Wallpaper–Trend Alert

I’ve had a major mental block with welcoming wallpaper back.  When I hear wallpaper, I think of the 80s and how it covered just about every wall in gaudy awful colors and then I fast forward in my mind to this past decade when I’ve spent time helping others remove it from their homes.  What horrible painstaking work! 

However, this returning trend is not your grandmother’s wallpaper.  It’s done in a whole new way. And, my heart is softening towards it.  It’s a fantastic way to add pattern and color to a room when you don’t have a lot of avenues for pattern and color.

Yet, I think there is an even better way (or equally good option) to get a similar look.  Wall stencils.  First, let’s look at some rooms with wall paper and then we’ll do the same with wall stencils.


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Wall Stencils.


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Stencils look great, yet there is no paper to remove later!  You can just paint right over it.   In addition, it’s less expensive and you can customize the colors.

I’m contemplating using a stencil in my laundry room, and maybe my downstairs bathroom and/ or maybe in my craft room.  My only issue is that my walls have skip trowel texture on them, so I may need to use a dry brush to apply the paint. 

Any thoughts on application?  Where have you used wallpaper or stencils in your house?

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  1. Carrie @ Hazardous Design

    We're having wallpaper hung in our powder room. There are sooooo many amazing patterns available now, it was actually hard to choose just one. I may need to hang it in other rooms of my house too!
    Stencils are the same way, so many great patterns to choose from. They've come a long way since they were popular in the 80's!

  2. Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful}

    I'm on board with both of these trends…LOVE them…I definitely agree that the stencils are a more "change-friendly" option…but there are some *GORG* wallpaper options out there that I can't see to get out of my head! Good thing I don't actually have a house to test it out on (c; Happy Weekend, enjoy it!

  3. Kim@Chattafabulous

    I'm dying to do a wallpaper project. Thanks for the great ideas!

  4. Regina from The Queenly Abode

    When we moved in our home I took the wallpaper out of all 3 bathrooms. I really don't like wallpaper because I change my decor so often. I did stencil in my powder room when I removed the wallpaper. I love stenciling….when I get tired of it…just paint over it!
    have a wonderful Easter!

  5. I cringe when I hear the word "wallpaper," but I do kind of like stencils.

    I really like your new profile photo. Adorable.

    Have a Happy Easter!

  6. it looks beautiful x

  7. can you buy stencils? i would suck at cutting them out….ugh. I want to paint and stencil the back of the tower in kendalls nursery. thoughts? wish you and i lived closer…..think of the weekend projects we could tackle, lol. xoxo shel

  8. Hyphen Interiors

    Definitely can buy them – a few of these photos link to etsy shops that sell them! I'm having trouble deciding on one…

  9. Hyphen Interiors

    I agree – so wish we lived closer! I could use a partner in crime! I'll have to look at the tower.

  10. The Vazquez Family

    I believe we will be making the wallpaper headboard…can't wait to blog about it!

  11. natasha {schue love}

    Loving this wallpaper trend! So many great places to put it! :)

  12. I'm Busy Procrastinating

    I've been pondering a wall treatment for my powder room, which is very small. I thought about painting stripes. I've also considered stenciling or wallpaper. So many options. I'm like you — a bit afraid of committing to wallpaper. But I also wondering whether it's hard to paint over a stencil. I would assume there's a raised texture from the stenciling?

  13. Hyphen Interiors

    I'm assuming that would be the case as it can be with stripes. But, it would depend on how thick the paint is you are applying. So, I'd probably thin it down a tad and dry brush it on slowly or use a fairly dry roller.

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