7 Wallpapered Looks and Why We Love Them

Birch tree wallpaper in a home office

Wallpaper has the ability to completely transform a room, and we love the way it can make any room (even something as mundane as a laundry room or office) feel special. Read our ode to wallpapers and why you need at least one in your home:

Birch tree wallpaper in a home office

Once upon a time, wallpapers brought to mind your grandmother’s dining room, calico prints, and coordinating borders at the moulding or chair rail, but we swear, wallpaper has entered the modern era. They’re a great way to bring fun pattern, color, and texture into a space, and with so many options out there, you’re certain to find at least one that you love!

Birch tree wallpaper in a home office

1. Birch Bark Home Office

Take this home office for example, a textured birch wallpaper feels fresh and surprising. With a subtle texture and neutral color palette, it’s a unexpected backdrop for the classic lines of our Verona Home Office Collection and the tiled pattern of our Tabitha Rug.

Birch patterned wallpaper in Ballard Designs home office

Every room needs a few natural elements to help balance sleek furniture finishes and glittering lighting, why not use a wallpaper with a bark texture?

Black and white animal wallpaper in small bathroom

2. Animal Print Accent

You know we love our Dodie Print fabric, so is it any surprise that we’re equally enthusiastic about our Dodie Print Wallpaper? It’s a graphic print that feels both modern and classic, and it works with nearly any color palette.

Laundry room with black and white animal print wallpaper

Dodie spices up even the dreariest rooms, like the laundry room? Who’s really dying to spend time in workspace that in most homes feels so utilitarian? A little wallpaper can turn things around, we swear. A few storage pieces and a printed paper feel interesting and inviting!

Ballard Designs Asian Scenic Toile wallpaper

3. Toile in a Dining Room

Toile is a classic print that you’ve seen on wallpapers for decades, but there’s something about the new oversize patterns and bold colors that gives them a new lease on life. It’s wearing your grandmother’s vintage pocket book with a great pair of jeans and your favorite heels.

In this space, we used a lacquered Louis chair in a luxe velvet with our Newport Demilune. A pair of these on either side of the window is simply classic!

Wallpaper the hallway

4. Paper the Hallway

Hallways can feel so drab since they’re often too narrow for furniture and without windows or great lighting. As a solution, we wallpapered this hallway with a subtle trellis print that complements the dining room beyond. It gives the hallway personality and lightness!

Ballard Designs Canopy Stripe wallpaper5. Chic Striped Walls

You know we love stripes — rugs, fabrics, art, and even lampshades. We dig them, so it should come as no surprise that we love a wallpaper too! Stripes work well in so many different rooms because they’re bold but very clean. The linear pattern makes rooms feel larger, and they’re simple enough not to compete with patterned upholstery or rugs.

Ballard Designs Taffeta Ticking wallpaper

So what do you think? Are you ready to add some wallpaper to your life? Browse wallpaper options online, or find more inspiration on our Pinterest boards.

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


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    Elaine Shorkey

    February 4, 2016

    I am looking for aqua 16 inch throw pillow or just the covers –

    • How to Decorate Team

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      February 5, 2016

      Unfortunately the smallest size square pillow that we sell is an 18″ pillow, but you can order them in several different aqua colors (linen, velvet, cotton, etc). You can find our 18″ square pillows here
      Hope that helps!