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Surprising Ways to Use Wallpaper

Think off the wall -- using wallpaper in unexpected ways can be stylish and fun.


Wallpaper has had many incarnations. The decorative wall covering gained popularity during Renaissance Europe amongst the social elite. It was a natural evolution of the large tapestries the gentry used to hang on their walls during the Middle Ages. Not only did these tapestries and later rolls of paper add visual interest, but they acted as an insulating layer between the cold stone walls and the interior of the room.


And while many may think that wallpaper is limited to papering the wall, I think some examples of the covering's most clever and impactful uses can be found on shelves, lamps, and many other places that 14th-century Europeans would've never dreamed of. Here are some ideas to inspire your own projects.


Wallpapering a door really adds a bright touch (see photo above). I love this idea! It's a great way to create an accent.



Even the most common items (the clipboard) can have an air of sophistication with the help of wallpaper. It's a great idea for small leftover scraps.


A wallpaper headboard is a more affordable and less bulky option for beds.


Here is another way to utilize a wallpaper border. It looks like this border was made for this lamp.



Add a splash of personality to a lackluster workspace by covering plain floating bookshelves with wallpaper.


Bring some pattern to your switchplates with wallpaper.


Wallpaper can dress up areas that are often underconsidered, like the closet.



Remember to play with scale and think outside the roll when decorating with wallpaper. It can be a fun and stylish way to express your style.

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