Could your home do with a revamp? Wallpaper can be a great design feature to add to a room, giving it a fresh look.
But if you are a wallpapering novice or don’t feel confident about papering an entire room, you don’t need to worry. There are lots of ways you can use wallpaper in smaller quantities to create an impact. Wallpaper can be used in a lot of imaginative ways, in any room of the house, so read on for some top ideas:
An old chest of drawers is an ideal piece of furniture to apply wallpaper to. You can pick up cheap vintage furniture in charity shops and give them a whole new identity! Or buy an inexpensive Ikea unit, for example, and get creative with it. Wallpaper can be adhered to drawer fronts, inside the drawers as a liner or even to the sides of the drawers so that when they are pulled out there’s a nice pop of colour and decorative detail. Cut paper to size and apply to the top of a set of drawers for a unique look. You may want to place a piece of glass over it to protect the paper and enable cleaning. The good thing about doing this is that you can change the wallpaper design whenever you like!
Kitchens with Class
Make your kitchen unique by using a stunning wallpaper design as a splashback. You can apply it to the wall above the worktop and behind the cooker and for durability protect it with clear perspex panels over the top of the wallpaper.
Aging kitchen appliances can also be transformed when wallpaper is applied to the doors and glass fronted cabinets fronted look stunning with wallpaper inside, especially if you go for a decadant paper with a bold pattern e.g. something metallic for a glam look.
Alternatively, if you have old kitchen cupboard doors you don’t like, why not remove them altogether and line the open fronted cupboards in a stylish wallpaper? The kitchen belonging to home interior blogger, Kimberly, over at Swoon Worthy is a fine example of how well this can work. This technique can also look stunning in a book case.
Sometimes you need to think outside the box, so why not wallpaper a ceiling, wallpaper the stair risers, wallpaper above a dado rail instead of below, wallpaper the alcoves either side of a chimney breast, rather than the chimney wall itself. You can also wallpaper sideways, so instead of having stripes running vertically, make them run horizontally. Disguise ugly things in the home with wallpaper, such as fixing a trendy geometric pattern around a large cylindrical bin. Wrap it around old coffee tins to make stylish pen holders or apply to cardboard clipboards and display on the wall.
If you have a small space, like an understairs cupboard or a tiny loo, it can look amazing to completely paper this compact area with an exciting wallpaper design, as it gives an unexpected surprise. Something like a wild jungle print or a groovy retro geometric pattern, like these from Wallpaper from the 70s.
Decoupage is a crafting technique – its a way of layering wallpaper in small pieces and sealing it with glue. It can look very effective when applied to a chair seat or a storage box for example, perhaps the front of a boring filing cabinet or something equally unexpected, such as the inside of a pantry.
For the ultimate of ease, take some eye-catching wallpaper samples and place them in frames to create an impressive gallery wall. You could use different parts of a repeat pattern or co-ordinating colours and use different sized frames for a contemporary look.