A few months ago when I posted my big before-and-after super reveal of Jack’s nursery, I shared with you that I knew there were quite a few blank spaces to fill in around the room, but that I was actually happy about that because I could continue to have fun and enjoy the process of decorating in there. Well, I’ve been doing just that, so today I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on filling blank walls in kids’ rooms, as well as some more pictures of the room, just for fun.
1)Start with Fabric
Great fabric can make a room. If you find a few fabrics that you and your son/daughter love, then you can go nuts with it and make all kinds of different things to fill the walls. You’re pretty much guaranteed to love everything you make as long as you love the fabrics!
(Pictured above: Easy Baby Boy Name Wall Art)
2)Use a mix of DIY and homemade
I always find that if I try to DIY absolutely everything in a room, then I just end up seeing all the little imperfections here and there and for some reason it never seems quite “finished”. If I store-buy everything though, it seems kind of lifeless and plastic. What’s a mom to do? Balance is key. A few handmade projects to give the room soul and a few things that are bought, hung up, and then done make a room feel just right.
3)Fill ‘er up!
When you start with blank walls, it’s so easy to start feeling like you’re over-filling the walls and starting to look like a crazy person. Look at your favorite magazine and catalog rooms though, I guarantee you that the walls of those rooms are just full to the brim! So go nuts. Fill the walls up with things you love and stop fussing! (That last comment may be mostly directed at myself.)
4)Hooks are handy
It’s no secret that I love the look of a good hook. A kid’s room is the perfect place to let all your hook dreams come true. If you’ve ever found yourself picking up 1001 different sweaters, pyjamas, and towels off of the floor, then you know what I’m talking about. You can never have too many hooks. Numbered hooks might confuse your kids (“Mom! What are the numbers even for?”), but they look extra cute. 🙂
5)Wall decals are magic
I absolutely adore how light-hearted these wall decals make baby Jack’s room feel. The room really transformed for me as soon as I got them up. They couldn’t be quicker or easier to install and you can get almost any image you want in decal form these days.
A few baseball decals bouncing all over this one wall make the whole room feel super fun, and they help balance out other elements on other walls in the room too. Peel. Stick. Done. Love it.
My wall decals came from CozyWallArt.com.
6)When in doubt, chalkboard it
Chalkboard paint is so easy to find in stores now, it covers anything so easily, and it makes any kid’s imagination run wild with the possibility of drawing on their walls. If you’re wondering if you should try it, I’ll let my addiction to chalkboard projects speak for itself. 🙂
If there’s a look or style of decorating that you think you like, but it doesn’t really fit in with the rest of your house, or you’re a little nervous about it, a kid’s room is the perfect place to try it out and see if it works for you. Baby Jack’s room is so different from the rest of our house, but I love it and I’ve been having so much fun playing around in there.
8)DIY the trends
Trends come and go, but making these items yourself can make them a lot more cost-effective, especially if you think you might end up taking them down in a few months. A couple of years ago, bird-themed everything was the hottest look around. I’d feel pretty bad now if I was over it and I’d spent $200 on a piece of birdie wall art. Don’t let that scare you away from playing with trends though, just DIY it!
And while you’re at it, make those DIY projects extra big! Fill as much of the wall as you can for a really big impact. More than anything, a kid’s room should feel happy and FUN! No restraint necessary.
10)Steal everyone else’s ideas
Whatever you do, don’t limit yourself to only the things that you can think up yourself, or that you see in stores. Search Pinterest and your favorite blogs and steal everyone else’s great ideas! Don’t be shy about it. That’s what we’re here for!
Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.