When I was growing up, my mom had the most tackiest, unsightliest looking 1970’s styled wallpaper in the kitchen. I remember it was green and peeling at the edges. Since then, the thought of wallpaper has put a bad taste in my mouth when it comes to quality interior design features for my own home. Now that I have seen the updated prints and styles of wallpaper in various fabrics and designs- I’ve come to realize the unique characteristics of adding wallpaper to a space and how it can truly transform the entire look of the room as a whole.
Wallpaper has evolved over the years and gone are the days when wallpaper was only used by our grandmothers in a home that looks like 1965 called and wanted its walls back. The prints are now glam and add pops of color. The fabrics have texture and add juxtaposition to the room’s decor. And most importantly, the adhesive is made of better resilience. Depending on the theme of your room, wallpaper can either add to the theme’s composition or contrast against it to create a union of symbolism within the decor. Scroll down to see examples of different wallpaper themes set in various styles and rooms, along with a few tips on how to choose the right theme for your space.
Adding a printed wallpaper in your living area can unite the color scheme of the decor (using similar colors as the couch or carpet). You can choose to either wallpaper the whole room or just one wall to serve as an accent wall creating a focus in that specific area of the room. If prints seem too intimidating, try a print that’s the same color as the paper to create an illusion and a more modest approach to adding character to the room.
Whether you add wallpaper to a full or half bathroom, it rejuvenates the smaller space to a charming sanctuary. Depending on the print and theme you choose, you can go glitzy and your bathroom will have the look and feel of a high quality ladies lounge in an expensive department store. Or you can update a shared space with subtle color combinations in natural hues using grasscloth wallpaper (as shown below).
Wallpaper can be added to the entire bedroom or an accent wall (usually where the bed is centralized). Utilizing the same principles as the living space, wallpaper should connect the room’s decor and tie the space together in terms of color scheme. Don’t be afraid to use color and be creative. Try adding a printed chair that bounces off the pattern of the wallpaper or using wallpaper that brings out pops of color to the entire room.
To create a fun look to a sitting room, bar area or entryway/hallway- try a wallpaper with a fun print. Be sure to use a print in correlation to the decor to present a balance between chic and lively. The use of colorplay and stencils adds an artistic touch, while bold imagery completes an overall modern effect in opposition of a blank canvas.
Alternatives to Wallpaper
Use stencils to add a print to a white or colored wall
Try a textured wallpaper to add depth and dimension to flat wall surfaces
Instead of wallpaper, add marbled plaster to walls in various blends of colors
Hang wallpapered panels on the wall to create a crafty approach to hanging art
*All Images from Pinterest