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background colour of the wallpaper and then centralise the two strips of wallpaper in the alcoves - this creates vivid impact at a fraction of the cost of wallpapering the whole wall. • Hang the wallpaper horizontally across the wall, leaving a vivid strip of paint colour between each strip of wallpaper. • Wallpaper behind your bed - wallpaper from just under the top of the bed to the ceiling or create a ‘headboard’ with the wallpaper and some cornicing or beading.

Ideas for using wallpaper other

than on the walls Thinking of using wallpaper in your home other than on the walls? Like to create a wow factor with wallpaper? Do you want the fl exibility of being able to change the wallpaper frequently? A little nervous of using wallpaper and want to get used to a little wallpaper fi rst?

Fabulous wallpaper can be expensive. Read our tips on how to make a little go a long way.

1. Place a long strip of wallpaper horizontally along your kitchen splashback and protect it with glass

or perspex. It will be so fabulously individual and different.

2. Wallpaper a piece of furniture, for example, a chest of drawers, a table top or the inside of a wardrobe. Apply two or three coats of clear varnish (not polyurethane as it will yellow it) to protect the wallpaper. Eclectic Interiors in Castlecomer Estate Yard has some wonderful examples of wallpapered furniture for sale.

3. Use wallpaper to provide visual interest at the back of some shelving or in a glass-fronted unit or dresser.

4. Wallpaper within the panels of your interior doors. This looks amazing, especially if the panels are a reasonable size within the door. Place wallpaper within large frames such as Ikea’s large Ribba frames or within some panels and place on the walls. Another advantage of this is that they are easy to change whenever you get bored of them. You could have matching wallpaper within the frames and on the inside of your wardrobe - all for the cost of one roll of wallpaper!

5. Use wallpaper panels to designate an area, such as the dining area, in an open plan apartment or ground fl oor.

6. Place a strip of wallpaper horizontally along the wall, either at eye level or at the level of the top of the sofa/unit/ chairs.

Above all - have fun and enjoy your decorating.


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A wallpaper panel (such as this Designers Guild 'Ornamental Garden' panel print) creates plenty of impact.

Alice wallpaper in mustard by Mini Moderns is a beautifully retro wallpaper and they have designed mugs and cushions that co-ordinate with it. €49 per roll at

A large scale wallpaper such as Tea Anyone by Elegantly Deviant with the design fi lling the 130 cm width of the wallpaper would work wonderfully as 2 wallpaper panels. Available online at

Wallpapering inside the panels of your interior doors adds a different dimension to the room.

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