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8 Wallpapers for Every Style

by Katy Mendenhall. Photo courtesy of Lonny.com

If you are looking to bring something special to your space, why not consider wallpaper? It’s not just for the brave or the bold. Wallpaper can be minimal, subtle, and it’s pretty chic when done right.

Dating back to the 1400s, wallpaper was used for more practical reasons such as protection from the outside elements but has since evolved into complex, artful expressions decorating walls around the world.

Wallpaper One


Photo courtesy of Lonny.com

When showcasing the history of your home, a delicate, hand painted wallpaper can give the feeling of going back in time. This custom design is found in the dining room of a historical Philadelphia home.

Wallpaper Two


Photo courtesy of House Beautiful and Country Living

For a cozy, classic feel, try similar fabrics. A warm tone in the paper combined with the same tone in the fabric can create the historical effect in a fresh way.

Wallpaper Three


Photo courtesy of Country Living

If DIY is your thing, then you’ll appreciate this bathroom’s clever wallpaper made from the pages of a natural history book!

Wallpaper Four


Photo courtesy of de Gournay

Armand Albert Rateau, a legendary furniture/interior designer, inspired this intricate paper. Spawned from the amazing craftsmen and women over at de Gournay, they continue to blur the line between historic and contemporary.

Wallpaper Five


Photo courtesy of POPSUGAR

Gold doesn’t have to mean bold. A small graphic print can provide just the right amount of luxury and vintage quality.

Wallpaper Six


Photo courtesy of Pinterest

I love this Asian inspired paper and how the blue ties in with the small detail on the sheets. Keeping the textiles solid helps to make the blue on the walls really pop!

Wallpaper Seven


Photo courtesy of West Elm

If you are interested in the idea of wallpaper but prefer a more subtle approach, try a monochrome textured paper. Textured paper is easy on the eye while providing a feeling of luxury. Try places like: West Elm, Anthropologie, Graham & Brown

Wallpaper Eight


Photo courtesy of The New York Times Style Magazine

Created by Finnish artist Birger Kaipiainen, this butterfly-patterned paper would work great in a little girl’s room but is sophisticated enough for this modern farmhouse.

Katy has spent the last six years living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. While she appreciates being spoiled by the endless mountain views, she truly longs to settle down in a quaint New England town. The ultimate dream involves an eighteenth century house set in the hills of Connecticut, or a hydrangea-lined, pine-shingled cottage on the Cape. In the meantime, she and her boyfriend John are enjoying the adventures of owning their first home together along with their two dogs. With a minimal approach to design, Katy carefully fills the house with only things she finds useful or beautiful. However, the occasional northeastern theme creeps in. Whether it be Nantucket inspired bedding, or the hand painted nautical flags she picked up while visiting Kennebunkport. Besides swooning over interior design, Katy enjoys sharing her passion for home design through writing on her blog. She is certified to teach yoga and loves cinema. She recently worked as the assistant to the creator of the Chattanooga Film Festival. She and John are actively taking steps to make the big move up North and find their perfect home!


  • Leona Tripp Jaeger

    I’ve always had a kind of “meh” affection for wallpaper (mostly because of the idea of applying/removing), even though I LOVE pattern and color. These examples you chose to highlight are fabulous, and perfect with the surrounding decor used with them! I adore the Flora & Fauna one in the bathroom. Bold and fantastic and unexpected in that space! Cheers!

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