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8 Unexpected Wallpaper Ideas to Try in Your Home

Long gone are the days where voluminous frills, petticoat ruffles, and gigantic ruches reign supreme, but that doesn't mean we have to get rid of bold and prominent wallpaper too. The patterned paper has made a most welcome comeback, and I plead for the trend to stick around forever. Here are eight stylish and sophisticated ways to include the patterned paper in your home, without making it look like Granny's living room.

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Photo Courtesy of Julie Soeffer for Laura U Interior Design

Put It On The Ceiling

Just because it's called wallpaper doesn't mean it needs to stay on the wall! Go bold and pattern your ceiling with your favorite floral or geometric print. Adding a motif on the ceiling rather than the walls will not only set you apart, you avant garde interior designer, but it adds another dimension to your space, leaving ample room for other wall ornamentation like sconces or art.

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Photo Courtesy of Rachel Oliver Design and AWH Photo & Design

Frame It

Don't have the budget to wrap an entire room in your favorite botanical print? Not to fret -- you can achieve a similar effect by framing smaller pieces of wallpaper. This works especially well in a bedroom where you can create the feeling of a headboard without the fuss of upholstery.

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Photo Courtesy of Heydt Designs

One Wall's The Charm

Another trick to decorating with wallpaper on a budget is to adorn one wall rather than all four. Sometimes decorating with too daring of prints on all four walls can leave a room looking smaller than it actually is, but here you can use that bold and bright pattern you've been eyeing as you'll be highlighting one space, not four! Try putting it on the wall with windows to break up the pattern, or add layers of paintings and sconces to the wall to make it even more dimensional.

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Photo Courtesy of Kati Curtis Designs and Boston Virtual Imaging

Stop At Hip Height

Want to add a bold print on all four walls but don't want the colors and textures to overload your senses? Easy! Stop the wallpaper at hip-height. This not only allows for easier clean up if your children decide to finger paint their own wallpaper but it also gives the illusion of higher ceilings. Remember to add a molded trim between the wallpaper and the wall to give it a finished and sophisticated look.

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Photo Courtesy of Lynne Parker Designs and David Papazian Photograhy

Acknowledge The Ignored

The beauty about wallpaper is that you can really decorate any location. Adorn seemingly forgotten spaces like stairways, hallways, mudrooms and pantries with pattered prints, and every time you walk into the space you'll smile.

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Photo Courtesy of Jessica Lagrange Interiors and Werner Straube Photography

Dazzle Your Powder Room

Powder rooms are one of my favorite spaces in a home -- a beautifully decorated and well-devised loo makes every guest feel so special. Dazzle your guests by dotting the walls with a striking wallpaper, some fresh blooms and a fragrant hand soap. Caution: they may never leave the loo!

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Photo Courtesy of Hide & Sleep

Swaddle Your Nursery

Getting ready to welcome a new addition to your family? Add a timeless yet colorful wallpaper to your angel's room! I suggest looking for a print that is not too bold (you want your toddler to fall asleep, right?!) and one that is not too infantile. You'll want the room to grow with your baby.

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Photo Courtesy of Touch Interiors

Go Bold

The beauty about decorating your own home is that there are no rules -- just follow your heart. And, if your heart is telling you to go bold, go all the way! I especially love this colorful geometric pattern in the middle of a modern and bright living room. If you're looking to incorporate daring prints, remember you may need to compromise; put it on one wall, frame it, or stop at hip height!

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