How to Use Bold Wallpaper 

Comfortable pale pink upholstered chair in a cozy bedroom interior with double bed and green and leaves decorations

In a world full of beige and gray, a small patch of bold wallpaper can make a great statement. There are a few ways to make it work without it being overwhelming. There aren’t any set design rules on wallpaper, and it can be used in every room of the house, but the key is to not overdo it. Pick a focal point and focus on that.  And, most importantly, have fun with it.  Design should always be fun, and it should ultimately create an environment that you feel like your best self in.  

Here are a few of my favorite places to bring in bold patterns and colors:

The first is in a smaller space like a powder room. A bold floral or geometric pattern can make a smaller room feel much larger.  

Second, use large printed wallpaper on an accent wall, for example, at the end of a hall to create a visual focus.  

Third is on a ceiling. This works well in a library or home office that has a deep jewel-toned color on the wall. Another fun place is in a kid’s room on the ceiling to give them something to look at from their beds. One of my favorites is a map so they can explore the world. 

The fourth idea is in the bedroom as an accent wall behind the bed to create visual drama. The wallpaper here frames the bed and headboard, if there is one. 

Fifth, is on the back of shelving to give a bold backdrop to books and accessories. This “hidden” pop of color or design can be very eye catching.

The laundry room is another great place to hang colorful, printed wallpaper. This room is so often forgotten but in reality a lot of time is spent there so why not have something fun to look at?  

Finally, is the breakfast room. This is the room in the home where everyone’s day starts and a happy, fun wallpaper can set the tone for the rest of the day – think colorful poppies, fanciful designs or graphic prints.

If you are looking for help form a professional, the Arizona North chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is hosting the annual Interior Designer for Hire program beginning Feb. 1 and running until April 30. This program gives homeowners an opportunity for a one- or two-hour consultation with an interior designer at a reduced rate. –Jennifer Biffer, co-chair of Interior Designer for Hire, member of the Arizona chapter of ASID

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