In case you’ve not noticed, wallpaper is back, baby! What I’ve found is good wallpaper comes with a hefty price tag. That’s a drag because I’m kind of smitten with a few patterns. Per usual, when I find the cost a bit too pricey for my liking, I went on a mission and figured out how to save money when wallpapering.
Wallpaper for Less: Use a Small Room
One way to wallpaper your home for less is to wallpaper in a small room. Powder rooms are the perfect spot to try it out. The room is typically small which means less wallpaper. Plus, powder rooms provide an excellent opportunity to try out a look that is bolder than you’d work elsewhere in a home.
Wallpaper for Less: Wainscotting
The use of wainscotting (board & batten, judges panel, beadboard, etc.additional) is the perfect opportunity that encourages wallpaper for less. Now, granted, you will need to spend money on new millwork for the walls but I shared a great post on how I was able to save a ton of money with my DIY board & batten project.
Wallpaper for Less: Accent Wall
When opting for a bold wallpaper I’ve found less has more impact. A beautiful print runs the risk of overpowering a room or possibility losing the wow factor people all anyone can focus on is how busy it is. This accent wall packs a punch!
When using bold or busy wallpaper, I recommend highlighting a single accent wall then paint the walls in a complementary color. This wallpaper for less trick will have a far greater impact than an entire room devoted to the pattern.
With a well planned accent wall, you and your guests will respond with “wow” vs “whoa”.
Wallpaper for Less: Go against the Flow
This little trick is fabulous! Typically, wallpaper is 21″ wide. A brilliant way to wallpaper for less is to either install the wainscoting above OR install a chair rail 20″ below the ceiling height. Are you following me here? Rather than measuring the height of chair rail or other millwork up from floor level, we measure down from the ceiling. Then hang the paper horizontally.
Taking this route means you will get longer runs. The average length of a single roll of wallpaper is 16.5′. Measure out the length of a room and see how many rolls you’ll need. It will cost far less than applying it vertically.
Wallpaper Design Tip: When applying wallpaper in this manner, make sure the wallpaper is non-directional. That way it can be hung either vertically or horizontally.”
Have you’ve fallen in love with wallpaper the way that I have? Hopefully, you’re able to glean helpful information on how to wallpaper your home for less. We are getting ready to apply wallpaper in two areas of our home this fall. Sign up for my email list so you don’t miss out on those projects and other decorating ideas that save some money!