Bedroom wallpaper ideas – that are guaranteed to make your sleep space gorgeous

Get a look that’s right for you with these very different ideas to dress your walls
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  • Looking for bedroom wallpaper ideas? There are so many new ways to use wallpaper in your bedroom. No longer constrained to four matching walls and staid prints, the latest wallpaper designs offer so much more – and are no longer just for your walls! If you’re looking for striking bedroom ideas, wallpaper can be the winning ingredient.

    Bedroom wallpaper ideas to make a statement

    A wallpaper makeover could be just what your bedroom needs for a simple yet striking transformation and there are numerous different styles when it comes to choosing a look you’ll love. Your bedroom should be a place to unwind and relax after a busy day, or a space to make guests feel welcome when visiting, so selecting the right design is vital in dictating the mood you want to create.

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    Which wallpaper is best for a bedroom?

    The choice of paper for a bedroom is no different to that of a living room or any other standard room. It’s only necessary to choose a different quality or type of paper if the room is humid etc, say when choosing a bathroom wallpaper. When it comes to choosing a bedroom wallpaper it’s simply a matter of taste.

    We tend to advise sticking to a feature wall when it comes to using bedroom wallpaper, to stop the look from feeling too heavy. Typically if this is the wall which the bed is against you can be more daring with the pattern, as you it won’t prove too distracting once you’re in bed – trying to wind the mind down for a restful night’s sleep.

    1. Create a captivating bedhead panel

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    Think outside the box when it comes to creating a ‘feature’ wall. Make a boutique-hotel-style design feature by hanging a couple of drops of a striking wallpaper behind the bed. Making it roughly a foot wider than the headboard to frame it perfectly. To really add a design wow factor create neat raised edges with wooden battens covered in matching fabric – but this finish is optional, if you want less work.

    2. Make it magical with metallic wallpaper

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    Adding pattern is a great way to captivate, adding pattern in a metallic finish is a great way to grab even more attention! Thanks to it’s high-shine nature metallic wallpaper can enhance pattern further. Reflective wallpaper designs help to bounce light around the room, to create an airy vibe – ideal is used in smaller bedrooms.

    Match metallic wallpaper designs with ultra glossy accessories, such as mirrored furniture and metal bedside lamps to create a glam decor.

    3. Pattern match to build on a scheme

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    Coordination is a match made in heaven when it comes to a bedroom decor.  Whether it’s by a dominant colour or by way of pattern you can tie the whole decorating scheme together by effortlessly. To create a cohesive and styled look match your wallpaper print to that of your bedding. Add accent colours with cushions and rugs to add another element of interest.

    4. Bring the outside in with foliage

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    Welcome the outside in with a thoughtfully illustarted wallpaper design. The trend for plants in the bedroom is a growing one, excuse the pun. This ivy print wallpaper helps to add a garden vibe, opening up the decor to incorporate further touches of foliage and greenery. Accessorise with further fern prints and ivy motifs on cushions and artworks to enhance the look.

    5. Make it monochrome

    Cole and Son woodland wall in bedroom

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    Black and white is a timeless choice for making a statement with your wallpaper, especially if it’s this famous Cole & Son Woods wallpaper. A feature wall in a monochrome print works perfectly in a bedroom setting where you can bring in colour through other elements such as bedding, cushions and even bedside tables. It’s a great way to incorporate pattern without overpowering with colour.

    6. Pick a toning floral

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    Add some flower power to your scheme with a statement wallpaper in a bold, floral print. This is a strong look, so be warned – you need to accessorise with caution. Match the background tones in the room to those on the wallpaper and use the colour of the flower as an accent shade. Try an all-white chateau-style bed paired with black bedside tables and table lamps.

    7. Foreground your walls

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    When it comes to bedroom wallpaper, making an impact can be as important as choosing a calming colour palette. Pick a wallpaper design that manages to do both – one that is striking and interesting, yet pale and gentle enough not to overwhelm the space. Mix and match textures, shades and patterns across soft furnishings.

