Top 5 Wall Decals

Top 5 Wall Decals

Wall Decals for Kid’s Bedrooms

 

Wall Decals are the perfect way to bring a special wow factor to your kid’s room.  They are particularly great if you don’t want to commit to wallpaper, one paint all over feels too boring and a feature wall colour is so last decade.  This is where wall stickers come into their own.  They vary in price mostly based on size.  Most decals are self adhesive, who doesn’t love the idea of no wallpaper paste?  They are removeable which takes all the stress out of where to place them, if you’re not happy you can switch things around.  Wall decals will be your best friend if you rent, or if you know you’re someone who loves to change things around every few years.  Starting small, here are my current Top 5!

Little Jagger

Swallow Decals 

Anything that brings nature inside is a win, especially on lock-down. Plus, it always works well in kid’s rooms at any age. These swallows in flight decals are perfect for creating a sense of movement in your child’s bedroom which is instantly magical and sparks creativity. Featuring swallows and stars, drawn by Ingrid Petrie For Little Jagger. They are so easy to arrange in any pattern and style of your choice. The pack includes 9 x black swallow birds, 11 x white swallow birds, 25 x large stars and 59 x small stars.

Decal Folk

Hand Drawn Love Hearts

Love hearts, simple and will always bring joy to a room. I love the free hand style of this design and they come in a great selection of colour options. There are 30 colours in total so you will definitely be able to find something to suit your kid’s bedroom colour palette. They come in sheets of 88 which is a fab amount to get going with. We’ve used these in Ava’s room and at the moment we haven’t used all of them. It was nice to feel that sense of just stop. When you’re not a designer and not sure what you’re doing it’s easy to make the mistake of over doing things. ‘Less is more’ is a great cliché for a reason. They could not possibly be easier to put on, just peel, stick and rub over with a couple of fingers. Ava put some on the ceiling above her bed (bunk-bed) as she wants to look at them to relax at bedtime and to start her day well in the mornings.

Bairn Designs

Rainbows Decals

Rainbows were popular before lockdown but now they mean so much more. They brighten up any room and these cute, hand drawn designs give you a lot of scope to mix and match. You can buy three or four different colours in one go, they offer three different sizes and you get the opportunity to get a little creative with the final look, what a great way to create your own bespoke wall in your kid’s bedroom. If you can’t quite make up the design you want, Bairn Designs are happy to hear your query and will work with you to create the perfect product for your special space.

 

Decals don’t have to be just little stickers dotted around the walls, whilst these have a great impact you can also make a huge statement with something like these from Ginger Monkey and Mini Wallers

 

Ginger Monkey 

Greenery Decal 

Coming back to the idea of bringing the outside into the inside. The large leaves in this greenery decal create a wonderful canopy feel, perfect for a reading nook, feeding corner or bed space. This extra large decal is available in 2 sizes. It can also be turned to use on either the left or right corner of your wall. It is easy to apply and remove and use again, perfect if you’re not committed to the final design of a room or if you’re renting. Please note that the image is printed on white stock and cut to the outside shape which means that behind the stems and leaves, will have a white background.

Mini Wallers

An Octopus called Derek

Mini Wallers are special to Rooomy as they featured on the cover of the first ever issue, the designer was stuck for cover inspiration and as luck would have it we met Mini Wallers during their launch back in 2018 and it was the perfect match. All their decals are created with one purpose, to inspire storytelling, the characters in each decal are clearly off on a crazy adventure and there is a penguin in every one, great to get kids thinking about what’s happening, where are they going, where have they come from? Helpful for parents too when they’re just too tiered for bedtime stories, get the kid’s to tell you one whilst gazing on one of these. Here we feature Derek who is of course a cloud hopping Octopus.

Decals are perfect for all homes, please make sure to read all installation instructions, most are self-adhesive and can be removed and reapplied with ease. Surfaces need to be smooth, flat and non-porous. If you have just given your walls a lick of paint, we recommend at least 2-3 weeks after the paint is applied to add decals. They may struggle to stick to textured walls and we strongly advise not to use them over wallpaper.

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Eleanor Bowmer – Nursery

Teddy's Nursery And More Rooomy talks to Eleanor Bowmer about nursery planning and becoming a creative legend   Eleanor Bowmer is a Textile Design and Illustrator based in Manchester. Mum to Norie and baby Teddy and of course Frank her French Bulldog. Eleanor went...

