Friday, December 31, 2010


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There are as many ways to get jungle art on your walls as therer are species of jungle animals to use as subjects. Most of us will use wall stickers to create our jungle safari for the simple reason that the vinyl decals are easy to use and since they are removable; if you make a mistake and need to reposition problem!

The only issue that many have with using stickers and decals is a lack of color control. They are very flexible as far as location is concerned but there is the remote chance that the colors of the lions, monkeys, tigers, tropical birds and giraffes won't match your wall paint color or the fabrics in the baby's jungle theme nursery, your kids' room or your master bedroom.

When an exact color match is crucial, I recommend jungle wall stencil kits. They are not as forgiving as removable, vinyl stickers but you have the luxury of choosing your color scheme. We love pictures of jungle wall murals, so please share addresses for your favorite jungle wall painting ideas in the comments section.

Thursday, December 30, 2010


The Beatrix Potter Alphabet is the perfect Beatrix Potter print for a nursery designed around a set of Beatrix Potter baby bedding or a child's bedroom with a reading nook. On the alphabet poster, you will find charming pictures of all the characters from Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck to Jeremy Fisher and Squirrel Nutkin or if you prefer, you can buy individual art prints featuring each of the characters individually.

The illustrations have the same vintage look and feel as the ones in the classic books that have been favorites of children for years and will be for many, many more yet to come.

Teach your kids to recognize the letters of the alphabet, an appreciation for books and demonstrate how books displayed on shelves are excellent, inexpensive wall decorating ideas!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Sesame Street Wall decor Oscar and Big Bird Baby Nursery Wall Mural Painting Stickers Decals

The type of Sesame Street wall decor that you choose for your decorating project is just as important to your kids bedroom theme as the Sesame Street bedding that you just found (hopefully) on sale at a huge discount. Will you take the quick and easy route for decorating the walls by using large, removable vinyl wall decals
or stickers? Or will you jump in and spend the time (or lots of money if you hire an artist) to paint a wall mural like the one in the above picture that includes all of the Sesame Street Characters from Big Bird and Elmo to Cookie Monster and the Count?

All of the characters are colorful, cute and make for a delightfully cheerful bedroom or nursery design so the choice is yours as to which is your favorite! Maybe your decision doesn't have as much to do with a favorite character as it does with successfully completing a balanced color scheme,

If a red and yellow color scheme works for you, feature Elmo and Big Bird in your wall art. If blue and yellow is your taste, Big Bird and Cookie Monster should be the stars in your Sesame Street wall decor. Some of the best wall painting ideas in this theme include the neighborhood in the background with the characters peeping out of garbage cans or just hanging out on the stoop. Another tip would be to frame some posters and a Sesame Street sign to add another dimension and give your wall art depth.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

How to Paint Black and White Stripes

Jude's Blue Striped Beatles Themed Nursery

Ever since I saw this picture I have wanted to learn how to paint black and white stripes on the walls of my music room. While painting vertical and uneven stripes on the walls has been done so much that it's almost commonplace, the painted horizontal stripes on this wall really knocked me out; they are so contemporary and sharp looking.

I noticed that in the pictures, the DIY painter broke up the pattern with strategically positioning wall quotes as focal points in the room and by bouncing polka dot wall decals throughout the design. Since the stripes in the pictures were in a baby's nursery these decorative touches in addition to the artwork were appropriate and softened the impact of the painting technique while leaving the very desirable high contrast that is known to be visible to newborns very early.

Adults who go to the trouble to learn how to paint black and white stripes for a master bedroom will probably leave them unadorned for an uncluttered, modern look.

Friday, November 26, 2010


Cat In The Hat nursery wall mural painting hand painted baby Dr. Seuss

New parents looking for nursery painting ideas, pictures and tips can find a wealth of information by visiting what, in the past, may have been adult oriented home decorating websites. Sites that had previously focused on the living areas, kitchens, bathrooms and master bedrooms realized that there was a bigger need for design advice for the walls of the nursery than any other.

Often the decor of the baby's room is much more complex than bedrooms for the older occupants of the home. Elaborate nursery themes played out in nursery wall murals, the display of sentimental items on multiple shelves and framed artwork requires more talent to pull all of the decorative elements together tastefully in what may be a less than spacious area.

And when it comes to nursery painting ideas pictures and tips from those who have "been there and done that" are invaluable. The only saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words" is certainly applicable when a father or mother-to-be is searching for directions on how to paint a tree, a Dr. Seuss mural or other images that might be used to decorate the nursery walls.

Written instructions on how to use a projector to paint a mural are helpful but it would be impossible to beat the combination of detailed nursery pictures that are accompanied with a supply list AND instructions. For a beginner, this is the best way to proceed since most of the parents are more than happy to tell how many hours it took to paint the graphics and whether or not the wall painting ideas seen in the photos would be a project that is suitable for a beginner or one that requires advanced and equipment like projectors, etc.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Ooh La La French Baby Nursery - Parisian Nursery Wall Mural

French baby nursery wall decor can be something as simple as some removable peel and stick wall decals, framed pictures of French poodles OR you can take out all the stops like one mom who entered her artwork in a contest that I have bookmarked just to see how walls in modern nurseries are being decorated.