    8. Mesmerise with pattern

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    Create an intricate look of layered graphics by hanging a repeat-pattern wallpaper behind a smaller-scale headboard fabric, each in a subtle complementary colours. The fading effect of the wallpaper pattern repeats pleases the eye and softens the scheme. Pick accessories that won’t distract from the main event, such as glass table lamps and pure white bed linen.

    9. Fade out with finesse

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    Use wallpaper to frame traditional features by choosing a design with a vertical fade. This stunning Middle East inspired pattern is printed in the middle of the roll, leaving a plain neutral border at the top that draws the eye up to the picture rail and curved cornicing. Brighten up the sophisticated grey and white palette with a bright accent colour – sunny yellow is perfect here – and choose simple soft furnishings to keep the overall look calm and polished.

    10. Suit-up with pinstripes

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    Nothing says crisp like an immaculate pinstripe so it’s a great way to start an elegant bedroom scheme. Hang a vertical striped pattern behind the bed to create a feature wall and accentuate the tailored look with a palette of smart city greys and buttoned detailing. Add quirky accessories like these animal-print plates and a statement lamp to stop the look from becoming too stuffy. Finally, pile the bed with soft pillows in complementary patterns to soften the edges.

    11. Keep the pattern simple

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    Choosing wallpaper doesn’t mean you have to go big with pattern. Sometimes a small print is enough to add interest without overpowering the scheme. This simple monochrome pin board-style design offers mini dots of colour. This is an ideal choice if you’re worried about committing to one colour when decorating, as the look can be updated easily and cheaply through accessorising.

    12. Embrace a coastal theme with striped wallpaper

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    For an on-trend nautical vibe, choose a classic stripe design in shades of white and blue. Remember that vertical stripes will make a ceiling appear higher and horizontal stripes will widen a room, so bear this in mind when choosing your paper. Style up the space with nautical bedroom accessories such as coordinating bed linen, white washed baskets and wooden details.

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    13. Pretty up with florals

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    A classic floral print will add a feminine touch to your bedroom and can adapt to almost any colour palette. This versatile style can take on anything from a vintage look with ditsy florals, to a sophisticated contemporary vibe with bold blooms. This work looks best as a single statement wall, as the patterns can easily look too busy if used on multiple surfaces. However, if you do fancy going for broke. Try clashing faded florals with a Bohemian paisley print, as done successfully here.

    14. Welcome wood panelling wallpapers

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    Bring the outdoors in and create a cosy retreat by opting for a wood panel effect wallpaper for your bedroom. This style of paper is ideal for creating a faux architectural detail and adding interest to your space, without breaking the bank. Continue to work the woodland trend by mixing in chunky knits throws and scandi-inspired details with pops of primary colours for an unexpected twist.

    15. Set the scene with realism

    If you’re looking for a quirky and unique bedroom look, why not think outside the box and go for a whimsical print such as books, butterflies or maps? Choosing a print that reflects your interests will add a personal touch to your space and can bring a new lease of life to a plainer room.

    16. Go bold with geometrics

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    Bring your bedroom walls up to date with a funky geometric pattern in bright and punchy shades. This style of wallpaper generally works best as a feature wall with plainer surrounding walls, due to the busy designs. It’s the perfect choice for a contemporary bedroom and will instantly create a dynamic focal point, no matter what shape or size the room.

    How can I test a bedroom wallpaper?

    As with any room where you’re planning to make a statement with a wallpaper, be sure to get hold of a sample of your chosen design before hanging. Cut a large sample of the design and test it out on the wall you want to decorate to make sure you’re happy with the colour and scale of the pattern. Look at it at different times of the day as the colour can vary depending on the light in the room

    Can wallpaper make a bedroom look bigger?

    As with thoughtful paint colours in bedrooms, the right wallpaper design can work wonders for maximising the space. You might want to avoid overpowering patterns for small bedrooms generally. When used on one wall it can help to give a sense of purpose and make that wall feel distanced from the remaining painted walls – a clever trick for the eye to make the space feel larger.

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    Will you be using any of the bedroom wallpaper ideas to decorate your sleep space?

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