Guest Picks: Adorn Kids' Rooms With Adaptable Animal Art
Create wild kingdoms in your children's rooms with prints that celebrate fauna and grow with them
Designing my children's nursery gave me a license to indulge in a little bit of playfulness, especially when it came to fuzzy fauna. I didn't want to overdo the cute and cuddly, so rather than overwhelm with saccharine animal motifs, I invested in a more edited selection of whimsical but sophisticated animal art. I chose timeless pieces that might even see my kids out of the nursery, all the way through college and perhaps into the nurseries of their own children as well. — Justine from Design Skool
French artist Caroline Gomez has made a foray into children's prints with Malmo and Oscar Lou, the budding National Geographic naturalist pictured here.
Coral & Tusk's little embroidered bunny is simply too cute to resist.
Photographer Sharon Montrose so deftly captures each character's innate personality that her animal portraits need no other adornment.
Pique your child's sense of adventure and love of the outdoors with Yorkshire artist Tiffany Jayne's whimsical camp illustration.
It's hard to choose just one of Atlanta artist Jen Ray's plucky characters. I'm tempted to collect them all.
Graphically simple and bold, the spirits of English artist Amy Blackwell's prints have almost a totemic quality.
With bears and balloons and a little dress-up, this cut paper and ink collage by RISD grad Andrea Kang captures the many joys of childhood.
Inspired by midcentury designs, Sugarloop's petite prints have a timeless charm.
Kings of their own worlds, the children of Spanish artist Jesús Perea's prints frolic in lands of fantasy.
Find the tiny deer. Though not your typical bright and cheery kids' print, the bold and simple graphics of Spanish artist Judy Kaufmann are nonetheless right on a child's level.
Lively and imaginative, Sylvia Taylor's animal prints always add a touch of whimsy and wonder to any child's room.
One of my long-time favorites Lisa Golightly of Kiki & Polly captures the everyday magic of children at play.
Perched on a branch, Audrey Jeanne's petite oiseau looks ready for a lullaby.
Future ornithologists may enjoy Bold and Noble's Birds Around Britain print.
From adder to zonate tooth fungi, the Endangered Species alphabet poster makes the case that all creatures, no matter how obscure or small, are worth saving.
A simple starling seems to be dreaming of bigger things in UK artist Karen Boatwright's (of Tin Tabernacle) painting.
I love the quiet grandeur of this vintage-style print by As We Go Arts.
The "Queen of Letterpress," Tara Hogan of Ink & Wit, created this family of tomato-red birds that pays homage to classic Scandinavian and midcentury designs.
Banquet's Ursula Major in red is as jolly as she is round, and she will watch over your children at night.
With bold fonts and fauna friends, Ritzie G's Animalphabet print teaches about letters and animals at the same time.
Ideabook published on Jan. 21, 2013.
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