Over here at MGD, we’re big fans of wallpaper. In our eyes, it’s the perfect way to add a unique touch to any room. If you’re looking to install a pattern like we do in nearly every one of our projects, we always opt to hire a professional to do the hanging. However, it’s not nearly as hard to install (or remove!) as our grandmother has led us to believe, particularly if you’re the patient, committed type. With lots of peel-and-stick and prepasted options out there, there’s no time like the present to give it a whirl. And if you’re not quite ready to go all in and cover an entire room in your favorite pattern, we’ve got a few ideas to get a touch of pizazz without the full-blown commitment. Wallpapers vary significantly in price as well, so it’s best to measure your space, and then see what’s the best fit both aesthetically and budget-wise.
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- To a Statement Wall. You’ve seen it before—one wall that has a fun, patterned wallpaper on display, while the surrounding walls tone it down with a neutral or solid paint color. We love this look, and it’s always most cost-effective. In a smaller room, such as a nursery or kid’s room, it allows you to change it up quickly or splurge on a nicer paper for just the single wall. Nice to add a little color but still keep it sophisticated enough that it can grow with the littles!
- To Furniture. If you’re renting your home or apartment, or aren’t quite ready to take the leap and try wallpaper on those temporary walls, add a small dose of it to a furniture piece. Try paneling the back panels of a freestanding cabinet or credenza, or for a little splash of pattern, the inside of drawers is always a fun touch if you have extra leftover.
- As Backsplash. Try a vinyl or similar wallpaper if you’re considering this one, and research best ways to keep it looking fresh in a high-traffic area like a kitchen or bath. Or, for a little less hassle, display it on the backs of shelving in a living or dining room.
- In Small Spaces. We know, we know, we said these were ideas that didn’t cover every wall, but we couldn’t help but throw one bonus idea in! Have a tiny powder room? Cover it head-to-toe in a neutral, patterned paper for an impactful pop of fun!
Whether you go wall-to-wall or start slow with an accent wall, wallpaper is such a fun way to add a little personality to your space. Check out some of our favorite wallpaper options & patterns below, and tag us @mindygayerdesign on Instagram with your projects. We’d love to see how you style your wallpaper picks!