One thing that makes a Southern home special: We love color and pattern. We cherish our touches of toile and the floral bed skirts that echo our striped draperies. We mix plaids with paisleys and paint hand-me-down furniture bright orange or green. That's why it's time to revisit wallpaper. If you don't want it covering every square inch of space in a room, then let it dress up your home in small doses. Take your pick of these projects, and get on a roll with fresh looks with wallpaper. Yep, wallpaper.
Quick Lessons in Hanging Wallpaper
We can't tell a lie: Hanging wallpaper can be difficult, so this is the time to hire help. If you want to hang it yourself, try papering one focal wall (without windows or doors). Cover the wall behind a sofa in your living room or behind the sideboard in your dining room. Keep in mind that it's harder to paper tight spaces.
To find someone to hang wallpaper for you, ask local wallpaper stores for referrals. FYI: Most installers charge by the roll, not the hour. You'll need to know the height of your ceilings, the dimensions of your room (or wall), and how many openings (windows and doors) are in the space. With this info, your installer can tell you how many rolls you'll need.
Check to see if the paper you want is prepasted and pretrimmed. Some may need to be trimmed and hung with special adhesive.
It's Not Just for Walls
Take advantage of a wallpaper's rich hues and appealing pattern without papering an entire room.
Our Favorite New Papers
Try them: In dining rooms or foyers
Try them: In a powder or family room
Easy To Remove
Try them: In breakfast rooms or halls
Pick the Right Pattern
"Wake Up Your Rooms With Wallpaper" is from the February 2006 issue of Southern Living.