50 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, it creates dimension and impact. Click through for 50 stunning spaces that incorporate wallpaper, and get inspired by the endless patterns and possibilities.
Flocked wallpaper from the 1960s decorates the walls in the morning room of this historic Prince Edward County home, and nods to the space’s authentic, storied past.
A traditional damask wallpaper accents the beautiful heritage details of the dining room, such as the carved mantel and high baseboards.
In this personality-packed Montreal home, a peppy, retro palm front wallpaper accents the office’s mid-century flair.
Graffiti-esque wallpaper brings an irreverent spin to a home office and adds dynamic energy that ideal for jump-starting creative thinking.
In a child’s room, wallpaper can be used to reflect a passion or interest, whether it’s dinosaurs, ships or fairies. This digitally printed wallpaper adorns a feature wall, which is easy to switch up as the child grows and those interests change.
Calgary designer Alanna Dunn coveted this Kelly Wearstler wallpaper, which inspired the blush tones throughout her compact condo. “It’s a luxury product, but because this wall is so small, it wasn’t a huge cost,” she says.
For those who prefer a more tailored approach, striped wallpaper delivers a crisp, slimming effect: the vertical lines makes the ceiling seem slightly higher. The stripe wallpaper in this London bedroom mimics a “sleeping under a luxe tent” effect for grown ups.
In The Drake founder Jeff Stober’s weekend retreat in Prince Edward County, a groovy vintage wallpaper’s sunny hues sets a cheery tone, while the curvaceous lines echo the round pendants over the dining table.
An electric Linwood wallpaper makes a feature wall pop in Jeff’s living room and acts as a dynamic backdrop for his collection of artwork.
This chinoiserie wallpaper takes a well-loved motif and revitalizes it with a spruce-green palette for a twist on tradition.
A preppy, geometric wallpaper in this bathroom evokes a fresh garden trellis feeling with a bit of “Palm Beach tennis club” flair.
This classic wallpaper references historic hand-painted patterns by Gracie, Zuber and De Gournay. The pale blue ground and ethereal renderings of peonies and exotic birds turn a bedroom into a restful garden.
A luscious, fruit-inspired damask wallpaper from Thibault is perfectly fitting in this Nashville dining room by Sarah Richardson Design.
In this sweet nursery, breezy floral wallpaper ties in the room’s surfside aesthetic when paired with a handwoven macramé light and rattan rocking chair.
This breezy tie-dye print injects plenty of California cool into a petite powder room.
Intricate koi fish add dimension to Gillian Gillies’ tonal grey European-inspired kitchen.
Cheeky floating sardines — with liberez les sardines (meaning free the sardines) written underneath — offers a playful punch in this cozy corner.
This graphic wallpaper almost resembles chalk on a blackboard, which is a quirky, yet cool feature in this earthy principal bedroom.
Bold floral wallpaper strikes the perfect balance with the entryway’s olive green palette, creating a classic English country vibe.
Whimsical lady bug wall coverings by Villa Nova transform a kids room into an enchanting retreat. An electric pink dresser plays up the colorful bug’s wings.
This striking home‘s powder room is full of pep thanks to the spiky brass chandelier, gilded mirrored vanity and on-trend cobalt wallpaper with a subtle Escher effect.
In shop owner Denise Zidel’s colorful home, black grasscloth wallpaper from Schumacher gives this understated bedroom plenty of drama, and provides a luxurious backdrop for an assortment of bowls.
If there is any room in the house to experiment with eye-catching wallpaper, it’s the powder room. This whimsical print, depicting crashing waves, makes a splash in this small space.
In her own home, H&H’s 2018 Designer Of The Year Nam Dang-Mitchell relies on luxe Gracie chinoiserie wallpaper for a romantic touch, that’s updated by contemporary furnishings.
In another example of designer Nam’s love of look-at-me wallpaper, this Circus wallpaper by Cole & Son draws the eye to this handsome mantel in this home office. A tufted armchair and neutral photographs tie in the clean-lined aesthetic.
From Italian design house Fornasetti comes a moody wallpaper filled with fruit-laden pomegranates trees, which help bring the outdoors in.
A wasp’s nest and tree trunk are natural counterparts amidst the geometric, artful wall covering. Look closely and you’ll notice the print is actually precisely positioned beetles.
Bring the rolling hills of the English countryside into your home with this lush wallpaper by Cole & Son.
In Toronto boutique Bettencourt Manor, bold patterned wallpaper is artfully layered with vintage offerings, rich texture and statement art.
Oversized, hyper-real florals are a lush counterpoint for black wainscotting in this dramatic dining room: both work to enhance a moody, cocooning effect.
The fronds of Cole & Son’s breezy palm leaf wallpaper pairs perfectly with the tree-lined view outside in this calming country bathroom.
In this European-inspired condo‘s principal bedroom, velvety handmade wallpaper gives the illusion of marble veining.
An oak leaf-print wallpaper is juxtaposed against an array of curved furniture, for an organic look inspired by nature.
Applying wallpaper above a chair rail, wainscotting or a half-tiled wall softens the boldness so it’s less overwhelming in a small bathroom.
The quilted headboard picks up on the diamond pattern of the wallpaper for a delicate look.
Guest rooms are the perfect spot to use a bold or dramatic wallpaper, as guests don’t tend to stay for long so they won’t tire of the design. Dark, moody Crescent wallpaper by Kelly Wearstler envelops the room in a rich, cozy feeling.
A monochrome palette adds some edge to the floral wallpaper in this Edinburgh home and leavens the look of dark velvet upholstery.
Here, a bucolic farm scene — with pastures of horse and sheep, fields of crops and even barns — looks hand-printed and is a twist on traditional pastoral motifs.
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.
A super subtle checked wallpaper creates a neutral backdrop for a reproduction of a 19th-century Empire painting.
The now iconic Zebra wallpaper by Scalamandré is a playful choice for a powder room — and is enhanced by matching embroidered hand towels.
High-octane orange wallpaper gives a nursery a fresh spin, and the look will age well with time.
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.
In this dining room, an ombré wallpaper makes a subtle statement, which will create the ultimate cocoon for an intimate dinner party.
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.
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.