One of the best ways to add some color and personality to any space is by putting up wallpaper. Whether you're into bold, vibrant patterns or designs that are more subtle and traditional, wallpaper can make a huge difference in the way a room looks and feels. And with so many options available in a huge variety of colors and textures, you can be sure to find a wallpaper that perfectly fits the vibe of your home.
We researched dozens of wallpaper brands and designs, evaluating them on ease of application, price, and quality. We also interviewed Brenda Kondor, the Website Manager at Wallpaper Warehouse, for tips on finding and choosing the right wallpaper for your space.
Here, the best wallpapers that'll elevate any room.
Who it's for: People who like minimalist, simple patterns.
Who it isn't for: People who like bright colors and bold designs.
Designed in an elegant and versatile off-white and charcoal color scheme, this minimalist wallpaper features a simple geometric pattern with lots of long lines moving in various directions. It's a peel and stick wallpaper, so it's super easy to install, move around, and take off the wall as needed, and it's also fade- and stain-resistant, which increases its longevity. It's the perfect wallpaper to decorate a guest room or kitchen, but it can also look great in an office or even a bedroom, depending on the style of the rest of your home decor.
Also available at Home Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond, and RoomMates.
Who it's for: People who like Scandi-inspired, minimalist designs.
Who it isn't for: People looking for bright and colorful wallpaper.
If you like Scandi-inspired style and home decor that'll make you feel relaxed and at ease, consider this sophisticated option from RoomMates. Available in four colors (beige, gray, dark gray, and navy), this wallpaper has a faux texture pattern filled with tiny arrow-like shapes going up and down the length of the roll. It's a cozy, neutral print that will blend into any room while brightening up your space. Plus, the paper's peel-and-stick application process means you don't have to spend precious time and effort dealing with taking it on and off your walls whenever you want to reposition it to a different location.
Also available at Anthropologie, Wayfair, and Home Depot.
Who it's for: People who like elevated traditional decor.
Who it isn't for: People who lean more modern.
This traditional-style wallpaper is designed to be timeless, with a pattern inspired by French palace gardens and full of florals, greenery, and even a few birds. We suggest putting this print up in a guest room or bathroom to create serene and sophisticated vibes, but the sky's really the limit with this one. It can also work well as an accent wall, especially if you choose one of the darker colors (there are five options available). It's not peel and stick though, so you'll have to take care of installation yourself—Rifle Paper Co. recommends hiring a professional to make the process as seamless as possible.
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Also available at Walmart, Target, and RoomMates.
Who it's for: Maximalists who want to feel immersed in nature.
Who it isn't for: People who want to keep the outdoors outdoors.
If you're the type of person who can never have enough plants, this fun patterned wallpaper might be right up your alley. It features a bright and colorful design of palm leaves in all different shades of green, making any room it's used in feel like it's in the middle of nature. It's a print that's ideal for an accent wall, particularly in a kitchen or kid's room, but if you want to embrace the bold, you could certainly put it on all the walls instead and really embrace the maximalism. As for assembling the wallpaper, it's peel and stick and made from a durable, long-lasting material.
Also available at Home Depot, World Market, and Tempaper.
Who it's for: People who love lively, colorful designs.
Who it isn't for: People who want low-key and understated wallpaper.
With a fun, unique design that features rows of birds in formation against a solid color background, this wallpaper is an ideal choice for an accent wall—especially since it comes in five color options, including a striking denim blue and classic storm gray. Whichever version you choose is sure to add a stylish and eye-catching touch to your home, livening up your space and adding much needed personality. Even more, this wallpaper is moisture- and steam-resistant (meaning it can work great in bathrooms and kitchens), and the peel and stick application process truly couldn't be simpler.
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Also available at Home Depot, Wayfair, and QVC.
Who it's for: People who love moody floral patterns.
Who it isn't for: People who want subtle and understated decor.
This beautiful wallpaper features an eye-catching European-inspired floral pattern in a mix of blue, green, pink, and yellow hues. It's designed to look like it has a faux linen backdrop and is printed on smooth vinyl, making the already simple peel-and-stick adhesive process even easier. If you want to move the paper to a different wall or room, you can do so in just a few minutes' time without risking damage to either your walls or the paper. Not that you'll want to take this stunning wallpaper off—it's the kind of decor that'll liven up any space and never get boring.
