Why You Should Reconsider Wallpaper

Wallpaper has definitely made a comeback (especially on Instagram) in the last couple of years. But if you ask an interior designer, wallpaper never went out of style! Designers love it because it can offer more drama and dimension than paint. And the great news is modern wallpaper is easier to install (and remove!) than your grandmother’s paper from back in the day. So, let’s talk about ways to add some character to your home with wallpaper.

The first thing to keep in mind is that you don’t need to wallpaper your entire room. For the Rosslyn condo pictured below, we added a geometric covering with texture to make a new focal wall for our client’s modern space. Forget the TV! I could binge watch this smashing wall!


Photo by Jenn Verrier for Arlington Home Interiors


Another great thing about modern wallpaper: the variety is amazing. From floral and natural prints to geometric patterns to texture-rich coverings like grasscloth (love!), there is so much to choose from. For the below powder room we used a hand-drawn print in a metallic design. Powder rooms are an ideal location to add some drama to your home without impacting your main living space.


Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg for Arlington Home Interiors


We often go with classic grasscloth in our master bedroom designs. It’s subtle texture and colors create a layer of warmth and coziness.


Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg for Arlington Home Interiors


One of my favorite ways to use wallpaper is to add dimension to a room. For the below master bedroom, we used a vinyl wall covering that looked like leather. This wallcovering complements the artwork rather than competing with it, adding a sophisticated, layered effect.


Photo by Jenn Verrier for Arlington Home Interiors


A trend I’m seeing more of these days is removable wallpaper. It’s literally “peel and stick.” This is a perfect option if you want to try a new look without having to commit to traditional wallpaper. I would use it to back some bookshelves or a vintage china cabinet or paper a small area or focal wall. It’s also great if you’re renting a space and you want to add your own personality. Companies like Tempaper offer a variety of beautiful designs and provide “how-to” guides for installing it yourself.


Image by Tempaper


Wallpaper could be your new best friend. The design options are infinite and the installation and removal is easier than ever. What will you dream up?


  • The latest from Suzanne
Principal Designer + CEO | Arlington Home Interiors
Suzanne is a DC-area native who lives in Arlington with her husband Mark, two children, a reclusive cat and a sweet rescue dog. After earning a B.S. in Graphic Design from the University of Maryland, she focused her artistic energies in top creative positions for Britches of Georgetowne and Time-Life Entertainment. WIth the birth of child number two, Suzanne decided it was time for a little self re-invention, so she founded Arlington Home Interiors. Interior design proved to be the perfect outlet for her talents, allowing her to share her love of design with others by creating beautiful living spaces for busy families. Her off-the-clock list of interests is a long one, including; encouraging regular family adventures, exploring new cities, trying new restaurants, browsing art galleries, practicing yoga, and taking long hikes with that previously mentioned sweet dog.

It’s time to love your living space. And we’re here to help! Arlington Home Interiors has been creating casually elegant interiors for modern families in the DC area since 2007. From developing concepts to curating unique selections to managing custom installations, we confidently guide clients through each step of the design process. Contact us and let’s make something beautiful!


3414 8th Street S., Arlington, VA 22204
Monday-Friday: 9am – 6pm


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *