If the word “wallpaper” makes you think of your grandmother’s house, you’re not alone. But, used correctly, many interior designers say wallpaper is a powerful design tool. There’s no better way to add pattern, color, and personality to a space in one fell swoop. Though more permanent than paint, wallpaper has a bigger impact. And it’s versatile. Install it in a small powder room, use it on the ceiling in a dining room, or as an accent wall in a bedroom. With endless options including textured surfaces, colorful graphics, and traditional florals, here are five examples of decorating with wallpaper done right.
Textured Wallpaper in a Bathroom
Beverly Center/Miracle Mile, California
The deep charcoal color of the textured wallpaper in this bathroom sets a sleek and sophisticated tone. While dark, the wallpaper has a reflective quality that amplifies the lighting and contrasts the decor accents nicely.
As An Accent Wall in a Bedroom
New York, New York
Behind the bed, this large-scale cherry blossom motif wallpaper accentuates the Japanese-inspired headboard and is the focal point in this bedroom.
Abstract Wallpaper in a Living Room
Sag Harbor Village, New York
The abstract marbled agate pattern in the wallpaper in this eye-catching living room is reminiscent of moving water. The modern wallpaper plays off of the traditional moldings, furnishings, and artwork in the room making it feel current.
Subtle and Elegant Stripes in an Entryway
Lattingtown, New York
The tone-on-tone stripes of this wallpaper are subtle enough not to be overpowering, but add an elegant bit of interest to this entryway. And stripes never go out of style.
On the Ceiling in a Dining Room
Rancho Santa Fe, California
Talk about bold. With its fabric insets, floral patterned walls, and rich red and gold hues, this dining room takes the cake on statement making. Whereas the unlikely use of wallpaper on the ceiling might be a statement in itself in another room, in this dining room it adds warmth and balances the striking walls.
—by Jacqueline Kuron