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For the Love of Wallpaper

Wallpaper can be daunting to decorate with, but Christine Dovey shows us there's nothing to fear, and how to add wallpaper to any room of your home.

Wet Rooms

Kitchens: People are sometimes turned off by using wallpaper in their kitchens, but it can be a great way to add some personality to your home and colour to an otherwise neutral kitchen space. You spend so much time there you should have fun - anything that keeps you cooking longer is a good thing!

  • Use a pattern that has a tight pattern so you won't notice spills/messes
  • Pick neutral patterns, like geometrics, as they will have more longevity
  • Use wallpaper on an accent wall to add texture and depth to the kitchen
  • Put wallpaper above cupboards, ceilings, behind shelving, or inside display cabinets
  • Or create a fabulous backsplash - just cover in clear glass panels

Bathrooms: Bathrooms are a great way to introduce wallpaper into your space. It's a small room and a good starting point if you're worried about committing to a larger area.

  • Buy vinyl/washable for wet spaces
  • Can put a coat or two of clear acrylic varnish on top
  • Put wallpaper above tiling or wainscoting
  • Go bold/fun and funky in a powder room, but more neutral in a large bathroom

Bedrooms

Master Bedroom: Since it's a space that mostly only you'll see, pick something you really love and don't worry as much about it having to 'match' the design and feel of the rest of the house.

  • This is a great place to invest in more premium type papers
  • Choose patterns that are restful and calming
  • Look for hand blocked or bespoke designs.
  • Metallics and luxury prints are great in the master
  • Grass cloth adds a sense of luxury to the space

Guest Bedrooms: You can have more fun here with pattern since they won't be used all the time.

  • Strong patterns like florals or darker colors to add a sense of coziness to the room

Communal Spaces

Living Room: This room is often visible to the rest of the house, so choose something that works with everything else.

  • Look for something elegant and timeless for the living room
  • Wallpaper a feature wall if you're afraid to commit to the whole room
  • Choose something that won't compete with the furnishings
  • Frame panels with wallpaper to make them look like artwork

Foyer: This are a gives the first impression of your house, so pick something that speaks to the design of the rest of the house.

  • Black and white patterns won't limit your palette in the rest of the home
  • Choose something dramatic and with a real presence

Dining Room: This is a great space to do something more adventurous or dramatic since you're not in the room every day.

  • Choose something bold and darker in palette
  • Grass cloth is a great option to add texture
  • Can put wallpaper above wainscoting or on all the walls
  • Hand-painted chinoiserie patterns work great in a dining room
  • Can frame out expensive wallpaper as a way to get impact but stay budget

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