Wallpaper – More That Just A Decades-Old Decoration



Being in the wall-décor business brings with it a passion for all things related to beautifying a home. We love finding new uses for old things and know that many of our customers do too, which is why – when we saw this article by Better Homes and Gardens – we knew that we had to share it with you.

As their article states from the get-go, wallpaper is a great way to bring life to a wall. There are so many colors and designs available, that it is easy to find something to match with your personal style or with a specific room statement that you want to make. It is also easy to make a change once you want to move on to a new style, especially if you have used wallpaper on a single accent wall.

Wallpapers now come in textures, which can add depth and rich, warm feeling to your space. Metallic, shiny colors can bring the beauty out of antique serving pieces or can add luster to a backdrop wall for cherished family photos. Speaking of photos, why not frame a few beautiful pieces of wallpaper to add drama and a splash of color to your walls?

Another great idea is to take geometric shapes cut out of a sturdy material like plywood or metal and cover them with beautiful solid or patterned wallpaper. These would make wonderful accents to a room by hanging them on the wall, by placing them behind a bed frame, or even by leaning them up in a tired corner that needs some new life breathed into it.

There is nothing to say that paint and wallpaper cannot coexist in harmony, either. Consider taking a furniture piece and painting it a solid color and then using patterned or textured wallpaper in a coordinating color to accent drawers, panels, or even the top of the piece. You can also flip traditional wall décor rules on their head and put wallpaper on the ceiling and paint on the walls as a way to bring attention to a small room or to emphasize a tall ceiling.

Since many wallpaper patterns pay homage to past decades or even centuries, it can be a fun way to add character to a space that needs some vintage love. Consider turning your bathroom into a paisley dream, or taking vintage flower patterns and using them to freshen up a wall in your dining room. Pinterest has many great ideas for using wallpaper like this, including wallpaper that looks like vintage book pages, letterpress paper, Asian inspired themes, and more.

The main thing to remember when using wallpaper is that it adheres best to clean, un-textured walls. It is also easy to overdo it with too many conflicting patterns and colors, so it is best to take it slow and start with a few accent walls, especially if you have never used it or seen it in action before.

Have fun coming up with creative ways to use wallpaper in your home – feel free to share your finished projects with us, too!


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  • Stephanie Goins
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  • Arun

    Nice article! I personally like doing one wall in a trendy wallpaper design, and having the surrounding walls just white. This gives a nice decorative feel to the room!

  • B.

    Thank you very much for this article! I especially like the idea of framing pieces of wallpaper (might have to try that) and accenting just one wall.

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