Off the Wall: Creative Uses for Wallpaper

Off the Wall: Creative Uses for Wallpaper

Chris Perez
Aug 8, 2012

You've seen us post roundups of removable wallpapers here and there — a great affordable solution for making a statement in any room. But what if you're looking for something a little more subtle? We round up some off-the-wall wallpaper ideas that just might have you sprucing up your home in new ways.

Whether you're wanting to add color and style to a rented space, or just looking for a small project that won't take up your entire weekend, these clever uses for wallpaper could be your ticket. Trying using wallpaper…

Under Shelves - add a pop of pattern under shelves in sitting areas for colorful highlights to a room. Try solid colors for a more modern look.
On a Door - Go for more than a solid color and adhere a bold pattern to your door for more interest
As a Bed Canopy - Wallpaper isn't always paper. They sometimes are in the form of more durable textiles. Hang one from a curtain rod behind your bed, or drape it over a curtain rod on the ceiling to create a canopy effect.
On IKEA furniture - We love this idea from IKEA Hackers for turning a ho-hum Bekvam stool into something with personality. This DIY will also work on the smooth flat surface of most IKEA cabinetry (such as Besta) or on Framsta wall panels.
As Framed Art - You may have heard of this one before, but new textured wallpapers add depth to the idea. Try arranging three or more frames of the same pattern or color in a row for a more dramatic effect.
On Your Trackpad - Tech has gotten sleek, providing perfect surfaces for adding some wallpaper to complement your space. Go for removable types and try it on your Apple trackpad.
On a Monitor - Display more than your web browser by attaching wallpaper to your monitor stand for a fresh color-dipped look.

Have you tried or thought of any creative uses for wallpaper?

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(Images: 1. Jamie Meares 2. Sensanels 3. IKEA 4. IKEA Hackers 5. Modenus 6-7. iCarbons)

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