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Get the Look: Accent Wallpaper

Time to toss out those paint-splattered coveralls and foam brushes—wallpaper has made a comeback and we have 5 trending looks for you to try out.

We love a variety of paint hues just as much as the next person, but sometimes a perfect set of floral or checkered-patterned print can turn a feature wall into a statement. Think bright colours, a mix of textures, charismatic designs and modern styles: wallpaper has it all.

To get you on board the paper bandwagon, we’ve hand-selected five of our favourite accent walls from the pages of Western Living and given you a variety of DIY options to get the look.


THE LOOK: This Saskatoon bedroom uses Kelly Wearstler-designed wallpaper in “Imperial Trellis.” The black and white colours accentuate the dark wood floor, while the bold pattern highlights the geometric lines of the bedroom décor. To get a similar style try the following:

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1. The Canterbury Wallpaper ($148) from Anthropologie offers a softer colour scheme while keeping with the intricate pattern (which we love).

2. CB2’s Orbit Large Black Self-Adhesive Wallpaper ($119), perfect to accent bright, stand-out furniture.

3. DwellStudio takes the design one step further with intricate detailed lines and circular patterns in their Snake Chain Dove Wallpaper ($90).



THE LOOK: This abstract blue sky wallpaper in a Point Grey guest cottage shows off a modern take on traditional stripes. Instead of classic lines in soft hues, try a variety of eye-catching colours or statement-making patterns to offset bright rooms and contemporary décor. Take a look at these options:

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1. Anthropogie offers a rugged, modern version while still keeping the lined-look with their For The Trees Wallpaper ($198).

2. This Vertigo Wallpaper ($110) from Ferm Living is all about being bold: the rigid black and white is ideal for accent pieces and vibrant furniture.

3. Farrow & Ball’s Chromatic Stripe ($203) shows all the class of strict lines, but adds the twist of bold tints.

4. The Rajah Stripe ($269), also from Farrow & Ball, uses an eye-catching pattern inside the bars to add texture and panache.



THE LOOK: This renovated Stephanie Brown’s 1970s condo features a softer-toned wallpaper with natural textures. Go for a wooden, granular design to give your room a soothing look with darker-toned flooring and accent furnishings. Here are a few examples we love:

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1. Go gray scale with the Thatched Textured Self-Adhesive Wallpaper ($119) from CB2 for a smoother look that still shows off a refined pattern.

2. Anthropologie offers a cream-coloured alternative that still attends to a more natural look with its Heathered Silver Wallpaper ($168).

3. Fabricut’s Enamored Camel (inquire for pricing) has a rough-honed appearance that can accent modern furnishings and dark-toned accessories.



THE LOOK: Back at the Saskatoon home (because we loved it so much we had to feature it twice), the dining room sports Cole & Son’s “Fornasetti Faces.” Similar to this, try out statement wallpapers that detract from the norm and turn your home into a conversation piece with a fresh, unique presence. Check out a few noteworthy options:

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1. The Rabbit Frames Wallpaper ($328) from Anthropologie keeps the eccentric-feel but with a colourful and animal-friendly twist.

2. CB2 gives us oddball-chic with their Facade Self-Adhesive Wallpaper ($119), a modern take on architecture that keeps originality without losing sophistication.

3. Girls On Film (inquire for pricing) from Wall & Deco knows how to make a statement with 70s style digital print in grey scale – perfect to show off vibrant pieces.

4. Modern era not to your liking? Try out this classical twist with the Kept Postcards Wallpaper ($348) from Anthropologie for a more laid back, classical refinement.



THE LOOK: The entryway to this Victoria Townhouse is decked out with Hygge & West wallpaper. We love this nature-inspired print done up in a bold blue. Try out this kind of nontraditional pattern or striking colours to offset wood interiors and calmer feature pieces such as this cabinet and white baseboard trim. Here are a few looks worth trying:

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1. The Nethercote Silver Traditional Paste Wallpaper ($149) from CB2 shows the same rich characterizing pattern, but with a calmer, grey-scale palette.

2. Cole & Son’s Fontainebleau (inquire for pricing) is a softer pattern that draws attention to bright, vibrant tints and nature-based images.

3. Rosa ($175) from Hygge & West uses classy flower-based prints in rich colours that offset traditional dark-wood floors and white appliances.

4. The rich blend of teal and gold show off the extravagant print in Anthroplogie’s Grassland Fables Wallpaper ($138), great for offsetting calmer-toned furnishings.


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