Three Places You Can Totally Use Wallpaper and Not Regret It

Roxanne Hale

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Yep. Wallpaper has finally made its comeback, but it’s not your grandma’s wall coverings! No paisley pink borders and meadow motifs this time around. This fun fabric is way cooler than it used to be! Bright colors, simple Scandinavian designs, soft geometric patterns, and rich damask are making appearances in homes all around the country.

Not ready to go all-in yet? We hear you. If you’ve been dying to try it out, but the expense and design risk have kept you on the sidelines, we’ve got a few tips to gently ease you into the new wallpaper craze.

Start with Small Spaces

You don’t have to do an entire room! Wallpaper is perfect for small spaces. Not only is it easier to wallpaper small areas, but it also costs less when you do it that way. Wallpaper prices start at thirty dollars per roll from suppliers like Wayfair or Home Depot to as much as five hundred dollars per roll from designers like Gucci. Working with small spaces minimizes both the design risk and the cost!

Think of wallpaper in small spaces as a dab of lipstick or the perfect bangle bracelet you add to your outfit before heading out the door. It’s a statement piece or a pop of color that catches your guest’s eye.

Anyone who has ever scraped old wallpaper from their walls would understandably be on the fence about jumping in on the trend. Starting small is the way to go!

We’ve identified three places to try out wallpaper in your home with minimal cost and design risk.

The Powder Room

The Powder Room is a “look at me” space in your home that almost all your guests will visit. Show off your design acumen with a splash of wallpaper. Wallpaper the entire powder room, or pick an accent wall, and it won’t break the budget. If you end up hating it? While peeling it off the small area won’t be fun, it won’t break your back either.

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I know, right? Who would have thought to do this? But they did. And? It looks amazing! A ceiling is an interesting (and fairly easy) place to add wallpaper. Add a fresh, funky light fixture, gorgeous curtains, and call your friends over to ooohhh and aaahhhh. This technique looks great with colorful patterned wallpaper and clean white walls.

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Niche Area

Small niche areas in your home are practically begging for a roll of chic wallpaper! It goes up easily and adds an interesting element to the space. Art niches, foyers, bookshelves, and bar areas are great spots to try out a funky wallpaper pattern.

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A little splash of color from a rich wallpaper layer can bring a fun visual surprise to a boring space. If you’ve been dreaming about updating your home, wallpaper in small areas may be a great way to freshen up its look without breaking the bank.

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Roxanne Hale, owner, and broker of Arthouse has spent over 20 years in the real estate business. Here you'll find a collection of stories about buying and selling real estate & home building advice, housing history, and architecture & design tips. Oh, and some fun personal stories every now and then!

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