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My Secret Weapon to Transform Any Room in your Home

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Are you ready to update your home decor, but are unsure what to do?! There is ONE thing that has the ability to INSTANTLY transform any room in your home! Adding this one item will give your room a whole new feel!

I’m talking about wallpaper!! I know, I know … the word wallpaper can stir up FEAR in people immediately! I’m here to tell you that wallpaper does NOT have to be scary! It’s actually really fun!

In this post, I’ll share my own experiences with wallpaper, as well as what to expect regarding cost and ease of use. I’ll even share wallpaper options for any commitment-phobes out there!

transform any space in your home with wallpaper

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Wallpaper is current, beautiful and COMPLETELY transforms a room!

If you are on the fence about adding wallpaper to your home, just know that I was in your shoes about 8 years ago when I had my first paper install. I was TERRIFIED! I didn’t know what to expect. I was afraid I would hate it immediately. I left the house while my wallpaper installer did his thing. (I was too scared to watch it go up!)

I came home later that day to see the finished product. Once I saw the transformation, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t tried wallpaper earlier! I was HOOKED!

neutral grasscloth

Neutral Grasscloth in my Dining Nook


Wallpaper can cost a little more than paint, BUT it isn’t as expensive as you might think. It can be quite affordable to purchase and have professionally installed. As with ANY home décor, you can find inexpensive options up to very expensive wallpaper products.

Wallpaper is not expensive to hang … or even to remove. My professional installer charges only $30 per roll to hang. (Not bad at all!) He charges very little to remove wallpaper as well … and he can have the paper down SO FAST!

You can avoid these costs completely if you are an avid DIYer (which I am NOT!).


YES! Many companies do offer removable or temporary wallpaper. This is a GREAT option if you are a commitment-phobe when it comes to decorating!

I personally have not tried temporary paper because I am ALL IN when it comes to wallpaper! I know that many people use (and love) removable wallpaper! Some companies that offer temporary paper include: Target, Wayfair, West Elm, Pottery Barn TeenEtsy, and Amazon.

When considering wallpaper for the first time, I recommend hanging it in a powder room, laundry room, or another room that is hidden (just in case you don’t love it immediately).

hygge and west carved ogee black wallpaper

Hygge and West Carved Ogee Wallpaper in Basement Bar

Wallpaper has been uber popular for YEARS, and I don’t see this home décor ‘trend’ ending any time soon! There are thousands of patterns and options to choose from …  even temporary paper for those of you who aren’t yet completely committed!

What do you think?! Have I convinced you yet?! If you ARE convinced and are thinking, ‘YES! I am SO ready to try wallpaper in my home … but I have no idea where to start’, you can learn the basics (as well as my favorite wallpaper retailers) in my WALLPAPER 101 blog post!

I have also created a boutique of several gorgeous wallpaper ideas below! Simply click on the item to be directed to the retailer’s website!

Happy wallpaper-ing (if that’s a word)!

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I designed my own custom home from the ground up, inside and out. A home that is cozy, comfy, laid out perfectly for the way my family lives, and makes us happy every single day. Oh, and did I mention I did this all without blowing the budget?! 

Yep, it’s true. I’ve been there, done that, and actually lived through it … and you will too. Pinkie promise!

a.k.a. Caroline on Design

I’m Carrie Barker.

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