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Wallpaper is a more expensive alternative to paint, and it’s definitely more permanent. But you can’t ignore the feeling you get when you walk into a perfectly patterned room. Your dining room is a great space to play with paper. If you have wainscoting, you can get away with only papering above it, which will save you some time and cash. If not, you can try wallpapering only an accent wall.

To build your wallpaper confidence, we rounded up some of the best patterned dining rooms around. These are perfect examples of rooms that got it right. Take note, and start to search for your dream wallpaper.

Have a Whimsical Moment

This black and white setting designed by Brian Paquette is simple yet striking. The wallpaper is predominately white, with a touch of artistic whimsy that lets the brass features in the room pop. Keeping color out of this room was an obvious goal, and the wallpaper does the trick.

Pop That Pink

We are living for this floral burst on the walls of Elsie Larson’s dining room—the pop of color is so well placed. If you are looking for something bold and feminine to spice up your space, let this style bloom.

Play it Cool

While this Los Angeles dining room, created by Homepolish designer Katherine Carter, would be magnificent without the wallpaper, the cool kaleidoscope print certainly kicks the final look up a few notches.

Two-Tone Time

Blue and white is a classic combination that will never go out of style. And your formal dining room is the perfect place to give this look, called “country club traditional” by designers at

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 a shot. Just be sure to pair this print with other timeless elements like glass, brass, and natural wood.

Go for Geo

A geometric print is a playful way to amp up your dining room. Add a little wow-factor with something like this pattern chosen by Homepolish designer Megan Hopp. These falling triangles are neutral and quirky. And if you are thinking about skipping a rug, you should definitely add some pattern to your walls.

Mural Must

Go for an over-the-top mural like this one by Michael Dillon, and you’ve already got art in your space. No doubt, this is a lot of look, so tape a swatch to your wall and live with it for a week before deciding to go big.

Nail a Neutral

The pretty wallpaper gives this room a punch of personality. It proves that a neutral dining room doesn’t have to be boring—especially when paired with bold navy velvet chairs like these.

Look Up

Apply paper to your ceiling instead of your walls, like Homepolish designer Katherine Carter did in this Los Angeles house—you’re guaranteed to have the only house on the block rocking this wild look. Get ready: All dinner parties will be happening at your place.

Go Green

We can’t get enough of this mint green dining room. Everything speaks to each other in actress Megan Ferguson‘s space, and the botanical print on the walls—the Great Vine by Cole and Son—is further enhanced by the contrasting light fixture.

Classic Combinations

Again, you can’t go wrong with blue and white. This pattern makes a big statement in this Emily Henderson-designed dining room, yet it’s still a classic look.

Published on April 15, 2017