Also available at Walmart and Lowe's.
Who it's for: People decorating a contemporary room.
Who it isn't for: People who want something a little less bold.
For those who love rooms with classic black and white designs, look no further than this striking option from Graham & Brown, which features rows of modern and sleek black and white stripes. It's the kind of pattern that will look particularly great when pasted in a bathroom, but it can work well in any room that you feel could benefit from some bold personality. To apply the paper, just paste it onto the wall, and remove it in full strips when you want to change it out for something else or place it on a different wall.
Who it's for: People who want their wallpaper to be the center of attention.
Who it isn't for: Minimalists looking for something subtle.
For a wallpaper print that will wow all your guests and get everyone talking, lay your eyes on this truly special tropical-inspired design from Target's Opalhouse and Jungalow collaboration. The wallpaper features vibrant illustrations of woodland animals, florals, and foliage over a cream background. It's the perfect design for an accent wall or room with otherwise neutral styles, like a bedroom, breakfast nook, or bathroom—or you can play up the maximalist vibes and pair it with bright jewel tones to complete the look.
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Who it's for: People who are looking for a traditional beadboard look without installing the real thing.
Who it isn't for: People who prefer smooth, stripeless wallpaper.
If you want the walls of your room to have a classic wooden striped beadboard (aka repasted vinyl) look, consider picking up this paintable wallpaper from Walmart. It comes in a textured and traditional white hue that will go great in practically any room, but if you want to give your space a bigger pop of brightness, you can instead paint the wallpaper any other color of your choosing. Another great perk of this versatile paper is that it's washable and peelable, so if you ever need to take it off, it'll require minimal effort to do so.
Also available at Home Depot, Lowe's, and Overstock.
Who it's for: People looking for geometric wallpaper, particularly one that can be used on other areas of the house aside from walls.
Who it isn't for: People who like simple, straightforward designs.
If you love contemporary geometric patterns, consider this option from NextWall, which has a fun and modern print that's designed to look like a maze or piece of op-art. The clean lines and navy and white colors can work in nearly any room, but you can also try putting the paper on the stairs, behind bookcase shelves, or on an accent wall in a bedroom or bathroom. Apply it with the simple peel and stick process, and get ready to see a seriously cool upgrade in no time.
Who it's for: People who love bold geometric patterns.
Who it isn't for: People who prefer simple and subtle decor.
If you love the look of geometric patterns, consider this gorgeous gold wallpaper from Etsy that's full of abstract shapes and imagery. In addition to having a stunning design that will definitely stand out from traditional wallpaper patterns, the paper's material is anti-moisture, washable, easily removable, and simple to apply and take down. It's available in six sizes and three materials—two are classic wallpapers that require glue to apply, and one is peel and stick. Display this wallpaper on an accent wall in your bedroom or living room and get ready to wow your guests!
Also available at Etsy and Spoonflower.
Who it's for: People looking for a unique take on the contemporary chevron pattern.
Who it isn't for: People looking for a darker wallpaper.
This pretty, elegant wallpaper sports a white and gold geometric arrow design, the perfect color and style combo to brighten up a living space, bathroom, or home office. You can choose from two types of backing (pre-pasted smooth or peel-and-stick woven), both of which are durable, washable, long-lasting, and easily removable. You'll love this wallpaper for its versatility, interesting pattern, and seriously easy application process, among so much else. If you purchase on Spoonflower you have even more customization options, including a few more materials like grasscloth and woven fabrics.
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Who it's for: Traditionalists who want a pattern that's not too bold.
Who it isn't for: People who lean more contemporary.
Peel and stick wallpapers are excellent options for people who want a simple, quick decorating process, and this gorgeously patterned pick is a particularly great choice. The intricate design of the gray and white paper has a traditional feel that will give your room an elegant, classic look, and the easy application means that the paper won't leave any sticky residue on your walls or hurt the paint underneath. When you want to remove or reposition the wallpaper, you can just take it off in strips in a matter of minutes, and then put it on the new area without damaging your home or the paper itself.
