It’s Not Just for Walls: Clever Uses for Wallpaper

While gorgeously designed wallpaper’s primary purpose is to look wonderful on your walls, it can also be used in other areas of the home for a quirky, alternative twist to spice up your interior design. One fun area to explore is using wallpaper for seasonal decorations, but there are plenty of other practical ways to use wallpaper for a unique touch without covering all of your walls.

Interior wall wallpaper
Interior wall wallpaper

Whether you’re buying a fresh wallpaper roll to unleash your creative side, or working with leftovers and offcuts, here are some inspiration ideas and top tips to fuel your next project.  It’s not a paint or wallpaper decision.  They coexist well together because each can do things the other can’t.

First: Before you get started – know your adhesives

When it comes to wallpaper, not all glue is created equal, and depending on where you’re applying your wallpaper, you’ll need to use the correct type of glue for the job. It may sound simple, but do not reach for that half-dry glue stick that’s lurking in the back of your stationery drawer.It is not fit for the job!

Instead, you should purchase a reliable waterproof adhesive. An all-purpose glue will allow you to stick your wallpaper to anything such as wood, glass, and other materials.  Nothing is more annoying than a great install that eventually fails due to the wrong glue.

Room 1: The Kitchen

A lot of time is spent in the kitchen, so it’s a perfect place to use wallpaper to brighten up the walls, but why stop there? For an additional flash of color, why not choose a vibrant, contrasting design to line your drawers and cabinets? Every time you open your cabinets you’ll be greeted with a cheerful burst of uplifting color from an unexpected place.  If your cabinets have “windows” then the wallpaper you have in the back (or even the sides) of the cabinet will often be visible even when the doors are closed. Alternatively, you could try using heavyweight vinyl wallpaper to outline cabinets and drawers. It’s a thick durable paper that won’t tear as easily as traditional papers and can even be washed with soap and water.

Room 2: Living Room

Bookcases are usually relatively plain, so why not spruce them up with some wallpaper? Lining your bookcase with wallpaper is a great way to update an often mundane feature of your home, and accent any items on display. Perhaps you could even have a different design for each compartment to reflect what type of books are kept in each section?

Remember, the idea is to make your bookcase stand out, so don’t be afraid of applying a design that is completely different from your current wallpaper.

Room 3: Hallway and Stairs

Forget about borders and wainscoting,there’s an even more impressive way to jazz up the hallways of your home. By using a small strip of wallpaper on each step, you can create a clutch, ‘doll house’ style look, completely transforming the look and feel of your home.

Plus, applying wallpaper to the front facing risers of a wooden staircase is faster and more affordable than staining or replacing. While each step doesn’t need to match, you should try and stick to similar colors for a running theme that will pull the look of your staircase together.A simple black and white damask pattern would be classy and make a bold statement.

Room 4: Dining Room

dining room wallpaper ideas
dining room wallpaper ideas

An eye-catching centerpiece on your dining room table can pull the whole room together, so why not get creative and create your own? With a little bit of wallpaper and some old containers, tin cans, or vases,you can create your very own gorgeous homemade table decorations. Intricate patterns work wonderfully on these stunning recycled pieces, so pick eye-catching designs that will draw your guests’ attention to your hand-crafted one-of-a-kind feature.

So what are you waiting for? These are just a few ideas to get you started, and only the tip of the iceberg! Regardless of whether your style is contemporary or a vintage era, you can use wallpaper to express your creativity.  From lampshade coverings to wallpaper headboards, the possibilities are endless when you let your imagination run wild.


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