How to Use Whimsical Wallpaper

I love wallpaper. There’s just something about a bright, bold, or fun pattern that really sets the tone of a room. Whether you use it in small spaces like a bathroom or laundry room, or a big space like a bedroom accent wall or dining room, wallpaper can really wow.

tips for using whimsical wallpaper

So here’s 15 gorgeous whimsical wallpaper designs that I’m crushing on
plus tips and tricks for how to use them:

Love this pop of color in the entry foyer!
But something this bright and bold keep to a minimum.

This is a room where you can let your wild side go in full force.
Especially if your laundry room is hidden behind closed doors, kick back and have fun.

Or go monochromatic with something like these silhouette dogs.
The little use of color has a big impact.

Wanting to add some fun to your mud room?
A big and colorful wallpaper is a great solution.

A nursery accent wall can add great pattern and interest.
I love how they use the green and carry it throughout the design!

Wallpaper the ceiling?
Yep. Keep the walls simple though if you’re going bold up top.

I also love this fun and fresh wallpaper behind the crib.
Don’t be afraid to hang large wall decor like mirrors over the design.

Instead of behind the bed, think about wallpapering an accent wall
that will point out a beautiful window or niche.

A kid’s playroom is a fun place for a big, bold pattern.

Looking for something fun and functional?
This photo frame wallpaper is a great way to showcase your kids artwork.

One of my favorite places to use wallpaper is in a bathroom.
Easy to wipe down the walls!

I’m totally crushing on this navy nautical wallpaper.
Perfect for a boys bedroom or bathroom!

A brighter, bolder wallpaper looks great against white.
Keep your accessories to a minimum though if used in a small space.

Whimsical wallpapers are also fun in a powder room.
It’s a great place in your home to take a chance with design.

Or if you’re afraid of bright bold colors,
just try a fun pattern instead that will add a lot of impact.

 If you’re looking to purchase some wallpaper,
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So, are you obsessed with wallpaper like me?
I’m trying to pick out a pattern for my dining room.
Stay tuned!

5 Kitchen Areas to Disinfect Everyday

The kitchen is the most used room in our home. Whether we’re eating a meal, doing homework, prepping lunch boxes, having family meetings, or just grabbing a quick snack, it’s our highest traffic area in the house.

It’s also the room that I have to clean most often. But you don’t have to clean your kitchen from top to bottom every single day. Here’s the 5 areas I clean constantly though…

5 kitchen areas to clean everyday

1. The countertops.
This one is a no-brainer. You prep your food on this surface, plus lots of hands cross this space. I clean this area several times a day, especially before and after preparing a meal. Just warm water and soap works fine. Depending on your countertop surface, consider looking into cleaning supplies specifically made for your kind of countertop.

And remember, if your countertops look clean, your entire kitchen looks clean.

Woman cleaning the counter  in the kitchen2. The sink.
Your sink can serve as a breeding ground for illness-causing bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella. Hot water just isn’t enough to clean this space. Try a solution of bleach and water once a day and then letting the solution run down the drain. Keep a mixture in a spray bottle under your sink!

To help keep bacteria to a minimum, immediately put your dirty dishes in your dishwasher. But what if it’s full? Take the 5 minutes it takes to empty it! Honestly, time yourself. It doesn’t take half as long as you really think it does (good tip for your kids too that whine every time you ask them to empty it!).

Wilsonart Carrara Santorini with HD sink3. Handles to the refrigerator, microwave, stove, and dishwasher.
Whether it’s little kids or you after preparing dinner, the handles in your kitchen can be a breeding ground for bacteria as well. Try using a combination detergent/disinfectant that both cleans and kills germs (plus it will cut back on time and money). If you’re in a hurry, try pre-packaged sanitizer cloths to save time.

4. The kitchen floor.
I know this is probably the most annoying part of your kitchen to clean daily, but it will keep away the critters and pests. You don’t want roaches or mice in your home, right? I use a little hand vacuum around our kitchen island and breakfast bar, the areas that attract the most crumbs throughout the day.

favorite kitchen mopI also keep a mop with a washable microfiber wet/dry cloth nearby and some floor cleaner in a squirt bottle. I just squirt and mop, takes less than 5 minutes to sanitize the kitchen floors. You will then only need to deep clean your floors once a week.

Just remember to clean the kitchen floors last. You don’t want to wipe the crumbs off your countertops onto your freshly mopped floors.

5. The trash cans.
Half the time my kiddo misses the trashcan completely and her dinner scraps are down the side of the can. Pretty gross stuff. So after I clean the kitchen countertops with each meal, I will take the same cleaner and give a quick wipe down to our trash can and recycling can.

If your trashcan is inside a cabinet, definitely make sure you wipe down the wood as well. Acid from fruits and juices can eat away at your cabinet stain or paint.

Girl Recycling Kitchen Waste In Bin A couple other disinfecting tips:

  • Run your sponges through the dishwasher to sanitize them.
  • Use paper towels instead of dish towels to cut down on the bacteria.
  • Wear gloves if you’re cleaning with a lot of bleach in the kitchen.
  • Wipe out your microwave with a paper towel after each use.
  • Look for cutting boards that are dishwasher safe.
  • Use soap and water to wipe out your refrigerator once a month.

Alright, now give me YOUR
best kitchen cleaning 
tips and tricks!

kitchen areas to clean everyday