Girls’ Bedroom Peel And Stick Wallpaper Decision

Houston we have liftoff…I mean…a decision on the wallpaper for the girls’ shared bedroom. Drum roll, please. We have collectively decided to go with the jungle trek wallpaper from Spoonflower. Was it my favorite wallpaper for a girls’ room? No. But it made my eldest daughter’s heart sing and we’re going with it. Behold, our winner.

The final decision for the girls bedroom wallpaper ended up being this jungle wallpaper with jungle cats of varying colors and patterns on a white background

How Did We Decide On The Wallpaper

When we last discussed the wallpaper, we were deliberating among seven samples of removable wallpaper from Spoonflower. From bold floral patterns, animal prints, vibrant colors for whimsical spaces, glittery purples, and more. We had a wide variety of unique patterns to choose from.

When we got the samples, our eldest daughter (currently age 7) went through them and told me she couldn’t possibly choose and briefly tried talking me into using all seven of them. Ummm…no. But nice try!

Bedroom wallpaper ideas for a girls shared bedroom featuring colorful patterns with dogs, cheetahs, jaguars, flowers, fish, glitter, and more

We started with a game of exclusion. I asked her if there were any that she didn’t want to use and she eliminated one, my original favorite. I asked her if she could grab her three favorites. She grabbed three, traded them out, and traded some more before giving up.

Choosing from the samples wasn’t working and I could tell she was overwhelmed with indecision.

So naturally, I turned to my BFF, a little program called Photoshop, and went to work adding wallpaper to our original bedroom design plan. The original plan:

Girls shared room design plan and mood board with pink walls, chambray curtains, bunk beds, bold printed wallpaper and more

Wallpaper Fashion Show

Now I wouldn’t want all those Photoshop mockups of the girl’s room wallpaper to go to waste so why not do a little wallpaper fashion show, shall we?

Option 1: Glitter Lilac

Version one of purple glitter wallpaper Photoshopped into a girls' room design
Version two of purple glitter wallpaper Photoshopped into a girls' room design

While Rowan loved this glitter lilac wallpaper pattern, one of her top choices, I didn’t love how it paired with the curtains we plan on keeping. Rowan agreed.

Option 2: Jungle Trek

Version one of jungle trek cats wallpaper Photoshopped into a girls' bedroom design
Version two of jungle trek cats wallpaper Photoshopped into a girls' bedroom design

The ultimate winner and Rowan’s favorite design is the jungle trek wallpaper pattern. I love this wallpaper in person, but as soon as I put it in the mockup it felt very primary colors, 90s nursery wallpaper. It wasn’t the vibrant, oversaturated bright colors I aim for in a little girl’s bedroom.

Option 3: Black And White Doodle Dogs

Version one of black and white doodle dogs wallpaper Photoshopped into a child's room design
Version two of black and white doodle dogs wallpaper Photoshopped into a child's room design

Rowan and I agreed that this black-and-white doodle dogs wallpaper was not colorful enough. We briefly looked at other color options in this pattern but axed it for lack of color. We are color lovers over here in case you haven’t noticed.

Option 4: Moody Whimsical Flowers

Version one of a moody floral wallpaper Photoshopped into a shared girls' bedroom design
Version two of a moody floral wallpaper Photoshopped into a shared girls' bedroom design

I adore this moody whimsical floral wallpaper and loved the mockup even more than I thought I would. It wasn’t the best combo with the existing curtains but it could work. But alas, Rowan didn’t love it and felt it was too dark.

Option 5: Marine Friends Carnation Ivory

Version one of pink fish wallpaper Photoshopped into a little girl's room design
Version two of pink fish wallpaper Photoshopped into a little girl's room design

While Rowan and I initially chose this marine friends wallpaper option for Beatrix (currently age 2) because she loves fish so much, we moved this wallpaper to our top three after seeing the room design. Who knew fish would be such a cute girls’ room wallpaper option?!

Option 6: Cheetah Pink

Version one of cheetah jungle wallpaper Photoshopped into a girl's room design
Version two of cheetah jungle wallpaper Photoshopped into a girl's room design

This cheetah pink wallpaper pattern was way more busy in person than expected and very busy on the walls. Rowan and I both agreed that it was a bit too much.

