Creative Ways to Use Wallpaper in Your Home

At Grandad's Shed here in Yorkshire we've always been huge fans of wallpaper for injecting some personality into your home. There are so many beautiful designs available now and our linen-lined papers pack a huge visual punch to a room.

They come in an unending variety of colours, patterns and textures and depending on what you choose, it can be either big and bold or soft and subtle.

What's also great about wallpaper is that it can be used in many different ways. That's right, we aren't limited to using it on your four walls when it comes to interior design!

So, if you want to incorporate some fun wallpaper but aren't sure how then consider one of these ideas I’ve put together for your home...

Cover Half Your Wall

Covering either the top or bottom half of a wall with wallpaper is a great way to get the look without it being too overwhelming. It was really popular years ago but it still works within homes that lean towards the traditional look.

A classic look is to cover the top half of the wall with paper and have panelling on the bottom half - its a classic and will never go out of style.

Or you could be really bold and cover top half with one paper and the bottom with another. It’s tough to pull off but looks amazing when done right. You could consider contrasting patterns, ie: stripes and toile, or chevron and damask, but always be cautious with other colours and patterns in the room. Patterns should always complement rather than fight with one another.

Creative Ways to Use Wallpaper at Home

Create a Feature Wall

This is a great way to enhance an existing focal point and create a striking feature. The beauty of this is you can be bold or subtle - just make sure you’re not competing with other focal points in the room.

For example, it could be the wall behind the TV or fireplace or two alcoves either side of the fireplace or any spot the eye is naturally drawn to. 

Take a look at this customers feature wall which compliments their made to measure furniture.

Decorate the Inside of a Bookcase

One of my favourite ways with wallpaper is to decorate the inside of a bookcase. This is a great way to add a little flair to an open bookcase - instead of leaving the backs of the shelves bare, cover them with a pattern that compliments the room.

To avoid applying the paper to the existing furniture, I usually cut and cover a piece of foam board to fit into the nook and apply the wallpaper directly to the board - also helps if you get tired of the pattern.

Image is taken from Pinterest

Wallpaper Decoration

Or you have fallen in love with a wallpaper design but cannot afford it for your big project then you could consider having a sample piece framed to hang on the wall. It is a great way to incorporate the pattern without the expense.

Get started with your wallpaper project by checking out our range of wallpapers here. 

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