Wallpaper and Lighting: Creating the Perfect Atmosphere in Nurseries

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

Imagine stepping into a nursery that doesn’t just welcome you, but envelops you in a world where every detail whispers tales of wonder and every corner lights up with the promise of dreams come true.

This isn’t just any room; it’s a sanctuary designed with love, where every choice, from the wallpaper to the lighting, plays a crucial role in crafting an atmosphere not just for sleep, but for imagination and growth.

In this journey, we’re not merely decorating a space; we’re creating a haven. A haven that reflects the boundless potential and the whimsical nature of childhood itself.

It’s about more than aesthetics; it’s about creating an environment that nurtures, inspires, and adapts to the ever-changing wonders of your child’s development.

Join me as we dive into the art of perfecting your nursery’s atmosphere with carefully selected wallpaper and lighting.

Together, we’ll blend beauty and functionality to create the ultimate haven for your little one—a place where every moment is an invitation to dream.

Creating Worlds with Wallpaper: The First Chapter of Your Child's Adventure

Whimsical Woods – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Wallpaper transcends mere decoration; it becomes the backdrop for the inaugural chapters of your child’s adventures.

It’s in these early settings where the soft whispers of fairy tales blend with the bold roars of distant worlds, crafting an atmosphere where dreams are nurtured and imaginations soar.

The impact of wallpaper on a nursery’s ambiance is profound.  Soothing pastels offer a gentle embrace, creating a serene sanctuary that beckons peaceful slumber and sweet dreams.

In contrast, vibrant themes and bold colors serve as a beacon for curiosity, sparking imaginative play and tales of epic adventures.

This duality allows parents to tailor the environment to foster both rest and creativity, laying the foundation for a well-rounded childhood.

The journey to selecting the right wallpaper is an exploration in itself, merging aesthetics with the nurturing essence of a safe, stimulating environment. High-quality wallpapers bring not just color and life to a room but also peace of mind.

Made from materials free from harmful substances, these wallpapers respect the delicate balance of indoor air quality and child safety, providing a space that’s as pure as it is picturesque.

In choosing the perfect wallpaper for your nursery, you embark on an endeavor far beyond simple decoration.

 You’re crafting an ecosystem that supports storybook adventures by day and tranquil dreams by night.

This decision shapes the canvas against which your child will paint their first memories, ensuring that their initial encounters with the world are filled with wonder, beauty, and safety.

Lighting the Way: The Art of Choosing Nursery Lighting

Jungle Cats – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Lighting, often overlooked, is the silent guardian of a nursery’s ambiance, playing a pivotal role in shaping both the mood and functionality of this special space.

Just as a carefully chosen wallpaper can transform walls into a canvas of dreams, the right lighting brings those dreams into the gentle relief of reality, offering comfort, wonder, and joy in equal measure.

Selecting lighting that both complements your chosen wallpaper and enhances the overall theme of the nursery is crucial.

For the peaceful hours of bedtime, soft, warm glows mimic the setting sun, wrapping your little one in a cozy blanket of light that whispers, “It’s time to rest.”

As dawn breaks and playtime begins, brighter, more cheerful lighting invigorates the space, encouraging play and exploration. 

This interplay of light seamlessly transitions the nursery from a tranquil haven to a lively playground, reflecting the dynamic nature of childhood itself.

Moreover, the versatility of adjustable lighting cannot be overstated. 

Dimmers and multi-setting lamps are invaluable tools in the nursery, allowing for a tailored lighting experience that meets the evolving needs of your child throughout the day.

Adjustable lighting ensures that the nursery’s ambiance is always in harmony with its occupants’ activities and moods, whether dimming the lights for a soothing bedtime story or brightening the room for an afternoon of play.

Lighting is a key player in the orchestration of nursery design. 

It harmonizes with wallpaper and decor to create a symphony of light that dances across the room, adapting and changing as your child grows.

It invites imagination during the day and promises rest at night, making it an essential element in the creation of a nurturing, functional, and magical nursery space.

Harmonizing Hues and Illumination: Crafting a Unified Nursery Space

Bluebelles – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

The true enchantment of a nursery comes from the delicate dance between wallpaper and lighting, where each element enhances the other, creating a space that’s both cohesive and inviting.

Achieving this harmony ensures that the nursery is not only beautiful but also functional, serving as a versatile haven that easily transitions from a restful sleep sanctuary to an imaginative play area.

When selecting wallpaper and lighting, consider how these elements can complement and elevate each other.

Wallpapers with intricate patterns or vibrant colors, for instance, can be softly illuminated with diffused lighting to highlight details without overwhelming the senses.

Conversely, for more subtle wallpaper designs, a statement lighting piece can add depth and interest to the room, drawing the eye and warming the space. 

The balance between aesthetics and practicality is key in creating a nursery that meets the needs of both parents and children.

This balance is achieved not only through the choice of wallpaper and lighting fixtures but also through considering the color temperature of the lighting in relation to the wallpaper colors.

Warm lighting can make rich, deep wallpaper colors feel cozier, while cooler lighting can complement wallpapers with cooler tones, making the space feel crisp and refreshing.

