12 Animal-Themed Wallpapers That Will Make Your Child’s Space Come Alive

published Aug 12, 2022
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Woodland wallpaper Rylee + Cru
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One of the best things about kids is that they reintroduce us to the natural world in ways we might not have experienced since our own childhoods. Suddenly, we know all the names of the dinosaurs and the noises every animal makes, even the obscure ones. We might not be able to have our own menagerie in our homes, much as our kids would love it, but adding animal print wallpaper to a nursery, playroom, or bedroom can be a close second. Your child will love it for the content, and you’ll enjoy the aesthetics—this is not your grandmother’s wallpaper. 

We’ve rounded up a selection of prints that range from cute as can be to dramatic and statement-making, and everything in between. Some of these companies have multiple wallpapers to fit the theme, so if you like the look but want something different, be sure to see what else is on offer. (And if any of these seem like too much of a commitment, there’s always removable wallpaper!)

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Serena & Lily

This stunning wallpaper has a minimal, traditional look, so it would work beyond a child’s space (and you might want it in your living room). But the calming blues and whites are perfect for a nursery, and close up there is plenty of magic in the design. A fun fact about this print: it’s based on the real life Hundred Acre Wood.

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Take a trip to the Savannah with this neutral paper, full to the brim with softly illustrated animals. The sepia tones give a restful, muted look, but the details will keep your little one looking. If you fall in love with this design, Crane Baby has more safari themed items in their collection to complete the look.

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Rifle Paper Co.

With an art deco feel and the right amount of daring, this peacock paper is a choice that might follow your child through the teen years. The pattern comes in six vibrant colors to suit your vibe, and there’s a coordinating art print, if you’re so inclined.

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Lulu and Georgia

This black and white wallpaper reminds me of children’s book illustrations in the sweetest stories. The gentle innocence is a great fit for a nursery, but the beauty of the design has the potential to age well. The black and white manages to be both striking and neutral, and would be a great fit for kids of different genders sharing a room.

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Chasing Paper

If you have a dinosaur lover on your hands (and honestly, who doesn’t?) it can be hard to find themed items that are a delightful to you as to your child. This black and white wallpaper may be just that. Your little one will love pointing out the pterodactyls and triceratops, and you’ll love the classic, sophisticated look. One other plus? This wallpaper is removable and repositionable.

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Lulu and Georgia

Tuck your little monkey in under the watchful eye of these beautifully illustrated primates. This mural offers a wide landscape for the imagination with four panels of lush, painterly birds, foliage and, of course, monkeys.

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It’s easy to feel I’ve found my perfect match with this wallpaper celebrating the slowest moving animals on the planet (sometimes I think I’m among them). But beyond the fun idea, this pattern has so much personality. Each vignette feels almost like a framed art print. This manages to look both like the perfect fit for a nursery and something that would fit in Zooey Deschanel’s bedroom—a winner in my book.

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Lulu and Georgia

This stylized wallpaper has a pen and ink feel, and parts of it look almost like a child’s drawing. It’s hard not to fall in love with the sweetly illustrated foxes dotted throughout. It’s easy to imagine children making up stories about what’s happening here, and it provides a neutral, yet interesting backdrop for drawings and stories of their own.

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Chasing Paper

For the indiscriminate animal lover, there’s something here for everyone, complete with tasteful splashes of color. There’s lots of inspiration here to base the decor for a nursery or playroom around, and enough animals to keep your little one busy seeing who else they can find for some time. Choose traditional or peel and stick.

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Rifle Paper Co.
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Embrace a vintage vibe while still keeping things light and bright with this colorful collection of flora and fauna. One of my favorite things about Rifle Paper is how they illustrate plants, and this one is no exception (though the animals here are a delight). You can choose from six colors, if you’re not into the white background, and some of them come in a peel and stick version, if that’s more your thing.

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Chasing Paper

Choose from three colors on this monochromatic paper that puts you face to face with all sorts of woodland creatures. This bold, beautifully illustrated print might be a little much for particularly tiny kids. If it were me, I’d put it in a playroom to avoid the feeling of animals staring at me all night. This pattern comes in peel and stick as well as traditional, to suit your needs.

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Chasing Paper

This fanciful pattern is a fun take on the traditional toile print. If you weren’t looking closely, you might even miss the graceful elephant, giraffe and cheetah hiding in the grasses and trees. Much like traditional toile, you can choose from several colors, as well as traditional or peel and stick options. This beautiful paper is as much at home in a nursery as in an entryway.