16 Beautiful Wallpapers from Readers

by Grace Bonney

Wallpaper has always been one of my favorite design elements for a few different reasons. First and foremost, it’s one of the fastest ways to transform a room dramatically in just a few hours. Second, it’s a tool for makeovers that can be effective in even the smallest of pieces (like to line drawers or the back of a bookcase). Last but not least, like textiles, it has the ability to combine all of the major elements of design (texture, color, pattern) in one fell swoop. So for this month’s hashtag challenge, we invited readers from across the globe to share their favorite photos of wallpaper at home and “out in the wild.” The results were a mix of bold, colorful, sophisticated and wonderfully worn-in papers, each one perfect for its chosen space. If you’ve ever needed inspiration to try a little bit of wallpaper at home, hopefully these photos will be the nudge to give it a try. Thanks so much to everyone who took these photos of their living rooms, morning coffee spots and museums around the world — they brightened my morning every day of this month. xo, grace


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  • I worked at Imperial Wallpaper Company, Glens Falls, NY in the 1950s. There was a most distinguished artisan with a red wig(really) who made the wallpaper designs by taping the brass outlines in the rolls to create many wonderful patterns. I hope some of those spectacular rolls still survive.

  • Swoon!! I just wallpapered my fridge for the second time (and it came out fantastic!) and I find myself in the mood to wallpaper everything in sight. I fear I am too fickle to invest in a whole room, knowing I’ll take it down in 2 years, but some of these are so gorgeous. Watching for more gorgeousness on instagram isn’t going to do anything to help this itch. Bahhh!

  • I’m loving all these wallpaper designs! So pretty! I’m still scared to do it though after discovering really old wallpaper under textured wallpaper in my first home…took me forever to remove it. I hear the wallpaper now isn’t so bad to remove and I’ve heard of the kind that peels off…so I may have to try it again.

  • I know Sarah Yakawonis! She has a great Etsy page and is so so talented. She’s particularly spectacular at Quilling [https://www.etsy.com/shop/YakawonisQuilling]

    She’s the sweetest girl ever, if you liked her wallpaper you should absolutely check out her other designs :)

  • Thanks so much Grace for featuring my dining room wallpaper (by Marthe Armitage). It took me forever to take the plunge and order this (slightly pricey) wallpaper. But you’re right, it changed the room dramatically and I couldn’t be more pleased.

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