Not Your Grandma’s Wallpaper

Not Your Grandma’s Wallpaper: "

Have you noticed that wallpaper is everywhere in design these days? It’s made a huge comeback, kinda like leggings from the 80s.


And just like leggings, wallpaper can be quite a faux pas if you don’t do it right {leggings as pants, anyone?}. We all know to stay away from borders and flocked wallpaper, but what are the secrets to making it work? Luckily, there are a few simple guidelines that take a lot of the guesswork out of successfully incorporating wallpaper into your home’s look.


1. Go bold or go home. While not for the faint of heart, dramatically bold wallpaper is an awesome way to make a serious design statement. Stick to no more than two colors to keep the pattern from looking cartoon-y.



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2. Grasscloth is a no-fail classic. Grasscloth has been in style for decades and it’s not going anywhere. Perfect for dining rooms and powder rooms, this understated wallpaper adds texture and interest without competing for attention.



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3. Be mute{d} and shine. If you’ve been known to like a little bling in your life then you might want to check out wallpaper with hints of shine and metallic. If you go this route, be sure to keep the wallpaper in a somewhat neutral color palette or the overall effect could start looking a bit bedazzled instead of chic.



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Amoroso Design contemporary dining room

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4. Create a focal point. Draw attention to a room’s highlights by using wallpaper to create or accent a focal point.



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5. Be playful. If you’re a little gun shy when it comes to gluing paper to your walls, use it to play up features of your home that would normally go unnoticed.



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6. Use traditional patterns in unexpected hues and scale. Blown up in saturated colors, traditional patterns such as damask and paisley suddenly become modern and fresh.



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Swallow Drive  powder room

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House Beautiful  hall

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7. Get inspired by chinoiserie and vintage-feeling prints. There’s a reason why floral and Asian-inspired prints have been around forever – they’re awesome.



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Brentwood Regency State

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8. Get graphic. If you’re not into florals or more feminine-feeling patterns, think about geometric and graphic patterns that can pair well with just about any design style.



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What do you think about wallpaper? Would you ever rock it in your home? Or maybe you already do?


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