Wallpaper Wow

I know, I know, some people cannot stand the sight of wallpaper while others flock to it. Give me a chance to show you how and where there is a place for wallpaper in your home and why designers love it. From work spaces to elegant dining rooms there is a wallpaper for just about any style and any room.

Start with a fresh outlook as if you have never seen wallpaper before. The patterns, textures and quality have changed drastically over the years for the better. Some well-known interior designers have even created their own collections. Wallpaper can be used in small doses for a big design impact or in an entire room. I love using wallpaper as an accent wall for a wow factor, shown here in a fabulous trellis pattern (a personal favorite of mine). Don’t be afraid to hang artwork on wallpaper. This image shows how nicely they complement each other. Below, an entrance foyer is the perfect spot for a bit of wow.

I really like wallpapering half of the wall in the entrance because it is typically a smaller space. If you choose to wallpaper your foyer I would recommend rooms directly off of it not have wallpaper. They will take away from the impact of the foyer.

Below; for a more subtle look, a luxurious grass-cloth wall covering in soft green. Grass-cloth can add texture and interest to any space but I try not to use it in high traffic areas. This dining room has several wow factors; the chandelier, the painted ceiling & the mirror. All working beautifully together because of the equal degree of wow.


Below, an accent wall in a chic Chinoiserie wallpaper, a style that reflects Chinese artistic influences. This accent wall extenuates the architecture of the house and brings another element of design to your room by creating an interesting shape. One of my favorite resources that explores the history, trends and current boom of wallpaper is The Wall Paper Book, a fab holiday gift for the wallpaper enthusiast.

Wallpaper on the ceiling creates an instant wow factor. It can be done like this with molding on the ceiling creating a shape. I have also wallpapered the entire ceiling in dining rooms and love that look also. This paper is another Chinoiserie with metallic details for a touch of glamour.

Work spaces are a fun place where wallpaper can bring instant style and a burst of color to a room. I am crazy for this wall paper by Ferm Living below, love their style.

The back of a bookcase is a fun place to create a design detail with wallpaper. It can be done with built-in bookcases or you can re-purpose an old bookcase for a fresh look. Some nice options to buy designer wallpaper online here.

An elegant damask wallpaper with a reclaimed lumber vanity in a modern setting for some eclectic bliss. The wallpaper in this powder room is a real wow factor.

Let’s re-cap;  Accent wall- use a bold pattern or color to create a focal point. The best wall to select tends to make the most sense visually when you walk into the room. For example; in the bedroom-behind the bed and in the living room-behind the sofa or fireplace wall. All walls: subtle or bold patterns are fine depending on the look you are after. Suggestions- subtle patterns for a hint of color, grass-cloth for texture, bold patterns for a wow factor and metallic for a touch of glamour. Ideas- on planning and hanging wallpaper there is an excellent guide here or at Sherwin Williams, advice here. As a designer I like to use wallpaper in small doses so the effect is big. I would love to hear what you think about wallpaper these days and where you have used it in your home.

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  • Connie

    I’m a big fan of wallpaper, love this article.

    • http://adoreyourplace.com/ Cathy from Adore Your Place

      I never use to be but I am huge fan now.

  • Kate

    Wallpaper seems to come and go in cycles, but I think it always adds something to a room.

    • http://adoreyourplace.com/ Cathy from Adore Your Place

      I agree Kate! It brings another element of style to the room.

  • Wall Decal Company

    Love the wallpaper behind the bookshelves.

    • http://adoreyourplace.com/ Cathy from Adore Your Place

      So do I Kelly! Can you email info. on your company so I can share it with my clients. Cathy@adoreyourplace.com

  • Claire

    That office wall is my favorite. I went on their site and all of there patterns rock.

    • http://adoreyourplace.com/ Cathy from Adore Your Place

      The quality of their products is fabulous as well as the design.

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  • http://twitter.com/nomad_chic Jenny

    I LOVE the nightstand on the last photo in white. Do you know the brand and/or where I can buy that??

    • http://www.facebook.com/cathy.wolfram.1 Cathy Wolfram

      Hi Jenny, I know I love it to. Try West Elm and ZGallerie. We emailed the designer but they could not find the exact source.