick wallpaper, use gentle pressure to avoid damaging the adhesive.

 Avoid direct sunlight to prevent fading, and ensure the nursery is well-ventilated to reduce the risk of moisture damage.

If you encounter stubborn stains or issues, consulting with a professional or reaching out to Teepee Joy’s customer service can provide specific advice tailored to your wallpaper’s material and finish.

Final Thoughts and Next Steps

Reflecting on the journey of creating a nursery, it becomes clear that this space is more than just a room; it’s a haven of imagination and comfort, where every detail contributes to the overall atmosphere of wonder and security.

The choice of wallpaper plays a pivotal role in this transformation, serving not just as a backdrop but as a key element that can tie the entire theme together, making the nursery a true space of wonder and joy.

 The right wallpaper brings warmth, depth, and character, turning the nursery into a place where your child can dream freely and you can feel a sense of accomplishment and connection.

I warmly invite you to explore the enchanting world of Teepee Joy’s wallpaper collections. 

Within our curated selection, you’ll discover designs that are more than just patterns on a wall—they’re gateways to adventures, stories, and dreams.

Whether you’re at the beginning stages of planning, looking to refresh an existing space, or somewhere in between, we’re here to support you in making those dreams a reality.

From ordering a swatch to getting a feel for the textures and colors to browsing our entire collection for the perfect match, our goal is to ensure your nursery becomes everything you envisioned and more.

If you need a bit more guidance or a personalized touch, scheduling a consultation with us can help bridge the gap between your ideas and their execution. 

This is more than just decorating a room—it’s about crafting a sanctuary for your newest family member, a place where love, imagination, and comfort are built into the very walls.

Let’s take that next step together, bringing your nursery vision to life with Teepee Joy.