Who it's for: People who want a whimsical wallpaper that's still fairly minimal.
Who it isn't for: People who want a peel and stick wallpaper.
Available in three pretty colors (ivory, coastal blue, and redwood), this lovely wallpaper is decorated with dozens of tiny golden, twinkling stars against a solid background. It's a whimsical and unique design that'll fit right into the decor of a nursery, playroom, or child's bedroom, but that's not to say you can't put it up in a guest room or bathroom for adult visitors to enjoy as well. It's pricier than most and is not peel and stick, so it's definitely not for everyone—but if you want to take the plunge on something bold yet versatile, it's worth it.
Also available at Home Depot, Lowe's, and Walmart.
Who it's for: People who want to emulate tile.
Who it isn't for: People who want a minimalist wallpaper.
How cool is this geometric patterned wallpaper, inspired by Moroccan designs and featuring a variety of unique, attractive tiles? The blue, gray, and copper hues of the paper make a bold and beautiful statement, and while the paper looks great on an actual wall, it's just as appealing when covering the back of a fireplace, stairs, or anywhere else in your home that could use a touch of something special. Plus, as a peel and stick wallpaper, it's super easy to install and take down, or move around from room to room if you decide you want to change things up.
Who it's for: People looking for nautical-themed wallpaper that isn't too cheesy.
Who it isn't for: People looking for something more colorful.
A unique and playful pattern perfect for someone decorating a beach house or anyone who loves the ocean, this wallpaper features illustrations of boats and whales against a plain white background. Put it up in a kids' bedroom, bathroom, or entryway, or use it as an unexpected accent wall in a different room in your home. The whimsical and nautical design is sure to be a serious crowd-pleaser. To make matters even better, this wallpaper is durable, easy to clean, and GREENGUARD Gold certified.
Who it's for: People who want a truly one-of-a-kind print.
Who it isn't for: People who don't want their wallpaper to be the center of attention.
For a seriously unique wallpaper print that is bound to stand out from the pack, check out this fun option from Chasing Paper. It features a one-of-a-kind design filled with illustrated portraits of people, flowers, bottles, boats, and more, with dabs of color brightening up the otherwise black-and-white print. If you prefer even more color, the wallpaper also comes in a maroon and ink color backdrop. No matter which option you choose, you'll be presented with a cool and original design that will look amazing when placed on the walls of a living room, guest room, or home bar.
Also available at Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, and RoomMates.
Who it's for: People who want a floral design that's different from the norm.
Who it isn't for: People who want bold, vibrant prints.
This lovely wallpaper features a muted and understated design of cherry blossoms on branches, and is available in three pretty colors: pearl, neutral, or blue. It's a perfect pattern for anyone who wants their home to feel like spring year-round, thanks to the floral design that isn't overwhelming or too colorful. With this elegant print covering your walls, you and your guests will feel totally relaxed and serene, whether it's used in a bathroom, bedroom, nursery, or somewhere else in your home. Its peel and stick paper, too, so both the application and removal processes are super simple and quick.
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Who it's for: People who want to customize the size and shape of their wallpaper.
Who it isn't for: People who want a super quick ordering process.
Although the beautiful pink and sunrise yellow abstract design of this wallpaper certainly deserves your attention, what makes it really stand out is that you can customize the exact size of the paper needed for your space. The wallpaper is sold by the square foot and scaled to your space to ensure a perfect custom fit; all you need to do is send in the dimensions of your walls, and Tempaper will do the rest. Once it's sent to you, just peel and stick it onto the wall and move it around as needed. Just note that because it's custom, it might take a bit longer to get to you.
Who it's for: Vintage lovers looking for a nature-inspired wallpaper.
Who it isn't for: Minimalists and those looking for something more contemporary.
For an ultra fun and super busy wallpaper print that's sure to get the attention of everyone who sees it, check out this cool option from Etsy shop Scandinavian Workshop. The pattern features colorful and intricate illustrations of birds, branches, leaves, flowers, and oranges, all against a bright white background. The thick, durable, and easily removable paper comes in several size options and three different materials, so you can make sure you get the version that best fits your space and style. It's expensive, but stands out for its thicker construction, high quality print, and sustainable printing.
