Patchwork Wallpaper: Where? When? How?

December 25, 2016
Posted in Ideas

Sometimes we have a lot of wallpaper pieces left from our previous renovations. And if we mobilize our imagination, dozens of ways to use it in our homes can be figured out. Wallpaper pieces can decorate our wardrobe interiors, chests of drawers, lamps and even the staircases! But if you are bold and original, try to create a patchwork wallpaper wall.

Patchwork is one of the traditional forms of folk arts. Dozens of generations, especially in the countryside, used to sew their clothes for themselves. As a result, they had many multi-color pieces of textile left. Long-standing rural thrift wouldn’t let throw them away. So, women decided to use these shreds for making napkins, bedspreads, plaids, curtains and tablecloths. As a result they had practical and original things, the only of their kind. So why not apply this amazing craft to our …. walls?


Firstly, generate the idea and choose the type of pattern to your liking. Pieces of wallpaper may be of the same or different sizes, square, round or rectangular – it’s up to you to decide.

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Secondly, prepare the wallpaper – cut the pieces from your previous project or buy a few samples of new wallpaper. It’s recommended to combine wallpaper from one collection and of the same manufacturer – thus it’s easier to match their colors, texture and thickness. Preference is given to non-woven wallpaper as it better preserves the shape and doesn’t stretch when glue is applied.


Thirdly, don’t think that patchwork wallpaper walls are appropriate for romantic Provence-style interiors only. They can be fit into any interior style – it’s all about the right color and pattern. Don’t forget about the golden rule of color scheme – choose no more than 3 predominant hues.

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As for color combinations, it’s better to use white as the predominant hue: it is universal and matches any other color. The best “partners” of white are red, black, lavender, peach and light-blue. Beige wallpaper would greatly match gray, purple, terracotta, moss-green, olive, chocolate or light-brown shades. Gray likes to be combined with blue, rosy-pink, green and yellow. And black is good in combination with creamy, beige and brownish hues.

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Patchwork wallpaper can be arranged in any room, but the best options are bedrooms and toddler rooms. Here you have more room for imagination and can create a truly bright and bold composition. Just remember about the sense of moderation – patchwork wallpaper is a very eye-catching accent, and just one wall with this kind of décor will be enough for one room. Good luck!

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