Make your children's walls playful -- just like them -- with these ideas to bring color, pattern, and even a little wackiness to any kids room. REDBOOK.
Wallpaper has changed a lot in the past few years, with companies delivering highly stylish, kid-friendly options. Our 3 faves:
Eazywallz.com: The specialty here is murals--floor-to-ceiling images of everything from wildlife to cityscapes. They have more traditional patterned wallpaper as well, and you can even design your own! All of them are self-sticking and reusable; options start at $119 for a 3.75x3-foot mural.
Grahambrown.com: The offerings at Graham and Brown have a playful but elegant vibe, from funky geometrics to lush florals. Options start at $15.96 for 32.8-foot rolls.
Wallcandyarts.com: This site is particularly great for bright, poppy designs (robots, stars, hearts--you get the idea). Bonus: The papers are self-adhesive, so you just stick them on the wall. Options start at $148 for two 7.8-foot rolls.
DecalsGo for decals
These are basically giant stickers you put on painted walls (and peel off when you're tired of them). Such an easy way to add punch.
Art.com: This site offers hundreds of decals, including some inspired by Beatrix Potter, Keith Haring, and other famous names. Options start at $14.99.
Weedecor.com: The super-sturdy designs here (made of biodegradable fabric!) range from cartoony-cute sea creatures to sweet retro trains. Prices start at $5.Related: 100 Gifts Under $50 for Everyone on Your List
Map itFind your map
For your explorer-in-the-making (or the one who needs a little help remembering the 50 states), maps are a cool, graphic choice.
Posters: Get a map of whatever part of the planet your kid is fascinated by at nationalgeographic.com (starting at $5.95).
Pull-down maps: School-style roller maps take up serious real estate--perfect for a big, empty wall. They start at $179 at mcmaps.com.
Vintage maps: You'll still find the U.S.S.R. on some of the awesome maps sold by VintageAndNostalgia at etsy.com; prices start at $5.95.
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Of course that scribble is a masterpiece! And luckily, a bunch of sites will save it for posterity, and turn it into great decor.
Canvaspop: This company brilliantly screens art onto canvas--like the kind real pros use. The finished product looks amazing, even without a frame. Prices start at $49.
Aluminyze.com: Images are printed onto a lightweight sheet of aluminum, making them durable and even waterproof. Prices start at $34.95.
Dalidecals.com: Here, your kids' latest creations can be turned into wall decals--as big as you want 'em to be. Custom options start at $29.95.
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