How to Refresh Your Wall With Stunning Wallpaper
If you’re curious about trying the accent wall home decor trend, wallpaper is the way to go
One of the easiest ways to make a statement in your home is by creating an accent wall. While out of fashion for a while, wallpaper is back, with options that are punchier and more plentiful than ever. Here’s a little pattern inspiration, plus our paper hanging tips.
Hot new patterns to try
If papering in the traditional 19th-century-inspired florals isn’t your thing, consider a more modern twist on natural motifs. Palm leaves are popular, especially in a bold 1950s Miami colour palette, while decadent peonies from designer Ellie Cashman make a bold statement.
Faux-effect patterns like granite, marble and concrete are a trendy choice for would-be designers, while seagrass is a perennial favourite with the pros. And who needs art when you can paper a wall in an abstract mural? Brooklyn-based Calico Wallpaper designs swirly, marbleized patterns and ombré rolls in beautiful shades. Who knows—after doing one wall, you may feel brave enough to do all four.
Hanging wallpaper the low-stress way
To pull off your statement wall, follow the following tips.
When choosing a pattern, remember that stripes and random prints are the hardest types of wallpaper to hang. Unless you’re super handy, stick with pre-pasted papers. And order more rolls than you think you’ll need. Even pros make mistakes!
Once you’re ready to hang your paper, don’t skip steps. Prepare your wall with a light sanding, followed by a wipe down. Then, take the time to make sure your first sheet is perfectly straight. Watch your pressure as you go; a lighter touch ensures the material won’t stretch or rip.
Finally, don’t worry about bubbles. Puncture them with a small pin and flatten out the paper again with a sweep.
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Image credit: Courtesy of Ellie Cashman and Calico Wallpaper