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9 Creative Ways To Use Wallpaper

When people think about wallpaper in the home, the most obvious place for it to be is on the walls – hence the name. While there’s plenty of choice of colours, styles, and patterns to choose from, as well as where in the home it should go, and in what amounts, there are other creative ways to use wallpaper.

This might be in the form of wallpaper scraps of excess pieces you have after papering the wall you already planned to. Rather than throw these pieces away, you can use them in different ways to add more character to a room or home. All it takes is a little creativity and out of the box thinking.

We’re here to give you a few ideas to get started.

How Else Can You Use Wallpaper?

Wallpaper can be used in a lot of ways, and the best thing is you don’t even need a lot to really bring some character to your room.

The first thing to do is check what you already have to use. You might not want to use the same wallpaper design again in the same room, but it might work in another part of your home. If the styles, colours or themes compliment each other, you can reach a new depth without having to purchase anything new.

Alternatively, you might have sample pieces from when you were looking for the right wallpaper for your home. These will be small, and might not work in some of the projects we’ll list below.

Alternatively, if there’s something that caught your eye but wasn’t quite right, this could be the perfect opportunity to include it in your decor without overpowering anything else.

1. Add Some Style With Ceiling Wallpaper

When you think of a ceiling in your home, what do you see? For a lot of people it’s a white surface – or a very pale or faint colour – along with some light fixtures. There might be marks, cracks or stains in some buildings where repair work needs to be done, too. Once it’s done, it can look patchy – unless you’re prepared to repaint the whole area or smooth it out.

Wallpaper for the ceiling can be a great way to hide all of this. Whether you have a pattern you want to continue onto the roof, or choose something a little different, there are plenty of options to choose from – and it can really help your room stand out.

A marble effect can add natural tones and a soothing effect to your ceiling, while there are other styles, such as waves, for a more subtle experience.

2. Transform Bookcases And Display Units

Bookcases and display units are often plain wood or a single colour to fit in with a range of colour schemes, but they don’t have to stay that way. While this forms a good base, adding a touch of character can bring them to life in a very different way.

For example, using wallpaper on the back of these units, behind the shelves, can add patches of colours or different patterns that are contained to a single area. This can compliment the wider design of the room while also matching whatever is stored within this furniture, whether that’s books, collectibles or something else entirely.

Choose something striking that stands out from the rest of the room, or a matching design, like a different floral pattern than what’s in the rest of the room to draw attention to the displays.

3. Make Art With Canvas And Frames

A lot of work goes into making wallpaper as eye-catching and beautiful as it is. The designs you choose will be great for your home, but there’s no reason that you can’t add more, and a great way to do that is to transform into art pieces.

Whether you are using samples that you already had or plan to order pieces for this purpose, you have to main options; canvas and frames.

With frames, you measure and cut a piece of wallpaper to fit inside and hang them on the wall where you think would make the most impact. Canvas, on the other hand, will see you attach the wallpaper directly to the board – much like you would if you were hanging it on the wall itself – before hanging.

Whether you want to focus on wildlife or go for something bolder, like space, there are plenty of great wallpaper designs out there you can choose from.

4. Livening up Your Bed’s Headboard

The headboard of your bed can also be plain wood, and while this is fine for some people, you also have the perfect opportunity to make your bed more inviting and relaxing than before by decorating the headboard with something personal to you.

This can be something that matches the rest of your room’s design or it can act as a standalone feature. Whichever you choose, there are plenty of great wallpaper designs – and they can even match up with your bedding if you plan ahead.

Try combining geometric patterns with wildlife for a unique look that works well with a range of designs, or go for something more neutral with honeycomb patterns. The possibilities are endless.

5. Adding Character to your Desk

Many people think of a desk as something to get away from as soon as possible, but with more people working from home than ever before, there’s no reason not to make it as welcoming and enjoyable an experience as possible.

You don’t want it to be too distracting from the work you have to do, but you can easily add some wallpaper to the surface to give it a whole new feeling – and protect it with a varnish or coating to make sure it survives anything you have to do while working.

We’re fans of interesting scenes more than patterns here, with a travel collage being a good way to inspire you to action, or a photograph for a complete picture.

6. Your Drawers Will Pop With Wallpaper

You can make any piece of furniture in your home really stand out by decorating them. This doesn’t mean coating every piece of furniture in paint or wallpaper – even small sections or a single surface can make something stand out.

Take your drawers, for example. You can use wallpaper to cover the front of each individual drawer, which is what you’ll see the most of. By using wallpaper, you can add character to the drawers as a group or each individual drawer depending on what you want to store in each.

A good idea for this kind of furniture is something simple, such as spots, which brings attention without overshadowing anything else. You can also go for stripes for a different kind of effect.

7. Make Doors Stand Out

Doors are often kept in their natural wood grain tones or as a painted colour, but they are great surfaces to cover in wallpaper – especially for pieces that add a full picture of something. This can be doors to rooms, or they can be wardrobe doors. Some doors will have patterned surfaces, so think about this first, and how it might affect the final design.

Measure the door carefully, taking into account any handles or areas that you need access to before making a decision on which wallpaper you should choose.

You can opt for a full image, a design that shows off your interests or choose wallpaper that adds texture, patterns and designs onto the surface you’re looking at.

8. Transform Your Stairs Into A Feature

Stairs are often carpeted or left in the wooden form, but that doesn’t mean they have to be dull. While we’d avoid using wallpaper on the actual steps themselves – as it will be damaged quickly through constant use – the vertical parts of the steps are a great area to decorate and allow you to create any number of looks.

There are many ways to decorate this area, from colours to patterns to a cohesive image that runs from top to bottom. You can make your stairs really stand out to everyone by using the best wallpapers for these areas properly.

A bookcase wallpaper is the perfect option for book lovers decorating their steps, and by measuring the right amounts, you can make each step it’s own shelf. You can also choose something that stands out to really capture attention.

9. Using Extra Wallpaper As Wrapping Paper

A great way to use excess wallpaper is as wrapping paper for gifts. Not only does this mean you’re not buying gift wrap when you don’t need it, but prevents wallpaper from being wasted after not being used. For those looking to reduce waste, it’s a great option to make use of anything you have spare – especially from samples collected before decorating.

With so many designs and patterns, you can find wallpaper for any occasion, and with it being thicker than most wrapping paper, it will better protect anything inside, so the gift will be in the best condition when it’s delivered.

Finding Creative Ways To Use Wallpaper

There are plenty of creative ways to use wallpaper in your home beyond just the walls. While you may want a room decorated with a floral pattern or a bold pattern to really bring a feature wall to life, sometimes it’s the smaller details that can really stand out and make the biggest difference.

If you’d like more ideas on how to use wallpaper, or have questions about a specific style or design that you’re looking for, contact us and the I Want Wallpaper team will be happy to help however we can.