Published on October 8, 2019

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Welcome to The Deep Dive, in which we search high and low for the best of the best products for every corner of your home, from modern chandeliers to vintage rugs. Next up: kids’ wallpaper.

Too often, we leave the walls in our main living spaces white due to decision paralysis. On the off chance that we dare use a little pigment, it’s a light shade of blue, gray, or griege paint. Even those of us who are adventurous enough to go for wallpaper tend to opt for dainty patterns or textures. Knowing you’ll be staring at your choice day in and day out isn’t exactly conducive to taking a design risk.

But kids’ rooms are the perfect place to push the boundaries. Not only will children be inspired by these whimsical worlds, so will you. So swap soft pastels with bright paint splatters; cover beige with lush florals; and drape plain ceilings in starry night skies. Who knows, throwing out the rules in this contained space might just give you the confidence to go bold elsewhere in your home. Here are a few playful options to get you started.

Shapes

Grids, leaves, moons, even leopard spotsall forms and colors are welcome in a room for little ones.

Food

Fuel your cravings with a whimsical wallpaper inspired by your favorite snack.

Stripes

This cheerful pattern isn’t just for the beach.

Sky

Perfect for a future astronaut or the child who always has his head in the clouds.

Flora

If your little one’s favorite movie is The Secret Garden, she’ll surely appreciate a wild leafy wallpaper.

Animals

Like a trip to the zoo, but with no traveling required.

Characters

From women of New York to friendly robots, these quirky wallpapers will always keep your child company.

Abstract

A little inspiration for the budding artist.

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