An Ode To Wallpapered Closets: My Favorite Design Trick of All Time

by Grace Bonney

Over the past 15 years I’ve lived in eight different spaces, and the vast majority of them have been teeny tiny with little wiggle room for customization (renter rules). But in almost all of my spaces, I’ve found small ways to make them my own without going too overboard. My favorite trick? Wallpapering small closets so that when you open the doors you get a huge dose of color and pattern in the most unexpected space. Most renters can’t wallpaper (although I did once have an apartment where I realized the landlord had used wallpaper to cover a GIANT HOLE IN THE WALL), but today there are so many awesome removable wallpaper brands that make it possible to get the same look without forfeiting your deposit. Today I’m sharing 12 of my favorite examples to inspire your next “small change with big impact” project. If you’re able to paint, picking a coordinating color with the paper is a great way to step things up a notch. You can also use colorful ribbon (I love velvet ribbons for this) and nailhead trim to add a little extra oomph, too.

That’s my old closet above, from Design*Sponge at Home (Photo by Patrick Cline). I didn’t use removable wallpaper because I got permission to do this project, but the result is still one of my favorites I’ve ever done. This was a Trustworth wallpaper design.

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  • I love that oddhero poster in your spread at the top but it looks like their site is no longer active. Any idea if/where one might be available?