In case you haven’t noticed, wallpaper is back in vogue in a big way! There are some amazing papers making a splash on the market right now, but what if you don’t have the extra dollars to plunge in?
You don’t have to wallpaper an entire room; just downsize your original plans. For example, you might wallpaper just one wall in the room and paint the other three walls in a coordinating color. Or you might try wallpapering above or below a chair rail. The chair rail doesn't have to be trimboard necessarily but can be a complementary wallpaper border.
Here are a few other ideas to help you capitalize on the latest wallpaper trends without breaking the bank. (Look for more ideas in next week's edition.)
Wallpaper as Art
Try creating wall art from a pattern of wallcovering that strikes your fancy, or from several complementary patterns. Just take a large section of wallpaper—the size is totally up to you—and adhere it to the desired wall, following the wallpaper manufacturer’s paperhanging directions. Then frame the section by tacking up mitered trim board around the pattern.
Even easier, cut the wallpaper section in a standardized size to fit a ready-made frame that you can tack up instead. Paint or stain the frame in a color that coordinates with the trim in your house or that complements other colors in the room.
Easier yet? Cut out a section of wallpaper and put it into a ready-made frame for hanging. A solitary image from a large-scale pattern—such as a cabbage rose, for example—makes an excellent choice for this type of treatment. It also works well in a room where there already is some wallpaper in place; just take a section of the leftover wallpaper and frame it for hanging elsewhere in the room, such as above a chair rail or on a painted accent wall.
A Touch Here and There
Try wallpapering only a few accessories in the room, such as a lamp shade or the panels in a cabinet. Then, once your decorating dollars are looser, you might choose a complementary pattern for the walls.