5 Bold Ways to Make a Statement with Wallpaper

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

Images by Tom Hunter Photography.

108 S. Croft Avenue

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

153 Charles Street, #9

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

278 Main Street

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

52 Peacock Lane

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

6855 Spyglass Lane

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

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