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6 Wallpaper Tricks You Need To Know

Because having a roll or two of wallpaper has a lot of perks!

Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Vincent Coscolluela and Miguel Nacianceno (Main Photos) Styling: Dagny Madamba, Rachelle Medina, and Kathleen Valle

A lot of things can be done using leftover materials, may they be scraps of fabric or wood, extra tiles, or even excess wrapping paper. Wallpapers are no exception—you can do more other than decking your walls with them. Here are different ways on how you can use your extra rolls:

1. Use it to wrap your notebooks.

Add personality to your hardbound notebooks by covering them with wallpaper with bold and cheerful prints. Use a double-sided tape to create a clean look. You can even give these pretty notebooks away as gifts.

2. Prettify your tray.

Have fun organizing your toiletries or makeup on your dresser with a chic tray. Get a scrap of wallpaper with an elegant print (like damask or paisley) and glue it to the surface of the tray and let dry. Then, cover it with a coat of emulsion using light, even brushstrokes. After it has dried, cover it with another coat of emulsion and let dry. You now have a pretty catchall.

3. Create a faux headboard.

Decorator and former Real Living creative director Gwyn GS Guanzon used this trick in a client's bedroom. This wallpaper that looks like a tufted headboard surely added glam to this space.

4. Distinguish areas using wallpaper.

Interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo did just that in this condo unit. The living area is defined by floor-to-ceiling wallpaper, thus separating it from the dining area.

5. Spruce up cabinet doors.

Cabinet doors don't have to be plain all the time. Cover them with wallpaper, like what actor Peter Serrano and director Andoy Ranay did with theirs. As long as there are no leaks near the cabinets, this trick will work.

6. Create faux finishes.

In fashion designer Veejay Floresca's pad, decorator Elle Uy-Aguell used wallpaper that mimics wood. Wallpapers that look like slate or stone are also gender-neutral choices.

Read the original article in the November 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

PHOTOS (in order): Vincent Coscolluela (Notebook and Tray) | Miguel Nacianceno (Headboard and Areas) | Jun Pinzon (Cabinet Doors) | Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions (Faux Finishes).

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