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Baby Nursery Wallpaper

Learning How to Wallpaper Baby's Room

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Wallpaper that covers one or more walls can make a room look larger or smaller, provide the illusion of height for rooms with low ceilings, or give depth to a shallow room. It can hide cracks in walls and add detail to an otherwise bland space. With the right selection of baby nursery wallpaper, you can create just the right tone and style for your baby's room.

Since wallpaper requires more of an investment than painting, take your time making your selection. Flip through several wallpaper books, marking the ones you like at first sight. Then go back and think about how your choices will work in terms of your nursery's color scheme, theme, and style.

Bring home a large swatch before investing in the wallpaper. Hang it on the wall in the nursery and view with different lighting and from different angles before making your final decision. Points to consider when making your wallpaper selection include:
  • Small prints and light colors create a feeling of spaciousness.
  • Large prints will make a room look smaller, cozier, and darker.
  • Vertical stripes and floor-to-ceiling patterns make a ceiling in a room seem higher; horizontal stripes and patterns make a narrow room appear to be wider.
  • Neutral colored wallpaper creates a backdrop for art, textiles and other objects without competing with them.
  • Natural fiber wall coverings add texture, dimension, and interest while remaining subtle and serene. These are made of linen, raffia, hemp, and grass cloth.
One type of wallpaper that is becoming quite trendy is Toile du jouy, which in French means cloth. When most people talk about toile, they are usually referring to a very specific cloth with pastoral images of the French countryside that has graced the walls and furniture of elegant homes for centuries.

People now use toile in less formal ways. Classic toile is usually hand-blocked or printed on a creamy background, but the new toile also comes in bolder colors and patterns. Toile imparts charm and is adaptable to just about anything you can cover in fabric.

An example of a popular toile for a baby's nursery is a green and cream-colored one populated with peek-a-boo frogs, bunnies in sailboats and leapfrog monkeys. The colors in this toile bring a calm feel to the nursery, while colorful accents can come from toys and accessories. Consider applying wallpaper that will be acceptable in a nursery, or in the room of a five-year-old boy.

Because there are health concerns regarding the safety of wallpaper paste, consider using an organic paste. Several online businesses sell organic, non-toxic wallpaper paste. There are also recipes found online, for making your own wallpaper adhesive. Whatever kind of paste you decide to use, make sure that the wallpaper is tightly adhered to the wall to prevent the growth of mold and mildew.

Written by: Cindy Blankenship