Using Wallpaper to Accent a Room

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Using Wallpaper to Accent a Room

Staff Writer · Oct 1, 2010

Using wallpaper to accent a room is a technique that can do wonders for an apartment. There are many options available for wallpaper, making it exciting to try new styles and materials to complement an offbeat or traditional decorating style. Here’s what you can do to accent a room with wallpaper:

Wallpaper One Wall

Rather than wallpaper an entire room, pick one wall as a focal point and hang wallpaper on it. This is a great way to accent your room, and makes a task that intimidates many renters easier to approach. For example, if the thought of messing up an entire room with wallpaper intimidates you, choosing one wall could give you the courage you need. At the same time, it is a popular design technique that professionals use, so don’t feel like using wallpaper this way is below standard.

Choose Textured Wallpaper

Textured wallpaper is made of many materials that make the wallpaper lift off the walls. A popular variety is flocked wallpaper. It’s called that because of the process involved with adding fiber to the surface of the paper. The fibers stick to the wallpaper with an adhesive, making it soft to the touch. The sight and feel of your walls will make any room come alive, and it’s a unique way to accent your room. Buy colors to match the color scheme of the room you want to use it in. Other options for textured wallpaper include glass beads, sand and crystals. This is more expensive and may not be a good fit for a temporary apartment situation.

Select Bigger Patterns

Wallpaper can be its own artwork in the room if you use the right designs. Using wallpaper with oversized patterns is a creative way to accent your room and express your passion for art at the same time. Some ideas for patterns are oversized numbers, giant flowers and large squares. You can always use it as a backdrop to display other artwork as well.

Try a Mural

Using wallpaper murals is the best way to achieve an artistic décor. You’ve probably seen these in coffee shops or local stores. They’re available for use in your apartment too, and when done right, you won’t have to do much else in the room. Mural wallpaper can feature a scene of your favorite city, prose or poetry with pictures, a treasured family photo or favorite print. However, this is the one instance in which you may need professional help to complete the job. When you do make a mistake, it can disrupt the flow of the entire mural.

If you don’t want to bother with painting, using wallpaper to accent a room is a great alternative. Start with one room first to see how it goes, preferably a bedroom where most of your guests won’t get to see any first time mistakes. Once you get the hang of it, work on the living room and other common areas of your apartment.

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