Option 7: Tea Time In Wonderland

Version one of tea time in wonderland whimsical wallpaper Photoshopped into a girl's room design
Version two of tea time in wonderland whimsical wallpaper Photoshopped into a girl's room design

My original front runner, the tea time in wonderland wallpaper pattern, is holding strong in Rowan and I’s top three girl’s wallpaper options. We both still love it in the Photoshop mockup and the physical sample.

Narrowing Down To The Top Three

We both agreed that our top three choices were the fish, wonderland, and jungle trek.

Marine friends wallpaper sample in carnation and ivory from Spoonflower
Tea time in wonderland wallpaper sample from Spoonflower
Jungle trek tiger wallpaper sample from Spoonflower

My Opinion

​While each wallpaper option is a beautiful design, I had opinions about which one to choose.

My favorite of the three still holds with the wonderland wallpaper. I believe that little girls’ rooms should be magical, whimsical spaces and this wallpaper design hits the mark. I love the pattern, the colors, and the contrast with the rug, curtains, and wall color. 

The runner-up was the fish wallpaper. It would have been such a perfect choice for Bea. She is so obsessed with fish and the pattern would make such a magical space for her. It is SO MUCH PINK but I dig it.

Version one of pink fish wallpaper Photoshopped into a little girl's room design

If the decision were up to me, I would pick the fish wallpaper. This room’s years are numbered for Rowan. My gut tells me she won’t want to share a bedroom with her young sister for long. There’s a distinct possibility over the next few years, Colby and I will move our bedroom downstairs and Rowan will take over our room, leaving Bea in Rowan’s current room. I feel like the fish wallpaper will have staying power for when it’s Bea’s room.

The jungle trek wallpaper pattern is my least favorite, mostly because it’s so white. But it will probably be just fine once the furniture is in, bedding layered, art on the walls, and other home decor items are brought in.

Rowan’s Opinion

Rowan flat out told me that of all the different patterns, she loves the jungle trek wallpaper the best. She was adamant that was the one. After her round of indecision earlier, I wasn’t about to try and sway her.

I did ask her what she loved most about it and what she wanted for other elements in their room. She loved the jungle wallpaper and wanted a jungle room. We discussed painting a wall mural instead of wallpaper as another option we hadn’t explored but she held fast to the wallpaper.

Version one of jungle trek cats wallpaper Photoshopped into a girls' bedroom design

She’s dreaming of bringing in more color with the bunk bed, vibrant accessories like a bright pink mirror I’ve had stored in the attic for ages, a cheetah stuffie, a canopy, and anything cheetah print. I have my marching orders. While I don’t love a theme room because I feel like kids grow out of them fast, I can work with this.

Random side story. Bea overheard our discussion about cheetahs and said, “I want a cheetah. A pet cheetah. A baby cheetah. Santa is going to bring it to me for Christmas. Grandma bring me a baby cheetah. So cute!” I hate to break it to you Bea, but no baby cheetahs. I think Grandma will agree.

Next Steps: Wallpaper For Girls’ Room

Since the wallpaper will be one of the most expensive parts of this little girl’s room makeover, I’m waiting a minimum of a few weeks to ensure it’s still a favorite. I also want to test sticking it to the wall and peeling it off. I would rather test it now to make sure the peel-and-stick option is the right choice.

In the meantime, I’m working on a full design plan for their room including bedding, bunk bed paint colors, accessories, layout, and more. Target recently launched some jungle items in their kid’s Pillowfort line that might be a good option. The entire line is Rowan-approved, especially the cheetah sheets!

In other bedroom updates, we scrapped our plans to build a bunk bed for the girls. Colby’s sister just took down her son’s bunk bed and has offered it to us. The bottom bunk is full-sized and the top bunk is a twin. It also includes a trundle. Here’s to saving budget dollars!

Bedroom wallpaper ideas for a girls shared bedroom featuring colorful patterns with dogs, cheetahs, jaguars, flowers, fish, glitter, and more

A Word On Budget

Speaking of that which shall not be named (psst…money), I hope to keep this entire kids’ bedroom makeover under $1,000. “Hope” is the keyword here because Colby and I agree it’s pretty unrealistic. More realistically, we’re setting our budget at $2,000.

The big ticket items for this space will be wallpaper, crown molding, mattresses, and bedding. One splurge item I’m prioritizing is Beddy’s bedding (zippered all-in-one sheets and blankets). It sounds dreamy and people rave about it! Fingers crossed it makes the budget cut!

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