Kid’s Interiors Q&A

Kid’s Interiors Q&A

April Q&A

 

Your opportunity to ask the experts. A monthly Q&A featuring a handful of questions posted by our readers and followers allowing you the opportunity to get some fantastic advice from the pros.

If you have something that is bugging you or maybe you just simply want to know the best shade of paint to use and life would be that bit easier is a professional just told you the answer, then please send your question to hello@rooomy.co.uk and maybe we’ll get back to you.

For our first Q&A we turn to two child interior experts who have contributed to Rooomy since it began and their advice and work is consistently perfect. London based designer Lisa Mettis of Born & Bred Studio. We love her decisiveness and we think you will too. And Edinburgh based designer Patricia Hoyna of Studio Hoyna who always encompasses exactly what her little clients are looking for and more.

How can I create more space?

Lisa Mettis says, “Apart from my mantra of ‘clear out’, the answer will probably be storage. BUT please don’t buy storage to house toys, books and clothes you’re not going to use. When choosing storage, choose options that sit or hang above the floor. Even if boxes are on castors the two inches of the floor you can see will really make a difference to the feeling of space. Also, when buying off the peg storage solutions, buy the item in multiples to make real impact and something unique to you. (see image below). Think about how you can make the most of wall space. Display books on ledges or hang cage shelving to house soft toys and arts and crafts materials.”

How do I make a room practical and pretty?

Lisa Mettis says, “Practicality basically makes for a boring interior, sorry! Make a list of all the practical things you need (i.e. a bed, chest of drawers, curtains). Review everything else in the room, is it needed? Edit the room, then the fun begins. Layer on the ‘pretty’. This can be inexpensive and is probably just a curation of the beautiful things your child has collected. As a little tick list, consider a personalised banner, garland lights, wallpaper or artwork, new bedding and of course, a rug. No room is complete without a rug, they’re incredibly practical. Children play at floor level most of the time which can be draughty, and it protects your flooring/carpet. Many options are now machine washable too.”

 

How do I put a nursery together on a budget?

Lisa Mettis says, “It’s so easy (particularly with your first child) to get carried away with buying ‘stuff’ which, guaranteed, you will never use. Treat the nursery not as a baby’s room but as a parent and baby room. During the early days you’ll be spending a lot of time bonding and nursing together. Your baby won’t notice the mural on the wall, but you’ll notice the dodgy paint or an uncomfortable chair. Get the room up to your standards and decorate neutrally. Buy only the essentials (i.e. a cot, chair, curtains), then splurge on something that will make you happy and make nursing time more interesting.  It could be a Miffy night light, a comfy chair, a nice blanket or a candle. If you’re very lucky, gifts will start coming in and these will provide the decoration you need.”

How is it best to decorate when renting and not wanting to cause too much damage? 

Patricia Hoyna says, “Paint gives you endless design possibilities for creative makeovers and it’s so easy to bring back magnolia if needed 🙂 Although, if it was up to me magnolia would be banished from stores forever! There are literally thousands of colours to choose from including new neutrals, wouldn’t it be more fun to try something fresh?  Another option would be wall stickers/decals.

Window treatments – think colour, pattern, trimmings, pom-poms! Some high-end designs could be achieved with store bought curtains or blinds just by adding a colourful trim. You can have a go yourself, ask a friend who’s handy or even find your local haberdashery; they often provide a sewing service along with their merchandise.

Artwork – whether you frame your child’s drawings, your family photos or some super cool illustrations, use picture hanging strips; Command are my go to brand, easy to mount, easy to remove, and you won’t need a single nail. Top Tip – art must be hung at the right height, you should be able to look at it without tilting your head upward.

Rugs – I know we don’t always have the luxury to choose the flooring, but rugs are great for adding extra comfort for kids to play on and if you move you take them with you.

My child has lots of little nick-nacks, what’s the best way to create storage for the teeny annoying things that looks good and is easy to use?

Lisa Mettis says, “Arrhh yes…the little bits of toot. I say embrace it! They make such cool displays and let’s face it it’s a phase and they will move on soon to the next. Whether they’re collecting pens, Shopkins, Lego, I would split into two categories those you want to see & display. And those you need to file for a rainy day in a beautiful fashion. Check out these products to suit both budgets.

If any of these links do not work please get in touch and we will endeavour to find you the product another way or something very similar.  And if you have an interiors dilemma of your own, please get in touch and we will try to help.

For more great kid’s room inspiration check out the posts below, browse the Rooomy site pages and of course subscribe to the magazine for free.

