9 Stylish Dining Rooms That Just Might Convince You to Wallpaper

published Apr 20, 2019
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Wallpaper sometimes gets a bad rap, which makes homeowners and renters alike hesitant to try it. Blame it on grandma’s old petunia living room wallpaper, because the stuff doesn’t always inspire confidence. But wallpaper is now used in more contemporary ways—I promise!—and it’s worth taking the plunge.

Especially when it comes to the dining room. Make your entertaining all the more special with a thoughtfully patterned area. By using wallpaper, you can help tie together your room’s theme, or help bold colors pop and interesting accents take center stage. Wallpaper has lots of personality, and has the power to move a room from “attractive” to “unforgettable.” Ahead are some of the best wallpapered dining rooms we’ve come across. Warning, though, they just might inspire you to paper your own space.

1. Go with a Quarter Wall

If you’re not sold on covering a whole room with wallpaper, you can always compromise with a quarter wall. Here, Jessica kept her wall panels white to add texture to the space, and then wallpapered the remaining portion of the wall with a glam print. Picking out a Palm Springs-esque pattern with pink and green leaves added a retro touch to the room.

2. Be Brave with a Loud Print

You know how you look at a wild wallpaper sample and think “who would ever buy this?” Maybe the answer is you. You would. If something tugs at you but you ignore it because you think the print is too loud, give yourself permission to experiment. Sometimes an unexpected pattern can make the biggest payoff in a room.

3. Capture the Bottom-Half of the Room

If your dining room is just missing a little something-something, then add some subtle wallpaper to the bottom-half of the space. Here Natalie added black and white stripes to the lower panels of her dining area, giving the nook a subtle boost in color and print.

4. Be a Total Maximalist

Some live by the mantra “more is more,” and there is no better way to lean into that than with wallpaper. Spruce up your dining room instantly with a bold print, adding in an intense pop of color to the room.

5. Try Unexpected Prints

Design is fun when it’s unexpected. Seeing someone take an artistic leap is exciting, especially when it works. This room uses a watercolor wallpaper, and it brings a calming and minimalist element into the space.

6. Go Dark

Dark paper can feel like it would turn your space into a house the Addams Family might call home, but that’s not necessarily true. When your room has bright pops of color coming from the seating and lamps, dark wallpaper can help those rainbow hues really stand out.

7. Mix-and-Match Patterns

If you have a large space for your dining room that’s complete with divided walls or bar nooks, then try using two different wallpaper prints to add more interest into the space. It might sound busy on paper, but it works.

8. Lean into Your Bohemian Tendencies

If your aesthetic is bohemian and you want to go full “jungalow” in your home, then use wallpaper to your advantage. By picking a tropical, island-approved print, the whole entire room transforms.

9. Minimalists Can Partake

Minimalists can play with wallpaper, too. You can add a boost of style to your dining room with a subtle print that uses plenty of negative space. This lightly checkered wallpaper creates a lovely backdrop for the traditional wooden table and floor-to-ceiling case.