As homeowners, we are always looking for ways to update our homes. From following online trends to hearing a tip from a friend – whether it’s cleaning, decorating, or renovating – we are all searching for cost-friendly alternatives to achieve these updates. Cost-friendly solutions are becoming increasingly popular choices in all domains. As popular home designs are shifting from modern to modern-Victorian, take a look at this cost-friendly solution to make your home look expensive by using none other than vintage wallpaper!
What is Wallpaper & Why Should You Use it?
Wallpaper is used to cover and decorate interior walls. It is sold in rolls and typically applied using a wallpaper paste. Homeowners lost their interest in wallpaper as more minimalist design and decor entered the home scene. Additionally, applying paint was an easier process than applying wallpaper. But, that’s not to say it’s still not being used by many homeowners today!
Just as paint is a great, cost-friendly solution to updating any room in your home, wallpaper is one and the same. The application and removal process of wallpaper can be a pain, however, the advantage that wallpaper has over paint is the fact that you can incorporate more designs and patterns, rather than just a colour.
Paint and wallpaper can help decorate a space. For example, accent walls are popular to enhance the appearance of a room. As well, using colours throughout the home can add a decorative flair to the entire space. Similar to an accent wall, wallpaper can act as the focal point of the space by incorporating bright colours or flowery patterns.
Where Should You Use Wallpaper?
When using wallpaper to make your home look expensive, it’s important to use it to your advantage. This means not over-applying wallpaper, using it in appropriate rooms, and making sure that the rest of the room compliments your choice in design.
Plastering every wall in your home with a patterned wallpaper will not work to your advantage. Especially when the wallpaper includes an intricate pattern, it’s best to pair it with neutral-coloured painted walls. You could pick an accent wall, or include the wallpaper above a chair rail moulding, and paint the bottom.
You can use wallpaper in any room if you want to. However, the three main rooms where it can really enhance your home’s overall look are the bedroom, living room and bathroom.
Wallpaper in the bedroom can act as a great accent wall in a space that isn’t typically exciting. This can create a great focal point for you to organize and match your bedroom furniture. This can include dressers, curtains and even bedding. Matching floral print bedding and wallpaper patterns is a traditional style that won’t go unnoticed.
Your living room is a space where a lot of time is spent, and some with guests whom you want to wow! Again, a wallpapered accent wall or two in this space can really leave an impression. Accompanied with furniture to tie the style together, whether it be retro or modern, it can really enhance the space. If you’re going for a more traditional style, think about pairing a royal rug or velvet couch. On the other hand, if you’re aiming for a more modern feel, pairing a mid-century wallpaper with neutral sharp-edged furniture can achieve just that. Check out these modern-Victorian designs for some inspiration.
One of the most used rooms in a home that unfortunately usually receives the least amount of attention is the bathroom! With such a small space, it can be hard to really decorate it. Sure you can add fixtures that stand out, but all of that hardly gets noticed. That’s why wallpaper is the perfect solution. In a small space, you can go all out and apply wallpaper on every wall. As a space that is separate from the rest of the house, you can try new design ideas and really make this a bold room.
Wallpaper is a cost-friendly solution that can make your home look more expensive. It’s important to use it correctly and not force anything. If you’re unsure of where to begin, get connected with a design expert to help point you in the right direction. Wallpaper only looks great if it is applied correctly. While it may seem like a fun DIY with new peel-and-stick wallpaper, it’s best to hire a professional to help you install it. They have the proper tools, knowledge, and experience to ensure that the final product looks great (and expensive).