11 Whimsical and Sophisticated Wallpaper Designs (Perfect for Kid Rooms!)

November 7, 2016

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Choosing the wallpaper for the girls’ room was no simple task. In fact, it was probably the thing I agonized over most. I ordered samples, I changed my mind, the room evolved, the placement of the wallpaper evolved. And then I found this Forest Floor wallpaper from Hygge & West and everything just kind of clicked–it was the one you could say.

Love this whimsical wallpaper!

We received a comment from a dear reader last week asking:

Hi Julia,

At some point, can you talk about your decision to use such an “adult” looking wallpaper pattern? It really is beautiful with the black built ins – I’m guess I’m just wondering what led you to dark/luxe versus fresh/bright?


While I wouldn’t say this wallpaper is strictly “adult”, I do see how it could be perceived as more sophisticated and we’re never one to shy away from a dark wall, although I think dark can be equally as fresh. When we were looking for wallpaper, we were on the hunt for something that would grow with our girls (they are 4 years apart), but still felt whimsical. Kind of like a dress that could be dressed up or down, we needed our wallpaper to appeal to a span of ages and one that could adapt to a change in favorite colors. The one we landed on fit that description, fit our home (I think kids’ rooms can fit into your overall home design while still being playful) and fit the design for the girls room. Here are the top 11 wallpaper designs we were considering that marry whimsy and sophistication:

Wallpaper that works well in kids' rooms but doesn't scream KIDS ROOM!

1. Forest Floor (Ebony) Hygge & West | 2. Cole & Son Woods Wallpaper | 3. Gingham Pattern Removable Wallpaper | 4. JuJu Papers Glowing Pebbles | 5. Roderik | 6. Hide and Seek Anahi Forest Fauna Wildlife Embossed Wallpaper | 7. Cole & Son Squiggle Wallpaper | 8. Dog-A-Day Wallpaper | 9. Nuvolette Wallpaper| 10. Farrow & Ball Aranami |11. Kalahari Vignettes Wallpaper

We’ll be working down to the wire, but can’t wait to show you how everything fits together in the big reveal on Wednesday!

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What do you think?

  1. Winnie G says:

    I really like what you landed on for your home…..but I totally love 4 and 7. Currently trying to think of a project in which I could utilize one of them. lol

  2. Alisha Argo says:

    On today’s podcast you talked about art and with today’s blog post about the marriage between sophistication and whimsy I couldn’t help but let you know about an artist/print I found on Etsy that reminds me of you. The shop is MirDinara and the print is called Five Dancing Princesses. Etsy is so huge I feel like it’s possible you’ve never seen it. Loving the blog and podcast!

  3. Lily says:

    I think your choice is a surprising, inspired choice – it really pops and looks so special. Cannot wait to see the finished project!

  4. Jessica says:

    I had a good chuckle at your use of the word “evolved” after listening to your podcast today.

    excited to see the space!

  5. Megan says:

    The Cole and Sons is my jam! It will be in my house at some point in the future.

  6. LRC says:

    Hi, I love the paper you chose. I just have a note about something totally different: I find the ad that shows up as an overlay at the bottom of the screen on your site very annoying. I completely understand the need for ads, but that particular one covers what I am trying to read and doesn’t close when I click the ‘x’ in the corner of the ad. Perhaps it is only my computer that does that; however, in case it is not just my computer, I wanted to give you a heads up that it doesn’t function properly for me.

    • Courtney says:

      I TOTALLY agree!! Not only do I have to close it when I first go to your site, but then I have to try to close it when I open the full post. I’ll be honest, thete are some days when I don’t bother reading your post for just that reason. I, too, understand the need for adds, but this one…

    • Elaine says:

      I have similar feelings about the ones on my phone. They’re awful and annoying and make it REALLY hard some days. The 8th time I’m redirected to wherever when I try to close the ad so I can see the picture is usually when I give up.

    • Emily K says:

      Agreed. That bottom ad is a total pain when I try to visit your site on my phone.

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