Wallpaper Ideas

Plain, painted and plastered walls are no match for the beauty, durability and personality wallpaper conveys. Forget those old images of gaudy red and gold velvet embossed designs. It's the new designs that are leading the way in the wallpaper revival. Shannon looks at a few ways of using wallpaper to liven up your home.

Feature Wall

Covering only one wall with wallpaper gives a striking, contemporary effect to any room. It's also good for slowly easing into the idea of wallpaper, before going all the way! Shannon has chosen an older style classic design, at $76.50 a roll, it's very affordable, taking 1 ½ rolls to cover this wall.

Strip of Wallpaper

Here's a way of using wallpaper without drowning out the whole room. Apply one strip of paper down the centre of the wall. This also turns the wall into a feature, but with a totally different effect. This paper is screen-printed, one of the smooth, slick contemporary designs of paper now available. This paper was $237 for a 10m roll, and Shannon used 3m for a strip.

Wallpaper Screen

Give an old screen new life, by covering it in decorative, luscious wallpaper. Not only does it double as a room divider, it's also a good option for those who are renting and still want to indulge. Shannon's chocolate coloured paper with gold printed butterflies cost $25 per metre, and she used 5m.

Framed Wallpaper

Some of the vintage wallpapers are so opulent and loud they would be too overbearing for a whole wall. Instead, have a small piece framed and display it as a piece of art to brighten up a wall. Our pieces cost $80 plus $360 for the framing.

Painted Wallpaper

Stripping wallpaper is hard work. A cheaper and much easier option is to paint over the existing wallpaper. Of course, your paper needs to be in good condition and not peeling away from the walls. Our Wattyls paint cost $40 for a 4 litre tin.

Leftover Wallpaper

If you're wallpapering your home, you are bound to have some left over. Don't throw these scraps away. Cover your writing journals with them, make a lampshade out of it, or just cut up squares and put them in picture frames. This is especially effective if you frame five or six different types of precious vintage papers.

Things to consider

  • Once you've chosen your patterned wallpaper, pick a background colour in the design to use as a guide for decorating the rest of the room, such as curtains, sofa colour or carpet colour.

  • Raise a low ceiling by using a paper that has a vertical striped pattern.

  • Make a large room more intimate by using rich, dark and large patterned papers.

  • Wallpaper is a great idea for the nursery. Babies will be visually stimulated by colour and patterns.

  • Cover the front panel of an old dresser to give it a new lease of life.

Equipment and Suppliers

21 Mary Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Ph: (02) 9211 2395
  • Swedish "bersa" Coffee Set

  • Red velvet "Featherston" chair

  • White wire outdoor table and chairs

4 Foster Street
Surry Hills 2010
Ph: (02) 9281 1771
  • Natural woven wood Danish chair

  • Louis Poulsen floor lamp - FY2K

Spence & Lyda
16 Foster Street
Surry Hills 2010
Ph: (02) 9212 6747
  • Black Eames coffee table

  • 2 black ceramic vessels

Orson & Blake
  • Clear perspex side table

  • 2 white lacquered shelving cubes

  • red lacquer shelving cube

  • white lacquered entertainment unit

  • lampshade jute shade

  • chocolate sheepskin cushion

  • palm leaf lampshade

  • red and white large palm leaf lamp

  • Lilac upholstered wooden chair

  • Chocolate and cream silk cushion

  • Red suede cushion

  • Red velvet cushion

23c Curlewis Street
Bondi NSW 2026
Ph: (02) 9130 6445
  • Black woven Swedish wooden arm chair

  • Grey oval rug

Hill On Hargrave (Wadi Gallery)
120 Hargrave Street
Paddington NSW 2021
288 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction 2025)
Ph: (02) 9387 1101
  • framed vintage wallpaper
18 - 20 Oxford Street
Paddington NSW 2021
Ph: (02) 9380 8877
  • 2 seem red glass vessels

  • hand blown glass vessel red/pink

  • 3 pink grass votive tealight glasses

  • clear glass vase with black stripe

  • slim ceramic bud vase with red stripe

  • Andrija Rose shawl gown tea-rose

  • Brown taffeta cushion

  • Raggedy silk cushion - Empire

Chee Soon & Fitzgerald
387 Crown Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Ph: (02) 9360 1031
  • 3 x writing journals

  • wallpaper lamp

  • screen wallpaper

Room Interior Products
17 Palmer Parade
Richmond Vic 3121
Ph: (03) 9428 3344
  • photo frames

House of Bamboo
13 Erith Street
Botany NSW 2019
Ph: (02) 9666 5703
  • feature wall wallpaper

Signature Prints
Unit 2, No.3 Hayes Road
Rosebery NSW 2018
Ph: (02) 8338 8400
  • wallpaper scraps and rolls of wallpaper

Wattyl Paints
  • Wattyl i.d paint low sheen - pea pod

1325 Pacific Highway
Turramurra NSW
Ph: (02) 9144 3324


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There is a great wallpaper store in Blackburn South in Melbourne
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