Wallpaper and fabric design updates for kids’ rooms

The start of the new school year is the perfect opportunity to refresh your child’s bedroom with the latest wallpapers and fabrics, creating a fun environment that stimulates their imagination

From colourful designs featuring letters and numbers to fairytale fabrics that make every little girl feel like a princess, there’s a huge range of child-friendly designs on the market that can help transform your child’s bedroom into a magical place for them to play, study or simply chill out.

When decorating your child’s room the basic design rules still apply, which is to combine a simple fabric pattern with bold wallpaper, or vice versa.Alternatively, play it safe and choose from the same collection – most design houses have a co-ordinated range of wallpapers and fabrics that work together to create a cohesive scheme.

However, if you’re after a quick fix, a simple change of bed linen could be the answer – we love the Snurk range available from John Lewis, which is certain to fulfil every childhood dream.

Every little girl wants to be a ballerina and with this wonderfully inventive design by Snurk her dreams can come true every night. There’s also a Pirate and Astronaut available for your little adventurers. Snurk Ballerina single duvet cover and pillowcase set, £49, John Lewis.

Make learning fun with a co-ordinated range of bold, bright and educational wallpapers and fabrics. Abacus 110544 wallpaper, £32 per roll; curtains in Sum It Up Bright Multi fabric 120225, £32 per m; blind in Abacus Navy Multi fabric 120228, £32 per m, from the All About Me collection, Harlequin.

You can’t go wrong with a classic and this charming Winnie the Pooh design is just the thing for babies and toddlers, creating the perfect environment for stories and tales of adventure. Winnie the Pooh and Friends wallpaper, £54 per roll; Winnie the Pooh and Friends fabric, £44 per m, Jane Churchill.

Create a magical fairytale setting with a divine selection of floating sheer fabrics and delicate prints. Fairy Castle 214045 wallpaper, £36 per roll; curtains in Fairyland 223922, £40 per m; canopy over bed in Fairyland Voile 223923, £40 per m, all from the Abracazoo collection, Little Sanderson.

As your children grow up it’s best to keep the design of their room simple and streamlined to try and avoid the inevitable clutter! In a teenage boys room try mixing bold primary colours with a statement print such as this vintage car design bed linen. Vintage Transport cotton rich print bed set, £20, Next.

Ideal for adding a personal touch to your child’s bedroom or playroom this unique wallpaper can be printed with their name, date of birth and birth weight, or any information you like. Personalised Tree And Bunting Wallpaper by Prints 4 Your Tiny Creatures, £39.99, Not On The High Street.

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We’re going on a bear hunt! Encourage your child’s love of the great outdoors and natural exploring instinct with this beautifully illustrated wallpaper featuring navigational routes around islands and across rivers, past the bears den, to get to base camp. Forager wallpaper, £10 per roll, Graham & Brown.

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