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Dare To Be Bold: Why You Should Embrace Patterned Wallpaper In 2021

Looking to give your home a bit of an update this spring? Patterned wallpaper is a great way to make a real statement with your interiors and can completely transform your home. Read on to find out why you should embrace patterned wallpaper in 2021.

Why use patterned wallpaper?

Patterned wallpaper is a great way to add interest to a room, especially if it’s looking a bit plain or tired. Whatever your tastes or style there will be a patterned wallpaper that works for every room, from more subtle designs that you barely notice, to bold designs that take up most of a wall.

If you’re not sure where to start then take a look at these feature wall ideas from I Love Wallpaper for some inspiration. Adding some patterned wallpaper can help you bring together a room and define its style, creating a starting point for decorating the rest of the space.

Tips for using patterned wallpaper

There’s a lot of choices when it comes to patterned wallpaper so these tips will help you to use it effectively wherever you want.

Use wallpaper in small and big spaces

Don’t be afraid to use wallpaper in small rooms and corners — it can look just as great as it does in a large space. Small box rooms, home offices, and bathrooms are the perfect place to add bright and bold wallpaper. It’s ideal for making spaces that are often neglected more interesting and fun. Don’t forget about your kitchen; a kitchen remodel can make it a more enjoyable area to hang out and enjoy your meals.

Think about scale

You do need to consider the size of the pattern and the area you’re using it in. Have a clear idea of exactly how big the design is on the wallpaper before you buy it. Large patterns can work in most spaces, but you don’t want to commit to it and then put it on the walls and find that you only get half of the design in the space.

Image: I Love Wallpaper

Consider patterns with different colors

If you choose a patterned wallpaper that has three or four different colors in it, it can work with multiple color schemes. This means you can pick out a different color from the wallpaper when you want to update the rest of the room and replace your decor or furnishings.

Pick an accent color

Choose an accent color from the patterned wallpaper and use it to add some coordinated finishing touches to the rest of the room. You can get custom cushion covers from The Cushion Guys to exactly match the wallpaper. Other things like a rug, picture frames, and throws in the right shade will also help to bring the room together.

Choose a pattern you love

Interior design trends are always changing, but wallpaper is going to have a huge impact on the look of the room, so don’t just choose something because it’s fashionable. Pick a wallpaper that you really love, and you’re going to enjoy seeing on your walls.

Mix patterns if you want to

Using patterned wallpaper doesn’t mean you can’t have any other patterns in the same room. In fact, you can even use two different patterned wallpaper

You just need to coordinate the colors. Choose patterns with the same color palette or pick out one of the accent colors from one of the wallpapers and choose another pattern in that color. If you want to use floral or geometric patterned wallpaper these will both go really well with striped patterns.

Add some texture

To create even more of an impact with your patterned wallpaper choose one with a texture. It can add more interest to the room and add to its style, especially if it reflects the other furnishings.

Choose subtle colors for a neutral look

If you want a more neutral or minimal look in your room you can still use patterned wallpaper. Choose a more subtle, muted color to keep it from taking over the room — but the pattern itself can still be bold and interesting.

Image: I Love Wallpaper

Paint other walls to match

When you’re using patterned wallpaper on just one side or area to create a feature wall then paint the other walls to match. Pick out the main color from the wallpaper and use it on the other walls to bring it all together and make the room seem bigger.

Patterned wallpaper is one of the best ways to transform a room that’s looking a bit neglected or to make a new house feel like home. So follow these tips and create a space that’s bold, exciting, and stylish.

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