The 30 Best Wallpapers That'll Elevate the Look of Any Room
One of the best ways to add some color and personality to any space is by putting up wallpaper. Whether you're into bold, vibrant patterns or designs that are more subtle and traditional, wallpaper can make a huge difference in the way a room looks and feels. And with so many options available in a huge variety of colors and textures, you can be sure to find a wallpaper that perfectly fits the vibe of your home.
Here, the best wallpapers that'll elevate any room.
Our Top Picks
- Chasing Paper Emma Darvick Long Lines Wallpaper
- RoomMates Twig Hygge Herringbone Peel and Stick Wallpaper
- Rifle Paper Co. Luxembourg Wallpaper
- RoomMates Palm Peel and Stick Wallpaper
- Tempaper Genevieve Gorder Feather Flock Peel and Stick Wallpaper
- NextWall Morris Flower Vinyl Peel and Stick Wallpaper
- Graham & Brown Black & White Paper Non-Pasted Wallpaper
- Opalhouse x Jungalow Fiesta Animals Peel and Stick Wallpaper
- Better Homes & Gardens Beadboard Paintable Wallpaper
- NextWall Diamond Geometric Peel and Stick Wallpaper
Chasing Paper Emma Darvick Long Lines Wallpaper
RoomMates Twig Hygge Herringbone Peel and Stick Wallpaper
Rifle Paper Co. Luxembourg Wallpaper
RoomMates Palm Peel and Stick Wallpaper
Tempaper Genevieve Gorder Feather Flock Peel and Stick Wallpaper
NextWall Morris Flower Vinyl Peel and Stick Wallpaper
Graham & Brown Black & White Paper Non-Pasted Wallpaper
Opalhouse x Jungalow Fiesta Animals Peel and Stick Wallpaper
Better Homes & Gardens Beadboard Paintable Wallpaper
NextWall Diamond Geometric Peel and Stick Wallpaper
Wall Paperfect Arch Wallpaper
Spoonflower Chevron Painted Wallpaper by Crystal Walen
Better Homes & Gardens Ayana Peel and Stick Wallpaper
Serena & Lily Star Wallpaper
NextWall Mosaic Tile Peel & Stick Wallpaper
Hygge & West Ahoy! Wallpaper
Chasing Paper Graduate Hotels Vintage Art Wallpaper
RoomMates Cherry Blossom Peel and Stick Wallpaper
Tempaper Abstract Color Landscape Wallpaper
Scandinavian Workshop Vintage Peel and Stick Wallpaper
Sand & Stable Charleigh Textured Wallpaper
Chasing Paper Thimblepress Moon Stamp Wallpaper
Kelly Clarkson Home Ida Wallpaper
Gracie Oaks Aalyia Peel and Stick Wallpaper
Graham & Brown Crocodile Black Wallpaper
NextWall Washed Faux Brick Peel and Stick Wallpaper
Wallshoppe Orange Crush Wallpaper by Nathan Turner
Graham & Brown Anthriscus Wallpaper
Threshold Reclaimed Wood Peel & Stick Wallpaper
York Wallcoverings On The Savanna Spray and Stick Wallpaper
How to Shop for Wallpaper Like a Pro
For a quick and easy application process, look for wallpapers that are peel and stick, since all that's required is placing it directly onto the wall and peeling it off when you're done, no tools or hassle needed. "It is easy to hang and easy to remove without damaging the wall behind it," says Kondor. For longer-lasting wallpaper, you might want to go for paper that's listed as being non-pasted or affixed to the wall—while applying it may require a bit more work, it'll ensure that the paper stays on for years to come.
Some wallpapers are designed to be totally flat and smooth, while others are made to feel textured, especially those with faux brick or wood patterns. If you're not sure whether a textured wallpaper is right for you, Kondor advises ordering a sample of a pattern you like ahead of time. "Tape the sample to your wall and leave for several days to see if it's a good fit for you and your room," she says.
There are so many patterns to choose from when it comes to wallpaper, ranging from animal print to geometric to florals. It comes totally down to a matter of taste, so when shopping, make sure you pick a pattern that fits both your personal style and the vibe of the room it's going to be in. Still, "traditional designs such as florals, damasks, and stripes never go out of style," notes Kondor, so those wallpapers are typically a safer bet.
Questions You Might Ask
How do you hang wallpaper?
"It is important to remember not all wallpaper is hung the same way," Kondor says, adding that it's crucial to follow the manufacturer's directions that come with the wallpaper. First of all, preparation is key. You'll need to ensure that your walls are flat, with no bumps or holes. If you're installing non-peel and stick wallpaper, it's a good idea to seal your walls with primer to ensure application is as smooth as possible. You should also map out the design before you start cutting and applying to lessen the chance of making a mistake.
Traditional wallpaper requires tools for application, like an adhesive, a level, and a smoother. This is where following the manufacturer instructions is most crucial, as different brands have different application methods. If you're installing peel and stick wallpaper, the process will go a little faster. Although using a level is still a good idea, all you really have to do is apply from the top down, work slowly, and smooth out bubbles as you go.
How do you measure for wallpaper?
First, you need to figure out the square footage of the space you're wallpapering, says Kondor. "To do this, you will want to measure the height and width of each wall you plan to cover as well as the height and width of any deductions such as doors and windows," she advises. Once you've figured those things out, you can look at the square footage of the pattern you've picked to determine the number of rolls needed.
Can you paint over wallpaper?
Yes, as long as you use paintable wallpaper, says Kondor, as "this type of wallpaper tends to be thick and heavily textured." Otherwise, you should remove the wallpaper before painting.
Take Our Word for It
This article was written by Rachel Simon, a writer for Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, The New York Times, and many other publications. She frequently covers home products and decor and spoke with Brenda Kondor, Website Manager for Wallpaper Warehouse, for additional expert insight for this article.