Decorating With Wallpaper – Inspiration, Ideas and Resources

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Wallpaper is making (or has already made?) a comeback.  You’ve probably noticed it in decorating mags and on social media, and you’ll usually see a minimum of one wallpapered room now when touring a new model home.

Our buyers have also noticed a steady increase in it’s popularity at High Point Market.  It’s even being incorporated onto accent furniture to create distinctive, “one-of-a-kind” pieces.

If you’ve never wallpapered before, you may be really excited about the trend.  And if you’re someone who has spent hours stripping old wallpaper, just hearing the word may have the potential to send you into a tailspin.  Or you may be somewhere in the middle.

Photo Genevieve Garruppo via Lonny

No matter where you fall in the spectrum, because wallpaper can sometimes be labor intensive to install (and even more so to remove), many of us might be hesitant to give it a try.

Here are a few ideas for making decorating with wallpaper less intimidating, and easier to live with longer:

Think small.

Try wallpapering a smaller area such as a bathroom, entry way, a small mudroom, a walk-in closet, or one focal wall of a larger room.

There will be so much less to remove when you tire of it, and you’ll be much more likely to have fun with it. Bold, trendy, colorful, crazy – no worries!

decorating with wallpaper in the bathroom. Wainscoting and graphic print

Also consider pairing your wallpaper with wainscoting for a great look, and even lower commitment.

Go neutral.

Solid paper, like grass cloth, or a neutral paper with a small pattern can be a non-intimidating way to add interest if you’re considering papering more than one wall or a large area.

Because it adds mostly subtle texture, unlike a bold color or large graphic pattern would, you are less likely to feel the need to switch it out long term.

A temporary fix.

Temporary wallpaper is a great solution for renters who want to spice up their walls, but homeowners are jumping on the bandwagon as well – for good reason.  An easy and fun way to try out this trend and, when you’re over it, you just peel it off.

The papers have come a long way since their inception and you may be pleasantly surprised at how many options there are. The image below is from Chasing Paper, and you’ll find 10 more sources for removable wallpaper here.


For the reeeeally hesitant.

And if you’re still uneasy with the whole idea of wallpapering, there are a variety of interesting ways to use wallpaper that don’t require a large or long-term commitment.

Paper the inside of closets, cabinets, shelves, or drawers for a fun pop of pattern and texture when opened. Or whip up some framed wallpaper to act as art in your space.

Small Ways to Use Wallpaper
source: 1, 2


How to install it.

Larger wallpapering projects are probably best left to the experts, but many prefer to do smaller rooms or projects themselves.

If you are one of those, the DIY Network covers decorating with wallpaper from start to finish in this post: Hanging Wallpaper: Tools, Prep and Planning.

Ready or not?

Having dealt with some super stuck-on 70’s wallpaper in this fixer upper project, I probably won’t be hanging permanent wallpaper any time soon.

There are so many fun looks that are available, though, and I love the unique spin that decorating with wallpaper can put on a space.  Hmmmm… maybe I should consider a temporary wallpaper or smaller project in my future?

Bathroom with bold floral wallpaper and gray vanity - Bldr: Refined LLC; Designer Studio M Interiors; Photo: PK/Schneiderman's
Bldr: Refined LLC | Designer: Studio M Interiors | Photo: PK/Schneiderman’s

How about you?  Have you committed to a wallpaper project yet?  Will you?

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2 Responses to Decorating With Wallpaper – Inspiration, Ideas and Resources

  1. Nancy Wells January 30, 2017 at 10:34 am #

    Been there doing the removal right now! Not excited about the idea at this moment….but probably will in the future. It does add to the room.

    • PK January 30, 2017 at 11:53 am #

      It really does add, Nancy! That’s why I’m thinking temporary or smaller projects may be a good alternative. Removal isn’t fun, as you know :-). Thanks for commenting!


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