Kid’s Rooms and More

Eleanor Bowmer – Nursery

Teddy's Nursery And More Rooomy talks to Eleanor Bowmer about nursery planning and becoming a creative legend   Eleanor Bowmer is a Textile Design and Illustrator based in Manchester. Mum to Norie and baby Teddy and of course Frank her French Bulldog. Eleanor went...

Wall Decals for Teens

Wall Decals for Teens

David Atkinson shares top tips for teen rooms,

and showcases top wall decals 

  

We’re halfway through another school term, homework is increasing, revision tension grows and teens need their own space, how do parents provide the best?

A teenager’s bedroom serves a number of different purposes. There’s the most obvious like sleeping and spending some time alone but there is also tackling their mountain of homework and hanging out with their friends and family members.

As there are many different roles, you need to make sure their room is right for all of these activities. It may seem stressful but following just a few rules, you can work with your child to create a perfect bedroom that shows off their individuality and is completely functional.

An Open Dialogue is Key

When it comes to updating your teenager’s space, communicating with them is the most important aspect. Letting them have an opinion and even help choose different parts of the room can help them feel more responsible, making them more likely to use and enjoy their personal space.
If they’re getting toward the mid-teens, you can let them take a lead on the planning. Get them to share inspiration from social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest to really gauge what kind of room they’d like.
If your child isn’t interested in getting involved in the decisions, out of courtesy, check your ideas with them to help keep them happy. We all know how teenagers can be, so do your best to avoid their wrath.

Create a Plan

Decorating can be exciting but before you run out and start spending money on paint and furniture, you need to create a plan. Start by setting a budget of how much you can afford and ideally how much the project is going to cost you. Plan how you’ll keep track of the budget to help prevent overspending.
Set out if you’re going to have a theme or at least the colour scheme. Then, do some online browsing to get a sense of what fits into their room. Planning will help you stay on point with the style and make sure everything is tied together.

 

Create a Workspace that Suits Them

Homework is going to quickly become a large part of your teenager’s life, if it’s not already. That means, they need a place to sit down and focus on it, away from any distractions. The perfect place for this is in their bedroom.


You may think that a desk is ideal, but if they’re not the type to work on a desk, it will likely become a dumping ground rather than a useful workspace. Choose something that’s right for the individual. A small desk, a window seat with space for a laptop, even a bookshelf with a comfy space to sit beside. Anywhere they can get their head down and use the tools they need like a laptop or notepad.

Speak to your teenager about choosing whatever setup they would prefer as this will help to encourage them to actually use it.

 

 

 

Utilise the Space You Have

Like with the majority of decorating, space will be one of the biggest limiting factors when it comes to renovating your teen’s room. That’s why it’s crucial you utilise the space you have available, especially as children’s spaces are generally the smallest in your home.

Multifunctional furniture will help you make the most of the area you have available giving you storage as well as functionality. A day bed, cabin bed or ottoman are just a few helpful pieces that are perfect for smaller rooms, serving more than on function. Teenagers aren’t necessarily the neatest of people so maximising storage will encourage them to keep everything tidied away and out of sight.   

 

 

 

 

 

Create Space to Relax

As well as a place to work, an area to chill out is ideal for separating work and relaxation for your child. This could just be for them or with a couple of friends. Incorporate a simple seating area such as beanbags, a futon or small foldout sofa.

Give them things for their downtime like books, their favourite tech etc. This will give them a space to hang out other than sitting on their bed to help to leave it just for sleeping. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, just a small and comfortable space for them to hang out.

Keep in mind that a teenager’s bedroom shouldn’t be changed too permanently. A lot of children move away to university when they hit eighteen, spending only the holidays and the odd weekend back in the family home. Make sure you can convert their space into a functional adult room when the time comes.

 

Add in Your Teen’s Personality

Don’t forget to add in a splash of your child’s personality when you decorate their room. Use their hobbies and interests in whatever way you can. Art, photos, accessories such as bedding and even using something to do with a hobby like a guitar or a skateboard will make for completely unique decor. A perfect way to do this is with wall decals, the selection available from Icon Wall Stickers is immense and you will definitely find something that your teen will be thrilled to with.

This will help them feel at home in their room and ensure they enjoy the look. They’ll be more comfortable showing their space off to friends and it will give them a sense of pride. Your open dialogue with your child will help with this stage, giving them a voice to share with you what they want to use.

For more teen interiors inspiration check out Issue 9 the Teen Edit by subscribing here for free.

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