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Wallpaper revival: gorgeous style we love

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Wallpaper is a great way to add bright, colorful accents to the walls in your home. While it can be time consuming to apply, the finished product lends character to even the simplest of spaces such as closets, panel doors, and laundry rooms. Whether you’re planning to set the tone for your overall look by wallpapering your living room, or you want an accent wall for a punch of personality, consider some of these fabulous, fashion forward styles for your home.

Historic solutionsHistoric wallpaper

If you live in an older home, or if your design style is a throwback to centuries past, look for styles that represent a cultural period in American history. Adelphi Paper Hangings offers an array of wallpaper designs that replicate those in notable homes throughout the country. For a design reminiscent of historic New England, look to Hedge House Stripe, a pattern that offers historic elegance circa 1965 with a touch of modern whimsy.

Eco-conscious coveringsGrand jubilee wallpaper

Wallpaper has made a huge comeback in recent years, only this time, with a huge emphasis on being environmentally friendly. "Today's options are far more sophisticated than the kitschy vinyl you remember from the seventies and eighties," green interior design expert Kim Nadel of Niche Design told Martha Stewart's Whole Living. We love some of the calming motifs from modgreenpod.com, especially the Grand Jubilee pattern in a soothing earl grey tone. The vinyl-free paper is hand printed with non-toxic ink.

A little bit countryWallpaper company

To add a little bit of country chic to any room look for simple stripes, plaids, and floral designs for a touch of vintage. For bedrooms, look for calming earth tones that will lend sophistication and function to your sleeping space. We love the floral prints from the Wallpaper Company at Home Depot, that look great on their own or with a selection of matching or contrasting borders.

Style meets functionPaneled tile wallpaper

When you want to wallpaper a room in your house such as a kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room, sometimes floral and prints just won't do. Martha Stewart Living has a line of washable, paintable, and reprintable wallpapers that include a large panel-tile effect reminiscent of modern Europe. Available at Home Depot, the pattern is paintable, so you can redecorate to your liking in any color you choose, or leave it white for a fresh clean look.

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