There's no denying that wallpaper is a big commitment. Anyone who's ever tried to remove layers of decades-old chintz mid-renovation can attest to this fact. If comparing the spectrum of renovations to relationship statuses, a lick of paint would be akin to having "the talk," and wallpaper would be on par to a full-blown wedding. But there's no need to get wallpaper jitters.
We've come a long way since the days of traditional wallpaper glue. As far as wallpapers are concerned, saying "I do" to a single pattern no longer has to mean "till death do us part." Thanks to the use of stick-on wallpaper, easy-to-remove options have proliferated in recent years, making the commitment feel less serious.
That said, any breakup (no matter how small) can be painful and time-consuming, so to make sure that your choice feels right, we want you to make an informed decision. Sometimes all you need is a little visual inspiration to find the one. Luckily for us, homeowners and interior designers around the world are using delicate floral tapestries and bold graphic patterns in interesting new ways, providing us with plenty of visual cues. From stick-on removable wallpaper to hand-painted chinoiserie, here are our favorite wallpaper moments to inspire your own level of décor commitment.
Though this is technically a hand-painted mural, not wallpaper, the bright turquoise botanical effect is striking in the living room of Caroline Sieber. The pink settee and custom marble cocktail table complement the bold wall covering to freshen up the room.
In this Brooklyn townhouse's dining room, designers Studio DB opted for a dramatic strata wallpaper, a collaboration between wallpaper makers Zak + Fox and beloved lighting designers Apparatus Studio. The result is an elegant bold space worthy of a five-star–restaurant dining room.
Zak + Fox "Strata Study" (price upon request)
Fashion designer Austyn Zung covered her wardrobe doors in a hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper to make a bright, cheery statement. As she puts it, "The only real rule is that there are no rules. It's all about combining the different looks that speak to you."
Amanda Nisbet used her own silk fabric to cover the walls of this Kips Bay showhouse bedroom. The traditional wall panelings and furniture offset the bright modern art and wallpaper to create a beautiful tension between old and new.
De Gournay wallpaper hangs in this French apartment, creating a botanical fantasyland that's perfectly Parisian. We'll take it with a box of macarons, please!
In this boho bedroom, a traditional chinoiserie wallpaper is combined with midcentury sconces, a bold ikat headboard, and a tasseled wall hanging. Even though the mix is completely unexpected, the soft pink and gray tones blend all the styles together.
It takes quite a particular room to make a bold wallpaper like this one work, but the attic library of House of Honey owner Tamara Kaye-Honey is just the right space.
The ethereal wallpaper and painted white floors create an airy feel in this Canadian country house located in Montréal's Eastern Townships.
Zak Profera of Zak + Fox used his own linen fabric to cover the walls of his New York City bedroom, and his adorable shiba inu pup seems to approve.
London-based interior designer Sophie Ashby is unafraid of making a bold statement with wallpaper. In a client's Chelsea bedroom, she used a dramatic blue cloud mural as a backdrop to an entirely white, black, and blue décor.
If there's any wallpaper that makes our hearts swell the most, it's Fornasetti's collection for Cole & Son. Used here in a moody bathroom, Fornasetti's Nuvolette creates a cozy space with dramatic flair.
New York–based company Eskayel has taken the interior world by storm with its mystical ink-blot and tie-dye wallpapers. The retailer's Dynasty Indigo paper hangs here in a minuscule powder room, creating a striking effect.
Interior designer Katie Ridder has a special talent for wallpaper. The contrast between the teal and silver Japanese floral wallpaper and the lacquered moss green finish of this wet bar in an Arkansas country house is pure brilliance.