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Decorate bare walls with framed wallpaper panels

Wallpaper can be expensive, especially imported and designer brands. But here's how you can use wallpaper in small quantities to fill framed panels.


Wallpaper is an easy and reasonably affordable way to add a decorative touch to rooms without going to the expense and hassle of wallpapering an entire wall.

After mounting wallpaper onto panels, or a wall, this can be framed using pine moulding and trim to suit your personal style. You will find a wide selection of moulding and trim at your local Builders, or opt for crown moulding if you want to add even more detail.

Floor-to-ceiling framed wallpaper panels can be used to add contrast and pattern in a room that lacks architectural detail. In the bedroom below, wallpapered panels are given a white trim that complements the decor accessories and white furniture. The nailhead pattern on the wallpaper ties in with the geometric patterned fabric on the bed and creates a perfect backdrop to highlight the bed. 

You can use framed wallpaper panels to introduce or tie together colours in a room. If you are designing the wallpaper panels as a starting point, add accessories that take their cues from patterns or colours in the wallpaper.

Colourful framed panels highlight the staircase in this modern home. The contemporary wallpaper design reflects the pattern in the wrought iron staircase.





Even plain wallpaper can make a big difference when placed against white walls. In the entrance hall below, grey wallpaper with a linen effects ups the interest to create a more formal setting that complements the decor accessories and furniture.

Here in South Africa there are several suppliers of quality wallpaper products, and your local Builders have a small range of designs. Choose from grass cloth or wallpapers that offer chinoiserie-style reproductions to dress up and transform a plain room into a more formal space, or to add colour, pattern or texture.

When opting for wallpaper panels you can measure and mark and apply the wallpaper directly onto the wall, if you walls are smooth, or you can mount onto hardboard or MDF panels should your walls be bumpy or textured.

Use wallpaper panels to accentuate architectural details in a room, or to introduce unique patterns that add impact to a room design.