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6 Unexpected Places to Use Wallpaper

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Wallpaper – it’s not just for the walls these days. The returning trend of huge, beautiful patterns doesn’t need to be relegated to one surface, instead consider all of your options. Anywhere in your home that’s asking for a little (or a lot) of pattern is fair game, and when you add in all of the removable options that exist, your options unfold exponentially. One use that I’m considering for my own home can be seen above, on the kitchen island. Paired with that oversized butcher block countertop it’s an unexpected dream!

If you prefer a platform bed or are feeling noncommittal might I recommend creating a faux headboard with a favorite wallpaper pattern? Not only can it easily be changed out with whatever decor you’re currently feeling, but it also doesn’t have to break the bank. I particularly love this idea for renters and college students who may only have a bed frame because it offers so much personality to a bedroom.

Maybe you’re minimal enough to have open cabinets in your kitchen, but are still aching for a little something extra. Think about wallpapering the back wall of each cabinet. Not only will the right pattern create a stunning backdrop for whatever you place in the cabinets, it will also act as the only art you’ll need in the kitchen.

One of my favorite ways to put wallpaper to work in an unconventional fashion is one that makes you look up! A clean pattern design like the one used here makes this office space look indescribably classy, almost creating a modern version of tin tiles in the process. The sputnik chandelier and luxe blue velvet armchair further up the class level in this lovely space.

I’d never entertained the idea of wallpapering a fireplace until seeing this one because WOW. I love that this could act as a fast fix for one that needs to be redone or as an easy facelift when you want an affordable update. Go big and bold like this dining room that’s full of character and charm or back off a bit with a more muted and refined pattern – no matter what I think it’s a super smart decorating solution.

Wallpapering a staircase is so unexpected and eye-catching! This is another idea I’m considering for my own home because it has a curved staircase that would become such an amazing element with the right pattern. I really love the graphic appeal and detail the wallpaper brings to this space.

How would you use wallpaper besides your walls?

Wallpaper Inspired Rugs

1/ Surya Quartz  2/ Oriental Weavers Tommy Bahama Atrium
3/ Dalyn St Croix  4/ Safavieh Courtyard II
5/ Rizzy Home Zingaro  6/ Artistic Weavers Stella Dalmation

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Part VIII: Rug + Room

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Shannon McGrath + Couristan Easton Charles

An almost perfectly designed room that’s lacking a rug is akin to an awards show caliber ensemble without the perfect shoes. In other words – a big deal. If you’ve ever come across one in your Pinterest feed or a home decor magazine then you know just what I’m talking about.

This bathroom has got it goin’ on. The vertically stacked rows of subway tiles, a veined marble floor, even a little nook for your bath time necessities. It even has what’s one of the best modern clawfoot tubs I’ve seen yet – just check out those feet! It also makes me nervous to think about stepping out and slipping on that pristine flooring. I’d bring in a smallish rug that doesn’t detract from the overall aesthetic, something with an organic feel that adds to the spa-like experience you’re sure to have in this room.

Claudia Uribe

I’m really into the way this gallery wall was pulled together, with little to no space between the frames. And the color of the flooring and walls is almost an exact match to my own home, so you knowI’m on board with both of those decorating decisions. What I dislike is how interesting the walls are when juxtaposed with that bare floor. Let’s add in a runner with a muted color palette that makes the space feel more well-rounded, drawing your eye up towards the frames on the wall rather than towards the bare floor beneath your feet.

ANSON SMART

The vibe of this office space is spot on sophisticated. The wood tones partnered with moody blacks and grey let you know that this is where the work gets done, but that maybe this is also where 5 o’clock happy hour occurs. It’s that second part that makes me want to inject something with just a bit of color into the decor, like this area rug with the perfect mid-century colors and a not too serious design.

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Now this doing room is F-U-N. Such great natural lighting, and those slanted walls flat-out stunning. (Although that one mismatched chair makes me a little itchy.) I’d like to bring in just a bit more of that dusty pale pink hue in the form of a large floor rug with a minimal pattern for more textural detail.

Melissa Mills

This looks like a home I could sink right into! Few things are more welcoming than a well-worn leather couch and big dining table – and those high ceilings and beams are to die for. I even like that the walls are bare, but would love to see a little more color in the space. Check out this patterned rug that will most definitely bring some personality and jolt into the picture.

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Playing with Tile

The Jungalow
The Jungalow

If you’re reaching for a high impact decor change, look no further than tile. It’s such a beautiful, practical solution for walls and floors and one of the easiest surfaces to clean. Go the simple, monochromatic look to blend in seamlessly with your home’s current vibe or opt for a bolder, patterned aesthetic that’s sure to be the focal point of the space. With endless amounts of patterns, colors, and styles currently available you can make your tiling as unique as you’d like!

Jean Stoffer Design via Becki Owens

The bathroom is one of the more obvious rooms to use tile, but what you might not think of immediately are the endless possibilities of tile pattern mixing. I love how the room above took a classic herringbone pattern in white and partnered it with a more contemporary Moroccan design on the floor. The blue shade on the wall that’s been pulled from the floor tiles just brings it all together so nicely. (And that sink!!)

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It’s a really great time for tile right now, so many companies have been busy designing with more abstract patterns and textures in mind. If you’re craving something on the quirkier end of the spectrum there’s a vast array to choose from. The kitchen counter above went with a really geometric pattern and paired it with a simple countertop in a similar neutral shade. The end look feels modern but not overwhelming.

Wit & Delight

One of my favorite trends recently is a half-tiled wall that manages to serve as a traditional backsplash as well as a strong design element. The classic medium-size hexagon tiles used in this kitchen with high contrast grout look so incredibly chic! Everything has a seamless look, thanks to the brilliant design decision of matching the grout color with the paint it’s transitioning into.

Kaemingk Design

I’m not sure whether you can call vintage-style bathroom floors a trend since they never really left, but let’s. Penny tile is something I hope to one day have in my own master bathroom. It’s so easy to pop the individual tiles out to replace with another color for a custom look that’s as clean or as intricate as you’d like.

If laying tile isn’t something you see yourself doing in the near future, you may want to consider some textiles that mimic the look. Rugs Direct offers a nice selection of floor rugs that pick up on the trend perfectly.

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