Using Wallpaper to Create Coordinating Home Decorating Accents Using Wallpaper to Create Coordinating Home Decorating Accents

Wallpaper is a popular home decorating element. Wallpaper lends color and interest to a room. Aside from the traditional uses for hanging wallpaper, there are many ways wallpaper can be used to create focal points and small accents in the home besides papering an entire room’s worth of walls.

Wallpaper manufacturers and designers have moved well beyond the concept of one room - one paper. Wallpapers are widely available in coordinating sets with matching borders and variations in sizes of the same print. Mixing and matching coordinates, or using a larger version of a given print on just one wall, with the same print in a smaller design on the rest of a room’s walls breaks up the monotony that can sometimes result from too much of a good thing.

Further, hanging wallpaper on just one wall of a painted room adds focus and gives a feel of artwork to that point in the room. Additionally, that one papered wall can be used with similar or coordinating fabrics on window treatments, pillows and other room accents to tie the decorative scheme of a room together without having to completely cover the room with wallpaper. Look for other unique and interesting places to hang a paper. Even ceilings have been known to be hung with wallpaper, mimicking a chapel-esque décor.

Another way to enjoy the effects of wallpaper without papering an entire room is to use it sparingly in key places. Many homes already enjoy the interest created by molded sections on a wall (such as squares or rectangles repeated throughout a room in a large, framed fashion). Consider papering only the inside of a built in wall frame created with molding. The eye will be drawn to these mini works of art worked right into your walls. This is another place where coordinates or different variations of the same paper can be used, giving the impression of paintings hung around the room.

Inlaid door panels and cabinet doors hung with wallpaper are another place to use a little paper to create big decorative affect. Not only can paper be hung over the outside of a door, but wallpaper can be used to line the inside of a glass-front cabinet door to give a fresh look to an old piece, or to disguise the inner contents when they are less than appealing to look at. The back of a plain shelf or bookcase can be papered to rejuvenate and coordinate, too.

Similar to papering molded wall sections and door panels, wallpaper can be used to create custom coordinated wall hangings. Simply glue a section of wallpaper to a piece of inexpensive canvas or artist’s board (available at arts and crafts supplies) and frame the print. This is exceptionally striking when decorating with French toiles and similar prints. Cut sections from coordinating wallpaper borders and frame for several coordinating prints. Another suggestion for wallpaper wall hanging accents? Trim and apply wallpaper to just the matte of an existing family portrait or decorative print.

Whether tying elements together with one papered wall or just trying to add splatterings of interest and texture, there are many other ways wallpaper can be used to create coordinating decorative accents in a room. Plain switch plates and outlet covers can be covered with wallpaper to match room décor or blend in on a wall of paper. Accentuate sconces and more by hanging just a small oval of wallpaper behind them. Transform an old lampshade by covering it over with wallpaper. Coordinate a set of shabby old books with wallpaper book covers. Even a section of paper cut and coiled around the interior of a glass vase creates a small room coordinate in just minutes.

Look to boxes and wooden baskets. If it has a flat, smooth, surface, wallpaper can be glued or decoupaged onto any piece. Undecorated papier-mâché boxes found at craft stores are perfect for creating decorative coordinating boxes reminiscent of pretty old hat boxes. Not only will they look great and match your room, but you gain an attractive hiding place to store papers, remotes and many other incidental items.

Like boxes and baskets, plain serving trays are easily transformed with a little wallpaper. Either decoupage a section of paper to the surface of a tray, or build your own tray by framing a print of paper and adding great looking handles or drawer pulls to the ends of the frame. A set of matching drink coasters made by covering inexpensive square coasters or pieces of thin wood or sturdy cardboard are the ideal functional accent to match your serving tray.

These projects are just the beginning of where your creativity and a roll of your favorite wallpaper can take you. Wallpaper is constantly evolving in the world of interior decorating and design. Wall murals and oversized borders are a fast and easy use of wallpaper to gain a lot of effect from a little investment in time and money. Paintable, textured papers marry the two most popular decorative applications. No longer is wallpaper a matter of filling a room with one repeated pattern. By combining manufactured coordinates with simple home crafted accent pieces, any room can look like it was taken straight off the pages of the latest home design magazine.

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