Decorating with Bold Wallpaper

Tips and Design Ideas for Decorating with Bold Wallpaper | colorful walls | patterned wallpaper | decorating tips and tricks

Hello again! Dawn here, from AD Aesthetic, and I’m back with another mood board for your decoration inspiration. This month, I’m excited to take on a mood board using a fun, bold wallpaper. Decorating with wallpaper, especially bold patterned wallpaper, can be a challenge. It can easily overpower a space and make everything feel busy and crowded. Read on for my tips on how to avoid the pitfalls and design a space you’ll love!

Bold Wallpaper Inspiration

Before we dive in, let’s take a look at some of the amazing inspiration photos I found while browsing around the web:

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Image Source: Domino | Photo Credit: Frances Tulk-Hart

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Image Source: patternsCOLORAY (affiliate link) | Photo Credit: Dominika Kurzeja

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Image Source: AD Aesthetic | Photo Credit: Dawn Sailors

Wall Spots

Image Source: Elle Decoration | Photo Credit: The Vault Files 

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Image Source: Caitlin Wilson | Photo Credit: Caitlin Wilson

White And Teal Kids Bedroom. White And Teal Bedroom. Teal Bedroom. White And Teal Kids Bedroom Decorating Ideas. White Teal Bedroom Kidsbedroom House Of Jade Interiors.

Image Source: Homebunch | Photo Credit: House of Jade Interiors


Image Source: Tellkiddo 


Image Source: Kiki’s List | Photo Credit: Home Adore 

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Image Source: Galbraith & Paul 

Arrow Pattern On An Entryway Wall

Image Source: Best Wallpapers (affiliate link) | Photo Credit: Evy Jones

Don’t you just love how wallpaper can completely change a room? It’s so inspiring, and with that inspo, here’s what I cam up with for my own bold wallpaper decor:

Tips and Design Ideas for Decorating with Bold Wallpaper | colorful walls | patterned wallpaper | decorating tips and tricks

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Bold Wallpaper Decor Tips, Colorful Leaves Wallpaper
Bold Wallpaper Decor Tips, Turquoise Sofa
Bold Wallpaper Decor Tips, Ivory Blue Teal Rug Geometric
Bold Wallpaper Decor Tips, Woven Baskets
Bold Wallpaper Decor Tips, Artificial Plant
Bold Wallpaper Decor Tips, Pink Lumbar Pillow
Bold Wallpaper Decor Tips, Pink Patterned Pillow
Bold Wallpaper Decor Tips, Campaign Bookcase
Bold Wallpaper Decor Tips, Copper Pendant Light

Removable Wallpaper  |  Sofa (in Notion Thunderbird) |  Rug

Baskets  |  Plant  |  Pink Lumbar Pillow

Pink Pillow  |  Bookcase  |  Pendant Light


Working with colorful cabinetry can seem intimidating, and going bold is definitely not for the faint of heart! Here are some tips on working with bold color if these designs are up your alley.

Tips for Decorating with Bold Wallpaper

Let it shine

My biggest tip for decorating with bold wallpaper is to let the wallpaper be the star of the show. Glancing through the inspiration photos, you can see how the decor of each space builds off of the wallpaper, rather than adding it in as a last minute decoration.


Another tip to steal from the inspiration shots is to pull your color scheme from the wallpaper design. While you don’t want to go overboard trying to match your decor to the paper, the room will look much more cohesive if there are a few accents here and there with selected colors from the design. Check out the green chair paired with the cactus paper, or the bold blue vanity next to that floral wallpaper. Those little accents of color in the room really make the wallpaper pop.

Neutrals are your friend

My final tip for working with bold wallpaper is to keep the color in the rest of the space fairly neutral (aside from the afore mentioned accent pieces, of course). Keeping the majority of the main decor neutral in color lets the wallpaper stand out in the visual hierarchy, and keeps the room from feeling overwhelming and crowded.


So there you have it. What are your thoughts on bold wallpaper in decor? Are you a fan, or is it a bit much for your taste?

As always, thank you to Cassity and the Remodelaholic team for having me back each month. I’d love for you to visit me over on my site,, or follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram for more updates and inspiration. Have a great day, friends!


More beautiful bold wall paper inspiration:

From one of our favorite Fixer Upper living rooms — see more tips here

Wallpaper can be a star in a small powder room, too!

Coral Trellis Wallpaper Bathroom

Use fabric to wallpaper a room

Or, if you’ve found a perfect bold wallpaper but want to use it on a smaller scale:

Use wallpaper as a backsplash, featured here

frame it for easy art

Framed Wallapper Panels

or put removable wallpaper on dresser drawer fronts for a quick and easy makeover

DIY Ikea Dresser Hack Updating With Wallpaper @remodelaholic 5



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