Motherhood

Affordable Art for Kids’ Rooms

Joanna Goddard house tour

Every night, when I’m putting the boys to bed, I look around the room and soak up the artwork. What is it that’s so sweet and calming about children’s prints? Here are 12 picks…

Cat

Cat

NYC

NYC

Thoughts? Which do you like? These prints from children’s books are also very cool.

P.S. More art for kids, and 11 cool ways to display family photos.

(Photo of Toby’s bedroom by Alpha Smoot. Bookcase by Oeuf. Deer photo by Sharon Montrose.)

  1. Emmy says...

    I really love that you added the image of the Astronaut. When I was a kid I really didn’t like “kid things”- images or toys that seemed dumbed down to my age group (Lisa Frank aside obviously). My brother (20 years older than me) got me a subscription to National Geographic when I was 8 and it was pretty much the best present I’d ever gotten even though I didn’t read the articles. Haha. But it’s a nice reminder to ask what the child likes. Give them wildly different options :)

  2. Anne-Hélène Dupont says...

    This Montreal-based studio sells amazing prints by local illustrators : https://en.surtonmur.com/

  3. Can’t resist giving a shout-out to my husband’s work, which you can check out at http://www.photoppopprints.com! Tons of bright and bold photos that add lots of color and fun to kids rooms- we have the colorful gummy bears in our twins room :)

  4. Okay, full disclosure, I work for Stone Soup. But I’m always amazed that more people don’t buy the artwork from our magazine. It’s been published since 1973, so there are tons of beautiful prints in the archive that are work done by children. If anyone’s interesting in perusing, you can look at the store here: http://stonesoupstore.com/art-prints/

    • Cait G says...

      These are truly affordable! And beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

    • SB says...

      These are so interesting, thanks for sharing!

  5. Nadia says...

    The Animal art poster is amazing! Animals are so cute, esp. fox. Badass fox I’d say

  6. Jenny says...

    I have that cat print…and I’m 32 years old :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      love that :)

  7. celeste says...

    My son draws me rainbows all the time, I have one framed :)

    • celeste says...

      Also, ya’ll should do a piece on kids’ room makeovers. My kids are 10 and 8 and not in love with the paint colors we chose when they were babies.

  8. Vicki says...

    that Oliver Jeffers print! Not only for the size comparison aspect but that quote! love his quirkiness

  9. Leigh W. says...

    Some of these are so cute that I would not want to limit them to kids’ rooms only!

  10. Liking the cat, we have a similar print in our webshop, but in pink :-).

  11. Julia says...

    Where did you get the shelving system that is featured in your picture? I love it!

  12. Cynthia says...

    I like the animals poster and the school bus poster. The schoolbus poster would be fun in a classroom.

  13. Kat O says...

    I read that “grow slowly” poster as “growly salt,” so I CLEARLY woke up too early this morning.

  14. Trish O says...

    I have been trying to support local artists and have gotten some great things for my kids’ rooms at the farmers market that also highlights artists. These local artists are great, their work was not expensive, and it was very fun for my boys to get to meet the artists and talk to them about the work.

  15. I know this post says “kids art,” but there is not one piece here that I wouldn’t hang in my apartment (where no kids live). :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i love that, mickey!

  16. Laura C. says...

    I got two little pictures of little she-bears, I bought them on a market in Italy and you are right, they’re so calming!

    • C says...

      These are soooo darling! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Musilla says...

    I love to be sure artwork and family photos (all chosen by my daughter) are hung at her height. As she’s got older they’ve stacked up, starting at floor level and now at her 3 foot (ish) eyeline. It makes the space very much hers, and is also a lovely visual reminder of how she changes as she grows

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, i want to do that now!

  18. Love these, etsy is incredible for this stuff – affordable and unique!

    – lindsay

  19. Emmy says...

    If anyone is ever looking for fun, bold prints in warm colors for a kid’s room, I suggest the work of this print artist/company called Giraffes and Robots! You can buy their prints through Etsy, and here is their Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/giraffesrobots/
    I’ve seen their stuff displayed at local farmer’s markets, art fairs, etc. here in Providence, RI. It looks even better in person than online.

  20. Claire says...

    Kids schmids….that smiling pear would look great in my kitchen, and that Oliver Jeffers animal print is delightful and I would hang it in my house just because it makes me smile.

  21. Nicole says...

    We took pictures from Scuppers the Sailor Dog, blew them up (with some editing—Little Golden Books aren’t the highest resolution) and framed them…they ended up being one of my favorite things in our house!

  22. Sarah says...

    The kisses print is wonderful.

  23. Valerie says...

    In regards to the link on prints from children’s literature… I decorated my son’s nursery with these. Instead of $200 pieces, though, I went to Halfprice Books, bought our favorite ones, cut out our favorite scenes, and framed them with cheap frames from Michael’s. $50 for 5 and they look so lovely.

    I am sure that those prints are of much higher quality and can be worth it to the right buyer, but I love books and have limited income for decor. Ta-da! A quick little crafty fix.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s wonderful, valerie!!

    • I did the same thing and love the results!

  24. We hung up NASA’s free space and Mars posters on our LO’s walls. Oh, and a planet mobile from Crate and Barrel.

  25. Brooke L. says...

    I hung a map in my son’s nursery and framed my daughter’s art for her room!