How to choose a pattern for your kid's room

How to choose a pattern for your kid's room

Peel and stick especially makes sense for kids’ rooms since chances are, they’ll change over time. And, if you’re going to go for wallpaper in their playroom, bedroom or nursery, you might as well be bold and playful with pattern.

The world of kids' wallpapers is huge and colorful, but unlike with toys, there are no age recommendations that would help parents decide which types to choose. However, it makes perfect sense to choose wallpapers for kids' rooms based on patterns, colours, structures, cleaning characteristics and the development levels of the child. After all, one of the most important aspects is: Children's rooms should grow with them.

In addition, wallpapers in children's rooms tend to be changed fairly frequently as the kids go through different development stages and interests. Of course there is no need to put up a new wallpaper every year. As a general rule, there are approximately 4 changes of wallpaper from birth to puberty. But it isn't always necessary to re-wallpaper all four walls. The fabulous choice of pattern and design wallpapers for children available in our Wallpaper Shop can be used for just one feature wall, or to define different areas of the room (sleep, study, play, etc.).

If you choose a busier pattern for your child's room, try and keep it to a feature wall and switch your focus to a simple style of furniture. Using lighter and more delicate patterns on a feature wall is great for smaller rooms, as it will make the room brighter and appear bigger. 

Toddlers love exploring the entire home. For the first few years of their lives, they frequently crawl around the whole house and don't spend much time in their rooms, preferring to be with their siblings and parents. Once they reach kindergarten age, this often changes and they tend to want to enjoy their own little realm a bit more.

If that isn't the case, it might be down to these two reasons: They think of their room as boring, or they are overwhelmed by colours, patterns, motifs and furniture in their room and don't feel comfortable as a result. This phenomenon is known as overstimulation. When children play, they tend to concentrate very hard, and a less than calming environment can be detrimental.

At the age of five or six, an exciting new chapter begins for children: they start school! And with it come much stricter rules, new experiences in terms of social interactions, and new power struggles. During the following years, a certain sense of competition takes over, along with the pressure to perform and changing relationships with friends and acquaintances. Personalties are shaped, self-confidence and the belief in themselves grow.

A child's bedroom now has a number of purposes: It becomes a space where the child sleeps, studies, retreats to, as well as a place for friends to visit. The requirements for children's rooms change as they acquire a more representative character. It simply needs to be the greatest and coolest room, as the child wants to "show it off".

In terms of wallpaper décor, there might be lengthy discussions between parents and children now, as ideas with regards to colors and motifs might differ considerably. After all, various areas of the room all need to be decorated in a manner that will be coherent. There is only one solution to this dilemma: compromise, compromise, compromise! Parents should be careful not to lecture their children but explain in simple terms why specific decisions need to be made. One of the possible compromises is a feature wall with the child's favorite pattern or color wallpaper, while the rest of the room is kept in matching hues.

Kids' rooms naturally suffer from some "wear and tear" and are more prone to damages and spills than just about any other room in the home. But that doesn't necessarily mean that you should choose a washable wallpaper - it very much depends on the age of the child.

Wash-resistant and scrub-resistant wallpapers for children's rooms can be wiped clean with a damp cloth and are therefore a good option for the rooms of toddlers and children of kindergarten age, as little fingers covered in baby food might want to inspect the funny figures on the walls, or the bottle might end up on the wall instead of in the mouth...

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