8 Swoon-Worthy Wallpaper Ideas

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Chevron Wallpaper

Runge Chevron Temporary Wallpaper by Wrought Studio. Image:Wayfair

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Decorating with wallpaper is back in our creative toolbox. We’re loving the new patterns and colors. This is not the paper that we rush to cover or remove when we buy a home. The top wallpaper trends include graphic patterns, large-scale florals and metallic accents. In addition to the enticing new selection of colors and patterns, temporary wallpaper is now available from most major home retailers. This means there’s an option for every home or rental. Here are some of our favorite ways to use wallpaper:

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Rose Gold Wallpaper

Create a stunning accent wall with a stylish pattern like Graham & Brown Rose Gold Reflections. Image: Graham & Brown 

1. Create an accent wall

When your space needs a focal point, painting an accent wall is a simple solution. Before you reach for that paintbrush, check out wallpaper options first. By choosing one with a colorful palette or geometric design, you’ve just increased your accent wall’s impact. If you’re struggling to create a pulled-together look in your home, adding a stylish wallpaper accent can create a unifying element for mismatched decor — and can transform an entire room with just one wall. Your foyer, living room and bedroom are just a few of the spaces that can benefit from a pop of color and pattern.

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gray wallpaper

Elevate the style of your neutral room with Graham & Brown Innocence. Image: Graham & Brown

2. Add texture to a neutral room

Neutral and monochromatic rooms can be so soothing, but after a while, you may be ready to add more drama to your space. When your goal is to update your decor without completely changing the color palette or furnishings, adding a neutral textural or patterned wallpaper could be the answer. Choose with your existing color palette in mind and focus on pattern and texture to change things up. Your wallpaper texture can have an organic vibe, like grasscloth, or a tone-on-tone pattern which can give the illusion of texture.

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Candice Olson Wallpaper

Dial up the glam with Candice Olson’s Velocity. Image: Bellacor

3. Channel your inner glam

We love wallpaper that expresses your inner glam with metallic patterns and accents. Your foyer, powder room and living room can get a glam makeover with a shimmering foiled wallpaper featuring a floral or graphic pattern. Touches of metallic color add light and dimension to a room, so don’t worry about choosing a design with a dark background. 

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Silver Wallpaper

Create a stunning focal point behind your bed with Graham & Brown Souk Damask Pewter. Image: Graham & Brown

4. Spice up your bedroom

We love the look of wallpaper to transform a bedroom into a glamorous retreat. Floral and damask patterns are perfectly suited for bedroom walls. For a total makeover, designs can be applied to every wall. If you love the look but you want a more subtle vibe, an accent wall probably works best for you. An accent wall behind your headboard is an easy way to add a dramatic pattern that you may not be comfortable with for an entire room.

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Create a special little space with Tempaper Self-Adhesive Marrakesh Wallpaper. Image: Lord & Taylor

5. Define a tiny space

Wallpaper is a clever option for claiming a small space in your home. A neglected corner or niche becomes a useful space when you define it with pattern and color. Your newly-claimed space can become a small dining nook, a workspace or a reading corner in one afternoon with fresh walls and a few new pieces of decor.

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Tropical blue wallpaper

Lush and tropical Graham & Brown Ubud Tropic is an artful way to accessorize a room. Image: Graham & Brown

6. Use wallpaper as art

Can wallpaper be considered art? Yes! Look for mural-style designs with big images and colorful patterns. Bold colors and images can add just the right amount of pattern to a minimalist room without overwhelming it. 

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Stone mural wallpaper

Add drama to your dining space with West Elm Quartz Stone Mural. Image: West Elm

7. Reclaim your formal dining room

Our dining rooms have been a bit lonely lately. Wallpaper can re-energize our neglected rooms, making them a magnet for entertaining and everyday meals. Whether you choose a bold mural style for an open dining space or something more formal, you can definitely be more adventurous in the dining room because it’s not a 24/7 space. Like powder rooms, our dining rooms are the perfect spot for expressing our creative style.

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Home Office Wallpaper

Personalize your home office with Expressionist Rounds Gold Wallpaper. Image:CB2

8. Create a stunning home office

Though your home office should be functional, don’t scrimp on making it inviting, too. The top wallpaper patterns for a working space have simple color palettes and geometric lines that create interest without being too busy. The perfect choice for your home office is a paper with color and pattern that make you feel good whenever you walk in the door, inviting you to linger and work.

How have you used wallpaper in your home? We’d love to hear about it below.