Designing children’s spaces is often a conundrum. On the one hand, we want it to feel youthful, happy, and sweet. On the other, we don’t want it to feel kitschy or passé in five seconds when—bittersweet—these kids grow up so quickly. It has recently come to my attention that the easiest way to make a huge impact on such a room is with the walls. Whether you choose paint, wallpaper, fabric, or some other texture makes or breaks the whole look. My favorite way to have it all (isn’t that always the goal?) is to do contemporary-art walls. The following are a few fantastic options.

 

JONAS WOOD BASKETBALL WALLPAPER

Jonas Wood,Untitled (Basketball Wallpaper).

Jonas Wood, Untitled (Basketball Wallpaper).

 

I discovered Jonas Wood’s awesome basketball wall covering in, not surprisingly, the David Kordansky Gallery restroom. It is also no surprise that Jonas would design such a thing, as he is a sports enthusiast. Just look as his many painted portraits of contemporary sports figures. Anywho, I later discovered a very wonderful and sophisticated collector friend had “acquired” the wall covering for her elementary-age son’s new Beverly Hills bedroom. It is the best darn boy’s room I have ever seen—and it remains just as fabulous as a young man’s space going forward. A contemporary classic!

 

David Kordansky Gallery
5130 West Edgewood Place
Los Angeles
323-935-3030
davidkordanskygallery.com

 

TAKASHI MURAKAMI WALLPAPER

murakami wallpaper

Takashi Murakami, Cosmos Wallpaper. Photo Courtesy Wright.

 

Never before had I seen such a chic nursery as my Manhattan girlfriend’s first daughter’s bedroom. My kids had Babar all over the walls (how very French of me), but her baby girl had Murakami all over hers. Not that it’s a competition, but I mean….
I have seen this wallpaper come up at auction in the $50K-ish range. There are a lot of copies out there, so beware. Hate to say, but if it’s really inexpensive, it is likely faux. To track down the real deal, a great source is Takashi Murakami’s primary gallery.

 

Blum & Poe
19 East 66th Street
New York City
212-249-2249

2727 South La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles
310-836-2062
blumandpoe.com

 

YAYOI KUSAMA WALLS

Left: Yayoi Kusama, The Obliteration Room at Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland, Australia. Right: Yayoi Kusama, Give Me Love at David Zwirner, New York City.

 

A few years ago, contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama created an installation at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. She painted the entire environment, which was designed to mimic a domestic space, completely white. Then, young visitors were invited to put multicolored “dot” stickers all over the walls. The result? Spot-on Kusama walls! Now, this installation is currently on view in New York. What I love about this one is it is total DIY. Yes, ma’am, DIY Kusama walls that you can have a blast creating with your little ones. If you can’t live without the real deal, try contacting her gallery.

 

David Zwirner
519, 525, and 533 West 19th Street
New York City
212-727-2070
davidzwirner.com

Xx Lottie Dottie