Who it's for: People who like classic wallpaper designs.
Who it isn't for: People who don't want to put a lot of effort into putting up their wallpaper.
Designed with a classic solid linen texture, this popular wallpaper from Wayfair comes in five gorgeous colors: blue, green, neutral, taupe, and yellow. It's an attractive print that's versatile enough to go in truly any room, and the shiny undertones of the paper give it a striking additional depth. It's durable and easy to clean, too, requiring just a gentle wipe down. It's not peel and stick though, so you'll need a cutting tool, wallpaper adhesive, and a smoother to apply it.
Who it's for: People looking to spruce up an accent wall.
Who it isn't for: People who want a more minimalist design.
Can't get your head out of the clouds? This gorgeous wallpaper is the one for you. Available in a beautiful pink blush color or a classic white hue, this striking wallpaper is hand-painted with tons of bold, colorful circles that resemble the moon. It's easy to put up and take down thanks to its peel and stick adhesive process, and it's made from high-quality, fade- and stain-resistant material that will last for years to come. It's the kind of wallpaper that makes for a stunning accent wall in any room, or you can go all out and use it to decorate every wall in a guest room, bathroom, or bedroom.
Who it's for: People who want a mix of classic and modern decor.
Who it isn't for: People who prefer a minimalist style.
With five striking color options to choose from (red/ochre, blend/turquoise, blue/beige, green/wheat, and ochre), this beautiful wallpaper from Kelly Clarkson's Wayfair line has a damask-inspired pattern that will make your walls feel both classic and modern at once. It's a print that will liven up a space that doesn't otherwise have much color, and it will look especially great in a living room or parlor. It's printed on stain- and mildew-resistant vinyl, too, and is pre-pasted, so you can just stick it onto the wall without needing to use any tools or take too much time out of your day.
Who it's for: People who like their florals to be understated and calming.
Who it isn't for: People who want loud, bright wallpapers.
This pretty and understated botanical watercolor wallpaper is designed with motifs of gray, white, and neutral-colored leaves. The print will add a relaxing and serene feel to any wall of your home, but you could also put it to use as a drawer or stair liner or kitchen backdrop, among many other possibilities. The paper is made from moisture-resistant material and has a peel and stick application process, so if you mess up putting it on the first time, you can easily take it off and reposition it on your wall without hurting either the paper or the wall itself.
Also available at Graham & Brown, Home Depot, and Overstock.
Who it's for: People who like all-black everything.
Who it isn't for: People who want their rooms to feel bright and airy.
No, this all-black wallpaper print won't be for everyone, but if you want the walls of your home to have a textured, eye-catching look, it may be exactly what you're looking for. The modern, elegant crocodile design is a unique and striking choice as far as wallpaper goes, and it's great for an accent wall or for a room that you want to feel particularly luxe. Paste the paper directly onto the wall when it's time to apply, and strip it off in full when you're done or ready to reposition it somewhere else in your home.
Also available at Home Depot, Walmart, and Overstock.
Who it's for: People who love the look of exposed brick.
Who it isn't for: People who like smooth-looking wallpaper.
It's hard not to love the look of exposed brick, but if you don't have it in your home, this wallpaper is the next best thing. Designed to look like exposed gray washed brick, this wallpaper adds an industrial vibe to any space. Just peel and stick this paper onto a bathroom wall, kitchen backsplash, or anywhere else in your home you think could be enhanced by the faux brick look. It's an ideal solution for renters or those who want to change the entire look of their home on a budget.
Also available at Lulu and Georgia.
Who it's for: People who want to add some playfulness to their space.
Who it isn't for: People who want something more minimal.
This beautiful wallpaper is guaranteed to add a playful vibe to your space. Featuring oranges on vines against your choice of eight different backgrounds, this wallpaper is perfect for a kitchen, bathroom, or accent wall. In addition to being nice to look at, it's made of great quality, eco-friendly paper that's scratch-resistant and easy to install. It's on the expensive side, especially considering each roll only covers just under 10 square feet of wall space, but its cheerfulness makes it worth the splurge.
Who it's for: People who like traditional yet totally luxurious decor.
