Wonderful Wallpaper in Small Spaces

Wonderful Wallpaper in Small Spaces

Eleanor Büsing
Mar 28, 2016

We're often cautioned about design for small spaces, told to keep things light, solid, and neutral in order to avoid overwhelming the space. To this I say: nope. Especially when it comes to wallpaper! I think a small room—or part thereof—is the perfect place to add a bit of color and pattern. Using wallpaper makes smaller spaces special, and the limited amount of paper needed keeps costs low. Read on for 12 small papered rooms that pack a punch.

In Lauren's Union Square home, above, hand-printed zebra wallpaper by Scalamandre gleams in the bathroom.

In this home by Emily Henderson, a powder room is papered in the whimsical and near-universally adored Daydream paper from Hygge & West, designed by Julia Rothman.

Regan Baker Design via Desire to Inspire

There's a reason we often think of wallpaper as being perfect for powder rooms. These small spaces provide the opportunity to play with something a little bold, like this graphic black-and-white tree print in a bathroom by Regan Baker Design, while being relatively safe from design fatigue—after all, it's unlikely you'll spend so much time in the powder room that you'll tire of the paper.

(Image credit: Lonny)

Lonny via One Kings Lane

Here's one more papered bathroom, just because I adore this space from Lonny so much. The owner has even made the unusual decision to paper the ceiling, which works perfectly in this small space.

(Image credit: Design Sponge)

Design Sponge via hunted interior

Another natural place for wallpaper is the entry. Often no more than a tiny hallway, a patterned entryway—like this one featured on Design Sponge—can create a bold statement about your home.

(Image credit: Stories)

Here's something a little more unusual from Stories: off a light kitchen sits a dark and dramatic wallpapered laundry room. Why not treat utility spaces as something special? It might even make doing the laundry more fun.

Sarah Wittenbraker Design via Houzz

This attic bedroom by Sarah Wittenbraker isn't necessarily small, but the sloped ceilings and odd shapes mean the proportions are unusual. However, the owners didn't shy away from pattern, and the birds-and-butterflies wallpaper looks perfect, especially in this office nook.

(Image credit: Fenstermann LLC on Houzz)

Fenstermann LLC on Houzz via Jenny

You also don't need to wallpaper an entire room. This nook, papered in a bold floral, becomes an ersatz headboard.

Another example of selective papering, featured in Domino: black spotty wallpaper sits behind a bank of shelves, making everything placed on them that much more special.

(Image credit: Zukkini)

Zukkini via Home Design Love

In this kitchen by Russian design firm Zukkini, a single wall of bold floral wallpaper reads almost like art. In a small, white, modern space, the pattern is the focal point; it could almost be too much in a larger room, don't you think?

Tracy Murdock Interior Design via Completely Coastal

But back to papering an entire room. Here, trendy (and classic!) banana leaf paper completely covers this Tracy Murdock-designed sunroom/conservatory, and even though it's a small space, it looks fantastic.

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