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
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
TAKASHI MURAKAMI WALLPAPER
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
2727 South La Cienega Boulevard
YAYOI KUSAMA WALLS
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.
519, 525, and 533 West 19th Street
New York City