Because wallpaper isn’t as widely used as it once was, it isn’t quite viewed as the pinnacle of forward-thinking home design. But why not? In many ways, wallpaper can achieve what paint on its own cannot. It can add a fun, detailed accent wall to a room, serve as a much needed “pop” in otherwise neutral spaces, and can even help to cover up imperfections in the wall itself.
If you’ve been meaning to try out wallpaper but don’t know exactly where or how to do it, we’ve got you covered with this set of ideas.
Wallpaper an accent wall.
The use of an accent wall in any room can bring in the “wow” factor to that space, and can break up the sameness of four neutral walls. Often times, people will use a second, brighter paint color on the accent wall to accomplish this effect—sometimes, you’ll see stripes painted on for added interest. Applying wallpaper to this wall will achieve the same effect, and you can do it all in one simple step!
Bring color to small nooks. While an entire room covered in the same, busy patterned wallpaper may be overbearing and a little too “noisy” visually, the same wallpaper in small spaces is usually much more appealing. If you have a small children’s play space, sloped wall, kitchen breakfast nook or even small powder room, you might want to consider adding
in your favorite pattern to these spaces. Since none of these are particularly busy spots, you and your guests don’t have to worry about being overwhelmed by the look.
Decorate tall bookshelves.
Wallpaper doesn’t have to be applied to walls! You can place it on the back of a bookshelf to add visual interest (and a custom look you can’t buy from the store!). Follow the same line of thinking in the kitchen if you want to dress up your shelves or pantry interior.
Look to the sky.
Or, more accurately, to the ceiling! The ceiling is a unique place to apply wallpaper—if you do so, you can change the feel of an otherwise neutral room drastically for the better.
Showcase your favorite furniture.
Look to the walls in your home that feature interesting furniture, a fireplace or other unique features. You can showcase one of a kind items with a wall of wallpaper to serve as the backdrop.
Apply as a kitchen backsplash.
The kitchen backsplash area—the wall space between your countertop and upper cabinets—has evolved over the years from an afterthought we would often just coat in paint to a visual focal point we want to dress up in tiles and other materials. Now a mosaic tile design is always pretty—but if you desire a simpler option that accomplishes the same effect, you can use wallpaper in a bright, colorful pattern to add texture and depth to your kitchen space.
Remember, wallpaper is a simple decorative addition but it does take some know-how to apply it correctly. Be sure to check with your local home improvement store or other professional to help you get the job done!