Wallpaper is going through a revolution. There was a time not too long ago when it was considered passé – a relic that reminded us of musty, old-fashioned spaces that were more dull than dynamic. But that perception just doesn’t stand up any more. Now, wallpaper is regaining recognition as one of the quickest ways to give a big pop of style to rooms that are lacking in personality.
Topping the trend list for wallpapers are patterns and prints that give the impression of texture. Lattice or trellis patterns provide unfussy graphic effects, particularly in key color trends like grey and yellow. Textures pulled from the natural world, like birch bark, cork and bamboo, all provide subtle organic touches. And even classical patterns like florals and damasks are having new life breathed into them with up-to-date color schemes.
So, where – and how – can you use wallpaper to up the style quotient in your home? Here are some ideas:
- Give a tiny powder room or a guest bathroom some real style power by adding boldly colored and patterned wallpaper. For instance, if you want real drama, you could add a black damask paper that creates an instant “wow” factor. The darker, the bolder the statement.
- Bedrooms: For a stunning boudoir backdrop, add wallpaper to the wall behind your bed’s headboard. Make it a real focal point by pulling a single color from the paper and painting the rest of the walls in that shade. You’ll get a stylistically cohesive look while still drawing attention to the papered wall.
- Dining rooms: Add an air of formality to a dining room with a dignified wallpaper pattern. That doesn’t mean it has to be something your grandmother would choose – there are plenty of modern wallpaper options that blend elegance and personality. Don’t be afraid to use the wallpaper in an unconventional method. Try your ceiling instead of your walls!
Whether you paper one wall or a whole room, the simple addition of a great wallpaper pattern can turn a boring space into your new favorite room.