Moreover, the interaction of light and color can significantly impact the perceived atmosphere of the nursery. 

Soft, warm lights can bring out the comforting hues of a pastel wallpaper, creating a soothing environment perfect for bedtime.

In contrast, brighter, white lights can accentuate the vibrant colors or playful patterns of wallpaper, energizing the room and sparking creativity during playtime.

 Creating a nursery that sings in harmony requires a thoughtful approach to pairing wallpaper and lighting.

By considering how these elements interact, parents can craft a nursery that not only looks unified but also adapts to the rhythm of daily life, offering a backdrop to the unfolding story of childhood that is both magical and practical.

Wallpaper Wisdom: Selecting and Installing with Ease

Herringbone Strikes – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Selecting the perfect wallpaper for your nursery transcends mere aesthetic appeal; it’s about making informed decisions that lead to a harmonious and beautiful space.

The process begins with understanding your room’s dimensions and continues with choosing a wallpaper that not only captures your imagination but also meets practical needs.

Measuring with Precision

Accuracy in measuring your nursery’s walls is the foundation of a successful wallpaper application. 

To ensure you have enough wallpaper without overordering, start by measuring the width and height of each wall in inches.

Using Teepee Joy’s guidelines, add a few extra inches to both measurements to account for any irregularities or mistakes during installation.

For example, if your walls are 8 feet tall, consider ordering rolls that cater to a 10-foot height, providing that extra buffer.

Calculating Your Needs

Once you have your measurements, envision each roll of Teepee Joy wallpaper as a 24-inch-wide sticker, available in various lengths. Imagine your walls as a puzzle to be covered by these stickers.

To determine the number of rolls needed, calculate the total width of your walls. 

Then, divide this total width by the width of each roll of wallpaper. This calculation will provide you with the approximate number of rolls required to cover your walls.

Remember to round up to the next whole number to ensure you have enough rolls.

Additionally, consider ordering an extra 10-15% to accommodate pattern matching and unforeseen challenges during installation.

Choosing the Right Type

Deciding between peel-and-stick or traditional wallpaper is a key step. Peel-and-stick options offer a convenient, mess-free installation and are ideal for those who love the flexibility to change designs without committing to a permanent look or for renters.

While traditional wallpapers require a bit more effort to apply, they provide a durable and long-lasting finish. When making your choice, consider your lifestyle and the nursery’s future needs.

Installation Tips for Success

For a smooth installation process, gather the right tools before beginning.

A utility knife, a straight edge, and a smoothing tool are essential for peel-and-stick applications, while traditional wallpaper may require paste, a brush, and a roller. 

Regardless of the type, always start by ensuring your walls are clean, dry, and smooth.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully, aligning each strip meticulously and smoothing out air bubbles as you go.

 For peel-and-stick wallpapers, remember that they’re repositionable, so you can adjust as needed to achieve the perfect alignment.

By following these practical steps and embracing the joy of the process, you’ll not only select a wallpaper that you love but also ensure a professional-looking installation that brings your nursery’s vision to life.

Illuminating Safely: Nursery Lighting Installation and Precautions

Olive Natural – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

When it comes to creating the perfect nursery, the safety and security of your lighting choices are as important as their beauty and functionality.

The gentle glow that fills the room should complement the decor and adhere to the highest safety standards, ensuring your little one’s environment is secure and nurturing.

Choosing Nursery-Safe Lighting

Begin by selecting fixtures specifically designed for children’s safety. Look for lighting options that are non-toxic and free from harmful materials, with sturdy construction that minimizes the risk of accidents or injuries.

The design should be child-friendly, with no sharp edges or small, detachable parts that could pose a choking hazard.

Additionally, consider the theme and aesthetic of your nursery when selecting lighting fixtures, ensuring they harmonize with the wallpaper and overall decor to create a cohesive and inviting space.

Installation Considerations

Professional installation is strongly recommended for hard-wired lighting fixtures, such as ceiling lights or wall sconces.

 A certified electrician can ensure that all fixtures are securely installed and wired correctly, adhering to local building codes and safety standards.

This not only guarantees the safety of the installation but also provides peace of mind, knowing that your nursery’s lighting is both beautiful and safely integrated into your home’s electrical system.

Safe Use of Plug-In Lamps and Nightlights

Plug-in lamps and nightlights offer flexibility and convenience in nursery lighting, allowing for easy adjustments and changes as your child grows.

When using these types of lighting, always ensure they are placed out of reach of curious little hands and away from cribs or play areas to prevent accidental tipping or entanglement. Opt for lamps with stable bases and secure, child-proof cords.

Additionally, choosing LED bulbs can reduce the risk of burns, as they generate less heat than traditional bulbs, making them a safer option for a child’s room.

By prioritizing safety in every aspect of your nursery’s lighting design, from the selection of fixtures to professional installation and mindful placement, you create not just a beautifully lit space but a secure haven where your child can grow and thrive.

With careful planning and consideration, your nursery will be a beacon of comfort, creativity, and safety, illuminating the path for your little one’s dreams and adventures.

