Stylish Interior Wall Ideas
How to Wallpaper
Beaded-board wainscoting adds instant cottage style to any space. High wainscoting extends half or two-thirds up the wall and is often finished with molding.
Touch of Nature
From Wood to White
Give wood paneling a fresh, cottage-style look by painting it white. White also reflects natural light, helping this small upstairs bedroom feel more open and spacious.
Less costly than installing raised wood paneling, wall frames create a classic look that’s appropriate to many traditional architectural styles. Here, wallpaper boasting a tree motif adds personality behind the traditional wall frames.
DIY Picture Rail
Bring architectural character to your home with this simple DIY molding project.
Scale and Color Contrast
Series of Squares
Let your wall become your artwork by using trim pieces to create a series of frames. Here, the square shape of the wall frames is repeated in the divided-light door. The simple black-and-white color palette keeps this entryway clean and welcoming.
Select period wall panels and trim shapes for echoes of the past, even in a new home. Some classic traits of 18th-century Georgian design include raised paneling, dentil crown moldings, and elaborate fireplace surrounds.
Big and Bold
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. The large repeat of a floral print adds a touch of whimsy to this formal dining room in shades of gray.
Add emphasis to a focal point, such as this pedestal sink, with a few feet of wallpaper in an interesting shape. Here, the shape mimics that of the mirror, unifying the look.
Make a Statement
Give chair rail and wall frames stand-out style by painting them a bold color. Choosing complementary colors, such as blue and orange, makes an even greater statement.
Pretty and Practical
Tile wainscoting in the bathroom serves two purposes: It protects the lower portion of a wall, which is particularly nice if you live with young children, and it provides the warm, nostalgic look of cottage style.
If These Wall Could Talk
The Feature Wall
Instead of plastering an entire room with wallpaper, consider selecting one wall and covering it with a bold pattern you love. The black-and-silver pattern on this wall is as beautiful as it is adaptable. The addition of a little pink makes it a fun nursery, but the room will easily grow with the child.
In stairways and rooms with vaulted ceilings, where floor-to-ceiling wallpaper installation might be too much, consider framing the wallpaper with painted moldings. Here, light teal wallpaper with a subtle vertical pattern emphasizes the ceiling’s height. White paneling below and thick trim around the doors and windows keeps the wallpaper from being too much.
All the Trimmings
Painting chair rail and wall frames the same color as the wall creates a subtle effect -- adding interest while letting the room’s other furnishings take center stage.
Neutral and Natural
Selecting neutral wallpaper allows you to add pops of color without making the space feel too busy. Here, cream-tone wallpaper featuring a natural pattern offers a beautiful backdrop for the mix of bright blue and red accents.
Mix of Styles
The graceful lines in the wallpaper covering the walls of this room offer a pleasing counterpoint to the straight lines on the wall of cabinetry. The classic pattern and elegant furnishings combine with contemporary cabinetry and hardware to create a space that's not too traditional and not too modern.