By Michelle Gage

Published on July 23, 2017

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Photography by Ellie Lillstrom

We get it—wallpaper can be a huge commitment. While it provides a lot of look, it can also be a huge investment. It can be quite costly to wrap your whole room in wallpaper, which is why we are big fans of wallpapered accent walls. You can apply a great print or pattern to one wall in your room and paint the remaining three. This is a more affordable and absorbable way to “get the look.” In your bedroom, we suggest using wallpaper behind your headboard. This look will provide an extra “oomph” to your space’s focal point.

Add a little sass to your headboard wall with the navy marbled wallpaper Jojotastic used in her bedroom. This wave-like pattern—Marbled Stripe in Navy by Rebecca Atwood—is far from subtle; it is bold and soothing. Add a little extra appeal with a bold brass headboard. Hang a piece of vintage nude artwork above you bed and consider your space finished.

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Photography by CONTEMPORIST_COM

In absence of a headboard, style your space with a soft grey printed wallpaper, like the one found in this room in the The Michelberger hotel in Berlin, designed by Werner Aisslinger. If you are creating a room on a budget—but still want to infuse some style—forget the headboard and just do wallpaper. This look is perfect for a small space or rental.

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This room hits all of the high notes. When sorting through all of the wallpaper options out there, start by selecting one that is your favorite color. This jewel-toned shade is rich and regal. To bring the design full circle, pull out a color from the wallpaper’s pattern and paint it onto the adjacent walls.

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Photography by PLASTOLUX

Try a cloud print behind your headboard. A grey and white cloud wallpaper, like the pattern used by TFAD Architects in this Sydney, Australia, home, is perfect for the bedroom; it provides a tranquil vibe. To drive home that cozy and comfortable vibe, keep the materials at a minimum and the colors neutral.

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Photography by DECOR GOLD DESIGNS

We are certain that your space could use some exploded florals on the walls, like Jennifer of Decor Gold Designs used here. To design a room around a bold print, start with the wallpaper and the rest will pull together quite easily. If you are looking to achieve a similar look, but with a more masculine vibe, try a landscape style behind your bed.

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Photography by STYLEBLUEPRINT.COM

A chic, neutral floral print makes for a great guest space. Accessorize with some glam lighting and you are sure to have a space that everyone will be envious of.

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Photography by WEST ELM BLOG

In her LA home, Monica Wang (who interned for emily henderson chose a  wallpaper by Samantha Santana Creative that really pops. These scattered blooms beautify your space instantly. Place this pattern behind your bed and outfit the space with neutral bedding.

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Photography by TESSA NEUDSTADT

We simply can’t get enough of this space by amber interiors Pink is the perfect pop color to add behind your headboard. We have to admit that this space is making us a wee bit jealous of the teenage girl who lives in this room.

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Photography by KELLY WEARSTLER

Kelly Wearstler is the queen of cool. Her “Channels” wallpaper design in lake/beige showcases her edgy and glamourous vibe. Place this print behind your headboard to create an eye-catching moment.

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Photography by ALISON ALLEN

If you are working with an irregular wall, don’t try to disguise it. Instead, emphasize it. Apply some printed wallpaper to the wall, like Alison Allen, founder of the Deuce Cities Henhouse blog, did, and let it shine. Place your bed against these blooms and prepare for a restful night of slumber.