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Design Questions Answered: Is Wallpaper Back in Style?


Today's post answers another question from one of our Colorado's Best viewers. 

Viewer's Interior Design Question:
“I am seeing in magazines and on television  that wall paper seems to be back in style, I would love to try it but I don’t know where to use it.”

Considering we discussed wallpaper as a modern wallcovering idea just two weeks ago, we like to think wallpaper never even went out of style!  It can instantly change a room with pattern, texture and color.  We love to use wallpapers in every design we offer, whether it’s in a tray ceiling, in a powder bathroom, or even in an office!

Wallpaper designs have come a long way since the days of roosters and fruit patterns in your grandmother's kitchen. With fabulous new patterns and easier-to-use adhesives, wallpaper is no longer just for the aesthetically-challenged - it's the latest trend in home design accents.

Deciding how to use wallpaper in your home begins with choosing the right wall or room and the right pattern. Wallpaper should generally be used in small, contained spaces as an accent to your home's overall design. This dining room has a niche in the wall that is perfect for providing a subtle shimmer and a festive pattern.

wallpaper in nichePhoto: HGTV's Sarah's House

The tray ceiling is another niche that holds wallpaper well and will be a nice surprise in your room's decor. This papered tray matches and reflects the hues of the drapes and paint to enhance the refined feel of the room.

wallpaper in tray ceilingPhoto: Creative Elegance Interiors

A subtle metallic trellis design in the tray ceiling can provide the perfect unexpected detail.

trellis wallpaper in ceiling nichePhoto: Decor & You

If you're ready to go bold with your wallpaper, a great place to start is in a small space like a guest bathroom. Try a pattern with a bold color contrast to give the space a character all its own.

bold wallpaper ideasPhoto: Shelterness

Alternatively, just choose one small wall, like the space behind the mirror, to pep up the room and provide visitors with eye candy while they wash up.

house beautiful wallpaperPhoto: House Beautiful

An entryway or mud room is often the right size for wallpaper, and might benefit from the dressing up that a patterned wall can provide. Because an entryway bridges the gap between indoors and outdoors, try something floral or woodsy.

entryway wallpaperPhoto: WallArt Co

In the end, you can't go wrong using wallpaper as a design accent in any room of your house. There are so many fun and funky styles to choose from that knowing how to use wallpaper in your home is easier and more delightful than ever. Start with a small room and be brave!

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