Wall stickers and decals are without a doubt the quick and easy way to decorate with images that reflect the nursery's theme, the baby's monogram or an inspirational saying or quote sharing wisdom from a favorite Bible verse or a motivational text taken from a popular children's book. It doesn't even have to be a very serious text. For instance, quotes from Dr. Seuss books have had a very good run.

And then, there are elaborate hand-painted works of art like the French baby nursery wall decor that take (according to the artist's description of how she painted the mural) about a month or so to complete. If you want a real treat, drop by and take a look at this devoted mother's wall decorating ideas.

Her artistic interpretation of life in Paris includes paintings of quaint Parisian bistros shaded with three-dimensional (3D) awnings, bakeries and sidewalk cafés as one might enjoyed while scrolling along the Champs Élysées and are an inspiration to jump in and start painting those walls with scenes of gay Paris'!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Bamboo wall stencils are the perfect way to customize any room with an oriental atmosphere or perhaps a room dedicated to the use of bamboo as a sustainable building material. Bamboo is a perfect complement to graceful Asian floral and animal designs like panda bears or even butterflies.

Use repeatable bamboo stencils to decorate an entire accent wall and then carry the theme by stenciling small snips of the design on everything from the face of throw pillows to various pieces of furniture or decorative objects. You can easily paint and decorate the walls as well as accent pillows and even clothing using bamboo stencils. They are a cheap way to get a free form wallpaper look using perfectly matched custom colors or the designs can be stenciled in a vertical stripe pattern to create columns of bamboo much in the same way as wallpapers. The key to pulling this off is to choose bamboo wall stencils in the right size.

Reusable wall stencils offer great value for a very cheap price since you can build a library of stencils and use them over and over for your do-it-yourself wall decorating projects. Free use of color will make each project look fresh and new each and every time which is one of the primary benefits over using vinyl wall decals as wall decorations.

Monday, July 26, 2010


The many choices in modern nursery wall decor can be very confusing to new parents who are so enthusiastic until they get bogged down in details. So many times, they can't decide whether they should use nursery wall decals, just hang some nursery wall letters over the baby's bed or go all out with nursery wall murals that reach from corner to corner and floor to ceiling. And nothing because it was just too much.

So, here are the basics of how to choose the best nursery wall decor to decorate the walls of your baby's room in style listed in order of cost.


Not as cheap as it once might have been, a gallon of paint is one of the most inexpensive ways to brighten any room. Match your colors to the crib set and if solid color walls are boring to you, consider painting the top two thirds of the wall with one color and the bottom third with another. If you want to get fancy, you might consider one of the more advanced painting techniques like painting stripes, sponging or using textured paint. Whatever style you choose, remember to start with smooth, clean walls and to use ONLY non-toxic paint that will be safe for your baby.


Stenciling is cheaper than stickers and decals, but more permanent and messier. The benefit of using stencils over decals is color selection and a cheap price. The drawbacks are that there is cleanup involved and once you paint a design on the's there.


These are ideal for apartment dwellers that would lose their deposit if they damaged the existing wall paint or if the wall of the nursery is a good color but boring. Buy reusable vinyl decals and have fun!


More skill is required for hanging both wallpaper and wallpaper border. The wall should be properly prepped (which is no small thing but CRUCIAL) AND everything has to be straight with seams matched, pattern matched and lumps and bumps smoothed out.

Hanging wallpaper is not for sissies. It requires skill, patience and when the corners of your room are not square...vile language control. Don't jump into papering an entire room until you take a class, read some books and get some practice preferably on somebody else's dime. Wallpaper is expensive and easy to tear which can get you in trouble and deplete your nursery wall decor budget in a hurry.


There's no real need for a mural on all four walls of the baby's room. For one thing, busy scenes of this magnitude will completely overwhelm the rest of your decorations. And you want the baby to be the standout, not rolling jungle scenes or what have you.

A mural on one wall is plenty. An easy one for beginners is to paint a wall (or the ceiling) baby blue and sponge paint or rag paint your clouds.

Advanced and artistic painters (with boatloads of free time) among us can paint detailed murals freehand. The rest of us can apply our rain forest wall mural the quick and easy way using wallpaper murals that you can apply to the walls and remove them whenever you are ready. Please read the paragraph above with references to wallpaper hanging before choosing this style of nursery wall decor.


Even in the modern nursery of today there is room for framed art. If you use one or all of the above methods to decorate the walls of your baby's room, the finishing touch and final layer should be framed pictures, prints or posters that reflect the nursery's colors and theme.

I hope that this information helps you to choose the nursery wall decor that is best for you and your circumstances. Of course, there are far too many wall decorating ideas to cover them in one "HOW TO" tutorial so please come back to see how you can combine wall sconces, wallpaper, wall art and other stuff to personalize your DIY project to perfection.