Who Says Wallpaper Is Ugly?Liz Stanley
I know wallpaper gets a bad wrap from generations of awful designs and misuse. I’m talking to you, white lattice fence with vines and bunnies. Yes, you. Sure wallpaper can be pretty awful, but it definitely doesn’t have to be! I’ve been finding more and more designs that make me do a double take. Like this one pictured above, for example. The purples, blues and grays are perfection! I absolutely love the watercolor look it has. I don’t know if I would be bold enough to put it in a main room in my house, but maybe our bedroom or a guest room! You can see more on this wallpaper on Black Crow Studios. It isn’t for sale, but if you love it you could look for something similar elsewhere.
A really great thing about wallpaper is you can change it. I always get the feeling that what you do to your walls is permanent but it isn’t! Or at least it doesn’t have to be. It used to be the case that people would often pay someone to come in and take down their wallpaper. I remember when I was a kid, my parents bought a house that had the worst wallpaper I had ever seen. And there were layers of it! We had to use awful chemicals to get it all off and it took what felt like forever. These days with a little invention called the internet, there are hundreds of tutorials on how to safely, easily, and quickly remove wallpaper from your walls at home. Like this tutorial on HGTV. Who would have thought it could be that simple? So never fear, if you put up a wallpaper and decide you hate it, you can easily take it down.
The main reason I like wallpaper is the statement it makes. Sure solid walls are great, but if you really want a space to have some personality then wallpaper might be the way to go for you. This wallpaper pictured here would be perfect for adding a bit of whimsy to a space like an office or a kids room. It’s $88 from Anthropologie, which is pretty reasonable I think. I also really love the idea of putting up wallpaper on just one wall and painting the others a single solid color. Maybe it’s the scaredy cat in me, but adding wallpaper to an entire room might be a little overwhelming — I guess it depends on the design or pattern.
Now for the big question of pricing; there isn’t really a specific price that covers any and all wallpaper, unfortunately. It can range anywhere from $10 to $300 or more! It’s crazy, I know. So it helps to shop around to find a paper you not only love, but that won’t break the bank either. The price can often depend on the quality of the paper or the designer. If it’s a well known designer, chances are the paper will cost more even if the quality isn’t as good. You really have to weigh out what is important to you and the look you are going for in your home. For me, I would try to find a happy medium. A paper that I love that doesn’t break the bank but isn’t super cheap either. Remember, you get what you pay for!
So if you have been on the fence about wallpaper, I say give it a try! It doesn’t have to be permanent, and I think you just might fall in love with it.
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