5 Interesting Wallpaper Ideas for Your Apartment
Posted by Amy Scott on 27th Apr 2022
Wallpaper is a quick and easy way to change the room’s look and it’s the perfect idea for anyone who rents an apartment. Wallpaper is usually very easy and quick to apply plays you can remove it if you don’t like it or if you are moving. It’s also widely available in all different styles, colors, and textures so you can get as creative as you like!
Wallpaper typically comes in two styles: peel-and-stick (which comes with a plastic backing that is removed so you might need some tools to flatten out bubbles) and traditional (which requires a specific paste, a paste brush, and likely a roller to help you apply it) so be aware of the type of wallpaper you are buying beforehand. If you want to jazz up some spaces in your apartment with some fun wallpaper then keep reading to see X interesting wallpaper ideas.
1️⃣ Start small
One of the easiest ways to add some drama to a room is by putting up some bold wallpaper in smaller areas to simulate a pattern over the entire wall. The kitchen and bathrooms are great places to try this out so look for a space that is bright but boring (against the wall of your bathroom mirror or your backsplash area for example) and get wild with it. It’s fun to see little pops of geometric shapes or bright florals in the unique space of the room. You should make sure that the wallpaper you are choosing is applied correctly and suits the needs of the space. Vinyl wallpaper is great for areas that have high water traffic like a steamy bathroom or a wet sink area. The fewer gaps and cuts you have in the initial application, the less likely it will be that water damage from trapped moisture will occur.
2️⃣ “Wall” paper
Wallpaper is traditionally put on…you guessed it! Walls! But you can easily use it on your ceiling instead of painting it to give your room a luxurious feeling. You can go so many ways with this and it’s a great way to add some texture to the surfaces of the room. You can go ornate with dark colors and gold accents or you could bring in the wall colors on the wallpaper pattern to make the room look larger. Playing with texture is another great idea so look for wallpaper that either has an imitation texture (such as suede or snakeskin) or an actual texture (like waves or florals). Textured wallpaper can be found at most hardware stores and there are plenty of options to choose from. It looks great on its own but changes completely when it’s painted so it’s a fantastic way to add something interesting to the room.
3️⃣ Personalize it
Many people look for wallpaper because it’s a great way to make the room look unique and interesting but you can make your room look even more bespoke by creating your own custom wallpaper. There are quite a few online companies that will print your image or idea onto enough wallpaper to cover the space you need. The possibilities for this are endless and you could get anything from your grandmother's delicate signature to your puppy's face printed on the wallpaper you want. For anyone who wants a one-of-a-kind look, this is the best way to go. It’s also great for rooms that have tricky color palates that are hard to match a good print to. You can select the exact colors you want and create an accent wall that is tied into the space flawlessly. It’s also easy to order as much or as little as you want to so you don’t have to worry about the wallpaper you like running out of stock or being discontinued.
4️⃣ Faux finish
We’ve already mentioned how great faux textures can be for your ceiling but they are also excellent for giving a slight illusion of construction in the space. Things like exposed brick and shiplap are popular but they require so much work to actually achieve. Lucky for you, there are plenty of wallpapers that will give you the same look, minus the construction dust and they make it easy to remodel the space in a snap. Textured wood will make any space look like it’s gotten a fantastic farmhouse makeover while a well-done brick pattern can make a space look less sterile and much friendlier. A suede finish is a great choice for a living room or library and marble is always a classic look for your kitchen.
5️⃣ Write it down
Sometimes the best wallpaper for the space isn’t actually even wallpaper. Chalkboard contact paper is a fun way to make your wall writable without painting it with hard-to-cover paint. You can use it in so many different spaces of your apartment in either a functional or fashionable way. Kids' rooms are a great place to use this and it lets your budding artist have a space on the walls where they’re allowed to draw (which hopefully saves the other walls in the room!) but you can also use it anywhere you usually make a list. Throw some inside your kitchen cabinet door to have a space to write down what you need to use on the inside of your front door to remind yourself of what you need before you go.
Wallpaper is a great way to add some temporary flair to your apartment and make it look as unique as you'd like. Removing your wallpaper is fairly easy and it’s usually much faster than repainting the entire room so it's perfect for apartment dwellers. Have a look at some of the fun and interesting innovations in wallpaper design to see which style suits your home the best!