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7 Times Wallpaper Ruled the Day

...and not just on bedroom walls!

Written by Karla Walsh

Wallpaper is back in a big, bold way. Just ask Pinterest: Searches for “bold print wallpaper” jumped a whopping 401 percent from 2017 to 2018, earning the design option a spot on the 2019 trends report from the social media mood board site.


Traditional Home designers and homeowners have been leaning in to “wow” wallpapers for the past few years, and have proven that it can go far beyond a wallcovering for a bedroom. And we have good news for those who fear commitment: It doesn’t take a lot to make a huge impact. Start with a small space or accent wall to dip your toe in.


Take a peek at seven unique places to try wallpaper all around your home:

A real bouquet lives for a week or two, but floral walls like the one in this springy Hamptons powder room live on until you decide to switch things up. The large scale of these blooms looks like a masterpiece of a painting—a fitting match with the luxe chandelier and mirror.

A loft in the middle of Manhattan can transport you to an airy, serene landscape with a few simple touches. The tropical throw pillow, jewel-toned chair, and sky-inspired wallpaper do the trick in this industrial-meets-cozy living space.

Pastels, metallics, and pops of color welcome guests into this Napa home, as does a subtle-yet-chic marble wallpaper accent wall. The grays and whites play nicely with the wood floors.


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A simple color palette allows the patterns to step into the spotlight in this unique Atlanta kitchen. Soaring ceilings filled with straight lines from subway tile beg for a large, billowy blossom pattern on the similarly-hued wallpaper.

Stately and perky all at once, the fireplace is truly the centerpiece of this Georgia home thanks to its English hand-blocked wallpaper and a Federal-era mantel. Everything matches so nicely, it almost feels like the wallpaper was painted onto the walls a century ago.

A pantry can be a pleasure to be in. Just take a peek inside this New Orleans butler’s pantry that rocks a malachite-pattern wallpaper and sparkles with a gilded iron chandelier. Add an oil painting or two with shades that pull out colors from the wallpaper and we’re surprised anyone ever eats in the dining room!

Wallpaper made to mimic menswear patterns with navy, cream, and tan hues help this Detroit den feel like its set right in the center of an exclusive country club. Take inspiration from wardrobe elements you gravitate toward for home decor ideas—if you like them one way, you may like them another.