3 Unusual ways to use wallpaper

“Would you wallpaper your ceiling?” asks Assistant Editor Toni Jaye Singer. She shares creative ideas for decorating with this oh-so-trendy wall finish

Sitting at the desk next to Monica, our Junior Stylist has put a dent in my bank balance. She’s always sourcing stunning accessories for photo shoots, and if I take a shine to something, I often can’t resist buying it.

Monica’s busy rounding up gorgeous wallpaper samples at the moment, which has made me want to go out and paper the town – or at least a feature wall in my living room.

The problem is my living room leads off the kitchen and dining area. This open-plan layout means there’s no obvious feature wall to wallpaper, so I’ve been looking for other creative ways to use this must-have wall finish. Here are three of my favourites:

1. Framing a panel of wallpaper

In this mod Durban home (pictured left), Grant Webster of Fahrenheit Design cleverly created a focal point by framing a panel of wallpaper. Together with the rug, this striking ‘artwork’ also helps to define the TV ‘room’ within the larger open-plan living area.gheabc201443092551

2. Wrapping wallpaper up onto the ceiling

Would you wallpaper your ceiling? After seeing this chic living room decorated by Wendy-Lee Douglas of sketch bok/dbn, I certainly would.

By wrapping the wallpaper up onto the ceiling, Wendy’s done more than just create a quirky talking point. This draws the eye upwards creating the impression of higher ceilings, which makes this compact room feel more spacious. (Here are some other tips to make a small space feel larger.)

3. Wallpapering the back of an open shelving unit

Keri Venter of Interplan Interiors transformed this ordinary white wall unit into a covetable, custom piece of furniture by simply wallpapering the back of the open shelves.

So the next time you spot the odd roll of wallpaper in the bargain bin at a sale, snap it up – as Kerry’s shown, even a little bit of wallpaper can make a big impact.