Crafting Your Sanctuary: The Final Touches to Your Dream Nursery

Doggone Adventures – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Your nursery is not just a room; it’s a storybook waiting for its first tale, a stage set for the first of many dreams.

With wallpaper that whispers tales of magic and mystery, and lighting that gently illuminates the path to adventure, the foundation of your dream nursery is firmly in place.

Now, it’s time to add the details that transform it from a beautifully designed space into a personal sanctuary for your little one.

Mixing and matching wallpapers with an array of lighting fixtures allows you to customize the nursery to reflect your vision perfectly. 

Consider how the gentle hues of your chosen wallpaper can be enhanced by the warm glow of a dimmable overhead light or the soft luminescence of a stylish bedside lamp.

This harmonious blend of light and design not only adds depth and character to the room but also creates a versatile space that adapts to your child’s changing moods and needs.

 To bring your nursery’s theme to full fruition, consider incorporating a selection of coordinating decor items.

Teepee Joy’s range of decorative pillows and blackout curtains offers the perfect combination of style and functionality, adding comfort while aligning with the aesthetic of your wallpaper and lighting choices.

These final touches not only beautify the space but also contribute to its comfort and usability, ensuring the nursery is equipped for both lively playtimes and peaceful slumbers.

Imagine decorative pillows adding splashes of color and texture to a cozy reading nook, or blackout curtains ensuring restful naps undisturbed by the bright midday sun.

 Each element you introduce weaves another layer into the nursery’s narrative, making it a truly unique and enchanting space.

As you step back and survey the nursery you’ve created, remember that this room is more than just a place for sleep; it’s a world of wonder that will host the first chapters of your child’s life.

Each choice you’ve made, from the whimsical wallpaper to the glowing lampshade, contributes to a sanctuary that is uniquely yours and uniquely theirs—a place where endless dreams are not just welcomed but nurtured.


1. How do I choose the right wallpaper for my nursery?

Choosing the right wallpaper involves considering the overall theme of your nursery, the mood you wish to create, and the longevity of the design.

Look for patterns and colors that match your vision, whether that’s soft and serene or bright and stimulating.

Consider wallpapers that can grow with your child to avoid redecorating too soon. Remember to factor in the quality and safety of the wallpaper, ensuring it’s free from harmful substances.

2. Can I install nursery wallpaper myself, or should I hire a professional?

Many parents successfully install wallpaper themselves, especially if opting for peel-and-stick varieties that are designed for easy application and adjustment.

However, if you choose traditional wallpaper or are unsure about the process, hiring a professional can ensure a smooth, flawless finish.

3. What type of lighting is best for a nursery?

The best lighting for a nursery is versatile. It should combine ambient lighting for general illumination, task lighting for activities like reading or changing diapers, and accent lighting to highlight certain areas or decor.

Look for fixtures with dimmable options or adjustable settings to easily transition from bright playtime light to soft bedtime light.

4. How can I ensure the lighting in my nursery is safe?

Choose lighting fixtures designed with safety in mind, avoiding those with small, detachable parts or sharp edges. Opt for LED bulbs to minimize heat output, reducing burn risks. Ensure any hard-wired fixtures are installed by a professional, and keep plug-in lamps and nightlights out of reach of little hands.

5. Where can I find inspiration for my nursery theme?

Inspiration for your nursery theme can come from many sources, including children’s books, nature, travel, and art.

Teepee Joy offers a range of wallpaper and decor items that can spark your imagination and help you visualize your nursery’s potential. Explore our collection, and don’t hesitate to reach out for a consultation if you need guidance or personalized recommendations.

Final Thoughts and Next Steps

As we reach the end of our journey through the realms of wallpaper and lighting, it’s clear that the nursery you’re envisioning is much more than a room—it’s a canvas of love.

Every choice, from the whispering wallpapers that beckon tales of enchantment to the soft glow of lighting that ensures peace and warmth, contributes to creating a sanctuary not just for sleep, but for growth, play, and imagination.

The transformative power of these elements cannot be overstated. 

Together, they weave a spell that turns an ordinary room into an extraordinary haven, a place where your little one can dream big and explore the bounds of their imagination in comfort and safety.

It’s a magical process, and at Teepee Joy, we’re honored to be a part of it, offering a collection that’s as unique and special as your vision. We encourage you to dive into the world of possibilities with Teepee Joy’s customizable options.

Our range of wallpapers and decor items are designed to help you bring your nursery vision to life, ensuring that every detail reflects the love and care you’ve poured into creating a perfect space for your child.

As you stand on the threshold of this exciting project, remember that you’re not alone. 

We invite you to order samples, reach out for a personal consultation, or simply start planning your nursery with Teepee Joy by your side.

Our team is here to support you from initial inspiration to the final, loving touches. 

Your nursery is a canvas of love, waiting for you to bring it to life. With Teepee Joy, your dream nursery isn’t just a possibility—it’s a promise.

 Let’s create a space where every day is an adventure, every night is a dream, and every moment is treasured.