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Wallpaper Illusions that are Simple and Refined

Custom Interior decorating with Faux Marble, Pinstripes, and Murals Rather than a Solid Paint

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This article was updated on 09/27/20.

The decision to enhance a room’s walls with wallpaper is usually not taken lightly. The amount of effort, as well as the monetary investment required, makes wallpaper a carefully considered choice. Depending on the current wall surface, prep may take some effort. Still, it is a great way to refresh your walls on a budget.

For the average home, bright, bold wallpaper designs will quickly overpower a room. Thankfully, there are wallpaper illusions that are both simple and refined that will enhance the appearance of any room.

Faux Marble Wallpaper Finish

One of the easiest methods of applying wallpaper is with a faux marble finish in mind. Specially-made wallpaper is made to be torn apart and applied in sections on the wall.

There’s no need to match seams or line up patterns. The wallpaper is simply applied in an overlapping design on the walls.

The end result of this unconventional wallpaper application is a simple and elegant marble effect that adds just enough dimension to the space without overpowering it. Perfect for a casual room and just as appropriate for a more formal setting, the faux marble wallpaper finish is a great choice for a simple and refined wallpaper effect.

Subtle Stripes

One of the benefits of wallpaper as opposed to paint, is that there is an unending supply of subtle patterns and illusions available to enhance the look of a room.

A perfect, simple, but elegant choice for any room is a monotone-striped wallpaper pattern. Forget bright, thick stripes of contrasting colors and instead focus on a single color background that has fine pinstripes of a darker, or lighter, shade of the same hue.

This subtle pattern will add depth and interest to the wall without overpowering the space. Pinstripes are especially good to use in a half-wall wallpapering design. A chair rail trim added at the top of the wallpaper helps to create a simple, but elegant look. Since striped wallpaper comes in a wide range of colors, it is perfect for matching with any decor.

Mural, Mural on the Wall

One of the most interesting wallpaper designs is the mural wallpaper. Designed to showcase a mural scene, the wallpaper mural comes in long strips that need to be carefully matched.

The murals can range from the simple and refined to the wild and bold, so finding a wallpaper mural to suit any room is not difficult.

For a simple and refined room, consider a mural of a forest, meadow, beach, or field. The soothing nature of the scenes will enhance the look of the room while adding a vibrant focal point for atmosphere. Many online specialty wallpaper dealers offer a wide range of patterns and designs to choose from.

A simple and refined wallpaper illusion can be achieved in a variety of ways. Whether wallpapering the entire wall or creating a half-wall design, each can benefit from the subtle visual texture of wallpaper designs.

Capitalize on the beauty of the room’s decor and use the wallpaper to enhance what is already there. Whether choosing pinstripes or a subtle marble finish, wallpaper should always accent the room without overpowering it.

Have you discovered any more interesting wallpaper illusion techniques? Why not share them with our readers in the comment section below?

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