Wallpaper Totally Nailed It
If these walls were white, the black iron bed frame and ruffled bedding could be construed as farmhouse style. With the patterned wallpaper, the bedroom instantly gets a glam makeover. The room’s neutral color scheme keeps the look mature and the matching bedside tables provide an extra punch.
The Fifth Wall
It’s easy to forget about the ceiling. Usually painted white, it fades into a room’s background. Not in this closet, however. These homeowners opted for a stand-out ceiling dressed in gold accent wallpaper. The geometric design mimics the pattern found in the rug below.
By wallpapering all walls in your half-bath, you hardly have to put any thought into additional decor. The design does all the decorating for you! While some people hesitate using bold colors in small spaces, these homeowners went all-in and it paid off.
A seemingly simple kitchen gets a punchy accent with a wallpapered ceiling. The red design works because it’s repeated again with the stove knobs, tea kettle, and visible storage containers. Installing wallpaper on the ceiling isn’t an easy feat, but the unique accent wallpaper is worth the work.
Who doesn’t love a good trellis wallpaper? The lighter lines and curvaceous flow of the design in this hallway are a reinterpretation of the classic pattern that gets high marks in our book. Warm wood flooring and substantial white trim ground the pretty wallpaper design.
Get It: Grata CM2381, Dolce Vita collection by Antonina Vella for York Wallcoverings
Repeat after us: Floral wallpaper can be good and floral wallpaper can be bad. This is by far the former. The large-scale pattern is a thoroughly modern wallpaper design with a mix of fanciful flowers and graphic leaves. A gold-and-white color scheme keeps it classy, not garish.
Wallpaper in an entryway equals a bold first impression. And bonus points if it coordinates with your front door color. The gray ogee design encircling the scalloped diamonds in this wallpaper is a mash-up we like to call global geometric, which is fashion-forward but completely livable.
Get It: Bungalow in Yellow T16054, The Resort Collection by Thibaut Design
Bright and bold wallpaper designs might make a splash, but don’t discount the power of an understated pattern. In this serene and sophisticated bedroom, a delicate and curvaceous latticelike wallpaper with a dark gray background brings depth to an airy neutral room. Repeating the background color on the trim of the bedding ties the look together.
Accent great architecture with even better wallpaper. In this boy’s bedroom, an abstract nautical wallpaper print emphasizes a lofted, pitched ceiling. The white walls take a step back, giving the paper wall a murallike presence.
Talk about showstopping. Even though this design is based on a 17th-century French damask pattern, the wallpaper is fresh and appealing to the 21st-century decorator. The pattern takes on a nature-inspired motif as well, which juxtaposes the smart black-and-white colorway.
Get it: Chenonceau in charcoal at F. Schumacher & Co (to the trade)
Oh Wait. This Bathroom.
Imagine the surprise guests receive when they open the door to this powder room and see this unique modern Chinoiserie wallpaper. A small bath like this is the perfect place to go bold with a strong pattern. Paired with white fixtures and minimal accessories, the look is polished, not overbearing.
Get It: Chiang Mai Dragon, F. Schumacher & Co. (to the trade)
Greek Key Wallpaper
The eponymous motif has been around since the ancient Greeks were building their empire and today it is a hot pattern for more than just architecture. Trendy pillows, trims, fabrics, and, you guessed it, wallpapers, are all sporting this revived classic. The gray-and-white wallpaper in this bedroom introduces subtle, yet stately, pattern.
Get It: Greek Key Wallpaper by Jonathan Adler
Handsome Does It
Lest you think all wallpapers are flowery and frilly, we give you handsome exhibit A. Plaid wallpaper nods to the trending rustic hunting lodge aesthetic while staying in classic, timeless territory. A rich mahogany finish on the vanity and trim, and marble wainscoting, play up the traditional vibe. The marble and stone mosaic flooring plays off the plaid wallpaper pattern.
Get It: Gray Watkins by Stark Carpet Corp.
Wallpaper design ideas don’t just encompass patterns and colors. Installation can be unique and special, too. In this living room, turquoise blue Otomi wallpaper envelops just the fireplace box rather than the room’s walls. The global pattern acts both as artwork for the mantel and a backdrop for stylish fireplace accessories.
While “don’t sweat the small stuff” is a noble life mantra, the small stuff can make a room design sing. Pattern scale is an important consideration, especially when incorporating a wallpaper design. In this feminine space, ikat drapes fill the large-scale pattern role and a wallpaper of a similar scale would have been overwhelming. Instead, sweet spotted wallpaper creates an almost solid-looking backdrop for the drapes and abstract painting.