9 Ways You Never Thought to Use Wallpaper
These days, the transformative power of wallpaper transcends walls.
Updated Sep 29, 2021 7:43 AM
It’s time to get creative with your leftover wallpaper: There are so many neglected places in your home that could seriously use a pick-me-up. So, if your planter, staircase, or even mirror needs a refresh—and you don’t want to buy something new—wallpaper might just be the unexpected answer. Peek at nine fresh ways to max out your wallpaper ahead.
On Your Furniture
Sick of your furniture? Don’t get rid of anything just yet. Instead, use wallpaper to make your items feel like new again. This is the perfect opportunity to think outside the box (like wallpapering your fridge), or creating wallpapered panels for the tried-and-true dresser in your bedroom.
On Your Old Books
We all have books that we don’t necessarily want on display for our guests. But before you get rid of your Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, give it a new life with wallpaper. Now, all your old books are chic ornaments.
On Your Fireplace
To give a nonworking fireplace an update, turn to wallpaper for an instant refresh. Since it’s a small space, you’ll only really need one roll, making it cheaper (but as statement-making) as an accent wall. Check out the DIY here.
On Your Mirror
If your standing mirror has a frame that can hold wallpaper, why wouldn’t you transform it into a statement piece?
On a Headboard
If you’re looking to add some cozy texture to your bedroom without splurging on a multitude of expensive rugs, consider using a glasscloth wallpaper on your headboard: It’s the perfect combination of decorative and useful. Check out the DIY here.
Instead of filling your entire wall with wallpaper, find an awesome frame and place a piece of wallpaper inside. It will give your wall the dimension you’re looking for, without you having to fully commit.
As a Lampshade
While yes, you could just cover your old lampshade with some wallpaper and be done with it, this creative DIY from Apartment Apothecary is so much cooler. Using origami techniques and a little thread, it works as a charming decorative accent.
As an Accent
We already established that you can make an entire piece of furniture an accent piece with wallpaper, but this concept can go even further: Try putting wallpaper at the base of each stair, on one side of a door, or even as a table runner.
On Your Boxes
If you love your plants but not your planters, tissue holders, or any other container you have to look at on a daily basis, cover it up with wallpaper—and let it sing.
Originally published March 2, 2017. Updated with new information April 17, 2018.
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