Reflecting Your Child’s Personality Through Wallpaper Choices

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

Imagine a world where every wall in your child’s room is a canvas of their evolving personality and wildest dreams.

The idea that a room can transform alongside your child, adapting and growing just as they do, is a journey I’m passionate about guiding families through.

I’m Lee Orlian, co-founder of Teepee Joy, and I’m here to share with you how selecting the right wallpaper can capture the essence of your child’s imagination, encouraging it to soar to new heights.

Together, we’ll dive into the art of choosing designs that not only mirror your child’s unique spirit but also evolve with them, creating a space that’s as dynamic and vibrant as their own imagination.

Let’s embark on this creative journey to make your child’s room a true reflection of their personality and dreams.

Understanding Your Child's Interests

Bone Chilling – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Every child has a world of interests unique to them—let’s start by exploring these realms.

The journey to choosing the perfect wallpaper for your child’s room begins with a deep dive into their personality, passions, and even their daydreams.

This exploration is not just about observing but engaging in conversations with your child to uncover their likes, dislikes, and the stories they love to imagine.

Involving your child in the selection process of the wallpaper is crucial. It ensures that the final choice resonates personally with them, transforming their room into a space where they feel truly seen and understood.

This collaborative approach not only strengthens your bond but also empowers your child, giving them a sense of ownership and pride in their personal space.

As we navigate through the myriad of colors, patterns, and themes available, remember that this decision is an incredible opportunity to echo your child’s individuality on their walls, creating a backdrop for their ongoing adventure of growth and discovery.

Reflecting Personality Through Colors and Patterns

Springtime Bunnies – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Colors and patterns do more than decorate—they tell a story. What story does your child want to tell? 

The hues and motifs we choose for our children’s rooms play a significant role in setting the tone of their personal sanctuary.

It’s a fascinating process to select designs that not only complement the physical space but also resonate with your child’s inner world.

Delving into the psychology of colors can provide us with insights into how different shades can influence mood and creativity. 

For instance, blues and greens are often associated with calmness and concentration, making them excellent choices for contemplative spaces.

On the other hand, vibrant colors like yellow and orange can energize the room, perfect for children with a lively and adventurous spirit.

Patterns also have their own language. Geometric shapes can inspire order and structure, while organic patterns like florals or celestial themes can stimulate imagination and a sense of wonder.

When choosing wallpaper designs, consider your child’s personality and how they interact with their environment. 

Do they thrive in a vibrant, dynamic setting, or do they prefer a more serene and orderly backdrop?

By thoughtfully selecting colors and patterns that reflect your child’s personality, you create a room that’s more than just visually appealing—it becomes a nurturing space that encourages them to express themselves and explore their creativity.

Let’s choose wallpapers that not only beautify but also tell the unique story of your child’s individuality and dreams.

 

Age-Appropriate Designs That Grow with Your Child

 Rosy Dreams  – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Selecting a wallpaper isn’t just about the now—it’s about the years to come. It’s a delicate balance to strike: choosing a design that captivates your child today while also standing the test of time as they grow.

The goal is to create a space that evolves in harmony with your child, reflecting their journey from the whimsical days of early childhood through the more discerning tastes of the teenage years.

The key to achieving this longevity is flexibility. Opt for designs that offer a broad appeal, such as nature themes, abstract patterns, or classic stripes, which can mature with your child.

These themes possess the unique ability to resonate with a wide range of age groups, making them perfect for a room that grows with its occupant.

Another tip is to lean towards a color palette that complements various phases of childhood and adolescence.

Neutral backgrounds with pops of color, for instance, can be easily updated with accessories and decor items as your child’s preferences evolve.

This approach allows the core design of the wallpaper to remain constant while the room’s accents shift to reflect their developing taste.

By thoughtfully selecting age-appropriate designs that can transition through the years, you’re investing in a space that remains relevant and cherished throughout your child’s journey of growth.

Let’s explore options that promise not just immediate delight but enduring charm, ensuring your child’s room remains a beloved haven as they navigate the path from youth to adolescence.

Measuring and Ordering: A Perfect Fit for Your Child's Space

Gray Wildflowers – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Accuracy in measurement ensures the wallpaper not only fits perfectly but also complements the room’s dimensions. 

Before embarking on the transformation of your child’s room with the selected wallpaper, taking precise measurements is a critical first step.

This process ensures that the chosen design not only covers the intended area seamlessly but also enhances the room’s overall aesthetic and functionality.

Here’s a simple guide to ensure you measure your space accurately and calculate the number of rolls needed effectively:

1. Measure the Walls: Start by measuring the height and width of each wall you plan to cover. For rooms with irregular shapes or additional features like windows and doors, make sure to account for these by measuring the space around them.

2. Calculate the Coverage: Using the measurements, calculate the total square footage of the walls. Our wallpaper rolls come in 24 inches wide and are available in lengths of 6, 8, 10, or 12 feet, allowing for customization based on your needs.

To determine how many rolls you require, divide the total width of your walls (in inches) by 24 (the width of the roll). Round up to the nearest whole number to ensure you have enough coverage.

