Monday, March 26, 2018

Spruce Up Your Rooms with Paint and Wallpaper

Want to spruce up a room or two in your home but not sure where to start? Wallpaper and paint are time-honored, easy ways to make any space look better. What’s that you say? Isn’t wallpaper out of style? Isn’t neutral paint trending? I say, have you ever considered using paint and wallpaper together to spice up your interior d├ęcor?

Although wallpaper was once considered an artifact of a bygone era, in the past few years it has made a comeback. Wallpaper can add texture, dimension, and sophistication to a room that paint just can’t. With so many options to choose from, including grass, cork, cloth, fabrics, metallics, and flocked, the design options are endless. Here are a few ways you can spruce up your rooms with wallpaper and paint.

wallpaper adds visual texture

Bedroom Wallpaper and Paint Combinations

Accent walls are a great way to give your bedroom a little extra style, and wallpaper is an elegant way to do it. For instance, paint the walls, but wallpaper the wall behind your headboard to create a unique look that really highlights the main piece of furniture in the room.

The textured wallpaper behind the Cypress Grove Cottage Style bed by Stanley Furniture highlights the bed’s unique combination of modern and rustic style. By painting the remaining walls a soft, soothing neutral grey, the bed really stands out and the room has a simple sense of cheerful warmth.

Kitchen Wallpaper and Paint Combinations

I’ve seen wallpaper and paint combos in almost every room of the house, but not so often in kitchens. This is a missed opportunity to add a little extra sophistication to this space. Wallpaper makes a great backdrop for open shelving. Large print designs are great if you have high ceilings and a contrasting or complementary color on the adjacent walls to add to the drama.

family room wallpaper and paint

Family Room Wallpaper and Paint Combinations

By using wallpaper to create an accent wall in the living room, you can enhance an existing focal point, such as a piece of art or architectural feature. You can go subtle or bold, depending on the look you are trying to achieve. Another interesting treatment is wallpapering half the wall and painting the other half.

The wallpaper above adds texture and subtle color to the space, while the painted wainscoting keeps the look fresh and clean. This combination is a perfect foil for the textures and natural materials of the Tommy Bahama Island Estate Collection from Lexington Furniture. This effect is both modern and in sync with the more traditional British Plantation aesthetic.

Tips for Combining Wallpaper and Paint

When combining wallpaper and paint, it is important to take into consideration the properties of both materials. You don’t want your paint color to overpower your wallpaper, but you don’t have to stick to neutrals if you want a bolder look. The wallpaper and paint should work together and complement a natural way that lets both shine.

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