31 Times Wallpaper Totally Nailed It
The Fifth Wall
It's easy to forget about the ceiling. Usually painted white, it fades into a room's background. Not in this closet, however. These homeowners opted for a stand-out ceiling dressed in gold accent wallpaper. The geometric design mimics the pattern found in the rug below.
By wallpapering all walls in your half-bath, you hardly have to put any thought into additional decor. The design does all the decorating for you! While some people hesitate using bold colors in small spaces, these homeowners went all-in and it paid off.
A seemingly simple kitchen gets a punchy accent with a wallpapered ceiling. The red design works because it's repeated again with the stove knobs, tea kettle, and visible storage containers. Installing wallpaper on the ceiling isn't an easy feat, but the unique accent wallpaper is worth the work.
Who doesn't love a good trellis wallpaper? The lighter lines and curvaceous flow of the design in this hallway are a reinterpretation of the classic pattern that gets high marks in our book. Warm wood flooring and substantial white trim ground the pretty wallpaper design.
Get It: Grata CM2381, Dolce Vita collection by Antonina Vella for York Wallcoverings
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 a thoroughly modern wallpaper design with a mix of fanciful flowers and graphic leaves. A gold-and-white color scheme keeps it classy, not garish.
Wallpaper in an entryway equals a bold first impression. And bonus points if it coordinates with your front door color. The gray ogee design encircling the scalloped diamonds in this wallpaper 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 by Thibaut Design
Bright and bold wallpaper designs might make a splash, but don’t discount the power of an understated pattern. In this serene and sophisticated bedroom, a delicate and curvaceous latticelike wallpaper with a dark gray background brings depth to an airy neutral room. Repeating the background color on the trim of the bedding ties the look together.
Accent great architecture with even better wallpaper. In this boy’s bedroom, an abstract nautical wallpaper print emphasizes a lofted, pitched ceiling. The white walls take a step back, giving the paper wall a murallike presence.
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 at F. Schumacher & Co (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. (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 introduces subtle, yet stately, pattern.
Get It: Greek Key Wallpaper by Jonathan Adler
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 by Stark Carpet Corp.
Wallpaper design ideas don’t just encompass patterns and colors. Installation can be unique and special, too. In this living room, turquoise blue Otomi wallpaper envelops just the fireplace box rather than the room’s walls. The global pattern acts both as artwork for the mantel and a backdrop for stylish fireplace accessories.
While “don’t sweat the small stuff” is a noble life mantra, the small stuff can make a room design sing. Pattern scale is an important consideration, especially when incorporating a wallpaper design. In this feminine space, ikat drapes fill the large-scale pattern role and a wallpaper of a similar scale would have been overwhelming. Instead, sweet spotted wallpaper creates an almost solid-looking backdrop for the drapes and abstract painting.
Love the look of wallpaper but fear commitment? Enter temporary wallpaper. Easy to install and completely removable, these here-today-gone-tomorrow wallpaper designs look anything but cheap. This mural-inspired design is from Tempaper’s Chinoiserie wallpaper line. And if you're tired of the design in a year, you can remove it and replace it with another style.
Think country wallpapers only feature chickens and barns? Try again. Here, wallpaper with a birch tree pattern sets a forest scene in this farmhouse children's bedroom. The grayscale color scheme borrows from contemporary wallpaper ideas and juxtaposes the room’s rustic design elements.
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 by Tempaper
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. The sparkling stars complement the shimmery trio of crystal light fixtures above the bed. Want a little more sparkle? Look for glitter wallpaper!
Get It: Coronata Star W5733-01, through Redo Home & Design
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 by Farrow & Ball
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. Keeping other patterns constrained helps the wallpaper shine.
Get It: Peonia in Gold by Anthropologie (Product line varies.)
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 by Astek
The Grass(cloth) is Greener
And bluer, pinker, and red-er too! We'd be amiss if we failed to mention that grass-cloth wallpaper 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 by Phillip Jeffries, Ltd.
Pretty in Pink
The crisp white surfaces commonly found in bathrooms lend themselves well to color-plus-white wallpapers. Here, a striking magenta-and-white damask-pattern wallpaper perks up an average bathroom design. Damask is commonly found in Victorian wallpapers, but in lipstick pink, the design is thoroughly modern.
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. Pops of color enliven the gray-and-white wallpaper design, while a white built-in and a comfy gray couch ground the room.
Get It: Ashford Stripe by York Wallcoverings
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. The colors in the flame stitch wallpaper set the color scheme for the rest of the room for a cohesive design.
Get It: Volte W5553-03, Osborne & Little Volte through Redo Home & Design
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 at Hygge and West
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. This wallpaper design idea proves 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 by F. Schumacher & Co.
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