How Do You Include Both Paint and Wallpaper in a Room?

If you’re like many homeowners, you may have a love/hate relationship with the popular home improvement and remodeling shows that keep popping up.

The downside to these programs is that they sometimes make remodeling and renovation look a little too simple (anyone can flip a house in an hour and half, right?).

The good side, however, is that they offer a window into inspirational styles and trends. From painting to decorating, refinishing to refurbishing, it’s fun to take a few notes as transformations unfold.

In particular, you may have noticed that wallpaper and interior painting seem to be joining forces. It used to be that this was considered more of an either/or proposition, but that assumption is being shattered in some truly sleek and stylish ways.

So, how can you make this work in your home?

Let Your Wallpaper Be an Accent Wall


Accent walls naturally draw the eye, and can be used to accentuate a unique element of the room, add a little visual variety, or anchor an object. As an example, wallpaper in a master bedroom is often seen behind the headboard. It serves as a natural anchor, tying together the elements of the room while enjoying a place of prominence.

The key is to determine where you want the eye to be drawn, then create your focal point.

Choose a More Neutral Paint to Support Your Wallpaper

Wallpaper is most often patterned (that’s why we love it, right?). This means that it will unavoidably take a more dominant role because of its textured, more colorful appearance. To avoid clashing, let your wall color lean toward the neutral side, giving plenty of room to the paper without being too busy.
Think of it as a tie and dress shirt. The shirt is your wall color, and the patterned tie is the punch of color and variety that knits the ensemble together.

Draw the Paint Color From Your Wallpaper

Maybe you’re on board with our two points above, but still are a little fuzzy on how to make sure the paint and wallpaper get along. Here’s an idea: draw your wall color inspiration from a color within the paper. If there is a neutral gray, green, or yellow (for example) that you like, have a color match completed for the wall.

Talk to a Painting and Wallpaper Installation Expert

The very best way to navigate these important decisions is to talk to a professional painting company. It’s essential to get color selection and wallpaper installation right, and an experienced pro can help with both.