While we’re all for sprucing up a room with a textured woven rug, some fun art pieces, or even wild furniture, there’s one surefire way to make a statement: wallpaper. From creating an accent wall or using removable prints to add your own touch to a rental, there are several ways to play with the colors and textures wallpaper can provide.
Not to mention, there are just so many varieties to choose from these days—think dreamy and boho to whimsical merriment. That’s why choosing our favorite wallpapered rooms of the year meant truly going deep into the archives (don’t even get us started on narrowing our selections down). Without further ado, here are the best [%1992%] we’ve seen all year.
This California couple went all out when designing their baby’s nursery—think copper accents, a Jonathan Adler dresser, and even a giant giraffe. But the bold botanical wallpaper stole the show, with its touches of pinks and golds that worked with the copper around the room. Using it on just one wall, while keeping the furniture muted, helped build up the “wow” factor.
This Charleston bachelor pad is a rental—but you would never guess it from the personalized touches adorning the space. Our favorite room? The kids’ area, where a bohemian theme takes over. That wild wallpaper serves as the perfect backdrop for other unique finds, like the hand-shaped desk chair and dreamy throw.
The vibrant wallpaper in this New Jersey juice shop proves that even muted grays can add huge personality, and the fruit-inspired artwork catches our attention and lends to the bright and cheery feel.
Is this not the prettiest bar that you ever did see? The floral pattern by Designer’s Guild makes a colorful statement to stand out against the adjacent all-white kitchen in this Toronto home. (It was also one of our most-liked photos on Instagram this year.)
This is the most romantic little nook we ever did see, and it’s pretty much all due to the aptly named Midsummer Night wallpaper. Dreamy, dark, and attention grabbing, this entryway plays off the rich jewel wall tones with gold accents and a custom bench.
Of course, we couldn’t talk about wallpapered rooms without mentioning the one we’re lucky enough to use every single day—our cheerful ‘good vibes room’ gets its name thanks to the bright floral wallpaper, loads of plants, and an inspiration wall. Taking a phone call has never seemed more fun.
This living room by Michelle Gage Interiors takes jungle themes to a whole other level. While usually having such a wild assortment of colors might seem like way too much, in this case, it works—and we think that has to do with the woven accents multitude of plants, and playful pinks accentuating that whole Palm Springs vibe. In this case, the wild wallpaper doesn’t steal the show, but it’s definitely an integral part of it.
Do you think monochrome is boring? One look at this bunny wallpaper should change your mind. The graffiti motif takes over the space, which makes sure that each rabbit looks just a little bit different from the other. The sleek white wash basin tones the whole look down… but just a little bit.
We know firsthand how transformative a fresh application of wallpaper can be—Farrow & Ball recently completely upgraded our digital editorial director’s rental, and the results are incredible. The dreamy blue inspires sound sleep in the bedroom, and the white patterns add some zing without being too loud. The result is a clean, polished space that still puts minimalism at the forefront.
Talk about making a statement: This entryway went all out with the wallpaper, featuring a black backdrop with some wild colors and patterns on top. Custom gold lighting, a walnut surround, and rich hardwood floors up the glam factor, while some kitschy artwork makes sure your attention stays on those statement-making walls (as if you could even look away).
Moody hues dominate this plant-filled home, and in the dining area, the greens take center stage in all shades. The dark wallpaper might seem like a bold choice, but mixed with the other shades of green in the room, it fits right in—along with the 140 plant varieties the home is famous for.
Geometric styles and midcentury modern decor steal the show in this cool-toned entryway. We love the bronze touches on an otherwise neutral palette, emphasized by the statement mirror and gold twin lamps. The marble dresser gives the space the pop of color it needs to pull the look together.
To keep this bedroom under budget, the designer only wallpapered the accent wall behind the headboard—but used her client’s chic vintage rug as a jumping off point. The dusty grays and gold patterns served to accentuate the other gray walls of the home, while the rest of the furniture boasts metal fixtures in order to keep the room cohesive. The result? A modern makeover that kept its old-school feel.
This room’s shining decor moment comes from the white quartz flooring that’s almost terrazzo-like, so the owners decided to bring some of that sleekness into the wallpaper as well. The marbled pattern flows smoothly into the flooring and gives the whole room a classic feel, while the stone wall and bench add that unexpected texture.
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