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Bad Wallpaper

Over the past week, I’ve heard 2 or 3 people say something along the lines of, “wallpaper is out,” and I’d like to step in to it’s defense.  There was an era of bad wallpaper. I can see something like this room, born in the 80’s as just wrong. But let’s be honest, there is so much more wrong with this look than just the wallpaper.

Like anything with design, there are right and wrong applications.  The wrong proportion of art can leave a wall looking bear, the wrong color paint can cause a room to feel disjointed, a rug that’s too small can throw off the whole scale of a room.  In the same sense, the wrong application of wallpaper can be, well, just bad.

Here are some modern uses of wallpaper and some wallpaper ideas that we love.   

1: An accent wall.

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Don’t over use that pattern.  One wall can be enough! Choose a complementary color from the wall paper for the remaining walls.  Notice how the accent wall draws your attention in the dining room, yet there is no art, just wallpaper.

Wallpaper Accent Wall

You can also layer art over the wallpaper, but make sure that the two pieces do not compete for attention but rather work together to create a cohesive look.

2: Wallpaper as Art

Wallpaper as Art

Wallpaper can be gorgeous, but some colors and patterns may feel too strong for an entire wall.  Take one or a couple repeats of the pattern and frame it. Presto: art!!!

Wallpaper ideas

This look can complement the color palette you have created or introduce a bold pop of color.  Either way, it’s relatively inexpensive art that provides a unique and custom look.

3: Provide an interesting background for a bookcase

wallpaper behind bookcase

This pattern provides interest for an otherwise typical bookcase.  Let the pattern speak for itself with simple accessories on the shelves and just a few pops of color. This allows you to create  a totally custom concept.

wallpaper on back of bookshelf

Choose a dramatic paper in a bold color to create more far more interest and a bolder look.

4: Add life and interest to an old piece of furniture. 

Wallpaper inside drawer

Use wallpaper to line the inside of drawers for a pop of color when you open them.  That design element is mostly for you, but then again isn’t all of your home’s decor?

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