Decorating with paper and removable wallpaper solves so many design problems. Want to cover your room in wallpaper but worried you landlord won't approve? Contact paper to the rescue. Want to spruce up a flea market find? Contact paper to the rescue. Want to make your cabinets and countertops look fancy without investing in a major renovation? Say it with us this time: Contact paper to the rescue. And there's more where that came from! Whether you have leftover wallpaper or you're on the hunt for easy design hacks that'll spruce up your home in a major way, these -paper decorating ideas will be your solution.
When a bookcase or open shelf needs some more spunk, line the backs of the shelves with paper or leftover wallpaper. It can enhance an existing color scheme or set the tone for a new one. Or you can spruce up a home bar in the dining room, as done in this one designed by Katie Ridder.
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Instead of trying to make architectural quirks, like sloped asymmetrical ceilings, blend in, play them up with paper. A pretty print will draw attention away from the awkward shapes and bring in more personality. Take note from this teenager bedroom nook designed by Regan Baker.
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You don't need to cover the entire wall to make a statement. And you don't need to invest in crazy-expensive artwork, either. Instead, frame some paper for affordable and less labor-intensive option. In this living room, 2LG Studio framed a panel of Calico Wallpaper's Bone collection in Wabi, which "speaks to time immemorial" (and just adds a fun splash of gold).
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Who knew a basic refrigerator could actually look like a stylish work of art? In this kitchen designed by Janie Molster, the walls are swatched in a shiny, glass-like turquoise hue, which makes the twilight-esque wallpaper look even more beautiful, unique, and stylish. Covering your fridge in paper or a removable wallpaper will allow you change things up a bit without committing to anything, too.
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And speaking of genius kitchen hacks, instead of embarking on a major kitchen renovation, cover your countertops in a paper that resembles a luxe material. If it's printed on vinyl, it'll look glossy, too, just like real marble (bonus: It's water resistant). From cork to slate, marble, granite, wood grain, and terrazzo, there are so many fun options. Fake it 'til you make it, right?
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Rather than covering the living room in wallpaper the traditional way (from floor to ceiling, of course), take note from this space designed by Leanne Ford. She decided to cut out pieces from a wallpaper panel to create a custom pattern. You could do the same thing with paper, cutting out little bits of the pattern for more unique placement to make the room look like it's coming into full bloom.
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Why have regular stairs when you can have fabulous staircase risers covered in paper? Alternate different prints on each, or use panels of the same paper for a consistent aesthetic. Use something whimsical and colorful—or something textural—to make dated or rundown surfaces look brand new.
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Designed by Studio DB, this closeted home bar is a welcome surprise.Just because they're behind closed doors doesn't mean your closet cabinets don't deserve a little decorative love. Line the backs of the shelves with paper, then paint the trimmings and ceiling a complementary shade for a bold impact in a closet.
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"I had a leftover piece of cloudy Fornasetti wallpaper, which I backed with a jig-sawed piece of plywood and hung over the fireplace. Besides drama, this piece gave the room a modern, graphic, unique sense to it," interior designer Benjamin Dhong tells us. We love how the cloud-like form mimics the cloud motif of the print—so much more creative than a simple frame job.
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Keep the sides of your dresser drawers from getting banged up by lining them with paper. It's also a good way to keep the shelves and interior drawers from touching your items, if it's a vintage piece or built-in shelving in a rental.
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