The wallpaper is very much home house design. In decades past, wallpaper hanging often meant oversized rooms and perhaps the entire home with an elaborate and sometimes garish pattern.
But as with nearly all home trends that fade and come back years later, the background is a little different in its latest iteration.
“Today there are so many patterns, colors, and styles that can fit one’s personal aesthetic,” says Brittany Farinas, creative director at Miami-based design studio House of One.
While the main function of wallpaper is really wallpaper on the walls as a complement to the room the design And the color palette, there are other ways to incorporate this throwback trend without taking over much — or even any — of your wall space. Here’s some creativity Do it yourself Wallpaper projects, most of which can be completed in an afternoon:
1. Transforming the shelves
says Gina Kirk, vice president of corporate design studio at KB Home. Another option is to apply wallpaper to the backs of glass-topped cabinets for a low-cost, high-impact conversion for you kitchen.
As an alternative, if you have a cupboard or kitchen cabinets full of mismatched plates and glassware that you’d prefer to hide, you can use wallpaper to cover the inside of the glass. Cut a piece to fit the glass pane of the door and attach it with strong double-sided tape along the edges for a fresh new look for your cabinet doors.
2. Make the ceiling a focal point
““Wallpaper can be just as beautiful on a ceiling, especially when paired with an accent chandelier,” says Leigh Spicher, interior designer and national director of design studios at Ashton Woods, an Atlanta-based homebuilder. She points out that the ceiling must first be finished with smooth drywall before attempting to apply wallpaper.
Farinas agrees, describing the wallpaper on the ceiling as a “bold” design move. “It really makes an impact when one enters a room,” she says.
3. Use as decorative drawer liners
“Adding wallpaper to drawers is often less expensive than a typical drawer liner and can be more durable,” says Kirk.
Spicher likes to use wallpaper to line dresser drawers and kitchen drawers. She points out that this is a good way to use up leftovers from a larger project.
You may wonder if liners are necessary if you have brand new furniture, but they can be very useful. If something spills or gets stained inside the drawers, the liners make cleanup easier. Additionally, when placing any delicate items in the drawers, the liner acts as a buffer to protect both surfaces.
4. Upgrade the wardrobe
Farinas loves adding wallpaper in a closet, especially an entry room, for an unexpected design element. Use it to line shelves, on the inside of a door, and yes, even walls. It’ll instantly upgrade the utilitarian nature of any storage unit—and it can be a welcome distraction from an otherwise messy closet, too.
5. Update the look of old devices and surfaces
In the past, wallpaper had a reputation of being a nightmare to remove. Fortunately, times have changed.
“There are also renter-friendly peel-and-stick options that can be easily changed (and aren’t) as permanent as paint,” says Farinas. In fact, this type of removable wallpaper is a great way for renters to add some personality to their space without losing insurance amount. But they’re also great for homeowners who want to spruce up their space without breaking the bank.
Aside from being easy to turn on or off on your walls, temporary wallpaper can create a new look in other spaces, like tired old appliances and dull kitchen countertops. From wrapping your refrigerator to covering the front of your dishwasher to revamping outdated wallpaper, peel-and-stick wallpaper can give new life to bland spaces.
6. Frame and hang as a work of art
If you want wallpaper on the wall but don’t want to do the tedious task of hanging it, there is still a way to display it that will take a lot less time and energy.
“Framing wallpaper to use as wall art is another inexpensive way to create a dramatic change,” says Kirk. “As a bonus, you can easily swap out the featured wallpaper to instantly transform your space.” It’s a simple way to create a one-of-a-kind piece using the wallpaper and frame of your choice.
7. Upcycle wallpaper scraps as gift wrapping
If you have extra wallpaper scraps after you finish one of these projects, Spicher has a suggestion for putting them to good use—and this time, all you need to paste is a roll of masking tape.
“One of my favorite ways to use up leftover wallpaper is gift wrapping,” says Spicher. “It’s often a beautiful or unique design that’s perfect for permanent gift wrapping.”
Intrigued by the idea of using wallpaper somewhere in your home but having visions of impending DIY disaster? “I recommend measuring ahead and getting a smoothing tool specifically designed for wall coverings for a seamless installation,” says Farinas.
And when in doubt, there’s always peel-and-stick wallpaper out there.
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