Let’s celebrate World Art Day today by paying respect to the best modern artists who managed to keep a child inside alive. See below to see our curated list of wall art for children’s room, with downloadable links.
Why take a headstart with the wall art for children's room?
Art for a kids’ room should be first of all, of the highest quality. You will be surprised how picking the right art for the baby room can impress the early memories of the unique person who will be growing up next to it.
How to use modern paintings in childrens wall art?
Great shortcut to build up your nursery decor is to use modern classics as centerpiece wall art for childrens room. By setting a high standard with a modern centerpiece, you can easily accessorize even with the simplest mass-market or DIY decorations for nursery.
Likewise, when you’re going to rearrange the playroom, tried-and-true modern and vibrant pieces become the core for inspiring design ideas.
Modern artists that’ll look great in children's room
Scroll down to see our curated list of the artists who can be equally inspiring for the adults and kids. Using their pieces in decor, or simply as the handouts to have around, sets up great grounds for art education and creative thinking.
Go for putting this art before your kid’s eyes today, and get blown over tomorrow with a flow of art that will pour on you. Some of the artists, namely Keith Haring and Piet Mondrian, had been the kindergarten favorites for years now – you can check out the lesson plans via the links.
Best modern art pieces for gender-neutral kids room:
Keith Haring’s vibrant comic-style outlined figurines marked a whole era. Due to the high contrast, the Radiant Baby in any color combination is a perfect choice for the baby nursery. There are also lots of pictures where pregnant dancing figures are celebrating the child – why not print out one of these for your expectant friend today?
For the big kid rooms, look into his other characters, such as Dog and Dance – these cool vibrant characters find their way right to the hearts of 5+ years olds, easily.
What we love about it: this art is loved by kids and adults alike, and it is perfectly age-neutral.
The artist will win the kids’ hearts with bright colors and bubbly shapes. You’ve seen his bright flowers on headbands, carpets, table mats, as well as in the fashion collaborations. Wherever it appears, it’s always a burst of optimism and happiness.
Sneak a peek at Takashi Murakami’s most recent collection “Flat Doraemon” for a bunch of cute ideas easily adjustable for the playrooms.
What we love about it: the Flowers pattern is so easy to use on any scale, from a postcard to a wall.
This 91-year-old Japanese woman artist has been exploding with her lively creations on the art scene of New York since the 1950s. Aside from her numerous paintings, she stepped up the game with her interactive installations. Our favorite is the Obliteration Room – read more about it and other childish installations here.
For the playroom decoration, we recommend taking the inspiration from Madame Kusama’s dotty Pumpkins. Make a pumpkin silhouette stencil on a large piece of paper, and ask your toddler to help you fill it with the funny dots – this is a great idea for the finger painting afternoon.
What we love about it: the biography of Yayoi Kusama is the bravest and most inspiring story of the Asian female artist.
Jeff Koons’ art is the most known for his balloon sculptures, coming straight from the childhood excitement of the balloons, animals, town fair and shiny weekend. Be sure to take your kid to the art expo whenever his sculptures are around because it is pure joy.
For the wall art for children’s room options, take the next step and go for prints by Jeff Koons. In particular, we love this Monkey print – it will look perfect in the pop-art themed big kid room, paired up with the chunky bright ride-on toys and a cool busy board.
What we love about it: the balloon or the monkey? Both!
René Magritte was a Belgian artist in the 20th century. For the kids’ room art, look beyond his most known thought-provoking paintings into his lovely surreal landscapes. It is the perfect nursery picture when you’re looking to create a whimsical, day-dreamy, Peter Pan forest style nursery following Montessori concept.
This print, named “A Choir of Sphynx” will pair greatly with other animal and sky themed toys and decor. Download this stunning dreamy forest interior art here.
What we love about it: gender-neutral clean lines, fine detail, and airy feel.
A great pop-culture role model for kids, Roy Lichtenstein worked his way through the fruitful art career and World War II. Yet, a challenge from a child was what brought us his best works.
Once, artist’s little son pointed at the picture in his comic book and asked his dad, a professor from the New York College of Art:
I bet that you can’t paint as good, eh, Dad?
