I am a huge fan of bleached, hardwood floors, which are usually hard to find in the United States. My very good friend recently bought a condo in Denmark with these gorgeous floors, which got me started on my quest for an inexpensive alternative.
In my search for inspiration or the perfect swatch, I came across a blog entry about realistic wallpapers, where my mission was realized in a paper reminiscent of a bleached wood wall! Holly Becker profiles ten amazing, realistic wallpapers in her entry for Decor8, plus some great ideas if you're not ready to take the plunge into an entire papered wall or room. Have fun exploring these picks, and you have any other resources, please do tell!