Last week I mentioned that I love using mirrors in decorating and that I have at least one in every room (if you missed it, you can read all about decorating with mirrors HERE).
While I was writing that post (and looking around at all of the mirrors I have), I realized that I also have wallpaper in almost every room in my house.
Although I like wallpaper (I think it’s a great way to add color and pattern), it’s not something I would have said was on my “must have” decorating list. But I suddenly realized that I use it…a lot.
Now when I say that I have a lot of wallpaper, I don’t actually have that many walls covered with wallpaper. That’s the thing…there are just so many ways to decorate with wallpaper, you don’t have to cover the whole room. So I use wallpaper in a lot of different ways to get the impact of it without the work of installing it.
Click Next to see some of those easy ways to decorate with wallpaper.
Add Architectural Interest
Wallpaper panels let you use wallpaper on the wall without having to do the whole room.
They also make the installation job quicker and easier since there aren’t any corners to go around, and you are usually working with much shorter pieces of paper.
You can find out how to put up panels HERE.
Make Pegboard Look Better
Wallpaper is a great way to add some color and pattern to pegboard. Find some wallpaper that you love and glue it on to the pegboard…and you’ll have an updated space in no time.
You can find the step-by-step instructions for doing this HERE.
Cover Storage Tins and Boxes
Wallpaper also works great for turning inexpensive tins and jars into pretty storage containers. I use hooks to hang them from pegboard.
But they could just as easily be used as a pen holder on the desk.
Dress Up Your Shelves
Wallpaper shelving background via bhg.com – Note: pinning this image will link to the original source
I have mentioned before that I like to add interest to bookshelves by decorating them (you can see more about that HERE). Wallpaper is an easy way to do that. It comes in so many colors and patterns that you are sure to find something to match your decor.
In this picture, they have even selected books with covers that match the color scheme.
Make Book Covers
Speaking of matching book covers to your decor…if you like decorating with books, you can easily make them match by creating a cover out of wallpaper. It doesn’t take very much paper and you can find pretty much any color and pattern you want.
Line Drawers and Shelves
If you like to make your drawers and shelves look pretty, adding some wallpaper is a really easy way to do it. I used the left over wallpaper from my office to line the drawer where my keyboard and mouse go…which provides the added (unexpected) bonus of acting like a mouse pad.
Create Inexpensive Artwork
Wallpaper artwork via bhg.com – Note: Pinning this image will link back to the original source
To make inexpensive art that matches your decor, cut co-ordinating pieces of wallpaper to fit into matching frames. Then install them in a grid pattern to make a statement on your wall.
I used wallpaper with a fish pattern as background “art” for my Hawaiian turtles collection (and as you can see…the top of the shelf has turned into an impromptu cat bed).
Add An Interesting Backsplash
Wallpaper backsplash, via domino.com – Note: Pinning this image will link back to the original source.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to update your kitchen backsplash, try wallpaper. I absolutely love this Birds and Butterflies wallpaper from Schumacher!
To make cleanup easier, make sure to get the washable kind.
Update a Countertop
You can even use wallpaper to cover countertops. It’s a really inexpensive way to make a flat surface look better. I did this in my home office makeover (which you can see HERE) and I love the bright look.
If you’re going to do this in a heavily used area, you’ll need to add a few coats of urethane to protect the paper. Get more information on covering a countertop with wallpaper HERE.
Create Ceiling Interest
Okay, this may not be the easiest way to decorate with wallpaper, but it looks so good on the ceiling that I had to include it (you can find the instructions for the easy(er) way of doing it HERE).
The wallpaper immediately adds interest and that “custom” feel to the space.
It also has the added benefit of covering up any imperfections in the surface (although it won’t work over really bumpy surfaces like popcorn).
If you use textured wallpaper like this bedroom, you can also paint it if you want to change the color.
For more ceiling decorating ideas, click HERE to see our post.