A decade later, Lichtenstein’s iconic comic panel art was everywhere, whamming critics and dazzling museum crowd.
This fun fishing pun named “Look, Mickey!” from a retro comic strip in bold primary colors will look great as a decor centerpiece in any toddler bedroom. The caption gives an extra kick to the cognitive development here, stimulating the interest in reading.
What we love about it: how a kid’s comments can bring a turning point in art.
Do you need a final stroke for your perfectly organized nursery, all lined up and waiting for the newborn? Thiebaud’s love of cute patterns for nurseries is like the right filling for the pie: it fills the whole place with the warm homemade soulful feeling. Used as a wall art for children’s room, it will surely plant some sweet memories.
The Cakes print is so neutral it will be a perfect condiment for either baby boy or baby girl room. The aesthetically pleasing layout makes a classy nursery accessory, and you will never again scramble for the ideas of what cake to make for the next baby birthday. The high-quality print is available for purchase in the National Art Gallery online shop.
What we love about it: chocolate swirls and the whipped cream.
Green Cat and Blue Cat are a perfect pair of nursery wall art prints for the siblings’ bedroom and by far the cutest decor for the twin babies. They come from Andy Warhol’’s limited edition handprinted book “25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy”.
The white background is always very convenient for the nursery wall art, as it allows you to frame art for kids’ room in the interior corresponding colors. The primary colors of two cats will pop up in any interior – whether it’s Scandinavian minimalism, New York loft or suburban rental, it’s going to look great.
What we love about it: This design is very scaling-friendly if you’re thinking nursery wall art collage, and can be printed and framed in A4 size for the smaller rooms.
One thing that babies and their parents owe to the Calder is the invention of the mobile. If you’re using one of these as the nursery decor, add an extra touch with the matching wall piece. The Calder’s works are known for bright colors, playfulness and bold contrast – sound like it ticks off all the boxes in the “art for babies” requirements?
The Swirl with the mix of bold shapes, orange and red colors intertwining into a dance-like pattern, will become an amazing color bomb in the nursery. To balance the massive decor piece like this, you will want a big bright toy – a busy board, for one. With 2-3 big mood-setting anchors like such, your playroom decor will always look like a statement, no matter how messy it gets.
What we love about it: orange and red are highly energetic hues able to transform even the gloomiest space into a cozy nook.
Mondrian’s stylish primary colors and grid lines make amazing baby-friendly design basics, prints for gender-neutral nursery and cute baby apparel.
We’re choosing the “Broadway Boogie Woogie” print for the big kid room as the most playful and colorful artist’s creation. The square format looks balanced and cheerful. It will add a perfect pop of color above a changing table or in the art corner.
What we love about it: ask your bigger kids what they can see in this picture for a fun creative activity in storytelling.
Jackson Pollock was a prominent artist who found the courage to use the art tools more fit for the toddler – the bottles with paints that could be splashed and sprayed all over the canvas.
The best part of Pollock art is that it can be recreated so easily! Why not make a Pollock drawing toddler activity with your little ones? pick the colors that complement your kids’ room, and later you can use the framed result of their drawing as an interior centerpiece. Nothing tells your emerging artist you believe in them like the $1 investment in the picture frame.
What we love about it: just see “How to draw like Pollock” video and take a try today.
Damien Hirst’s Spots Series is a loud shout-out to the basic shapes. The artist tidied them up in the neat rows and amped colors up a mile. The Spots Series that we got, as a result, is the go-to pattern for the wall art for children’s room, a newborn nursery or genderless playroom.
You can also recreate this art easily together with your kids. Just get a large piece of paper and cover it in dot outlines with the help of a ruler and a cereals bowl. Then ask little ones to help you color each circle in a different color.
What we love about it: picking the corresponding accessories will be like a piece of sprinkled cake.
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When you’re arranging a room for your child, never overlook the art. There are many ways to do this – you can do the movie posters, educational charts, the art pieces, or all of it. Still, be aware about sensory overload – there is such a thing.
The classical and modern art represented in your kids’ rooms sticks to their memory, setting up the recognition of the iconic images. The different schools, from symbolism to realism, set different sets of questions to the child’s brain, setting open-ended questions and inspiring the emerging artists to paint the world as bright as they see it.