10 Creative Ways to Use Wallpaper


I’ve never really worked with wallpaper before--ever. For awhile, I thought it was just for old people, but that’s definitely not the case anymore. There are so many gorgeous and totally modern wallpapers out there now! But I’m still too intimidated to try wallpapering a whole wall myself. Plus we rent our house, so it hardly seems worth it to pay for nice wallpaper we really love if we won’t be here much longer. That being said, I think I’d like to try dipping my toe into wallpapering--but maybe on a smaller scale. So I’ve pulled together 10 creative ways to use wallpaper! All of these projects seem pretty doable.

1. Update a dresser. Use wallpaper to line the front of the drawers, or for a more subtle look, line the sides so you don’t see the wallpaper until you pull the drawers out!

Update a dresser or other piece of furniture with wallpaper

DIY wallpapered dresser drawers

2. Decorate a plain serving tray. This one was actually made with patterned paper and Mod Podge, but I think wallpaper would work perfectly.

DIY wallpapered serving tray

3. Do a small band of wallpaper instead of the whole wall. This seems a lot less overwhelming, and you don’t have to try to line up each strip perfectly.

Band of wallpaper instead of wallpapering the whole wall

4. Wallpaper the closet door. Here’s another way to avoid trying to line up the pattern…do a mishmash of a bunch of different patterns! If you can find swatches that are big enough, you might even get away with getting all the squares for free...

Closet door update

5. Line the back of a hutch. I love this look. It’s such a great way to update a piece of furniture without having to repaint the whole thing. And it’s perfect for letting white dishes stand out! You could also line the back of bookshelves for a similar effect.

Wallpaper the back of a hutch

6. Use a mix of wallpaper patterns. Similar to the patchwork closet doors in number four, this wall is a mix of several different patterns--but in the form of strips! It’s a little bit too bright and busy for my taste, but I like that you wouldn’t have to struggle to get each strip of wallpaper lined up just right with the one next to it.

Mix of multiple wallpapers on one wall

7. Create a wallpaper headboard. Now, this bedroom is perfectly subtle and gorgeous. I especially love that simple headboard, which looks totally possible to DIY…just wooden boards + pretty wallpaper! I like that it forms a little shelf for decorative items, too. If you want more wallpaper headboard inspiration, I also shared another (easier) version in  this post.

Wallpaper headboard

8. Put it on the ceiling. Who says wallpaper has to just go on the walls? Why not put it on the ceiling?! This can actually make a room appear larger, as it draws your eye up. And it’s perfect for a nursery, where a kid would spend a lot of time lying down and looking up at the ceiling.

Wallpaper on the ceiling

9. Make a wallpaper table runner. Wallpaper is perfect for inexpensive table runners--for a wedding, bridal shower, dinner party, etc. It looks really chic too, don’t you think?

Wallpaper table runner

10. Stair risers. Last but not least, I still love the idea of wallpapering your stair risers. We don’t have any stairs in our current house, but in the future, I could definitely see myself doing something like this.

Wallpapered stair risers

There are lots of other ideas too! I’ve seen wallpapered clipboards, boxes, switchplates, matchbooks, and more. I also really like the idea of framing a piece of wallpaper as artwork…and I wrote a whole post about wallpapered fridges here!

Plus,  I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite wallpapers with you guys. Here are 10 that I think would be perfect, both for small scale projects and for covering an entire room.

10 Stylish Wallpapers // At Home in Love

Do you have a favorite out of all the projects I shared? Do you have any wallpaper in your house?

1. Coffee Bean / 2. Bell Flower / 3. Petal Pusher / 4. Cherry Blossom / 5. Half Moon / 6.  Branch / 7. Making a Crockery / 8. Shanghai Bows / 9. Angel Ferns / 10. Vertigo

Thank you to Wallpaper Sales for partnering with me on this post! I hope you all have a wonderful three day weekend!

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  1. Posted by kelsey on Friday, May 23rd, 2014

    love these pretty and creative wallpapers
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  2. Posted by Sara on Friday, May 23rd, 2014

    My favorite is definitely the wallpapered stair risers! So cool!
    • Posted by Aileen on Friday, May 23rd, 2014

      Glad you like it! That's one of my favorite ideas too. If you click on the link for that one, I wrote a whole post about ways to "decorate" your stairs!
  3. Posted by Lesly Lozano on Saturday, May 24th, 2014

    Love you happen to know where the wallpaper from the second picture is from? The dresser with wallpaper on the sides...thanks!
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

      Hi Lesly! Try asking Chelsey from Bright & Bold--it’s her dresser :)
  4. Posted by Lesly Lozano on Saturday, May 24th, 2014

    I just realized you are originally from Spokane...which is where I call home and run our small business from. Small world :).
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

      Small world indeed!
  5. Posted by Jaylene on Monday, May 26th, 2014

    These are all such lovely ideas for wallpaper! Thanks for sharing!
  6. Posted by Chelsey on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

    Thanks for sharing the dresser, one of my favorite projects! love the Round up!