Affordable Decor: Smart Ways to Use Wallpaper in Small Doses

Affordable Decor: Smart Ways to Use Wallpaper in Small Doses

Cate West Zahl
Feb 2, 2012

Let's face it: most wallpapers are expensive. Especially the particularly ornate and beautiful versions...


But that didn't stop Liza from incorporating it into her space, nor should it stop you.

The cheapest way to add a splash of wallpaper to your space is to track down leftover rolls, or large samples. Places to start include Ebay, Etsy, and wholesale wallpaper distributors. A trick is to find the "discontinued" section as they are always sold at discounted prices. And of course, getting in touch with members of the trade, who inevitably have both samples of leftover rolls they would be willing to sell or even give away. But once you've got the paper, where do you put it? Here's some options:

Make a back-splash in the kitchen. The first image shows the work of DIY extraordinaire Liza, of the budget design blog Mel and Liza, who ransacked extra scraps of wallpaper on a trip home, and pasted it up to add a poppy back splash in her kitchen.

Create a wallpaper headboard. From ceiling to bed, wallpaper one long panel that is the width of horizontal length of the mattress. Adhere directly to the wall or apply to a mounted two-by-four for depth.

Frame it. This can be a bit more pricey depending on the size/cost of framing, but if you go with inexpensive materials, and forgo the glass, you can easily create the look of a wallpapered wall.

Make a statement panel. Take either the center of the wall, the space between two windows, or a seemingly random spot, and wallpaper a full panel from ceiling to floor. This looks nice behind a piece of furniture, such as a sofa, desk, or console table, but can also work solo, for a whimsical surprise.

1. Mel and Liza
2. 77 Inspire
3. House to Home
4. Dreaming Decors
5. Nest Egg

6. Covet Living
7. Good Life of Design
8. Decor Arts Now
9. Architectural Digest
10. House to Home

(Images: as linked above)

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