When I was young, I was often tasked with assisting my parents in removing wallpaper from various rooms in our home. As I grew older, I became less of an assistant and more of a contractual wallpaper remover (and quite dismally paid I will add). It was during those times that I vowed that I would never, EVER, put wallpaper up in my home.
So here I am, a couple apartments, a condo and now my home (which I’ve been in for over 6 years) later, and wallpaper has not once appeared in any of my domains. Not even a consideration or thought in the back of my mind…until now.
I would say the idea started creeping into my mind 3 years ago, always being quickly pushed out of my mind with how much work it is to apply, and consequently remove. But the urge has grown stronger over the past few years, and I’m more and more considering using it in at least one of the rooms in our home (on at least one wall). Especially with more options like “Renter’s Wallpaper” that is more easily removed.
So I thought I would share with you some of my favourite designs and application ideas – some for my current home, and some for some magical fantasy home that I dream I will have one day.
So here we go. Let’s start with a bold entryway.
You see this paper paired with gold for a more elegant look, however, I could also see this with a POP of a pure colour such as yellow or green. So many opportunities to do something very eye catching with this black and white style. A more subtle design in a textured grasscloth wallpaper (with a pattern) is very suitable for any spaces, especially those with panels.
For the powder room, wallpaper is a great way to add impact to a small space. Wallpaper can make it more elegant, or rustic, as seen in some of the images below. Another option, wall murals, can help it appear larger, like the one shown below. This is one of my favourites as it reminds me of time spent on the lake during the summer.
And last but not least for powder rooms. A very impactful one, but I love it. It reminds me of a Ted Baker style (love the floral prints). This may have to go in our powder room, but if I can’t, I will take it in a phone case please.
Moving on to the dining room. I’m not a HUGE fan of floor to ceiling bold prints in this area. I prefer to keep those for accent walls. I don’t want guests to be over stimulated by the decor, but rather the food being served (I’m pretending I’m a half decent cook). That being said, the ideas below are more to my preferences, mixing pattern in more subtle colour palates. I especially am a fan of grasscloth – which is almost just adding texture.
This final design is very limited to a certain style, but found it nice as an accent in a very rustic, family-style dining area.
For the bedroom, I’m all about an accent wall with prints or murals. Normally behind the bed but not limited to that. Below you will see two different designs. First for a master or guest room, second for a little girls room. Having 3 girls myself, I could totally see myself doing something like this in one of their rooms.
But in addition to these design ideas, I also have found some amazing prints that would work well in a bedroom and other spaces.
And last but not least, a bold thought – wallpaper on the ceiling. Definitely eye-catching and as seen below, can be used in a small space (i.e. walk in closet) or a large space for amazing impact.
So those are some of the wallpaper design ideas that I am keeping in mind for my next project. It may still take me some time to get over my anxiety of removing wall paper, but at least I know the direction I’m headed in once I decide to take the plunge.
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