Monday, April 28, 2014

5 creative ways to use wallpaper

Current interior design trends favor the minimalist approach, making use of neutral colors with wall paint. Despite these trends, wallpaper still remains a popular choice for walls and other areas of the home, as it lends a graphic touch and textural interest. 

Lighting fixtures and lamps can sometimes be bland and boring. Add a pop of color or pattern to your existing lamps by applying wallpaper on lampshades.

Here’s how to use wallpaper creatively… 

1. Walls

Interior walls are the most common areas to use wallpaper, as the name itself suggests. Traditional designs typically make use of wallpaper throughout the room. To keep with current design trends, try appointing an accent wall and focusing your use of wallpaper on just the one wall. This way, you can go for a dramatic pattern or bold color without overwhelming the entire room. 

2. Ceiling

Bring interest to your ceiling design with wallpaper. Often overlooked and left bare, the ceiling has great potential for adding design elements. Applying wallpaper on the ceiling looks great on high ceiling designs. Combine your wallpaper application with dropped and recessed ceiling designs for a dramatic impact. 

3. Framed

For a subtler use of wallpaper, you may also frame it as wall art, as wallpaper designs can be stylish and alluring. This can be a great alternative to using wallpaper on an entire wall. If your home design has molding and trim as in period styles, wall molding may also be used as frames. Just apply the wallpaper on the inside of the molding for a creative take on wallpaper use. 

4. Lighting

Lighting fixtures and lamps can sometimes be bland and boring. Add a pop of color or pattern to your existing lamps by applying wallpaper on lampshades. This can be a great way to instantly update your room décor. 

5. Storage

Glass-front cabinets create a more airy ambiance. Level up its design appeal by applying wallpaper on the backing of the cabinet for graphic interest. You may also use leftover wallpaper to line the cabinet shelves and drawers.


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