3. Order Extra: It’s advisable to order an extra 10-15% more than your calculations suggest. This extra allowance accounts for future changes, potential mistakes during installation, or the need for repairs. Wallpaper patterns may also require matching, which can lead to additional usage of material.

4. Consider Future Changes: As your child grows, their tastes will evolve. Ordering extra wallpaper at the outset ensures you have matching rolls should you decide to update the room’s design or layout, helping maintain a cohesive look even as new elements are introduced.

 

By following these steps, you ensure that the chosen wallpaper not only fits perfectly but also allows for the room’s growth and change, mirroring the dynamic nature of your child’s development.

Installation Tips for a Seamless Look

With the right approach, installing wallpaper can be a fun DIY project that brings your child’s vision to life. 

Transforming a room with wallpaper is an exciting endeavor that not only enhances the space but also brings a sense of accomplishment.

Whether you’re a seasoned DIY enthusiast or new to wallpaper, these tips will help ensure a smooth installation process and a stunning outcome.

1. Preparing the Room: Begin by clearing the space, removing any furniture that might get in the way. Ensure the walls are clean, dry, and smooth. Fill in any holes or cracks and sand down rough areas. 

A primer may be necessary for walls that are particularly porous or have been painted with glossy paint, to ensure the wallpaper adheres properly.

2. Choosing Your Wallpaper: Decide between peel-and-stick and traditional wallpaper based on your comfort level and the permanence you desire. 

Peel-and-stick wallpapers offer a more forgiving application, ideal for renters or those who like to change designs frequently. Traditional wallpapers require adhesive and a bit more skill to align correctly but tend to offer a more durable finish.

3. Achieving a Professional Finish: When applying the wallpaper, start from the top and work your way down, smoothing out any bubbles as you go. Use a wallpaper smoothing tool or a dry cloth to gently press the wallpaper against the wall.

For peel-and-stick varieties, the ability to reposition the paper is a great advantage if you need to adjust for a better fit. Ensure patterns match up at the seams for a continuous look.

Trim any excess material at the bottom of the wall with a sharp utility knife for clean edges.

4. Handling Corners and Obstacles: Approach corners with care, making sure to measure and cut the wallpaper to fit. When dealing with obstacles like light switches or outlets, cut a piece to cover the area, then trim the excess material with precision to ensure a snug fit around the obstruction.

By following these practical steps, you can achieve a professional-looking finish that transforms your child’s room into a personalized haven. 

Remember, the key to a successful installation is patience and attention to detail, ensuring the wallpaper perfectly captures your child’s personality and the whimsical essence of their dream space.

Maintaining the Wallpaper: Keeping the Magic Alive

Superclusters – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

A well-maintained wallpaper continues to inspire and enchant for years. As the backdrop to your child’s imaginative play and dreams, the wallpaper in their room becomes an integral part of their childhood memories.

Keeping it vibrant and in excellent condition ensures that the space remains a source of joy and inspiration as your child grows. Here are some straightforward tips for cleaning and caring for the wallpaper, helping it stand the test of time.

1. Regular Dusting: Use a soft, dry cloth or a duster to gently remove dust from the surface of the wallpaper. Regular dusting prevents buildup and helps maintain the brightness of the colors and clarity of the patterns.

2. Spot Cleaning: For occasional spots or spills, lightly dab with a damp cloth. Use water sparingly and avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners that could damage the wallpaper’s surface. 

For peel-and-stick wallpaper, ensure the cloth is only slightly damp to prevent the adhesive from loosening.

3. Avoid Direct Sunlight: If possible, arrange the room in a way that minimizes prolonged exposure to direct sunlight on the wallpapered walls. Sunlight can fade colors over time, diminishing the wallpaper’s vibrancy. 

Use curtains or blinds to protect the room during the brightest parts of the day.

4. Repairing Minor Damage: Should the wallpaper suffer any minor damage, such as small tears or lifts, carefully apply a small amount of wallpaper adhesive for traditional wallpapers, or gently press back into place for peel-and-stick varieties. 

For larger issues, consult a professional or consider a patch if matching wallpaper is available.

By adhering to these care tips, you can ensure that the wallpaper remains a vibrant and cherished feature of your child’s room.

Maintaining the wallpaper not only preserves its beauty but also the magical atmosphere it creates, allowing your child’s imagination to flourish in a space that feels uniquely theirs, year after year.

FAQ

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

Reflecting on our journey through the world of wallpaper, we’ve explored how this simple element of decor can profoundly impact your child’s room, transforming it into a space that reflects their personality, grows with them, and even inspires their imagination.

The right wallpaper can turn a room into a storybook, a playground, or a haven of creativity and comfort.

As we conclude, I encourage you to take these insights and inspirations and apply them to creating a space for your child that’s as unique and special as they are.

Remember, choosing wallpaper is more than just picking a design; it’s about making a statement, telling a story, and creating an environment that supports and celebrates your child’s individuality.

If you’re ready to begin this exciting transformation, I invite you to explore Teepee Joy’s carefully curated collection of wallpapers. Whether you’re looking for something whimsical, bold, or simply beautiful, we have something to match every child’s dream.

Don’t hesitate to order a sample, ensuring the perfect match for your vision, or reach out for a personalized consultation. Together, let’s create magical spaces where our children can thrive, dream, and grow.