6 Creative Ways to Work Wallpaper Into Your Home

By Cheryl Freedman, Houzz

Wallpaper design has branched out in recent years, and there’s a vast selection ranging from traditional and retro to modern and downright edgy. Putting up a statement paper is a great way to inject personality into a home, and it will create a big effect with reasonably minimal effort and cost.

Black and Milk | Interior Design | London, original photo on Houzz

Cozy up a bedroom. A wall of paper behind a bed is a simple trick that helps separate the sleeping area from the rest of the room. You can match your paper’s colors with another element in the room, or use it to add a different but complementary shade. Here, the mint-green woodland wallpaper gives an interesting and fresh feel to the blue, gray and pink bedding.

Wallpaper: Skog Green, Sandberg Wallpaper

Wallpaper 2: Atticus & Milo, original photo on Houzz

Enliven a desk. Looking for inspiration while you work? Papering the wall behind your desk can be an effective way to cheer up an otherwise functional area. This geometric wallpaper is bold, but the muted gray and mustard tones keep it in check.

Wallpaper: Mill, Quercus & Co.

Roundhouse, original photo on Houzz

Bring warmth to a kitchen. The kitchen may not leap to mind as a room where you would hang wallpaper, but it can work brilliantly (and it can be cheaper than tiling). Modern kitchens tend to be quite minimal, so a panel of paper can visually lift a plain room. Here, the lime-colored paper ties in with the backsplash for a unified feel. You also could use paper behind glass for a patterned backsplash.

Wallpaper: Lotus, Farrow & Ball

Noushka Design Ltd, original photo on Houzz

Highlight one piece of furniture. It’s never a good idea to choose your wallpaper design in isolation. Instead, think about how different elements in your home will fit together when planning a design with wallpaper. Which items of furniture will you place in front of it, and will they work? Perhaps you have one standout heirloom you particularly want to highlight? In this space, the wallpaper works with the distressed cabinet to create a bright and eclectic display. Stick to one feature wall to make sure all eyes are on your creation.

Wallpaper: Butterfly Garden, Osborne & Little

Alison Kandler Interior Design, original photo on Houzz

Transform a bookcase. If you’re tempted by wallpaper but don’t want to cover a wall, consider papering the back of a shelving unit instead. You’ll get pattern, but in a more subtle way. This is a purse-friendly idea too, since you need only a relatively small amount of paper to achieve it. You could even use remnants or samples.

Wallpaper: Fiorentina, Quadrille

Holly Marder, original photo on Houzz

Add a mini dose. Here, too, a patch of wallpaper adds a bit of pizazz without overwhelming the room. Only two shelf backs are papered, but they still completely change the feel of the kitchen.

For an alternative to this look, try papering the bottoms of wooden crates and mounting them on the wall.

Wallpaper: Parrots, Saint Honoré Wallcoverings

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