Published on April 16, 2020

Self-isolation has a way of reminding us about all the little projects we said we’d do but never got around to. For a lot of people, that task is apparently wallpapering. Since stay-at-home orders went into place, temporary wallpaper purveyor Chasing Paper has seen a 25 percent uptick in sales, and one style of print is flying off the shelves.  

The Milwaukee-based company’s current top three best-sellers, Botany, Fine Point Floral, and Spring Leaves, are all botanical-inspired. But when it comes to bringing the outdoors in during quarantine, DIY-ers aren’t swathing entire rooms in the herbaceous scenes. The brand’s founder, Elizabeth Rees, has noticed a surge in orders of one to four panels, indicating that everyone is tackling smaller zones, like staircase risers, wet bars, and the insides of closets. Keep costs (and your level of commitment) low by trying one of these three additional ideas.

Hide an Ugly Backsplash

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Photography by Belle Morizio

Domino’s executive creative director was never in love with her green-tiled kitchen backsplash, so she disguised the feature with fiberglass boards swathed in a lush Hermès print and applied a clear silicone layer on top so it’s splash-resistant. 

Transform Transitional Areas

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Photography by Mariko Reed; Styling by Rosy Fridman

Hallways often go overlooked, but not in Joanne and Luke Bartels’s San Francisco home, where the corridor leading to the kitchen is covered in a Josef Frank–inspired illustration featuring tulips, crocuses, dandelions, and forget-me-nots. 

Line a Recessed Niche  

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY STACY ZARIN GOLDBERG; DESIGN BY ZOE FELDMAN

After closing up a tiny pass-through window from the kitchen to the living area in this Washington, D.C., home, Zoe Feldman coated one side in wallpaper and added slim shelves for cookbooks and glassware. A little pattern goes a long way. 

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