by Marica Fick
It is no secret that wallpaper is not solely for walls anymore. One can use wallpaper in all kinds of interesting and unusual ways. In fact, we dedicated a whole mini Décor Quick Tips series to out of the ordinary wallpaper uses a few years ago. The collection of clever tips included wallpapering your furniture, using wallpaper to create a quirky lampshade, framed wallpaper “art”, and fun wallpaper headboards.
There is one more appealing use for wallpaper that recently grabbed my attention – using wallpaper on staircases.
Not only this quirky decorating idea quick, simple, and easy on the wallet, it will add a conversation-starting focal point to your home. It truly is an inventive way of introducing pattern, colour and personality into an otherwise drab and utilitarian space.
As Holly Becker of decor8 said recently while discussing this wallpaper idea on her blog, it “has such a huge impact for little effort and I think it adds a PUNCH of happiness and colour to our understated white space.”
The trick to successfully pulling off this feature is to not paper a staircase in an already busy interior. You will notice that all the example interiors in this post have one important thing in common – they all have relatively white surroundings. It is this bare Scandi-like minimalism that forms the perfect calm backdrop for such a bold and visually busy feature.
The beauty of this idea is that you can select any wallpaper that will compliment your home and interior style. Your chosen paper can be sleek and contemporary with minimal colour – something geometric maybe? Otherwise go bold with a dramatic, colourful pattern or soft and feminine florals for a more Shabby Chic or Country Farmhouse flavour. Feel free to mix and match.
If you are renting your home, or hesitant to commit to such a bold interior statement, you can use peel-and-stick wallpapers for a temporary no-hassle no-glue solution.
Just be careful with your wallpaper selections – one can easily venture into tacky territory – try to keep it tasteful.
source: decor8 | photo: Rachel Whiting
source: Claire Zinnecker Design | photo: Molly Winters
source: Ideal Home | photo: Lizzie Orme
source: Pinterest | photo: unknown
source: Libelle (Issue 18) | photo: Sjoerd Eickmans | Styling: Tamara van Gelderen
source: Spoonflower (catalogue)
source: Chez Larsson
source: Home Depot
source: Lonny | photo: Patrick Cline