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The largest space running across the entirety of our homes that is often overlooked is the walls. We’re usually immersed in designing our furniture and floors, and tend to oversee the interesting ways in which our walls can lend an element of style of a room. If you’re looking for an unconventional way to style the breadths of your walls, try these wallpaper ideas to spruce up your home.
1. THE WALLPAPER DESIGNS FOR HOMES THAT CELEBRATE ETHNIC PRINTS
While we love every aspect of Indian design, we have a special fondness for Indian prints and patterns. It’s always a treat to find a home that incorporates the interplay of colours, textures and weaves of these prints in a new and unique way. Conventionally, the best way to add ethnic prints to a room is with linens such as throws, cushion covers and furnishings. However, if you’re looking for something completely different, look no further than your walls. In this room, for example, the sofa, ottoman and side tables are all in solid colours, while a panel on the wall boasts an ethnic floral print. Since we’re familiar with a pattern like this on cushions or furnishings, seeing it on the house wallpaper is a pleasant surprise!
STYLE TIP: The next time you’re adding prints to a room, juxtapose or complement the patterns on your furniture with your house wallpaper, or make a statement with an elaborate design which can double as art on your walls.
2. CREATE A BOTANICAL NICHE WITH YOUR WALLPAPER PATTERNS
Wish you could have your own garden to escape to with plants and flowers blooming through the year? If your home doesn’t accommodate it, you could create your own botanical nook by pairing an elaborate nature-inspired print wallpaper with a piece of furniture upholstered in floral patterns or shades of your favourites blooms.
3. MATCH YOUR HOUSE WALLPAPER TO YOUR RUGS
A rug can tie an entire room together—especially if you’ve paired your pieces of furniture but something still feels a bit out of place. And, you could extend the versatility of this accessory to the walls of a space, too. In some homes, you may find intricately woven and knotted rugs hanging as pieces of art (and even passed down generations as heirlooms). But, if you’d prefer something larger to cover the entirety of a space, choose wallpaper designs for homes that mimic the visual of fabrics. This décor style will immediately lend a cosy mood to a room, and works well in the living, study or lounging room.
STYLE TIP: Use your house wallpaper to layer prints or textures in a room. In this space, every accessory from the rug on the floor to the cushions on the sofa and the photo frame on the side table have a geometric print. This is layered with the maze pattern on the wallpaper behind it.
4. BREAK THE MONOTONY OF A BARE WALL WITH PANELS OF WALLPAPER
From serving as a piece of art to echoing your favourite designs across your walls—the versatility of a house wallpaper is infinite. And while sheets of it can cover your walls for a uniform look, a strip of wallpaper can also be used as a panel to break the monotony or bleakness of a clear wall. You can line them up in alternating columns to create a vertical pattern or use it behind a piece of furniture or in a nook to highlight the space.
5. WALLPAPER DESIGNS FOR HOMES THAT LOVE WATERCOLOURS AND FOLIAGE
If you’re looking to open up or brighten a space, adding a potted plant or fresh vase of flowers will immediately do the trick. This is also a quick hack for urban homes and apartments that are slowly losing access to nature and greenery outside their windows. However, if taking care of live plants is time consuming, there are floral or verdant prints that can do the same job. You could put up paintings of leaves or your favourite flowers in pastel watercolours, or choose a house wallpaper to liven up an entire section of a room. For spaces that lack natural ventilation or don’t have too many windows, a wallpaper design for a home that’s filled with leafy patterns can serve as the next best thing.
6. THE ART OF PICKING THE RIGHT WALLPAPER FOR YOUR HOME
With the number of wallpaper designs to choose from being endless, how does one pick the right style for a home? The first thing to consider is the reason you’re choosing a wallpaper instead of traditional paint for the walls. If it’s to add more colour or pattern to a room that feels drab, delve into how far you’d like to go when adding vibrance to a space. For anyone who feels completely clueless, as a starting point build a mood board to add pictures that inspire you. Over the course, you’ll begin to notice styles and forms that appeal to you.
7. WALLPAPER DESIGNS FOR HOMES WITH REALISTIC THREE-DIMENSIONAL TEXTURES
Sometimes, a printed wallpaper design can mimic the texture and details of certain materials, which can prove to be better than the real thing! For example, if you’d like a fabric wall covering in a room that’s prone to lots of dust, you can do away with the risk of allergies by fitting in a house wallpaper that replicates the look and patterns of the cloth. Similarly, if you’d like a certain stone or material to adorn your walls, but the process of installing it seems too hectic, the right wallpaper design for the home will be the best alternative.
8. A HOUSE WALLPAPER FOR THE CONSTANT READER
Probably the only instance clutter is acceptable in a home is when it comes to books. For any reader or book lover, there’s no joy greater than seeing a large pile or stack of books around the house. If you want to take this sentiment further and be surrounded by pages of literature, choose a wallpaper design for a home with a pattern of articles or columns of texts. Be careful as this look could border on overkill if not styled correctly. For a neater look, choose a single panel on the wall for this wallpaper design to lend its charm to the room.
9. A LARGER CANVAS FOR YOUR FAVOURITE FABRICS
After going through spools of cloth, numerous brochures and sample swatches, it’s a thrill to discover the perfect fabric to upholster your furniture pieces and accessories. But what if you find a weave that’s so unique and intricate, it feels wasteful to restrict it to just one object in the home? As an unusual alternative to the conventionally painted wall, use an interesting fabric as a wall covering instead. This is also a clever way for renters to spruce up their walls without undergoing any intensive renovation work. Simply apply the fabric across the breadths of a space with everyday laundry starch to make it easily removable in the future.
INSIDER’S GUIDE: Want to make the fabrics on your walls even more special? With Asian Paints’ Nilaya Sabyasachi Fabrics, you can adorn your walls with the designer’s vibrant prints inspired by his travels to North Africa and life at home in India.
10. ADD YOUR FAVOURITE MOTIFS AND SYMBOLS WITH WALL STICKERS FOR THE HOME
Our tastes and preferences constantly change through our lifetime, and this is largely reflected in the spaces we live in and the décor pieces we choose. This also leads to us often wanting to redecorate the way a room is designed. If you can relate to this way of being, you’re probably always looking for accessories that are easily swappable in the most fuss-free way. While moveable pieces of furniture along with linens, covers and décor objects can be removed or updated regularly, changing the designs on the walls doesn’t seem as easy. However, with wall decals or wall stickers for a home, you can include your favourite motifs, styles or symbols in a space; allowing you to peel it off once you tire of it.
INSIDER’S HACK: Wall stickers and decals are perfect for a child’s bedroom, whose hobbies and choices can evolve quickly as they grow!
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