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5 Ways to Maximize Excess Wallpaper

This versatile piece is not just for your walls!


When it comes to sprucing up plain, blank walls—many homeowners have started experiment with a variety of finishes and options. Some have opted to keep it simple with wall art, others chose to paint an accent wall or mural, and a few have experimented with wood. A lot have been exploring their creativity too with a bunch of DIY projects that they can easily work on.

While some may think that wallpaper has taken a back seat, we think otherwise. It's still one of the best options if you're planning to decorate the home and it's versatile enough to be used in different parts of the house. Whether you have excess wallpaper or planning to use a new roll, here are fun ideas that will surely brighten up and personalize your space:

On the stairs

Give your staircase a bold upgrade by simply adding wallpaper to your step risers. If it's easily seen from the entryway or living area—you can catch the attention of guests and leave them in awe.

RL Tip: Remember to choose a pattern or print that blends well with the rest of your interiors to keep the look cohesive.

On your ceiling

How often do you look up and stare at the ceiling? Turn it into a focal point by using wallpaper to liven it up. Aside from being a pleasant surprise, it helps add depth and dimension to a small space.

On shelves and bookcases

Painting your shelves is quite simple to do but if you're looking for something more lovely, you may want to work with wallpaper to liven up the back of your storage pieces. It makes you vignettes more interesting and adds a pop of color to the space. You can do the same for your drawers or dresser.

On furniture

Many of us have old pieces of furniture that have seen better days. Aside from adding a fresh coat of varnish or having it upcycled, you can breathe new life into your old cabinet or table with a few scraps of wallpaper. Use it cover scratches and bumps—or if you're feeling extra creative, you can work with a paint and wallpaper combo to make it look brand new.

Click here for a project you can use as reference.

On light switches and sockets

We may not pay attention to these rectangular boxes but they can make or break the look of a space. These are mostly in white and plastic—somehow disrupting the vision that we have for our homes. Turn things around with wallpaper and your switches and sockets can instantly blend in and serve as decor. Remember to choose colors and prints that are in line with the look and style of your home.

READ: 3 Creative Ways to Conceal Electrical Outlets and Light Switches

PHOTOS (in order): Apartment Therapy | Decoist | House to Home UK | Happy Go Lucky | Jones Design Company.

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