There is one thing every kid is particularly good at and it’s growing up, real fast. It’s just a blur. Yesterday he was a toddler, all smiles and stomping around. Trying to fight off the force of gravity in order to stand up and grab that colourful toy just out of reach in his room and now here he is, a burgeoning school kid, maybe already at the threshold of puberty. Years feel like days and adjusting to this frantic speed is never an easy task.
It’s however not just expectations that need to be adjusted, but the internal décor of your kids’ room. It probably feels like just a couple of weeks ago, when you proudly finished that nursery room and chose those beautiful pastel colours for the walls, so that his little eyes didn’t get strained.
Now your kid is no longer a little baby and those pastel colours won’t cut it anymore. Out of all the rooms in the house, no other space needs to be redecorated and changed more frequently than the kids’ room. After all, they are the ones evolving into young adults in a short span of time, so you know that that project is coming.
Nowadays, in a visual era, dominated by picture-perfect shots of an immaculate and clever interior design solution that are thrown are you by a variety of social media. Be it your Pinterest feed or your friends’ Facebook posts, this has become even more of a challenge. The expectations are higher. A simple paint job, a couple of posters and a new desk will not get the job done. There needs to be something striking, a feature that makes the room stand out. Well, for these kinds of tasks nothing beats wallpaper. A feature wall decorated with a designer wallpaper featuring a stunning graphic motif is an absolute eye-catcher that focuses all design needs in a central focal point. Leaving the rest of the room to be filled with more mundane practicalities like a bed, a desk and wardrobes.
Wallpaper has evolved considerably in the last couple of decades and it’s no longer that flimsy and delicate paper-based décor you remember in your grandparents’ bedroom. New materials brought along by technological evolution have made wallpaper easier to hang and remove. Far more resistant and easier to clean.
Many models can be washed off with a wet cloth. Resolving without a crisis the odd snack accident which you know will happen sooner or later. Some can even be drawn on with chalks markers or sport magnetic surfaces.
Many online wallpaper retailers offer a special selection of children wallpaper that are especially designed to withstand the challenges brought along by kids jumping around and playing as they should. Compared to paint, the variety of options is just staggering and will give you full freedom in creating a unique space for your child’s special cave.
Once you have made the selection and the parcel lands on your porch, you know what’s coming up next, the challenge of putting it up. We have put together a few tips and tricks to make sure you get started on the right foot.
Did you order enough wallpaper?
I know, it seems obvious, and yet this is a very common mistake. There is nothing worse than being halfway in your wallpapering job only to discover you didn’t do the math right and now don’t have quite enough to finish decorating.
Luckily there are several online tools that can help you out. Still all require you to take the correct measurements. So take them at several points in the wall. Use the longest measurement as a basis and add 2 inches (5-6 cm) on each side. Remember, it’s never a bad idea to order too much rather than too little. As you might still need some in the future to fix an unexpected disaster.
Does the wall look alright?
Before you get started make sure the wall you want to wallpaper is in good conditions. The surface needs to be clean, uniform, firm and absorbent so that the paper can adhere without creating lumps or other imperfections. If that is not the case, treat it with the appropriate products and let it dry before starting wallpapering.
Do I need to start with an empty room?
Yes, you do, at least partially since you will need space on the wall and freedom of movement. Remove the furniture and make sure to have some space around you where to place the sheets of wallpaper, the tools and a table where to glue the paper.
Have fun wallpapering!