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