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If wallpaper still reminds you of your grandparent’s outdated basement, listen up. There are infinite patterns, colours and textures of wallpaper to choose from, all of which look modern and fresh. Gone are the days of boring, old solid colours, because with wallpaper, you can inject even more personality into your living spaces.

Here are 17 spaces where wallpaper is the shining star of the room.

Bright geometric patterns

When you think of wallpaper, you probably picture a dull floral pattern, but there are infinite options, including this modern geometric print. Keeping most of the colours in the same family makes the print not too overwhelming, while still giving it personality.

Sophisticated and regal brocade

Back in the day, hanging elaborate tapestries and intricate wallpaper meant you probably lived in a palace. Today, you can have all that royal sophistication in a much cheaper and less ostentatious way, like this bronze brocade wallpaper.

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Brighten up the bathroom

When you think about wallpaper, you’re probably not picturing it in the bathroom. But since bathrooms have limited décor options, what better room to use a bright pattern in?

Tie in an accent wall with the furniture

Wallpaper will take your accent wall to a whole other level. If having an entire wall as an art piece isn’t enough, with a little coordination you could match it to the rest of the room’s décor for a truly cohesive look.

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Sleek and minimalist faux brick

If your style is more monochromatic and simple, don’t worry, there’s something for that, too. This brick print wallpaper isn’t so bold that it’ll throw off your aesthetic, and it’s a heck of a lot easier and cheaper to install than an actual wall of tiny bricks.

Black and white paint strokes

A pattern like this one is simple enough to not upstage your art, and is interesting enough to be art itself. Hanging empty frames is a trendy, quick and inexpensive way to fill up wall space without cluttering it.

Custom art in the living room

Also worth noting: wallpaper doesn’t have to be the same pattern repeated over and over and over again. Take this gorgeous, custom-made forest, for example.

Get a DIY feel without the work

This looks just like stencil work done by hand, without the hassle. Aside from how much easier it is to use wallpaper, just look at how well the black and white pattern goes with the wooden furniture. This bathroom feels like a true oasis.

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Blue fronds are perfect for pattern mixing

Eclectic interior design continues to gain in popularity. Here, the wallpaper shines just as much as the other mixed patterns throughout the space, and somehow it all works well together.

The perfect accent for a nursery

Adding a little fun and whimsy to the walls of a nursery or a kid’s room used to mean painting by hand or buying cheap-looking wall stickers. This cute and subtle wallpaper does the job even better.

Preppy pink plaid

This pink and white plaid is the perfect antithesis to chaos. It’s calming, clean and simple, which makes the space more interesting while still keeping it sophisticated and cute. It’s a great fit for a preppy design scheme.

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Abstract designs in rich jewel tones

This rainforest-inspired design is absolutely stunning. It would be a great piece of art on a canvas alone, but blown up on a whole wall, it becomes even better. In fact, the wallpaper appears to be almost velvety to the touch.

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Dolmation print imperfection

If you’ve ever thought that Cruella de Vil might have been on to something if she wasn’t so evil, this might be the wallpaper for you. This dolmation print is simple enough to go with nearly any design scheme.

Geometric tile-inspired patterns

This blue design is almost an optical illusion. The tile-like pattern pops off the wall, making the bathroom look bolder. Plus, the geometric shapes go just as well with the modern mirror as they do with the vintage dresser.

Deconstructed stripes

This zigzag-striped wallpaper is modern, intriguing, and a great way to update your home’s look. The arrangement of the stripes turns classic nautical design on its head, making it look more interesting and youthful.

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Distressed architecture blueprints

This wallpaper offers a unique look. It’s such a creative addition to any room, and the subtlety makes it all the more effective.

Zebras running amok in the bathroom

When people say “zebra print,” usually they just mean the stripes, but why not just put full zebras all over your walls? The stripes are played out anyway, and these galloping guys are way cooler.

And hummingbirds land in the living room

This fluttering hummingbird print is full of energy, and the mix of bold stripes dotted with the illustrated birds will give your tired room the boost it needs.

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