08/22/2014 11:18 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

11 Brilliant Wallpaper Transformations

Bare walls can be so boring. Think you're ready to make a decorating move that might feel too edgy? Wow with wallpaper. It never disappoints.


Bare walls can be so boring. Think you're ready to make a decorating move that might feel too edgy? Wow with wallpaper. It never disappoints.

"Portobello" on dyed silk by de Gournay

photography by COREY WALTER

Think outside the box when it comes to how you decorate. Not everything needs to be loud and in your face. Waking up to a closet that looks like this would be a nice way to start the day. Don't you think?

"St. Antoine" by Farrow & Ball (BP943)

photography by COREY WALTER

Small-space dwellers, listen up. If you want to transform your pad, make one wall a focal point by covering it with an unbelievable pattern. Guests will forget how tiny your apartment is when their eyes are locked on an amazing paper.

"Euro Damask Hand-Print" by Timorous Beasties

photography by MELANIE ACEVEDO

Not all paper has to be big, bold, and over the top. A whimsical print is perfect for a space that's accented by an oversized mirror and a collection of artwork. Browse artwork and mirrors.

"Birds & Butterflies" by F. Schumacher & Co.

photography by LUCAS ALLEN

Hello, hallway. Trust your instincts when it comes to decorating a narrow space. A fierce animal print will take an area to wild new heights.

Rose Cumming by Dessin Fournir "Zebrine" wallpaper,

photography by PAUL COSTELLO

The living room is your go-to spot. We totally get it. Make it as spectacular as can be. If you take a bold direction with the paper, stick to a cohesive palette. This is one room you'll never, ever outgrow.

"Eltham Vine" by Sanderson Interiors

photography by MELANIE ACEVEDO

Wallpaper wows, but it can also have a remarkably calming impact on a space. This natural wood furniture plays off the organic nature of this paper.

Wallpaper in image was found at a thrift-store.
For a similar option: Vintage 1940s "Cottage Scenic" by Hannah's Treasures (866) 755 3173.

photography by ANNIE SCHLECHTER

This cool-as-can-be black-and-white paper feels like it could pair up with almost anything. Cue the velvet sofa, pink pillows, and artwork. If you're shopping for pillows and artwork, we've got you covered.

"Malabar" in Black/White from Lee Jofa

photography by PAUL COSTELLO

A high spirited approach to a quiet bedroom space. This bright yellow-and-white paper gives an unexpected jolt to a subdued sleeping area.

"Savannah Stripes" in Midday Sun by Tyler Hall

photography by JUSTIN BERNHAUT

Experiment with wallpaper in small spaces, such as a bathroom or a sitting room. This pattern feels fresh and modern, and it livens up the area.

Suzy Hoodless "Davidia", Osborne & Little (203) 359 1500

photography by TARA MARIE DONNE

If you choose a small repetitive print, create a look that won't cause a dizzying effect. White furniture and minimal accent pieces give the space a sense of calm.

"Casa de Milagros" wallpaper,

photography by JUSTIN BERNHAUT

Look up. Inspired yet? One might expect to see a bold print on the ceiling, which is why we're totally blown away by the more floral approach.

Thibaut "Fanfare" in Brown from Pacific Design Services (310) 360 6418

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