20+ Rooms That Wow With Wallpaper
Wallpaper has a reputation for being bold and eye-catching, but it can also be subtle and understated. Whether it’s used as an accent wall or to envelop an entire space, one thing is for sure: it always adds wow-factor. Click through for 21 stunning spaces that incorporate wallpaper, and get inspired by the endless patterns and possibilities.
Highlight a built-in feature, such as a bookcase or a bar, with a wallpaper backing. This subtle medallion print was custom scaled to fit the wall’s dimensions.
A young girl’s bedroom gets a mod twist with an exotic, ogee patterned wallpaper. To create a cohesive look, the pattern is echoed in the bedding and lampshade.
A wallpaper with a loose, hand-drawn feel gives this bedroom gentle pattern in a soft grey palette. Statement wallpaper in a bedroom can dress up a simple headboard.
In this dining room, an ombré wallpaper makes a subtle statement, which will create the ultimate cocoon for an intimate dinner party.
Grasscloth is the designers’ choice when it comes to adding texture to a room. The natural striations of the grasscloth give a subtle striped texture that changes depending on the light and time of day.
Guest rooms are the perfect spot to use a bold or dramatic wallpaper, as guests don’t tend to stay for long so won’t tire of the design. This dark, moody one by Kelly Wearstler envelops the room in a rich, cozy feeling.
For editor-in-chief Beth Hitchcock’s bedroom, she fell for the texture and subtle etched lines of this Pierre Frey design. Up close, the paper looks like an abstract drawing, and at a distance it takes shape in wide stripes.
Legendary wall-covering company Farrow & Ball is known to take a traditional motif and update it without losing its historical charm. Their Feuille wallpaper takes swirling oak leaf pattern, akin to those by William Morris, and does it in a fresh blue colorway.
Wallpaper doesn’t have to be totally abstract! Here, a bucolic farm scene — with pastures of horse and sheep, fields of crops and even barns — is a youthful and whimsical choice.
High-octane orange wallpaper gives a nursery a fresh spin, and the look will age well with time.
A super subtle checked wallpaper creates a neutral backdrop for a reproduction of a 19th-century Empire painting.
A grown-up floral wallpaper is the perfect choice for the bathroom at this Arts and Crafts–style home in Upstate New York — it nods to the heritage style of the home while still feeling fresh and new.
The now iconic Zebra wallpaper by Scalamandré is a playful choice for a powder room — and is enhanced by matching embroidered hand towels.
This cottage bathroom brings a little of the outdoors in with a verdant geometrical design that feels like a forest canopy.
With all the white surfaces and fixtures, a bathroom is a great spot to show off a bold wallpaper as it has neutral surfaces that let it breathe. Here, white subway tile acts as a buffer between gutsy wallpaper and illusionary flooring.
In design editor Sally Armstrong’s walk-in closet, a painterly wallpaper wraps around the space and in a niche of shelves for a seamless look. Quiet roman blinds and a large mirror let the space breathe.
A wallpaper depicting vintage cars makes for the perfect feature wall in a little boy’s bedroom. In order to help blend a feature wall into the rest of the room, paint out the walls in the background color of the wallpaper.
The quilted headboard picks up on the diamond pattern of the wallpaper for a delicate look.
Doing a wallpaper above a chair rail, wainscotting or a half-tiled wall softens the boldness of it. As done here with a tiled wall, this lively floral wallpaper is less overwhelming in a small bathroom than the full wall might have been.
A delicate yet cheerful peony and butterfly pattern add preppy vibes to this young girl’s room.
The Tempest wallpaper by Quercus & Co. adds seaside charm, but not in a clichéd way, thanks to its olive green coloring.