Stylishly Artful Ways to Make Wallpaper Part of Your Home
No one can deny the fact that a great wallpaper can instantly add a wow-factor to your interior. From geometrics to natural prints, creative and fun wallpaper designs offer you a perfect way to jazz up a room without the need for unnecessary decor pieces that may appear no less than clutter.
If we talk about modern wallpapers, these are not just defined with stripes ad floral prints that you may have seen in your grandparent’s homes. Today, you can find wallpapers in endless designs and are easily accessible both online or in brick-and-mortar stores.
If you are thinking of adding wallpaper into the interior but don’t want to cover the whole room, just start with a small portion. Or you can begin with a less-trafficked room, like a guest bedroom or powder room. However, in larger rooms, you can go for an accent wall for decorating one area while painting the rest. Even mudrooms, hallways, laundry rooms, and entryways are great areas to experiment with bold wallpaper designs.
Certainly, installing wallpaper can be a hassle. But you need to take your time and do proper research on how to install it properly or spend money on hiring professionals to do the job for you. Either way, you’d be happy with the result that’s worth swapping paint for stylish and better-looking wallpaper for decorating a room itself.
If you are out of ideas, here are some amazing ways you can install wallpaper into your home and spruce up the interior in a fun and creative way.
1. Cover the walls
The most convenient way to use wallpaper is to cover the walls of a room with it. But the key to making it work is to eliminate the memories of old patterns of the 1970s and 1980s. Nowadays, wallpapers are all about contemporary and minimal patterns, colors, and styles. In some rooms, graphic and bold paper can appear amazing covering the entire walls. However, in certain rooms, only a simple texture or pattern can be used for creating a subtle interest. You just need to figure out which style goes well with your room and then choose the right wallpaper.
2. Cover Half the Wall
If you don’t want to cover the entire wall of a room, you can only cover either the bottom or top of a wall using wallpaper. This way you can get a subtle look with wallpaper – and space won’t look overpowering at all. Generally, you can separate the non-papered and papered halves with some architectural molding or paneling, as shown in the picture above. This is another amazing look that used to be popular in the past decades. However, it still looks good in regular rooms that lean towards conventional styles. A popular approach is to cover the top half of your wall with wallpaper and have paneling on the bottom half. It is a very subtle yet attractive look that will always be in trend.
3. Install two wallpapers on one wall
Another interesting and bold look to create with wallpapers is to install two wallpapers on one wall. By mixing different wallpaper patterns, you can easily add a creative touch to your living space. It is a tough look to pull off but if you get it right it can appear visually appealing. If you need something very strong, you can consider adding patterns, like toile and stripes, or damask and chevron, in strong colors. However, for a subtle look, you may go for tone-on-tone patterns and keep them in the same theme for minimalist touch. Since this interior look is strong, you need to be cautious about the colors and patterns you choose for your room. All the patterns must complement each other – NOT go against each other.
4. Create a stunning feature wall
Creating a feature wall in your bedroom or living room is also a stunning way to create a wonderful focal point. It helps in drawing the eye in while creating a stunning feature. When it comes to using wallpaper this way, you can simply go bold or subtle. However, make sure not to complete with any other focal point in the same room. If there is more than one focal point in a room, the viewer’s eye gets confused and creates a sense of chaos. Therefore, it’s best to install wallpaper on the wall just behind the bed or TV, or any other area where the eye can be naturally drawn to.
5. Wallpaper the Ceiling
Usually, people forget to look up. This is because ceilings are usually painted in a simple white hue and then left alone unless there’s a crack or leak that needs to be dealt with. However, the ceiling gives you a great opportunity to be creative and have some fun with the wallpaper while creating a stunning look. If you are going this route, you can go all the way and select something highly bold and decorative – as shown in the picture above. There’s no need to waste your effort on something subtle. It’s not recommended for a DIY project because the installation is awkward and you must ensure it doesn’t bubble or peel off. It’s best to get it done right the very first time. So, just hire a professional installer to do the job right.
