Creative Uses for Wallpaper in Any Room
Wallpaper choices today go way beyond what you remember hanging in your grandmother’s living room. Here are some creative tips and tricks to turn wallpaper into a beautiful accent for any space.
Living Room Design Statement
The most popular use for wallpaper is obviously going to be hanging it on your walls to add instant personal style. From bold patterns to subtle textures, wallpaper definitely makes a design statement. Use it to add interest to an otherwise simple space.
Enhance Display Spaces
Line the backs of shelves, cabinets or other storage areas to give the space a boost and to enhance the collection of items displayed. For example, pretty metallic wallpaper, like a pink-and-silver floral pattern, partners perfectly for a shiny display space made up of silver candleholders, sophisticated vases and detailed photo frames.
By using just a few feet of wallpaper, you can add emphasis to your fireplace. Simply choose wallpaper with a large pattern repeat (which means the vertical distance from the center of one pattern to the center of the next is more than 6 inches) and hang it above the fireplace. Doing so will not only make your fireplace the focal point of the room, it will also inject loads of interest. For an even better effect, try choosing a fun print.
In order to make a big impact, it’s not necessary to paper an entire wall. Create your own wall art by framing 12 squares of wallpaper in four different patterns. Arrange the frames in a rectangle shape on the wall for a simple art display that is sure to get attention.
Here’s a fun way to spice up a plain coffee table by using a decorative piece of wallpaper. Cut the wallpaper to size and place it directly on top of the table surface. Then cover it with a top sheet of glass to hold it in place. The best part? The paper can be switched out at any time for an instant refresh.
Another creative way to use wallpaper without covering an entire wall is to treat individual lengths of wallpaper as decorative panels by framing them with painted moldings. For example, divide the wall horizontally by wallpapering the upper part and using shiplap or paneling on the bottom. Another variation is to run full lengths of the wallpaper vertically for a striped look.
Wallpaper, while adding beauty and interest, can also be used to disguise a wall’s imperfections and manipulate spaces to their best advantage through visual tricks. In other words, use wallpaper textures, colors and patterns strategically to hide dents on a wall, ugly spots or other defects.
On the Ceiling
Go completely unconventional by hanging wallpaper on the ceiling. When used on the ceiling of a bathroom with moody colored walls, the feeling of romance is undeniable. Just keep in mind that you’re probably going to want to hire a professional for this project. Although professional help is an added cost, it’s well worth it when hanging high-end or especially delicate papers in hard-to-reach areas.
A simple print can give a big boost to a plain room. The same goes for boring open shelves — adding pattern with a piece of peel-and-stick wallpaper goes a long way. Simply use a sheet to fill the open shelf for an instant design upgrade.
Choose one wall in your room to cover in a favorite wallpaper pattern, then set off your new focal point with a coordinating color on the remaining walls. This technique can be especially effective when using a bright, bold pattern that might overwhelm a small room.