By Jennifer Ebert published
Creating a decorating scheme and selecting bedroom wallpaper ideas is a bit like a love affair, and it’s certainly as much about the heart as it is the head.
When choosing bedroom wallpaper, as with any bedroom ideas and decor, the questions we ask ourselves are: 'Do I love it enough? Is it a perfect match for me? Will it last?'
The variety of bedroom wallpaper options available is now so extensive that preliminary research will always pay dividends, especially in such adventurous times for design.
Bedroom wallpaper ideas
Be inspired by this carefully curated selection of our favourite bedroom wallpaper ideas to create your own dream wall decor for the bedroom.
1. Evoke a tropical paradise
Even if you don't live in a balmy equatorial climate, that doesn't have to stop you introducing a fun and tropical feel into your home through your bedroom wallpaper ideas.
This season’s decorating is inspired by the global traveller’s expeditions, with a rich palette or nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and ochre addicting warmth and depth to the bedroom. A stand-out palm-print wallpaper will anchor the whole look of a room, and this hazy version is a new take on the classic green palm leaves.
The earthy ochre of the linen headboard and the pinch of ginger in the cushions against the tropical pictorial wallpaper in this gray bedroom idea evokes the memory of faraway shores.
2. Be inspired by nature
Harmony with the natural world is a feature of Chinese landscape painting, and this tranquility is perfect for the bedroom.
Here, a dream-like misty mountain paper covers an oriental-style screen to create a striking bedroom accent wall, with a palette of soft gray and blue enhancing the scheme’s calming allure.
3. Clash with graphic patterns
The bedroom is a wonderful place to experiment with daring patterns and a dramatic colour palette. This scheme mixes bold geometrics with contrasting bedroom color ideas and patterns to create a vibrant room that is bursting with joie de vivre.
Graphic geometrics form the starting point of the decor, with the monochrome tumbling block wallpaper and pastel rug. Keeping furniture simple allows for experimentation with florals, animal prints and spots for the bedlinen and window treatments. Using a variety of scales will add to the visual impact.
4. Opt for an English folly revival
At once whimsical and unashamedly bold, this heavily patterned style, which unites eclectic finds and architectural detailing, is now calling from across the ages.
This scheme works particularly well in quaint small bedroom ideas like this one, where a delicate floral wallpaper and a chintz fabric for the bedcover bring English folly style to the bedroom. The curvaceous headboard adds an air of grandeur to the scheme.
5. Work in vibrant abstracts
As far as headboard ideas go, this is one of our favourites. Using the same design for your headboard and the wall behind makes a wonderfully bold statement. Complementary paint shades that echo and enlarge the motif on the wall and the extra-wide headboard design unites the two spaces.
6. Decorate with lipstick pinks
Opting for a fresh cerise geometric bedroom wallpaper prevents this space from becoming overly fussy. Tempered with a deep pink eiderdown, which echoes the walls of the adjoining dressing room, this scheme has a pleasingly cohesive feel.
7. Revisit country house interiors
The quintessential English style has been rejuvenated without losing its classic appeal here, thanks to industrial pieces, pared-back finished and unexpected luxe.
Exuberant patterns and rich colours are enthusiastic embraced through the bedroom wallpaper ideas, bringing a wonderfully cosseting feel to this country house bedroom.
Modern art and a simple bed frame prevent the overall effect from feeling overpowering.
8. Transport yourself to warmer climes
With its easy mix of energetic prints and tactile weaves, the latest take on tropical style will transport you to warm Hawaiian shores.
For those looking to indulge a love of colour and pattern, this whimsical palm design with its deep sunset pinks and fresh greens is a colorful accent wall idea that serves as an exuberant focal point.
Plain bedlinen keeps the look balanced, while a shell pendant hints at distant shores.
9. Wow with red
A bold red colour is often considered a daring choice for interiors, but used creatively it can introduce a welcome burst of energy and flamboyance.
Simple black furniture and plain white linens are the perfect foil for vibrant bedroom wallpaper ideas like this one, as they help to maintain a calm and contemporary feel in a bright or patterned scheme.
10. Make it monochrome
Black and white is a timeless choice for making a statement with your wallpaper. A feature wall in a monochrome print works perfectly in a bedroom setting where you can bring in colour through other elements such as bedding, cushions and throws.
This is an ideal choice if you’re worried about choosing the best bedroom colors when decorating, as the look and color palette can be updated easily and cheaply through accessorising.
11. Look to nature
Bedrooms and floral wallpapers are a match made in heaven. However, gone are the days of overly fussy and busy prints.
'When the world around us feels a little uncertain, what could be more welcoming than this bedroom in Hegemone wallpaper with its wonderfully optimistic feel,' says Farrow & Ball's Color Curator, Joa Studholme.
'Florals connect us back to nature and make us feel protected, particularly when colored in these warm red based neutrals. However, this is not a dainty or formal floral – this pattern is ultimately relaxed, with the blooms ranging freely over the walls giving it a faintly nostalgic air which is as comforting as it is stylish.'
12. Pick a calming green
We automatically associate green with being in nature, which is an incredibly calming feeling. This color trend has already taken off, with green kitchens and living rooms growing in popularity, but the desire for calm has brought it into the bedroom.
Even a busier print, such as Cole & Son's Forest Greens on White, gives off that peaceful sense of nature when used in a green bedroom scheme. For a high ceilinged room such as this one, leave some space at the top of the wallpaper free, allowing the color to breathe.
Which wallpaper is best for the bedroom?
A wallpaper makeover could be just what your bedroom needs for a simple yet striking transformation. There are numerous different bedroom wallpaper ideas and styles to consider when it comes to choosing a look you’ll love.
Your bedroom should be a place to unwind and relax after a busy day or, in the case of guest bedrooms, a space to make visitors feel welcome, so selecting the right wall decor ideas is vital in dictating the mood you want to create.
New developments and incremental advances in technology are giving designers greater freedom to pursue ideas, shaking off the restrictions imposed by traditional production methods.
Whether your style is classic, contemporary or an effortless mix of both, a greater understanding of the practical elements of bedroom wallpaper ideas will advise your head, so you can follow your heart.
How do I choose a wallpaper for my bedroom?
Let's start with bedroom wallpaper quality. Many wallpapers are printed on traditional paper, its quality graded by weight.
Vinyl wall coverings have a paper backing beneath a washable layer of vinyl on which the design is printed. Manufacturers are increasingly turning to non-woven paper, a blend of polyester fibres and cellulose from wood pulp.
Unlike traditional wallpaper which is pasted on the back and must be allowed to expand before being hung, non-woven is applied to the pasted wall. It is stronger than traditional wallpaper, hard to tear and much easier to match drops accurately.
But which wallpaper ideas and designs to choose? As we said above, the bedroom is a place to relax, so you ideally want to choose a calming design – but, really, go with what you love (and can bear to wake up to after a couple of glasses of wine too many on a Saturday night).
More than any other space in the house, the bedroom is a deeply personal room, and should be decorated to please no one but you.
How much wallpaper do I need for a bedroom?
There is a calculation in interiors to work out how much wallpaper you need: (width of the wall + repeat) x height of the wall = X sq m.
But if you prefer to keep life simple, most brands have wallpaper calculators on their website, or else their experts will be able to advise. Make sure to factor in at least 10 per cent extra for trimming and adjusting for pattern matching.
Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space.
Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.
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