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20 Homes Where Wallpaper Rules

by Grace Bonney

It’s funny how design styles and trends work in my mind. Sometimes I spend so much time thinking about them and over-analyzing them, that once I get them out of my head and onto paper (or onto the blog), I find I actually like them even more. I’ve been thinking about wallpaper a lot lately and how powerful of a tool it can in transforming a space. And with the bold, mural-style patterns we’re seeing on the market today, you can go from a simple room to a dramatic space in an instant. To give some real-life inspiration and examples, here are 20 of my favorite homes where wallpaper has a huge impact — whether on an accent wall, a full room, or a tiny jewel box of a bathroom. Enjoy! xo, grace

*If you need any more wallpaper sources, here are 12 patterns we always trust and 51 resources for shopping for wallpaper online!

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Caroline and Clark Brewer's Nashville home has dreamy modern toile wallpaper in the bedroom.
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Émilie, of MilieO, and Greg have a stunningly modern bedroom with a collection of black and gold lighting that's echoed in the room's geometric DIY faux-wallpaper.
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Charlie and Megan's Brooklyn Heights apartment has an amazing faux-library nook created entirely by wallpaper!
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Elisabeth Dunker's home in Sweden has beautiful vintage-style green floral wallpaper and one heck of a cute patterned floor.
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We love the bold floral wallpaper in Rita Mehta's Minneapolis home.
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This gorgeously lush rose wallpaper in Susan and Will Brinson's home took our breath away.
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Mark & Keith of MiniModerns refinished a Victorian Railway Guard’s camper/car and used one of their wallpaper designs in the bedroom. I love the matchy-matchy pillow moment happening.
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I used to live right around the corner from this amazing wallpaper at Bakeri in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I liked to visit it just to see it in person. What an amazing choice and color contrast with the wainscoting.
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This rural German home has cool retro wallpaper in several rooms, but we especially love the entryway pattern.
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This pattern, a CFA Voysey print re-issued by Trustworth, was used in Amy Merrick's home for the original Design*Sponge at Home book, but we love the way it looks here in an upstate New York home that the Jersey Ice Cream Co. team did.
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I couldn't resist adding my own tiny downstairs bathroom. It's my favorite sea-themed wallpaper by Abigail Edwards.
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Our old Design*Sponge office had amazing emerald green wallpaper by Shanan from Eskayel design.
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We can never resist a vintage-y floral and Romain's Parisian home has a great one.
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More retro-style florals in the home of Nina van de Goor.
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This Ferm Living pattern is a great way to highlight a little half wall in front of stairs in the home of Casey and Evan Bovee.
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Lynne Testoni's wallpapered upstairs hallway is a great dose of pattern to walk into as you enter the second floor.
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We love this metallic pattern in a bold bathroom makeover.
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Who wouldn't want some dreamy clouds behind their head when they go to sleep every night? This Parisian home nailed the celestial look.
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We can't resist a good polka dot -- and this tiny powder room is a perfect place to play with a fun wallpaper pattern like this.
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Cute dog, cute wallpaper -- what's not to love? Kimberly Cornelison and Alfie Ferreyra's Minnesota home has both.

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