In Feb. 2009. House Beautiful published 101 easy/instant home makeover ideas from 101 interior designers. Over the next few weeks, I'll be featuring some of the great ideas from that list and my thoughts on achieving the look on a budget.
Makeover Idea #60 from Ruthie Sommers
"Wallpaper a closet. A linen closet only needs a couple of rolls and you will feel sheer joy every time you open it."
Wallpaper can be expensive and difficult to install on your own (especially for a large space). Like Ruthie Sommers suggests in the HB article, papering a smaller area can be a great solution to the wallpaper-lovers-but-cynics out there and will continue to provide a cheap pick me up long after installation.
Here are a few inspiration photos of papering projects that I think could easily be completed in one day:
The inside of your closet
A small powder bath
A single accent wall
The back and/or sides of a bookcase or hutch
Think outside the box by papering a door panel
or a screen.
One idea that I'm loving lately is installing wallpaper inside simple wall moulding that's painted a contrasting color.
You know that eBay is my go-to source for cheap wallpaper, but there really are a lot of great options out there, especially if you're willing to splurge a little more (Walnut Wallpapers and Graham & Brown are favorites. For high-end designer papers, check Decorator's Best).
I was surprised to learn that American Blinds sells wallpaper for really cheap (in most cases).
Sunset put together this collection of wallpaper from this really inexpensive resource.
I also like this gray and yellow trellis print from the American Blinds site ($23.45 per single roll).
And I am so, so crazy about this beautiful floral by Pierre Duex, also from the same site. It's pricey at about $50 a roll, but looks just like designer papers that costs many times that. My head is spinning, imaging what I would do with this paper...
Do you have any inspiring wallpaper projects to share? Check back later on this week for a peek at my papered closet...