Our Favorite Ways To Use Wallpaper

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Diving into the world of wallpaper is one of our favorite pastimes, so we felt it was important to share some of our favorite ways to use wallpaper in interior design. It’s an absolute joy to discover endless patterns from designers all over the world. This design element is one of the most cost effective ways to add visual interest and depth to a room, and we encourage clients to go bold with their chosen design.

If you’ve wanted to incorporate wallpaper into your home to showcase your personality and style, but are afraid to take the plunge, start in a small room. A powder room, full bath, or laundry room is a wonderful place to dip your toes in! These smaller projects help you gain the confidence and urge to start carrying these statements to the rest of your home. Life is short—you deserve to have a home that lights you up everyday. 

Keep reading to discover our favorite wallpaper designs!

Simply Sketched Wallpaper

Laundry room with sketched colorful wallpaper. Picture Description by East and Gray Interiors Columbus Ohio Interior Designer
Image via Bone Collective StudioWallpaper by Hygee & West

Not all designs need to be complex and intricate. Sometimes the most eye-catching wallpaper features simple, sketched drawings that add an artistic playfulness to the space. 

Entryway with sketched contrast wallpaper. Picture Description by East and Gray Interiors Columbus Ohio Interior Designer
Image via House & Home

Whether you’re choosing larger patterns or more intricate designs, lean into what you’re naturally drawn to!

Organic Geometric Wallpaper

Bedroom with geometric, modern wallpaper. Picture Description by East and Gray Interiors Columbus Ohio Interior Designer
Image via Lulu & Georgia

Another favorite way to use wallpaper is to create multidimensional spaces with geometric styles. We absolutely ADORE this design from Lulu & Georgia x Sarah Sherman Samuel because it allows this refined, simple interior to get a leg up from a bold, geometric wallpaper. It looks stunning in a bedroom, but we can picture this in a powder room, play room or even an entryway. 

Timeless & Understated Wallpaper

Bedroom with timeless pinstripe wallpaper. Picture Description by East and Gray Interiors Columbus Ohio Interior Designer
Image via Making It In The Mountains

Easily and casually add depth and texture to a room with a muted, patterned wallpaper. We love pinstriped and faded color palettes for a timeless, understated look that ages beautifully. 

Bedroom with blue-gray grasscloth wallpaper. Picture Description by East and Gray Interiors Columbus Ohio Interior Designer
Image via Studio Guild

Grasscloth is another favorite type of wallpaper for adding texture to walls in a room. This type of wallpaper is made from woven plant or other natural fibers to create subtle depth, dimension and warmth to a space. We absolutely love this for bedrooms in particular!

Dining room with textured patterned wallpaper. Picture Description by East and Gray Interiors Columbus Ohio Interior Designer
Image via Kelly Ventura

When in doubt, choose a wallpaper with a subtle pattern that can blend seamlessly into the surrounding decor, and don’t be afraid to add pops of your favorite color!

Richly Saturated Wallpaper

Richly saturated wallpaper. Picture Description by East and Gray Interiors Columbus Ohio Interior Designer
Image via Milton & King – Shibori Leaf Wallpaper

Going deep and dark with wallpaper ushers in an undeniable “wow” factor to any room. Most often you’ll find a bold, richly saturated wallpaper on an accent wall instead of an entire room, but filling a room this way can add further drama and style. These designs are wonderful for an at-home wet bar, basement game room, and even a sitting room, allowing late nights with friends to suddenly feel like a night out in a posh Manhattan bar. 

Whimsical & Fun Wallpaper

Kids room with sketched forest animal wallpaper. Picture Description by East and Gray Interiors Columbus Ohio Interior Designer
Image via Lulu & Georgia 

Designers and illustrators have partnered with top home design brands to bring cheeky, playful wallpaper designs to market. We particularly love illustrative wallpaper in a child’s bedroom or playroom! From colored options to classic prints or simple sketches, there is something for every taste. You’ll even find gender-neutral wallpaper options that will work for a growing family that wants to keep the kid’s room as timeless as possible. 

Wallpaper Murals

Mural wallpaper in living room. Picture Description by East and Gray Interiors Columbus Ohio Interior Designer
Image via Future / Simon Bevan

We just LOVE mural wallpaper so much! They’re one of the best ways to make a statement, and are really no different than hanging a landscape art piece on the wall. Have fun with it! For example, landscape murals offer a transformative, otherworldly experience, and wildlife murals for a child’s room adds a festive flair and encourages creativity.

Wallpaper Hacks

Tile mimicking wallpaper hack in bedroom. Picture Description by East and Gray Interiors Columbus Ohio Interior Designer
Image via Cotton Stem

Wallpaper can be used to mimic other kinds of materials, like tile in the photo above! This wallpaper hack gives a luxe look without the hefty price tag of installing an entire wall of tile. Plus, if you want to change it up in a few years, it’s a whole lot easier.

Unexpected Places To Use Wallpaper

Simple ceiling wallpaper in dining room. Picture Description by East and Gray Interiors Columbus Ohio Interior Designer
Image via Hygee & West 

Covering any odd wall in the home, like the inside of a closet or cabinet, is another favorite way to use wallpaper! Ceilings can even turn into a focal point with the right kind of wallpaper. Embrace the unexpected and play with the endless possibilities—you won’t regret it.

Unexpected places to use wallpaper. Picture Description by East and Gray Interiors Columbus Ohio Interior Designer
Image via Studio Mariekke on Homelisty

Bold, colorful closet wallpaper. Picture Description by East and Gray Interiors Columbus Ohio Interior Designer
Image via Jeweled Interiors

What is your favorite way to use wallpaper? Let us know in the comments!

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