Accent Décor: 12 Brilliant Ways and Areas to Use Wallpapers

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Are you for or against wallpapers? If you are for, then you’ll appreciate these fabulous spaces where decorating with wallpaper is a signature flourish. If you’re the latter, let us convince you to change your mind with these favourite wallpaper design ideas.
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Wallpaper is a fantastic tool that can pack a huge visual punch. It’s available in a seemingly unending variety of colours, patterns, and textures, and depending on what you choose it can be either big and bold or soft and subtle. What’s also great about wallpaper is that it can be used in many different ways. If you want to incorporate wallpaper but aren’t sure how, consider one of these 12 ideas.

For the Love of Furniture
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Wait, what? Yes, right. Wallpaper isn’t exclusively for walls. The material can give a plain dresser a patterned wake-up call. Self-adhesive wallpapers make the project even easier.

Cover the Walls
The most classic use of wallpaper is to cover all the walls. In certain rooms, a bold, graphic paper can look fabulous covering all the walls, while in other rooms a simple pattern or texture can create subtle interest.

Go Double
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A really interesting and bold look involves covering the top half of a wall with one paper and the bottom half with another (it’s best to separate them using chair rail). You want all the patterns to complement each other, not fight with each other.

Accent It

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Covering either the top or bottom half of a wall with wallpaper is a great way to get the look without overwhelming the space. (Ideally, you’ll want to separate the papered and non-papered halves with some time of architectural moulding such as chair rail.) It’s a very classic look that will never go out of style.

Screaming Screen
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A wallpapered feature wall is a great way to either create or enhance an already existing focal point. It draws the eye in and creates a really striking feature. So, try installing wallpaper on the wall behind the TV or fireplace, or any other spot the eye is naturally drawn to.

Grand Entry
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Wallpaper in an entryway equals a bold first impression. And bonus points if it coordinates with your front door colour.  

Showstopping Bathrooms
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Talk about showstopping. Imagine the surprise guests receive when they open the door to this bathroom and see this unique modern wallpaper. Paired with white fixtures and minimal accessories, the look is polished, not overbearing.

Wallpaper the Ceiling
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So often people forget to look up. Usually, ceilings are painted a simple white and then left alone until there’s a leak or crack that needs to be dealt with. But the ceiling, or fifth wall as some like to call it, provides a great opportunity to have some fun with wallpaper and create a really unique look. If you’re going this route you may as well go all the way and choose something highly decorative or bold. Don’t waste the effort on something subtle. Get it done right the first time and hire a professional installer.

Bright Lampshade
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If you have a plain lampshade and you want to give it a little pizzazz (or a damaged lampshade that you want to salvage), applying wallpaper is a great idea. It can add instant flair and it’s very easy to do. Simply cut the paper to size and apply it using a spray adhesive (traditional wallpaper glue can be a bit clumpy on lampshades). Another option that is a little more subtle but still a lot of fun is to apply wallpaper to the inside of the shade. It doesn’t make as much of an impact as the exterior of the shade, but it’s a great little decorative touch.

Shelf Flair
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An open bookcase is a great place to add a little decorative flair with wallpaper. Instead of leaving the backs of the open shelves bare, cover them with a pretty pattern that compliments your room. An easy way to do this is to cut out pieces of foam core that fit each nook and apply the wallpaper directly to them. That way you’re not applying paper directly to the piece of furniture and you can easily take it out if you tire of the pattern.

Wow in the Rooms  
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The simple addition of a bold patterned wallpaper can easily transform an interior. Whether your next home makeover project involves upgrading a powder room or adding an accent wall to a master bedroom, it doesn’t get any better than this collection of patterned wallpapers.

Timeless Art

If you want to use a really special wallpaper but can’t afford to do a big project, consider having a piece framed and hanging it on the wall. This is a great way to incorporate the pattern without any of the effort or expense you get with traditional applications. Another similar approach is to hang a long piece and install dowels at either end so it looks like a scroll. These types of wall-hangings are very pretty and require minimal effort from you.

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