20 Times Wallpaper Totally Nailed It

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Are you in the pro-wallpaper camp? Or are you a naysayer? If it's the former, then you'll appreciate these fab rooms where decorating with wallpaper is a signature flourish. If you're the latter, let us convince you to cross camps.

Trellis 2.0

Who doesn't love a good trellis wallpaper? The lighter lines and curvaceous flow of the design in this hallway is a reinterpretation of the classic pattern that gets high marks in our book.

Get It: Grata CM2381, Dolce Vita collection by Antonina Vella -- York Wallcoverings; yorkwall.com

Living Large

Repeat after us: floral wallpaper can be good and floral wallpaper can be bad. This is by far the former. The large-scale pattern is thoroughly modern and the neutral two-tone color scheme keeps it classy, not garish.

Wallpapered Greetings

Wallpaper in an entryway=bold first impression. And bonus points if it coordinates with your front door color. The gray ogee design encircling the scalloped diamonds is a mash-up we like to call global geometric, which is fashion-forward, but completely livable.

Get it: Bungalow in Yellow T16054, The Resort Collection -- Thibaut Design; thibautdesign.com

This. Bathroom.

Talk about showstopping. Even though this design is based on a 17th-century French damask pattern, the wallpaper is fresh and appealing to the 21st-century decorator. The pattern takes on a nature-inspired motif as well, which juxtaposes the smart black-and-white colorway.

Get it: Chenonceau in charcoal, F.Schumacher & Co; fschumacher.com (to the trade)

Oh Wait. This Bathroom.

Imagine the surprise guests receive when they open the door to this powder room and see this unique modern Chinoiserie wallpaper. A small bath like this is the perfect place to go bold with a strong pattern. Paired with white fixtures and minimal accessories, the look is polished, not overbearing.

Get it: Chiang Mai Dragon, F. Schumacher & Co.; fschumacher.com (to the trade).

Greek Key Wallpaper

The eponymous motif has been around since the ancient Greeks were building their empire and today it is a hot pattern for more than just architecture. Trendy pillows, trims, fabrics, and, you guessed it, wallpapers, are all sporting this revived classic. The gray-and-white wallpaper in this bedroom introduced subtle, yet stately, pattern

Get It: Greek Key Wallpaper, Jonathan Adler;jonathanadler.com

Handsome Does It

Lest you think all wallpapers are flowery and frilly, we give you handsome exhibit A. Plaid wallpaper nods to the trending rustic hunting lodge aesthetic while staying in classic, timeless territory. A rich mahogany finish on the vanity and trim and marble wainscoting play up the traditional vibe. The marble and stone mosaic flooring plays off the plaid wallpaper pattern.

Get It: Gray Watkins, Stark Carpet Corp.; starkcarpet.com

Not Just for Walls

Despite the name, wallpaper isn't exclusively for walls. The material can give a plain dresser a patterned wake-up call. Self-adhesive wallpapers make the project even easier.

Get It: Peonies Gold Leaf, Tempaper; tempaper.com

It's for Ceilings Too

Applying wallpaper to a ceiling may be a little tricky, but the results are stunning and unexpected. Here, a twinkling star pattern caps off a charming girl's bedroom.

Get It: Coronata Star W5733-01, through Redo Home & Design, Franklin, Tennesse; redoyourhouse.com

On the Rise

Stair risers have to be one of the most creative places to wallpaper. And mixing it up with two different patterns? Major creativity props. Plus, you don't need a ton of wallpaper, so it's a low-cost update with high impact.

Get it: Bamboo BP 2119 and Block Print Stripe BP 754, Farrow & Ball; farrowandball.com

Back to Walls in a Big Way

Oversize patterns work well in airy, light-filled rooms as an all-over wallcovering or in smaller spaces on a single accent wall. This floral pattern nods to the living room's vintage leanings, but the white-and-acid yellow motif is fresh and fearless.

Get It: Peonia in Gold, Anthropologie; anthropologie.com (Product line varies.)

Texture, Please

Texture gives pattern a run for its money in the wallpaper department. Grass cloth leads the pack as a primo choice for textural wallcoverings. In this living room, the natural material is a soft counterpoint to the glam metallics and cool whites and beiges.

Get It: Exotic Natural Wallpaper, Astek; astekwallcovering.com

The Grass(cloth) is Greener

And bluer, pinker, and red-er too! We'd be amiss if we failed to mention that grass cloth also comes in a rainbow of colors. And when a material packs a double punch (color and texture), we say, "Yes, please!"

Get It: Manila Hemp in Kelly Green; Phillip Jeffries, Ltd.; phillipjeffries.com

Pretty in Pink

The crisp white surfaces commonly found in bathrooms lend themselves well to color-plus-white wallpapers. Here, striking magenta and white damask pattern wallpaper perks up an average bathroom design.

Wallpaper for Small Spaces

Want to make your space feel more expansive? Wallpaper may be your answer. Horizontal stripes keep the eye moving, a trick that makes the space look bigger.

Get It: Ashford Stripe, York Wallcoverings; yorkwall.com

For the Kiddos

Can we say, we're totally jealous of the kid that gets to sleep in this bedroom? In addition to the fabulous industrial decor and fun pops of orange, trendy wood paneling and a flame stitch wallpaper turn up the style quotient on the walls. 

Get It: Volte W5553-03, Osborne & Little Volte through Redo Home & Design, Franklin, Tennessee; redoyourhouse.com 

Modern Florals

This isn't your grandma's floral wallpaper. The metallic gold-on-white print is abstract enough to be modern, but organic enough to maintain a girly vibe. Gold and white accents and a few pops of color bring out the playful side of the feminine wallpaper.

Get It: Petal Pusher in Almost White and Gold from the Oh, Joy! collection, Hygge and West; hyggeandwest.com

Spy the Wallpaper

Can you spy the wallpaper in this space? Hint: It's not on the walls. It's tucked behind a collection of books and accessories on the built-ins, proving that wallpaper can still have a place in your life, if your look is subtle. The metallic modern leaf print adds a hint of shimmer and pattern to the white built-ins and fireplace surround.

Get It: Leaves in Platinum, F. Schumacher & Co.; fschumacher.com

Moody and We Like It

Nothing says drama quite like a large-scale wallpaper in rich colors. But pairing it with moody dark walls in a teeny-tiny powder room? Talk about a triple threat. Pairing the bold walls with white accents and a limed wood vanity brings balance to the room and the result is an absolute stunner.

Get It: Lacework Midnight by Amy Butler, through Graham & Brown; grahambrown.com

Shine On

The graphic floral wallpaper with a gold shimmer is only the first right note this bedroom hits and it's a sophisticated backdrop for a symphony of elegant decor. Rich rusty coral silk curtains and a tufted headboard follow the posh theme and simple white bedding keeps it classic. Throw pillows pick up on the color of the curtains.

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