Anyone born after 1950 has no doubt enjoyed the tingling thrill of painting-by-numbers at one point or another. I still cherish the days of my youth spent filling in small puddles of color to create my very own pièce de résistance. So, having stumbled upon these Jenny Wilkinson Paint-by-Numbers Wall Strips ($18) and Original Wallpaper-By-Numbers ($95), I find myself tickled pink with the prospect of experiencing that do-it-yourself pride and joy once again. I also thought it would be a perfect topic for Dress Your Walls month.
Wilkinson's designs are a fresh idea in interactive wallpapers. They have already been hailed a design classic and even acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. A simple set of paints, colored pencils or felt tip pens does wonders to these graphics, and they're easy to apply with just water. Some of the prints have bright, pre-colored backgrounds, ensuring that they look great even on their own. The wallstrips are ideal for kids as they depict fantastical creatures and settings, but the wallpaper-by-numbers are inspired by traditional wallpaper prints, appealing to both the kid and grown-up in you.