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The Best Nursery Wallpaper to Elevate Your Baby’s Space
March 7, 2024

The Best Nursery Wallpaper to Elevate Your Baby’s Space

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The Best Nursery Wallpaper to Elevate Your Baby’s Space

Whether you want to create a faux mural wall, create a floor-to-ceiling statement, or jump on the wallpapered-ceiling trend, the right wallpaper can tie your nursery design together. And if you’re on the fence about whether wallpaper is one of those design trends that you’ll end up regretting, Naomi Coe, Little Crown nursery designer, says that more of her interior design clients are embracing wallpaper and requesting “the entire room, the ceiling, or the inside of a closet.” Wallpaper can add an extra pop of color, and dimension to your nursery design, and elevate your existing decor without requiring a ton of DIY-ing. A bonus—most wallpapers are available as a peel-and-stick so if sponging strips onto the wall sounds daunting, you can skip that method and go the easy route.

Take your baby’s nursery to the next level with these on-trend nursery wallpapers.

Best Unique Design Nursery Wallpaper

Playful and colorful, this repeating pattern of mini thread stitches is like a fun alternative to a more traditional gingham print. Though it isn’t a neutral palette, the colors are slightly muted, so it’ll add a sprinkle of color in an otherwise single-tone space. The wallpaper has a matte finish and comes in a peel-and-stick or traditional format.

Best Gingham Nursery Wallpaper

If you are actually into the super trendy gingham print, this one is beautiful. Available in seven colors and either a peel-and-stick or traditional format, this pattern has a mature look which Coe tells us is trending in nursery designs from wallpaper to cribs.

Best Character Nursery Wallpaper

When we talked to our Babylist Shop merchandising team about the nursery trends to expect in 2024, they mentioned an emphasis on parents finding design inspiration in their favorite characters from their own childhood (think Winnie the Pooh and Peter Rabbit). But instead of harsh colors and dated patterns, parents are opting for elevated versions like this sky blue and white sketch-style Winnie the Pooh wallpaper. This is a peel-and-stick wallpaper and can be easily removed.

Best Thematic Nursery Wallpaper

Thematic nursery designs are still in, but instead of the theme screaming at you, nursery interior designer Stephanie DeBrincat says that they’ve taken on more of a “timeless and classic” look without taking away from the playfulness you’d expect in a nursery. Woodland is one of the more popular themes and this neutral-colored squirrel wallpaper gives a sprinkle of the nature theme without it completely overwhelming the nursery. This wallpaper is not a peel-and-stick and is only available in a traditional format.

Best Neutral Nursery Wallpaper

Modern nursery designs have been distinctly neutral and minimalist, and while we expect that to shift towards richer tones and bolder prints, there is still a lane for achromatic fans. This delicate design has a touch of blush pink underneath white floral stems, giving you a neutral feel without totally removing color.

Best Nursery Wallpaper With Metallic

Another popular theme for nurseries is jungle or safari. This cream-colored wallpaper features metallic elephants, giraffes, cheetahs, zebras, and monkeys, and instead of a cartoon-like design, the animals look like sophisticated sketches—leaning into the grown-up vibe Coe mentioned.

Best Vertical Striped Nursery Wallpaper

If you’re working with a small space that you want to open up, these vertical stripes will do just that. Available in coral, eucalyptus, and navy, the design is hand-drawn in partnership with a women-owned print shop in Brazil. One thing to keep in mind if you love this print—it is a traditional wallpaper style and is best installed professionally.

Best Trendy Nursery Wallpaper

Pam Ginocchio, co-founder of Project Nursery told us that there is a rise is ultra-feminine with bows popping into nursery designs. And if you’ve spent even five minutes on social media, you’d run into the coquette trend which is all about, well, bows. This beautiful removable wallpaper design has a variety of bow styles in a dainty baby pink color.

Best Nursery Wallpaper for Ceilings

Wallpapering the ceiling of your nursery is a trend that has gained traction in 2024 and we love more intricate designs for that, like this floral one that is available in five colors. The curvy dancing daisies will give your baby something to look up at while you change their diaper or they drift off to sleep in their crib. If you’re on the fence about if this trend is something you’d want to keep around for a while, opting for an easy-to-install and removable option, like this one, is a wise choice.

Best Bold Nursery Wallpaper

If you’re ready to trade out neutrals for deeper, bolder colors, the wallpaper is a good place to start. This detailed pattern paired with the mature colors will cozy up your baby’s space and since it is a more complex design, it is perfect for a wallpaper accent wall.

Latifah Miles

Latifah Miles is the Senior Commerce Editor at Babylist.

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