July 24, 2013
Vintage and retro-inspired wallpapers have been trending in baby and children’s rooms for a while now, and it’s a style I really love. In recent years, the use of vintage wallpapers has been a popular look in creative Scandinavian nurseries, where print and pattern is used for a nostalgic patchwork of colour.
However, wallpaper can also be used with restraint to create a clean, minimalist look. Either way, there’s no end of possibilities with so many gorgeous new (and old) wallpaper designs on the market. Here are some of my favourite ways to transform a baby or children’s room with wallpaper.
Clockwise from top; Create detail – and a narrative – with Un Dimanche a Paris wallpaper from Famille Summerbelle; a simple soft mint harlequin wallpaper by Ferm Living creates a peaceful and harmonious backdrop to this pretty-pastel room; and contrasting green shelves pop against the vintage floral wallpaper in this room via milk magazine.
Clockwise from top, a single wall of vintage wallpaper creates a ‘jungle-style’ background for toys and figurines, via Dwell; the colours in this striking vintage wallpaper set the scene for this eclectic bedroom via Kenzie Poo; a single pop of yellow offers a nice balance to the soft harlequin wallpaper in this nursery, via Scandinavian Deco; Cath Kidston’s retro-style cowboy wallpaper is enhanced by a vintage letter ‘H’ in this fun boy’s room via House Beautiful.
Clockwise from top right, cloud wallpaper complements the clash of bright prints in this nursery via Blafre; beautiful bird wallpaper by Hygge and West creates a sweet babyscape in this nursery via Kitty Genius; and scraps of vintage wallpaper have been used to create a collaged landscape in this bedroom via Bolig Liv.
Clockwise from top right, a collage of vintage paper creates a patchwork of pattern on this little shelf, via Retrovilla; a single wall of forest-themed wallpaper creates a fun background for this playroom via IKEA Family Live; and Josef Frank’s incredibly detailed botanical wallpaper makes a strong statement in this nursery via DesignSponge.
Clockwise from top right, honey-toned timbers enhance the golden hues in this dotty wallpaper by Ferm Living; a graphic zoological wallpaper by Ferm Living creates a fresh and minimalist look in this baby’s room; and the clash of print and pattern in this gloriously vintage-style room is pulled together by a set of mismatched drawers painted in complementary tones, via Petra Bindel.
Clockwise from top right; the restrained timber floorboards balance the intensity of the retro folk wallpaper in this little girl’s room via Milk magazine; the pale blue Majvillan wallpaper provides the perfect backdrop to a colour palette of blue, tan and red in this baby’s room; and a fun alpine landscape is created in this room with the help of a hot-air balloon and a cable car (find it at Theo) via Flickr.