The POWER of Wallpaper {Don’t Be Afraid!}

How to add character and color in your home with wallpaper.

I don’t know what came over me when we moved into this house years ago, but
I’ve added wallpaper to almost every room makeover so far! Wallpaper is back
in a big way, but I never really had any desire to use it until we
moved here. 

Maybe I’ve fallen in love with wallpaper because I had an empty slate, or
maybe it’s because once you add it once you just want to keep going. It’s

I’m rounding up all of the ways I’ve used wallpaper so far — from little
accents to entire rooms covered in it! If you’ve ever wondered about the
different designs I’ve used, this will be a good resource. 

These examples
show the difference it can make in a space!

I also share a few tips about picking out and installing wallpaper throughout this post. 

If you use the pasted
kind (I’ll share how to install it later in the post), I would make sure
it’s one you really love! I wouldn’t do anything too trendy that you may
tire of a few years later. 

kitchen cabinet bookcases in office

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green DIY office bookcase

It’s a beautiful, understated accent that gives the room a little extra
something. This little detail doesn’t cost much either! 

IKEA Pax closet organization

Wallpaper tip #1: Don’t judge it while it’s rolled up! 

Take the wallpaper out of the package and hold it up to the wall. Taking a picture of it against the wall helps you visualize it in the space.  

That tweed look lines the back of my DIY basement built ins:

westchester gray bookcases

It helps to make this room feel even cozier!

Wallpaper install tip #2:  Wallpaper first, trim second.

If you are installing trim and
wallpaper, I find it easiest to hang the wallpaper first and then the
trim (if possible). That way you can slightly cover the edge of the wallpaper with your

Same goes for installing it behind shelves — I always hang the
wallpaper before building the shelves. 

If ever want to remove it, you can use a razor to score the wallpaper along
the trim. 

My first go at peel and stick wallpaper was in our powder room. It was pretty bland before: 
powder room with gray vanity

Since I was adding the board and batten wall treatment I only had to cover the top part of the wall, so it was a good beginner project. 

I hung the wallpaper in this room first and then installed the trim. This makes the process SO much easier. 

white board and batten dark wallpaper
floral wallpaper with board and batten

I adore this design! It made this small room into a work of art. 🙂 

We have a little vestibule off our foyer that was calling out for a
little something: 

small hallway off basement stairs

I found the wallpaper I wanted, but because it was the pasted kind, I waited
it out to make SURE I really wanted to move forward. 

pinstripe blue white wallpaper hallway
striped wallpaper hallway

It’s so fresh, clean and classic. And it looks great with the floral wallpaper in the bathroom. 

Wallpaper tip #3:  Avoid stripes if you’re a beginner.

Vertical or
horizontal, it doesn’t matter. (There’s a popular shiplap look that I think
would be a nightmare to install.) 

The striped wallpaper in our hallway above wasn’t horrible, but that’s
because I have a decent amount of experience installing it. It was the most difficult one I’ve hung. 

A grasscloth or tweed look (in our basement) are great options for beginners because the design doesn’t have a “repeat.” 

Most wallpaper has a design that needs to be matched up as you go around the room, so it can be a bit more difficult to hang. Those two options don’t have that and make it much easier (and cheaper) to install.

Our bedroom walls were pretty basic before I added a faux grasscloth wallpaper: 

decorating around TV
gray grasscloth wallpaper bedroom

Grasscloth is one of my favorites and this version is super inexpensive. 

The vinyl grasscloth wallpaper I used doesn’t have the feel of true grasscloth, but it does have some texture to it. And it looks very authentic: 

gray grasscloth around TV

The grasscloth look is more subtle, but sometimes you just want to make a BIG impact. 😀

Wallpaper is a great way to “fill” up big walls…it just flows! I also love dressing up small spaces like powder rooms and hallways.

art around thermostat
kamala baker indigo wallpaper
I thought the only place to buy
this blue and white floral wallpaper
was at Anthropologie, and it was seriously expensive! Thankfully I was able
to find it under a different name online for much less. Check out that link to find out how to find this option!

This is my favorite wallpaper project to date! I adore this one: 

indigo baker wallpaper small hallway
I wanted to do something more dramatic in
our mud/laundry room. This wall with the drying rack is loooong…it needed something: 
folding table laundry room

What a HUGE impact!:

laundry room with floral wallpaper

Wallpaper solves that problem of, “What can
I do with this big empty wall for not much money?” 

It has become my go-to
solution over the years.

I actually kind of enjoy
installing it — it’s like a puzzle to me. If you’ve never hung wallpaper I
recommend starting with a small accent wall and using a peel and stick option.
That version allows you to remove and restart over and over (believe me, I

Have I convinced you to add wallpaper somewhere in your home yet? I grew up
with the old wallpaper borders in our houses too, but never had to remove them. I know
those bad memories have prevented many of you from trying it. 🙂

Here are direct links to all of the wallpaper I’ve used in our home: 


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