Don’t repaint that table. Wallpaper it

Wallpaper and layers of high-grade epoxy glam up this custom table by Grow House Grow. Grow House Grow

There’s zero debate that wallpaper continues to have a very deserving run in the décor spotlight. A peek at the prodigious explosion of patterns available to consumers, from the stylishly surreal collections of Timorous Beasties to Magnolia Home’s casual classics or Burke Decor’s 3D-inspired forms, it’s no wonder that this medium appeals to anyone looking to press pause on paint and jazz up their interiors in a more personalized way. How big a statement you make is entirely up to you: Go all in and blanket your room with a boldly bewitching design, install a mural to liven up a living space, or just be more strategic with whatever pattern you’re obsessing over at the moment.

Original art as a custom mural

Black Crow Studios custom fits every mural, founder Tracy Hiner said. “We also make sure we don’t put the most beautiful part of the mural where there is a door.” Hiner said the ceiling is referred to as “the fifth wall.” —Black Crow Studios

One design concept that continues to thrive is the application of custom murals, like those created by Black Crow Studios in Los Angeles. Founder Tracy Hiner says her murals, such as her popular Watercolor options, are unique in that they’re enlarged, digitally printed forms of original artwork Hiner and her team create. Each mural is custom fitted for the wall it will adorn. “The majority of our projects feature three to four walls in a room,’’ Hiner said. “We take into account the way the room is laid out and design around that to make sure the flow of the piece works. We also make sure we don’t put the most beautiful part of the mural where there’s a door.’’

Custom murals are very popular. Grace Mitchell used one from in a bathroom. —Brian McWeeney

Patterns here, there, anywhere

Want to add a bit of patterned punch to your kitchen? Consider wrapping your fridge in a removable wallpaper, such as those from Walls Need Love. “Removable wallpapers are my new favorite thing for unique applications where color, pattern, and durability are desired,’’ said Lesley Myrick, an interior stylist in Waco, Texas. “These can be applied to refrigerator doors to create an amazing — and wipeable — focal point in an otherwise neutral kitchen.’’

A paper from Black Crow Studios’ Watercolor collection brightens up a console. —Black Crow Studios

Removable wallpaper can also easily dress up drawer fronts, closets, door panels, and more. Brittni Mehlhoff, who edits the DIY design blog Paper & Stitch, used removable wallpaper from Walls Need Love to deck out her bar cart in a fanciful fruit print, and designer Amy Spearing of Richmond styled up the risers of her foyer stairs using a favorite floral pattern from Tempaper. “I wanted to make an impact on the often-overlooked space,’’ Spearing said. “I loved this almost Art Deco wallpaper the moment I saw it. It was very easy to apply and took me a couple of hours.’’

Amy Spearing, a designer in Richmond, used a favorite floral pattern from Tempaper to style her stair risers.”It was very easy to apply and took me a couple of hours,” Spearing said. —Amy Spearing

Wallpaper your ceiling. Yes, really!

Grace Mitchell hot-glued spoons to the walls in her passageway for a 3-D look and then papered the ceiling with a spoon wallpaper. —Grace Mitchell

The curious “Spoon Room’’ in designer Grace Mitchell’s Fort Worth home may be her most charming space yet. The room is dainty — more of a passageway — yet strikes a style chord that is as arresting as it is wondrous. Hundreds of spoons adorn the walls, creating an unapologetically darling three-dimensional feeling. Yet the spoons didn’t stop at the walls. When it came to decorating the ceiling above, Mitchell felt there was only one possible solution to finishing this vignette: wallpaper.

As she explained on her blog, Storied Style, finishing the overhead surface puzzled her at first. “But really, what type of wallpaper can you use in a room covered in spoons besides . . . spoon wallpaper?’’ Mitchell said. She purchased the teaspoon pattern from Studio Ditte via and never looked back, only up.

It’s not Mitchell’s first foray into applying paper to her ceilings. Her entryway ceiling glows with a bright pineapple print, and the ceiling in her master bedroom is a romantic floral pattern.

This hallway in designer Grace Mitchell’s home has a bright pineapple print on the ceiling. “You can use paint to change how a room feels, but wallpaper is a little more memorable,” Mitchell said. Pineapple is a symbol of hospitality. —Grace Mitchell
The wallpaper on the ceiling in Grace Mitchell’s master bedroom is a deeply hued, romantic floral pattern. —Grace Mitchell

“I’m so passionate about creating a memorable home. For me, wallpaper is such a wonderful way to add freshness to your space, and I think people get so scared of it because they think they have to love it forever,’’ Mitchell said. “You can use paint to change how a room feels, but wallpaper is a little more memorable. When you think about your grandmother’s house, you don’t think about the paint.’’

Glam up your furniture or frame a favorite print

Want to change the look of an everyday furniture piece using wallpaper? It’s an easy way to invite a burst of pattern into the home. Just ask Grow House Grow founder and wallpaper designer Katie Deedy, who sees wallpaper applications on furniture and accessories, like lampshades, the back of bookshelves, around a kitchen island, and on tabletops, as the new norm.

Deedy knows firsthand how a personalized item can resonate with consumers. Last fall at the 10th anniversary celebration of the launch of Grow House Grow, Deedy displayed a bespoke table featuring her brand’s popular pink and navy “Petticoat Palm’’ print. Deedy’s husband, artist Hollis Dark, built the piece using the same methods applied in his paintings — applications of several layers of pigments and high-grade epoxies. The table has received so much attention that Deedy plans to offer the tables to customers. “It’s a way to use art, not just for your walls. Creating furniture is an exciting way to add dimension to really pretty wallpapers,’’ she said.

Love a print but don’t have enough to cover a wall? Put a frame around it and hang it as art. Mitchell did this when she found a vintage wallpaper pattern she adored. The framed print of blue birds now hangs in her master bath.

Designer Grace Mitchell fell in love with this vintage pattern, so she framed it and hung it in her master bath. —Grace Mitchell

Walls that work where you do

Intelligent wall coverings are making their way into homes. Visual Magnetics created the wall pictured here using ActiveWall paint, InvisiLock magnet, and custom printable surface layers. —Visual Magnetics

Office spaces, according to Tori Deetz, are constantly evolving to include the comforts of home, and this is where her company, Visual Magnetics of Mendon and Brooklyn, N.Y., is showcasing its designer goods. “The pendulum is swinging where work spaces are feeling more like home, and it’s just as fun,’’ said Deetz, whose brand specializes in “intelligent wall coverings and modular accessories.’’ Created using specialized elements, including a three-layer system of ActiveWall paint, InvisiLock magnet, and custom printable-surface layers, the Forces line is made-to-order for customers seeking more functional wall spaces, and highlights the designs of New York City’s Jill Malek, whose award-winning nature- and urban-inspired patterns have been featured in such high-profile spaces as Boston’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

These smart textiles are appealing to homeowners, too. In fact, Deetz said, they often get calls from interior designers or parents looking to use their wall coverings and whiteboard applications in playrooms.

With a little inspiration and new ways to use wallpaper, homeowners can play, too.

Christina Poletto lives just outside New York City, where she writes about unusual old homes and interior design trends. Follow her on Instagram @dovetailordesignstudio. Send comments to [email protected]. Subscribe to our newsletter at