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6 Types of Décor Paper for Your Home

Style your home using these versatile pieces


You've seen it. You've held it. You've written on it. Paper has been a part of life practically since forever. For some, paper’s irresistible charm in fact lies in its simplicity. But for most, it is paper's delicate and fragile characteristics that keep people from using it for furnishings and accessories.

Production by Coni Tejada. Styling by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Ocs Alvarez.

Read the original article ("Paper Power") in the November 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Keep these types of paper in mind:


Cardboard is stiff, durable, and can withstand a relative degree of pressure. Corrugated cardboard usually consists of outer flat sheets or liners with rippled inner layer of corrugated short fiber in between.

RL Tip: Create your own DIY bag by using pieces of old cardboard! Click here for the step by step guide.

Kraft Paper

Kraft paper is made from unbleached kraft pulp and unbleached coniferous pulp. Product designer Tes Pasola ingeniously applied the common bookbinding technique to create unique home accessories such as spaceship mobile vases. 

Click here for the step by step guide.


Tyvek is lightweight yet strong. It is difficult to tear but can be easily cut by scissors. You can style your room with this material by cutting your own floral design and hanging it once you’re done!

Click here for the step-by-step guide.


Newsprint is generally made by milling wood without the chemical process that would remove lignin (the chemical in trees that make them stiff and wood stiff) from the pulp.

RL Tip: Makeyour own functional art piece by crafting basket made from recycled newspaper. Click here for the step-by-step guide.

Acid Free Paper

Acid-free paper is made from cotton fibers, rags, esparto, jute, and chemical wood pulp. This material is often used for creating origami decorations, which you can display in your children’s room. Click here for the step-by-step guide.

Handcrafted Paper

Handcrafted paper is a type of paper made by hand and usually appears to be "unrefined" or "unfinished." Colorful handcrafted papers with their often rough-hewn edges are commonly used for giftwrap, boxes, and arts and crafts projects.

RL Tip: Craft your own lampshade using vibrant handcrafted paper. Click here for the step-by-step guide.  

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