10 Bold Patterned Wallpapers for Kids’ Rooms

published Nov 2, 2022
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bold botanical wallpaper in a kid's room
Credit: Rebel Walls

A bold wallpaper is the cleverest way to instantly transform your child’s room into a magical space full of color and pattern. Because wallpaper can average around $100-$200 per roll, in addition to the expense of installing it yourself or hiring a professional, the trick is nailing down that timeless design that they’ll adore from the toddler through the teen years. But there’s one way to help ensure a steady transition – get your kiddo’s buy-in! 

Based on their favorite color palettes and interests, edit your choices down to five or six samples. Once all of the swatches arrive, hang them on the wall in their room. Then, give them some time to settle on a favorite. Depending on their age, they’ll probably recall that they had a say in helping to create their space. Ideally that empowerment will translate to a long, loving relationship with their bedroom.  

We’ve picked 10 bold wallpapers that are fun, whimsical, and packed with patterns that we think children will adore whether they are 3 or 13. If these don’t fit the bill, check out our recommendations for animal-themed wallpaper and removable wallpaper!

10 Bold Patterned Wallpapers for Kids’ Rooms

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House of Hackney

Whether an avid reader, adventure seeker or Disney fanatic, this whimsical Alice in Wonderland wallpaper by C.F.A.Voysey checks all of the boxes. Based on original 1930s illustrations, it captures the beauty and mystery of the beloved story. Choose from six colorways, including rose pink, soft aqua, linen, and natural.

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A bold pattern can exude warmth, confidence, and sophistication, as demonstrated in this cozy kid’s room by Olivine Design. Covered in Ottoline’s Madame Ziggle Wallpaper, the trio of colors and graphics can satisfy a range of ages. Choose from orange (shown here) or yellow.

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Hygge & West

If you’re not afraid of a bold room, you can always double down with a strong trim like Kate Pearce effortlessly pulled off in her daughter’s room. A black background with pops of soaring florals bursts of bright green grasses is enchanting but being enveloped by spring will never grow old. It’s available in ebony and primary colorways.

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Rebel Walls

Plant lover? Maximalist? Explorer? All of the above? Then this Mischievous Monkey Wallpaper from Rebel Walls may be the pick for you. Available in your choice of background including pastel pink, pale sunshine yellow and white, the design might just include some silly monkeys hiding among the myriad of bright green leaves.

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Wallpaper Direct
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If you love a bold pattern but prefer a lighter colorway, Sandberg Wallpaper’s Emil pattern is the best of both worlds. This cascading take on a classic medallion wallpaper will make a room feel bigger with its lofty florals, outstretched leaves and arched straw. It’s available in three colorways, sandstone, blush and garden green.

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Even sans color, a pattern can feel vibrant, fun, and busy. This black and white toile bunny wallpaper from York Wallcoverings is dotted with beautiful vintage-inspired illustrations of rabbits jumping, bathing, and chilling among the flowers (presumably which they plan to gobble up at any moment.) A simple colorway like this is easy to switch up later by painting the trim, beadboard or walls a new color.

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Lake August

Another way to ramp up boldness in a space is by choosing a pattern with motion, like this flock of barnacle geese, seen from near and afar by Lake August. This kid’s space by San Francisco based Jute Interior Design is completely enveloped with the wallpaper, from floor throughout the ceiling bringing the magic of the soaring birds to life. Choose from four colorways, pale sun, silver sky, halcyon, and midocean.

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Wallpaper Direct
was $123.00

If you want to lean into something that feels a bit more classic, consider a striped wallpaper. You can unearth all sorts of striped wallpaper, some with thick stripes, some with pinstripes and some in between. They are easy to mix and match with a variety of colors and perhaps especially transitional if you’re worried you child’s interests will sway. This version from Sandberg comes in a variety of modern colors, including sandstone, teal, mustard, dark blue and graphite.

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Chasing Paper

If you have your eye on a big, colorful pattern but feel overwhelmed by covering every inch of wall don’t get discouraged. Take a minimal approach instead, highlighting some focal spaces in the room that will have a high impact with a touch of wallpaper. In Caroline Snider's shared kids' bedroom, she focused on the mantle and lower half of the walls using Chasing Paper’s Rising Sun, available in gold, pink and champagne.

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de Gournay

If for whatever reason, wallpapering a bedroom is out of the question then consider transforming a children’s bathroom with some whimsy wallpaper. Hannah Ceceil Gurney, director at de Gournay, treated her children’s bathroom with the company’s Promenade Line illustrated with animal flying vintage airplanes and bicycles among trees, brightly colored banners, and balloons. Super pricey, but super gorgeous!

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