Creative Ways with Wallpaper

Believe wallpaper is just for covering walls? These creative ideas will inspire you to rethink traditional treatments.

Framed Wallpaper

Frame Up

Design an entire gallery of art with framed wallpaper. Coat a variety of thrift-store frames with high-gloss spray paint, then allow them to dry overnight. Insert wallpaper pieces into frames. (Note: We glued the paper on top of the glass or frame backing.) Lay the framed pieces on the floor, and play with the placement. Transfer to the wall when you’ve achieved a pleasing arrangement.

Wall Decal

Dainty Damask

Think pink—pink giraffe, that is—for a little girl’s room. Tape a long section of damask-print wallpaper to the wall with painter’s tape, then draw the animal’s outline on the paper, either freehand or using a tracer that enlarges the image. Cut out with scissors or a precision-cutting utility knife. For easier removal, apply to the wall with repositionable spray adhesive. This cute idea translates to other shapes and works equally well for a boy’s room.

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