Ways to Wallpaper

The thought of wallpaper might bring you back to your grandma's kitchen, but along with scrunchies and hoop earrings, it's back in style and doesn’t have to look dated! Similar to choosing a paint color, there are many options when it comes to wallpaper. Our designers have some points to consider when it comes to choosing a wall treatment that’s right for your space!

We made this entryway extra welcoming with large print wallpaper along a wall that seamlessly transitions into the paint color.

We made this entryway extra welcoming with large print wallpaper along a wall that seamlessly transitions into the paint color.


First, identify is the style you plan to carry throughout the room so the wallpaper flows naturally with the rest of the space. Some examples include:

Formal: A formal interior benefits from various elegant wallpaper designs, such as a hand-painted print or damask.

Glam: The choices for glam wallpaper include embossed, flocked, crystal or glitter embedded or dramatic reflective designs.

Casual: Your decor can be enhanced with different patterns, such as a plant, floral or textured print.

Rustic: Select a textured wallpaper, such as a grasscloth for depth, plaid for warmth or a wildlife pattern to fit your theme.

Victorian: A baroque floral damask makes a good wallpaper for this period style.

Modern: Select a geometric or abstract pattern for a more modern decor.

Next, figure out how you plan to use the wallpaper in the room. All styles don't work in the same way. Here are the various options:


What we love about wallpaper is its ability to transform a room. Installing a wall treatment in your home can add depth and character. It doesn’t have to applied to the whole room; a simple way to add new charm to your space is by accenting one wall.

  • Choose the wall behind the bed for added elegance in the master bedroom.

  • A geometric wallpaper design might be the "wow" factor you've been seeking for your office.

  • For a smooth easy transition with accent walls, repeat the wall paint color as the main wallpaper color.


Cover all four walls. A classic, simple stripe design hung horizontally on all four walls gives a fresh contemporary look. Large-scale and simple designs will not overwhelm a room but add a trendy twist.

Wallpaper with a chair rail. If you are working with a chair rail that divides a wall, it is easy to bring some visual interest to it. One way is to anchor the wall with a pattern below it, such as dramatic damask wallpaper, and paint a coordinating color above it. Adding wallpaper in this fashion creates a unique element of surprise not often seen in rooms.

Add interest to the ceiling. Get the look of tin ceilings with paintable squares. Painted in a classic metallic shade, you can easily achieve a Victorian-style tin ceiling look.

Flat vs. Textured Patterns

Choosing a flat or textured design is all about personal style. In general, textured patterns give a more casual look to a room, whereas flat designs can make a wall more refined. Textured wallpapers can give a wall some dimension and also do an excellent job of covering imperfections. The actual patterns of textured wallpapers are generally less detailed than a flat pattern.


Before you commit to anything, bring home samples! As with paint, colors and textures can look completely different with the lighting in your space and you’ll need to see how they work at different times of the day.

I hope this has you feeling inspired to give wallpaper a try! If you’re still unsure on what to choose, stop in for a cup of coffee. We’d love to hear about the vision you have for your space!