Wallpaper today goes far beyond what hung in your grandmother's living room. Use these tips and tricks to make wallpaper a beautiful accent in any space.
Let the walls do all the work. Hanging paper on your walls adds instant personal style. From the most boastful motif to the subtlest texture, wallcovering makes a design statement. Here, a sunny-yellow flower print adds interest to an otherwise simple space.
Add emphasis to a fireplace with a few feet of wallpaper. The vertical distance from the center of one pattern to the center of the next is called the pattern repeat. Large pattern repeats are more than 6 inches in size. For this project the large repeat of a fun print is a great way to make the fireplace the focal point of the room.
Pick a bold pattern for an eye-catching result. Here, a black-and-white floral print combined with all black-and-white furnishings creates a savvy bathroom. Just like figuring paint quantity, you need to know the square footage of your room's walls (ceiling height in feet multiplied by wall width in feet) to determine how much wallpaper you need. Round measurements up and don't deduct doors and windows to ensure you have enough wallpaper for the space.
Go for an unconventional look by hanging wallpaper on the ceiling of a room. Here, a purple background with a red rose pattern in a red bathroom adds a romantic feel to the space. Consider hiring a professional for this project. Hiring a pro can be worth the added cost when hanging high-end or delicate papers covering a hard-to-reach surface.
A simple print can make a big different in a plain room. Add pattern to a boring open shelf easily with a piece of peel-and-stick repositionable wallpaper. Use a sheet of this paper to fill the open shelf for instant design and satisfaction.
Add style and sophistication to an arched entryway with a pretty wallpaper pattern. Be careful of delicate paper, such as grass cloth. Grass cloths are woven-textile papers -- fragile natural products with a paper backing that requires special pasting and lining.
Complement a bright red closet with white-and-red-polka-dot wallpaper to create a 1950s-esque kitchen vibe. When using wallpaper in big spaces, such as a kitchen, consider using new nonwoven papers that are environmentally fit and user-friendly. Not only do they hang easily, they are easy to remove and free of PBC and VOCs.
Instead of plastering an entire room with paper, use less paper and add more design with striped walls. When purchasing the paper it's important to remember that most wallpaper is sold by the double roll (twice the amount of length) but is priced by the single roll, so take note when calculating the amount you need for the space.
Choose two wallpaper patterns to create a personalized do-it-yourself headboard for your bed. Hang one strong wallpaper for the center panel and select a subtler pattern for the flanking panels. Here, a green-and-white pattern is the perfect complement to a striking floral green, white, and blue design.
Perfect a pink jewelry holder by lining the inside with a cute pink-and-white pattern, creating an adorable space to store your favorite small items. Cover the front of the cabinet doors with matching paper to complete the look.
Hang your favorite wallpaper pattern on a single wall in your bedroom, then set off this new focal point with a complementary color on the remaining walls. This approach can be especially effective with a bold, bright pattern, like this French country pink print, that might overwhelm a small bedroom.