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Ideas for Decorating with Wallpaper
If you’re looking for a versatile, inexpensive, and easy solution to creating a gorgeous and unique bedroom, it’s time to give wallpaper a second look. Today’s wallpaper is nothing like the nightmare-to-hang, impossible-to-remove paper you might remember from years gone by. In fact, wallpaper is back on the decorating scene in a big way, and it’s nowhere near as difficult to work with as it used to be. Most papers today are easy to hang, and many peel right off the wall if you decide to try a... new design. You can even use removable wallpaper to decorate your rental bedroom.
And don’t think the use of wallpaper is limited to completely covering all four walls of a room. If you’re creative, its uses can go far beyond the obvious. A great example is this eclectic bedroom designed by Elizabeth Dinkel Design, who used a unique wallpaper pattern along with wainscot to create a cozy and quaint bedroom. Read on for 11 more awesome ideas and tips on using wallpaper to add a special touch to your room.
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Instead of paint, why not use wallpaper to create a colorful accent wall in your bedroom? Most often, the wall at the head of the bed is chosen for the honor, but you can spotlight a second wall as well, or choose the wall most in need of a splash of interest. If your room is small, choose wallpaper with a limited palette, like the gold-and-white paper shown here. If your room is dark, pick wallpaper with a dark background – despite common misconception, dark walls work best in a dark room. Have... fun with your accent wall; choose a wallpaper that really adds a spark to the space.Continue to 3 of 12 below.
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Who said you have to choose just one wallpaper pattern for your bedroom? Instead, why not use two? It’s not hard to mix patterns, as long as you choose papers with complementary colors and designs, as in the room shown here. You’ll get the best effect if the two patterns are on different scales (one is larger than the other), but they share a color palette, or at least match two or more colors.Continue to 4 of 12 below.
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Create Striking Contrast
If you like your style bold, use a gorgeous, striking wallpaper to create dramatic contrast against your headboard and other furnishings, as in the room by Elizabeth Dinkel Design shown here. It’s an easy way to take your bedroom from ordinary to extraordinary. Choose a big, bold pattern, like the one here, or go for a wallpaper with bright or deep color; but to keep the look under control, don't do both.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Textured wallpaper is another easy and affordable way to add character to your bedroom, and works especially well in an all-neutral room like the one shown here. When your palette is limited, it’s important to add plenty of texture to keep the space interesting. You'll find wallpaper made from textured grass cloth, nubby handmade paper, bark-like textures and even feathers.Continue to 6 of 12 below.
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Want to add a fun mural to your child’s bedroom (or your own), but don’t have a big enough budget to hire a professional painter, or the artistic skills to create it on your own? No problem, just use a wallpaper mural instead. From full-scale murals that cover an entire wall, to smaller whimsical designs like the fish pattern shown here, there’s a wallpaper for every theme your child can imagine.Continue to 7 of 12 below.
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Wallpaper With a Frame
Looking for a unique way to create an accent wall, fake a headboard, fill in a big, bare wall, or create the illusion of large artwork? Just hang a stretch of gorgeous wallpaper, and then frame it with decorative molding. Bam, now you have an all-eyes-here center of attention for your room, and it didn’t cost a fortune. In fact, it’s a project you could do it yourself over a weekend. Choose a bold or whimsical design for the most impact.Continue to 8 of 12 below.
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Use Wallpaper as Wainscot
Wainscot adds a huge dose of country or cottage charm to a room, but it can be expensive. If you love the traditional look of wainscoting, but can’t afford it – or you rent, and can’t permanently alter the walls – instead, hang removable wallpaper with a striped design like the one shown here. You’ll get the same effect as wainscot, but for a lower cost. So cute! You can fake other wood paneling styles as well: logs, shiplap, reclaimed wood, cork, and tree trunks are all wallpaper patterns.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Use wallpaper tiles or squares arranged in different directions to create a fun and unique accent wall like the eclectic bedroom shown here. By simply applying zebra-stripe 6”x6” or 12”x12” tiles – or whatever other pattern you love -- in different directions, you’ll add pizazz and “Look at me” style. This is an especially fun way to jazz up a teen’s bedroom. As a bonus, it's easier to work with smaller squares than large sheets of wallpaper.Continue to 10 of 12 below.
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Wallpaper is a wonderful way to add character, luxury, or charm to any wall in a bedroom. But don’t stop there. You can also use wallpaper to add color and interest to closet doors, a headboard or even furniture. The only limit is your imagination.Continue to 11 of 12 below.
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It’s not a look for the master bedroom, but wallpaper borders are popular in nurseries and kids' rooms. They are an easy way to spruce up the walls and match a decorating theme without too much work and expense. Have fun with a border that celebrates your child's favorite color, animal, cartoon character, imaginary land or hobby; after all, it's easy enough to remove the border once your child outgrows the interest.Continue to 12 of 12 below.
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Continue a Pattern
For an easy touch of traditional style that isn’t a bit stuffy, continue your wallpaper pattern on window treatments and accent pillows. It’s okay if they are not the exact same pattern, as long as they are similar designs in the same colors. When using the same pattern throughout a room, choose one with a very limited palette, like the simple blue-and-white design shown here.