Peel-and-stick decals make creating a wall mural easy and affordable. You'll find a wide variety of styles on the market, from contemporary styles like this graphic city scene to more traditional motifs. Photo courtesy of Blik
Gold Polka Dots
Peel-and-stick gold dots against a pale gray background create a chic but super-simple border in a tween’s room. Photo courtesy of The Land of Nod
Designer Bri Moysa of Emerson Grey Designs used a wallpaper map of the world to give a Hawaiian-themed nursery a global vibe. An unexpected color scheme of red and yellow instead of the typical blues and greens, and wallpaper-type patterns for each country offer an updated take on what’s become a standard kids’ room motif.
As you choose colors for your child's room, don't forget the fifth wall: the ceiling. In this energetic Miami bedroom, the strongest splash of color is on the ceiling, where sunny yellow adds energy without overwhelming the small space. Photo courtesy of Amy Lau Design
The Giving Tree
In a gender-neutral nursery, a high-contrast tree creates a bold focal point above the crib — and acts as a backdrop for vibrant orange birds to perch on the branches.
Retro Reading Nook
Considering painting your own wall mural? Your best bet is to start with a simple design, like this modern pattern. To create a playful accent wall, a graphic stencil was painted on a teal backdrop. Design by Laurie March
Green and Blue, Hue Knew
Painting the walls in this teen's bedroom in a color-blocked pattern helped the client's existing low-profile furniture work well with the room's high ceilings. Instead of trying to camouflage a ceiling support beam, the designer highlighted it with turquoise paint — turning a design flaw into an interesting architectural element. Design by Nancy Barrett of Decorating Den Interiors; photographery by Anne Matheis