Have you noticed that wallpaper is making a big comeback? To be sure, it's a commitment, both in pattern and price. Remember when you could paper an entire room for $100? Now days, one roll can easily cost twice that much. But, wallpaper is still a classic way to add detail to your rooms. To keep on trend and on a budget, here's some ideas you might try.
Consider wallpapering a bookcase backing for visual impact.
Take a fresh look at wallpaper borders but don't feel obligated to use the border as it comes. In our old Portland house, a black&white design (similar to the Greek Key line above, about 2-1/2" high) ran above the white tiled back-splash in the kitchen. Like the above, the original border included other design elements but the border was easily customized. The egg yellow and white room got a kick out of a such a classic black and white design. Look at borders, or parts of borders, as a way to inexpensively add an architectural punch.
A border, perhaps trimmed to include only the blue lines, turns this bedroom into a jewel box.
Paint-able wallpaper borders are available at big box stores and have a myriad of uses to add detail. In this bedroom, the extra wide border hung right under the molding adds drama.
Paint-able border from Home Depot dresses up this plain chest of drawers.
A kitchen can really sing with a small amount of pattern. While a room filled with this pattern might be overwhelming, the impact seems just right behind kitchen shelving. Is it tile or wallpaper?
Wallpaper can add a nice surprise when opening kitchen drawers.
A bit of wallpaper on kitchen cabinets (even peel n' stick contact paper) adds a graphic element.
Wallpaper-lined cabinets add a visual punch.
A wallpaper back-splash (protected by glass), less expensive than designer tile, anchors the color palette of the room.
Why not take a look at your rooms to find the perfect spot for a little wallpaper? Bring back a classic design element in a fresh, modern way. As for me, I've got my eye on our guest bath but that's another story.