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5 creative living room wallpaper ideas

Wallpaper vs paint – it’s a choice we all have to make when it comes to redecorating our living rooms. Whether you want to add a hint of texture or make a statement with a geometric pattern, wallpaper is an easy way to transform your space without changing too many other details within the room.

Beyond the typical all-over application, here are five of our favourite ways to use wallpaper to create an instant impact.

1. Pay attention to the fifth wall

Room with wood effect wallpaper on ceiling

It might not be the first place you’d think of, but decorating your ceiling is the perfect way to add some interest to your living room without overwhelming it. It’s a great option to add a hint of pattern in rooms that already have a point of focus on the walls, like artwork or panelling. Or, it’s a good choice if you don’t want to disturb a clean colour palette across the walls.

If you need to get rid of a textured or Artex ceiling in your living room before wallpapering it, take a look at our Artex ceiling removal tips.

2. Add an easy accent

Grey sofa in front of floral feature wall

Feature walls add another dimension to a room, without the commitment of wallpapering everywhere. They work particularly well in rooms with neutral or minimalistic colour palettes, as they add a refreshing pop of colour. To make your living room feature wall stand out even more, use flock wallpaper to add a velvety texture.

Before you get started, read the do’s and don’ts of creating a feature wall.

Ensure a smooth finish and avoid annoying mistakes, such as misaligned patterns, by hiring a professional to complete your wallpapering job. Connect with a vetted painter and decorator on Rated People now!

3. Create a one-of-a-kind wall collage

Collage of frames with brown floral wallpaper

The true zero-commitment wallpaper option – framed panels of wallpaper – is a customisable alternative to typical wall art. It’s super easy to make! Plus, it’s quick to move around and swap out for new wallpaper if you change your living room layout or décor in the future.

On the hunt for more lockdown DIY projects that you can do at home? Check out 10 DIY jobs you can do whilst social distancing.

4. Line your furniture

Cabinet with orange geometric lining

Add a subtle flair to your bookshelves, drawers or entertainment units by lining them with wallpaper. This is a great fix for furniture that’s a little on the older side and has lost its lustre.

You could even use offcuts or samples of luxury designer wallpaper for an upmarket look.

5. Upcycle your blinds

Person's hands installing blinds with baby blue lining

This cheap-and-cheerful idea of customising plain roller blinds is recommended by the likes of celebs such as Martha Stewart. Simply lay the blind out flat and apply the wallpaper to it, using paste if it’s not pre-glued. This idea also works for Venetian blinds too – just cut and stick the wallpaper to the slats.

Find a skilled painter and decorator to transform your space on Rated People.


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