I have been designing interiors for 15 years and most of those interiors have been coated with some shade of Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore. Not to hate on paint- it creates the mood for every room and is easily altered for when the mood changes. But I am so excited to see wallcovering being used more and more. It is such a great way to add bold pattern and unexpected whimsy to a room.
Not feeling too brave? There are lots of ways to experiment or start small.
1. Wallpaper an accent wall
A bed wall or focal point wall, like a foyer or the backs of built-ins, is a great way to add a pop of pattern without having to go for the gusto on the whole room (and the whole expense).
2. Cover a powder room
Powder rooms are my favorite place to do something bold. It is a small space that doesn’t need to be made to feel large; it is only for a temporary visit after all.
3. Try texture instead of pattern
Can’t decide on a pattern or afraid of getting tired of something graphic? Textured wallcovering is timeless and adds subtle elegance to a space. Try some of the newer printed or embossed patterned grasscloths and linens for a little more “oomph”.
4. Use temporary paper
Still not totally sold? There are some great options that are temporary- think “Contact” paper. Here is one brand I found at market and think has great patterns:
Visit my houzz page (http://www.houzz.com/pro/amy-emery/amy-emery-interior-design) for a little inspiration- I created a Wallcovering Ideabook showing some examples of these ideas:
Some other resources: