Wallpaper Panels & How To Make Wallpaper Work For You

Does the word ‘wallpaper’ frighten you?  Are you inwardly saying eeeeek?

I have hope for you.

Nearly everyone has seen some “bad wallpaper” – or lived with it!  If you are like me, and have owned an older home(s), you have probably dedicated some serious time to painstakingly stripping decades of wallpaper.  In fact, after I have stripped a room of wallpaper, I nearly always swear it off.  But then…then I see the beautiful patterns and colors and possibilities, and I come running back.

One of the great things about wallpaper is that it can truly be like a piece of art in a room.  You don’t have to commit to wallpaper the entire room, you can simply use framed wallpaper panels to accent your space.  They do not have to be permanent, so if you’re moving, take them with you!  Renters, are your ears perked?

Feast your eyes on these lovely images!

 Use a framed panel as a headboard!

House to Home

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Designers Guild is nearly always swoon worthy.

Designers Guild

Alexander Johnson Photography

This wallpaper – “Hummingbirds” from Cole & Son is one of my faves.

Houzz

If you are local (DFW area) and love this pretty Schumacher wallpaper, contact me!  I have two rolls!

Vanessa Francis Design

Love love love this green with the creamy white.

Bonesteel Trout Hall

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James Merrell

I always like this pattern of molding.

InvitingHome.com

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Apartment Therapy

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Would you believe these are grasscloth yoga mats?  How is that for budget design?

House Beautiful

You can score wallpaper remnants that are budget friendly on Etsy and Ebay.  Search high end brands for better quality and detailed papers such as Schumacher, Designers Guild, Scalamandre, and Thibaut.  Cut a piece of plywood to match the size of panel you want and affix the wallpaper using wallpaper paste.  If you have a miter saw (you can get a kit at your local hardware store for under $20), you can easily cut crown molding you have pre-painted to frame your panel.  I have also heard great things about this company if you are looking for some affordable made-to-fit options.  Attach to the wall using nails or if you need to take care not to damage the wall in any way, I am a big fan of the 3M picture/poster hanging strips.  Of course, if you don’t rent, or don’t mind not being able to take your panels with you, you may permanently adhere them to the wall for a more “these have always been here” look.  If you get tired of the pattern in a few years, no biggie!  Replace it with something else you love – it definitely makes for a small project compared to an entire room of wall-to-wall wallpaper.

If you want to do a larger install rather than just a single piece, I like to shop for wallpaper rolls at Graham & Brown.  Sherwin Williams has some nice contemporary collections, too.  Or if you see a pattern you love while flipping through your favorite shelter magazine, definitely check Decorators Best for the best prices on high end papers.

So what are your thoughts?  Is there a blank wall or boring space in your home that could be jazzed up with a wallpaper?

Come back tomorrow for my own recent installation of wallpaper panels in my home!  My dead space has been revived!

3 Responses to “Wallpaper Panels & How To Make Wallpaper Work For You”

  1. ariella January 7, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    Hi Grace,
    I love the ideas for wall paper panels on your site. I especially love the pattern which is your back ground! It is one of the prettiest I have seen and I have seen a lot of patterns at this point! Would you be willing to share the name/manufacture?

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    • Grace January 11, 2013 at 12:06 am #

      Hi Ariella, I’m so glad you liked the ideas! It is so nice to hear someone else appreciates that gorgeous pattern as much as I do! Sadly, it is not a wallpaper, nor is it available. I got that pattern from the vintage folding screen in my living room. Isn’t it stunning? It is my favorite thing in the whole house! Thanks so much for reading! Grace

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