Who it isn't for: People who don't want to spend a lot on wallpaper.
A gorgeous choice for an entryway or bedroom, this unique floral wallpaper from Graham & Brown features a simple floral print against a brightly colored background. Each color has a very different vibe—plum and dusk are dark and moody, while summer and blush are cheerful and energizing. No matter which color you choose, you'll end up with a totally luxe design that's sure to be a conversation starter. It's not peel and stick, but installation is fairly straightforward.
Who it's for: People who want the look of reclaimed wood without renovating.
Who it isn't for: People who prefer their wallpaper to be more traditional.
A reclaimed wood look can go a very long way in making a space feel warm and inviting. If your own home has basic white walls, consider adding this farmhouse-style wallpaper from Target's Threshold line. It's available in either a light brown or gray color scheme, so you can pick the option that best fits with the rest of your home decor and colors. Apply it by simply peeling and sticking the paper onto the wall of your choice, and prepare to be amazed by the transformation in your home.
Also available at Home Depot, Wayfair, and York Wallcoverings.
Who it's for: People who want a playful pattern for a nursery or playroom.
Who it isn't for: People who are looking for office or living room decor.
Although this wallpaper is a bit pricier than most others, it's worth the cost if you want a seriously unique and fun design that's bound to brighten up any space. This design features a beautiful pattern of giraffes, elephants, zebras, and more alongside trees and other flora found in the African savanna. It's a creative, imaginative print that'll look especially great in a nursery or playroom, and it comes in three color options. To install this highly durable and washable paper, just spray it with water and then stick it right onto the wall. When you need to remove it, use water and it'll come right off.
For a quick and easy application process, look for wallpapers that are peel and stick, since all that's required is placing it directly onto the wall and peeling it off when you're done, no tools or hassle needed. "It is easy to hang and easy to remove without damaging the wall behind it," says Kondor. For longer-lasting wallpaper, you might want to go for paper that's listed as being non-pasted or affixed to the wall—while applying it may require a bit more work, it'll ensure that the paper stays on for years to come.
Some wallpapers are designed to be totally flat and smooth, while others are made to feel textured, especially those with faux brick or wood patterns. If you're not sure whether a textured wallpaper is right for you, Kondor advises ordering a sample of a pattern you like ahead of time. "Tape the sample to your wall and leave for several days to see if it's a good fit for you and your room," she says.
There are so many patterns to choose from when it comes to wallpaper, ranging from animal print to geometric to florals. It comes totally down to a matter of taste, so when shopping, make sure you pick a pattern that fits both your personal style and the vibe of the room it's going to be in. Still, "traditional designs such as florals, damasks, and stripes never go out of style," notes Kondor, so those wallpapers are typically a safer bet.
"It is important to remember not all wallpaper is hung the same way," Kondor says, adding that it's crucial to follow the manufacturer's directions that come with the wallpaper. First of all, preparation is key. You'll need to ensure that your walls are flat, with no bumps or holes. If you're installing non-peel and stick wallpaper, it's a good idea to seal your walls with primer to ensure application is as smooth as possible. You should also map out the design before you start cutting and applying to lessen the chance of making a mistake.
Traditional wallpaper requires tools for application, like an adhesive, a level, and a smoother. This is where following the manufacturer instructions is most crucial, as different brands have different application methods. If you're installing peel and stick wallpaper, the process will go a little faster. Although using a level is still a good idea, all you really have to do is apply from the top down, work slowly, and smooth out bubbles as you go.
First, you need to figure out the square footage of the space you're wallpapering, says Kondor. "To do this, you will want to measure the height and width of each wall you plan to cover as well as the height and width of any deductions such as doors and windows," she advises. Once you've figured those things out, you can look at the square footage of the pattern you've picked to determine the number of rolls needed.
Yes, as long as you use paintable wallpaper, says Kondor, as "this type of wallpaper tends to be thick and heavily textured." Otherwise, you should remove the wallpaper before painting.
This article was written by Rachel Simon, a writer for Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, The New York Times, and many other publications. She frequently covers home products and decor and spoke with Brenda Kondor, Website Manager for Wallpaper Warehouse, for additional expert insight for this article.