7 Unexpected Ways to Use Wallpaper

7 Unexpected Ways to Use Wallpaper

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Nancy Mitchell
Mar 15, 2015
(Image credit: Desire to Inspire)

After the chintz overload of the 80s, wallpaper fell out of fashion for a long while. But now it's staging a comeback, as decorators slowly begin to embrace pattern once again. But what can you do if you're in love with a certain paper, but don't want to commit to covering a whole wall (or even a whole room)? Here are seven unexpected ways to use wallpaper.

Above: use a bold print (like this one from Minakani Lab) to wrap the wall surrounding your fireplace, as seen on Desire to Inspire.

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Use a favorite paper to cover the back of your cabinets (as seen on Swoonworthy). Even if you don't have open cabinets, as pictured here, the extra pop of pattern is sure to make you smile every time you pull out your dishes.

(Image credit: Lonny)

If you're pattern-shy, why not start by just covering a door? This print is by Eskayel, as seen on Lonny.

(Image credit: What Katie Ate)

We love the idea of using wallpaper to add pattern to the underside of a staircase, as seen on What Katie Ate.

(Image credit: House of Hackney)

Add a little architecture to your space by papering a small area (maybe over a desk, console, or fireplace) and trimming it with molding painted the same color as the wall. This wallpaper is by House of Hackney.

(Image credit: Tory Daily)

Here's a slightly different take on the same idea — in this space from Tory Daily, a De Gournay paper has been framed and treated like an enormous painting.

(Image credit: Domino)

And finally, here's an idea from Domino: covering your backsplash in a pretty pattern. If you're worried about splashes and grease ruining the paper, check out this post for examples of kitchens that use a layer of plexiglass to protect a wallpapered backsplash — and for plenty of other ideas for ways to use wallpaper in the kitchen.

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