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.
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.
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.
Inside Desk Drawers
A pattern lining your desk drawers, like here on HGTV, is just one way to put some pep in the workday.
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.
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.
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.
Inside Open Cabinets
Mat Artwork with Wallpaper
Disassemble some of your frames at home and wrap the mats with a special wallpaper, like this example from HGTV.
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.