6. Decoupage Furniture
If you wish to upcycle an old piece or want to add some flair to something very simple or plain, it’s best to consider applying wallpaper to a piece of furniture. It works well especially on pieces that have clean simple silhouettes and lines, such as console tables, drawers, or chairs. You can even create decoupage furniture matching with the same wallpaper of your wall. This way you can add an element of interest to your living space without overwhelming the interior with different patterns or designs. Just give it a try and we’re sure that your guests will compliment your interior decor every time they pay a visit.
7. Decorate inside of your bookcase
An open bookcase is another great option to add a decorative touch with wallpaper. Instead of leaving the backs of the open shelves bare, you can cover them with pretty designs that go well with your room. An easy way to do this is to cut some pieces of foam core to fit each nook and apply wallpaper onto them. This way you won’t be applying paper directly to your furniture unit and you can even take it out easily whenever you want. Moreover, this will amplify your study or library creatively and stylishly.
8. Hang Wallpaper as Art
If you have some piece of wallpaper leftover after a project, you can consider framing that piece and hang it on a wall as artwork. It is a great way to add a striking pattern onto your plain wall without the expense or effort of traditional applications. Another simple approach is to hand a long piece and install dowels at either end so that it appears like a scroll. Such types of wall hangings need minimal effort but look pretty.
9. Wallpaper lampshade
Another interesting way to make a wallpaper part of your interior is to cover a lampshade with leftover wallpaper. It will give your interior a little pizzazz and instant flair without putting in too much effort. All you need to do is cut the paper to size and paste it using adhesive. For a bold design option, you can choose a contrasting lampshade against a bold colored wallpapered wall. This will give a striking yet unique touch to the given space. Another subtle but still a lot of fun option is to apply wallpaper to the inside of the shade. It won’t make a major impact on the exterior of the shade but still gives a decorative touch to the interior.
10. Around the fireplace
You can add emphasis to a fireplace using wallpaper around it. Covering the fireplace surrounds with beautifully patterned wallpaper is a great way to make your fireplace the focal point of a room. This way you can easily draw the viewer’s eye towards this focal point while adding an elegant touch to the interior.
11. Delicate Scenes
A wallpaper with delicate scenes, like a forest scene, on the walls, is another fun and delightful way to spruce up an interior. The pastel colors of such wallpaper can add a soothing quality to the given space. Meanwhile, lamps made from ancient Murano glass can uplift this interior design with exquisiteness and exuberance.
12. Panel Possibilities
Forget ceiling-to-floor wallpaper installation, instead treat different wallpaper lengths as decorative panels on a wall. For instance, you can over beams on the walls with stunning wallpaper designs to have the effect of art. This way, your house can have a unique artistic flair without looking overwhelming. It is one very simple yet creative way to make a room appear visually appeal and elegant.
13. Bold pattern
You can even pick a bold pattern for a wallpaper to having an eye-catching result. For such effect, you can choose a black-and-white floral print blended with all black-and-white furnishings to have a savvy interior in your bathroom, kitchen, or any other room in a house. Just like figuring paint quantity, you have to find the square footage of a room’s walls for determining how much wallpaper is needed. After that, round up the measurements and don’t deduct windows and doors to ensure you have got enough wallpaper for the available space.
14. Matching wallpaper and cabinet
You can consider matching your bright red closet with a stunning red-and-white-polka-dot wall for having a 1950s elegant kitchen vibe. When you are using wallpaper in such big spaces, like kitchens, you need to choose environmentally-friendly, non-woven, and user-friendly material. These wallpapers not just stick to the walls easily but also are very easy to remove and free of VOCs and PBC.
15. Storage boxes with wallpaper cover
If you need extra storage boxes for your clothes or other accessories, you can cover those dull-looking brown cardboard boxes or plastic containers with interesting wallpapers. For instance, you can choose such a blue-and-white wallpapered box to have cute storage space for storing your winter/summer clothes whenever they are out of season. Meanwhile, it will add a striking touch of decor to your living space.