Wallpaper is wonderful. And although it can look fabulous on walls, it can look equally fabulous on just about any other surface, too. My favorite room in the house to wallpaper is the powder room—floor to ceiling. Powder rooms are like little jewel boxes, and because you’re not in the room for very long, you won’t get tired of the pattern. I’ve used bamboo blinds, newspapers, paper bags, magazine covers, fabric, tissue paper…just about anything you can adhere to a wall, not just regular old wallpaper. But, getting back to the subject of regular old wallpaper, just make it work for you. Here are two hard and fast rules and then let your creativity fly. 1. Scale is important. Make sure if the pattern repeats on the surface, you can see it clearly and it’s not too large or too small. (When in doubt, always go big.) 2. Use it in rooms you won’t tire of it—the dining room, a hallway, an entry, an alcove, or use it unexpected places like some of the examples I’ve included in this post.
Simply beautiful. If you want to bring a bit of pattern into a room but you don’t want to commit to an entire room or even a wall, then a bookcase is the next best thing. Here’s a trick: Measure the spaces between shelves and have finished plywood cut to size. Wallpaper the plywood instead of the actual back of the bookcase and you can change the look of the inserts whenever you’d like.
This is fun. Especially in a bedroom. Wallpaper the fronts of drawers, the top, the sides, you can even vary the colors and patterns (each surface/side gets its own unique wallpaper) and have a blast re-inventing a cast-off piece of furniture.
Door #1. Oh the fun you can have with doors. Wallpaper the whole thing or just an insert. Dated sliding wood doors in a bedroom are just begging for this type of makeover.
Cover wastebaskets, boxes, paint canvases (treat them like your very own original art gallery and display a mix of them over a sofa or over a bed for an instant headboard), and chair seats. Frame remnants, re-cover tabletops, cover just one wall (better yet, wallpaper a large area of a wall and then frame it with finish molding), line the insides of drawers and cabinets, cover a lampshade, or highlight stair risers. The list goes on and on.
Kim Merritt – http://beautifullivingstyle.blogspot.com/