10 Unexpected Places to Sneak in a Patterned Wallpaper

10 Unexpected Places to Sneak in a Patterned Wallpaper

Taryn Williford
May 19, 2016
(Image credit: Patrick Cline)

If you just listened to the name, you'd think "wallpaper" could only be used on walls. But you can actually use punchy patterned paper in a whole host of unexpected places – even some that aren't attached to your landlord's property.

A few of these spaces don't even require you to buy an entire roll. And because you can tackle these tiny spaces with wallpaper sheets or samples, they're really affordable ways to enjoy wallpaper at home.

Your Stair Risers

Give each stair the same treatment, or switch it up with a bit of pattern mixing, like in the shot above. There's a tutorial from Lonny on how to do it.

(Image credit: Better Homes and Gardens)

The Inside of Your Front Door

You can see how a patterned door pops in the Lonny photo at the top of the post, or this shot from Better Homes and Gardens. The BHG photo is actually a stencil job, but depending on how comfortable you are with your art skills and your wallpapering skills, it might be more easily handled with glue than paint.

(Image credit: Classy Clutter)

The Inside of a Pantry or Closet

Adding joy and color to such utilitarian spaces is always a bit rebellious, but its also a smart place to try wallpaper. If your closet or pantry isn't a walk-in, you can just paper the back wall. You can also let the shelves dictate an ending edge for you, like here in this aqua pantry from Classy Clutter. These flowers are actually vinyl decals (kind of a faux-paper if you will), but Oh Joy!'s Hygge & West collection has a similar print.

(Image credit: HGTV)

Inside Desk Drawers

A pattern lining your desk drawers, like here on HGTV, is just one way to put some pep in the workday.

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball)

Inside Kitchen Drawers

You can take the drawer liner idea to the kitchen too. It's a beautiful way to show off your flatware, and can be installed underneath your drawer dividers, like here on Good Housekeeping. The dividers will also help to keep the paper in place, if you don't want to glue.

(Image credit: HGTV)

On The Back of a Bookshelf

Whether your shelf is a built-in, like this one from HGTV, or a free-standing piece, you can dress it up with some patterned paper. If your shelves are the removable, adjustable type, pull them out and wallpaper the back of the unit in one piece. If not, cut the paper to size and install in each nook.

(Image credit: Emma Chapman)

The Kitchen Island or Breakfast Bar

Without wallpapering the whole kitchen, you can get a touch of pattern by just wrapping the backs and sides of your island or peninsula cabinets, like Emma of A Beautiful Mess did here in her sunny new kitchen.

(Image credit: Emma Chapman)

Inside Open Cabinets

Emma used the same wallpaper, Hands by Pottok, to decorate the open shelves in her dining room, too. You can read about the decision here on A Beautiful Mess.

(Image credit: HGTV)

Mat Artwork with Wallpaper

Disassemble some of your frames at home and wrap the mats with a special wallpaper, like this example from HGTV.

(Image credit: Brittany Ambridge)

Wallpaper The Outside of Your Furniture

You can wallpaper the front of your dresser drawers, or the outside of a wardrobe, like with the illustrated wallpaper in this apartment from Domino.

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