Everyone knows wallpaper is a visual feast for the eyes that can pull a room together. So many colours, so many patterns! But don’t stop at the walls – as these sassy spaces prove, the decorative material looks fabulous just about anywhere.
Published July 17, 2017, Updated June 18, 2020
Give Your Built-In a Boost
When it comes to creative ways to use leftover wallpaper, try lining the walls of a built-in media unit instead, lending the living space a subtle dose of pretty pattern. This “shelfie” from the Worst to First team is much more dynamic than if it were simply white or black, don’t you think? For those who like their patterns loud, check out these bold print wallpaper ideas that will transform your space.
Show the Ceiling Some Love
Forget accent walls: become a trendsetter by inspiring your guests to look up whenever they enter a room. Sure, it’s called wallpaper but try something a little more adventurous when it comes to home decorating by adding some to the ceiling of your favourite room. This kids’ craft room is only an example of the fun, playful patterns you can get crafty with. For more inspiration, check out these foolproof decorating tips for people who hate decorating.
One simple way to refresh tired furniture is to slap some wallpaper on it. Adding a bold pattern to your kitchen island or dresser drawers is an inspired, eco-friendly way to upcycle items while leaving your space feeling like brand new. Bonus: it’s not as time-consuming as adding layers of paint. Find more easy home upgrades that are worth the money.
Wrap it Up
Looking for new some craft ideas? Grab that leftover wallpaper and get creative with DIY planters that will immediately brighten your container garden. Pull out the scissors and channel your inner kid by adhering a bright and playful print onto a planter or two. It’s such an easy way to turn a pot from drab to fab. While you’re at it, you can even try out Tiffany Pratt’s DIY planter bag that is both adorable and affordable.
Line a Bookshelf
Consider lining the back of a shelving unit (bookshelf or otherwise) with gorgeous wallpaper for a quick and easy room refresh. No new coat of paint, sanding or priming required! The end result is a stylish piece ready for strategically placed knick-knacks. Find more easy DIY projects from HGTV Canada stars that’ll make your home look expensive on a budget.
When it comes to redecorating, staircases are often overlooked as means in which to add colour and texture to a room. Apply wallpaper to the step risers (not the treads) the next time you’re looking for a quick and easy decor hack. Find more staircase ideas that will make a statement.
Beautify That Nook or Alcove
Alright, so we said these were all “wallpaper ideas that don’t involve walls” but adding accent design to an alcove or nook doesn’t count as your average wall. It’s a great way to add a pop of colour and variety, like this beauty from Save My Reno. Check out these homes with secret rooms, nooks and crannies or learn how to transform that awkward nook into a useful home office.
Create Quickie Artwork
Don’t want to fully commit to wallpapering an entire room? Try this crafty (and inexpensive) way to use your favourite print on a small scale: order a sample of your favourite design or pattern, then frame it. Brilliant! You can also find out how to pick art for every room in your house.