Why You Should Say Yes To Wallpaper

Now just hear me out.  I know you are sitting there reading this and shaking your head emphatically NO, but I have good reasons why you should say yes to wallpaper.  So keep reading and let me change your mind.

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Wallpaper is a great way to add visual interest to a room.


Have you seen all the color and patterns that are available on wallpaper?  It can be quite overwhelming, but there are floral, animal print, abstract, stripes, and polka dots.  There are even some that look like wood and brick.  There is wallpaper specifically for kids rooms, nurseries, kitchens, and bathrooms.  It can be quite overwhelming to pick out a pattern, but no more overwhelming that trying to choose from a hundred different shades of white.  Wallpaper allows you to add a custom design to any room that fits your decor, design style, and personality.

Wallpaper brings visual interest to a room.  Instead of just a boring old painted wall (no matter how gorgeous the paint color) think of the possibility of an amazing pattern filled feature wall, or dare I suggest… an entire room?  Wallpaper on a piece of furniture will give a custom look that no one else will have.  I love the look of stencils, but I am horrible at stenciling.  Inevitably I end up with  bleed through of the paint in the design.  With wallpaper that doesn’t happen.

Cloud wallpaper for a child's bedroom
photo credit: Wayfair.com

Despite what you have been led to believe, wallpaper is not permanent.  In most instances it will come down with a water filled spray bottle and a scraper.

Wallpaper that has been in place for a long period of time (think decades) may have to be scored first or you might even have to use a steamer to remove it, but still…it isn’t permanent.

New innovations in the material that some wallpaper is made of even makes it possible to peel it away just by grabbing the edges and pulling.  I know right?!!  What is this witchery?

Traditional wallpaper used in a luxury bathroom
Photo credit: Wayfair.com

Putting it up can be simple or complex.  It all depends on your skill level and patience.  Depending on the pattern you will have to make sure each piece matches up with the one next to it, but take it from me (an almost beginner at hanging wallpaper) if you have a little patience it will go smoothly.

Wallpaper comes unpasted, pre pasted, or peel and stick.  Unpasted requires you to purchase wallpaper paste and apply it to the back of the paper so that it will stick to the wall.  Prepasted has glue already adhered to the paper and all you have to do is get it wet to activate the glue so that it will stick.  With peel and stick wallpaper all you have to do is peel the backing off and apply it.

Applying paste to your paper takes a lot of extra time and you have to be sure to get it coated completely or it will not stick.  In my humble opinion this is not a good option unless you are an experienced wallpaper hanger or are planning to hire a professional to hang it for you.

Pre-pasted paper can be messy and you have to be sure to get the entire piece submerged in water to ensure that the glue is activated.  It will slide easily allowing you to reposition if necessary.  When you are smoothing out all of the air bubbles the excess glue will come out at the edges and it will resemble snot (ask me how I know this).  If you have a weak stomach this type of wallpaper may not be for you.

Peel and stick is the easiest choice by far of the three.  You simply peel off the back and stick it where you want it.  Think contact paper.  If the pattern doesn’t match up on the first try, you can peel it back off and reposition it.  You don’t want to try and slide it into place or you risk tearing the paper.

Wallpaper is a wonderful way to add visual interest to a room.  Despite what you have been told it isn’t permanent and there are different types of ways to adhere it to your wall, making it so easy to do that even a beginner can get the custom look of wallpaper in their home.  It’s not your grandma’s wallpaper anymore!

Wallpaper adds visual interest to this coastal style living room.
photo credit: Wayfair.com

Did I change your mind?  Are you going to give it a go?  I would love to hear what you think in the comments below.

I am off to finish wallpapering my bathroom for the One Room Challenge, if you haven’t been following along you can catch up starting with WEEK 1.

Talk to you soon,



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  1. Nordstrom has wallpaper? I had no idea. I love a powder room with a nice pattern. It makes tiny bathrooms have a little style in a small place.

    1. I agree!! My in-laws have wallpaper in their powder room that was there when they bought the house, probably from the late 70’s based on the rest of the house, it has ladies on it in a bubble bath, standing at the sink…it is too cute. I told them they are not allowed to take it down, lol!

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