Personally, I would wallpaper every surface in my house if I could, but I know I’m in the minority. Sadly, wallpaper gets a bad rap. This is because people probably imagine mustard-yellow geometric eyesores or over-the-top florals ala everyones grandmother back in her heyday. But it doesn’t have to be like that. There are some absolutely gorgeous papers out there. (Trust me. I want to buy them all!) And more and more I’m starting to see wallpaper appear in rooms by my favorite designers. So for those of you who are thinking about trying this look, but might be a little nervous, this post is for you. Below I reveal some ways you can ease into the wallpaper trend.
On A Small Wall
Do you have a wall that’s tiny? Maybe it’s at the end of a hallway or next to a giant window. Either way, this is a great place to put a little bit of pattern. Oftentimes artwork won’t fit on these walls and just painting it can seem a little plain, so this is a nice compromise.
In A Built-In
I love when people put wallpaper behind a bookshelf. It adds that extra zing that really helps it stand out. It also makes styling a bookshelf or built-in a little easier (in that you don’t need as much stuff to make the space feel occupied). The idea of putting paper in an architectural alcove, or built-in is not new, but it is always chic.
Use A Classic Pattern
Using a classic pattern and/or color scheme will make the transition to wall paper a little easier! Try a stripe, chevron, gingham, or ikat. Familiar patterns that already exist in your home are a great addition to your walls.
In A Nook
Whether you have a breakfast nook, a reading nook, or a dormer in a bedroom, wallpaper that small space can add fun pattern to the whole room without wallpapering the entire space. As a bonus, it will highlight the charming alcove.
In A Kid’s Room/Nursery
Wallpaper, by nature, has a whimsy to it. Fun patterns spread across a whole wall is fun for the eye. So one of the most natural places to incorporate this look is in a kids room or nursery. This is a great way to ease into the wallpaper trend. I wallpapered my last nursery and will be wallpapering my now-toddler’s big boy room and I cannot wait! Plus, there are SO MANY great patterns for kids. (If you noticed, the two pics above were also kids rooms.)
In A Small Room
Contrary to what you might think, small rooms can definitely handle big design. My favorite room to wallpaper is always a hall bathroom or powder room. These rooms are usually not very big, but they are walked past a zillion times a day. Wallpapering these little spaces means you don’t have to commit to large areas of pattern, but instead little hints here and there of a fun, bold design.
On A Ceiling
I LOVE wallpaper on ceilings. In fact I included wallpaper as one of my favorite ceiling treatments in this post. Wallpaper on a ceiling is a great way to include fun pattern in a place where it’s least expected. It will definitely be memorable. I have wallpaper on the ceiling in my office and I get compliments on it ALL THE TIME!
In A Frame
If you really want to ease into the wallpaper trend, try framing it. This is fun because it can be as big (or small) as you like and you can change it out whenever you want. Yay for flexibility! Plus, it gives you the advantages of wallpaper (pattern, color, variety) without actually adhering it to your walls. And, bonus, it’s much cheaper!
Use A Light Color (or a tone on tone)
Still not sure?! Try using a paper with a very light pattern. This subtle color variation will not make the pattern seem so bold or overwhelming. And the results can be beautiful.
On top of shying away from bold patterns, a lot of people are nervous to wallpaper their homes because of the commitment. We’ve all heard horror stories of trying to remove old wallpaper, or perhaps you’ve had to do it yourself, and no one wants that mess. Well you weren’t alone, and wallpaper manufacturers have started embracing ‘temporary wallpaper.’ These papers stay up for as long as you like, and when you’re ready, peel off easily. My two favorite sources for temporary paper are Chasing Paper and B Darling.
I hope these tips help you ease into the wallpaper trend, as it really is a fun way to add some fun colors and patterns to your home! Including these hints of patterned paper here and there is easier than you might think. The hard part is picking the paper! Trust me!
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