I will state openly that I'm not a huge fan of wallpaper. Sure, it can be beautiful to look at, but when its time is up, there's all that stripping and then the disposal....
Not for me. I just can't justify the design benefits from an environmental viewpoint.
But sometimes, paint alone isn't quite enough, either. You may want something really special for a particular wall. Or, as in the case of my new living room, you need to cover something ugly.
Former owners put panelling up in our living room. Badly. I can tell, at a glance, where all the studs are. And you're just not supposed to be able to do that in a finished room.
One possibility would be to rip it all down and start again. But does our local landfill really need more stuff?
I've been working with papier mache for many years, making sculptures and bowls. And I really love the look of a piece when all the paper is on it but I haven't yet painted it. So I decided to go for that look in my living room. I'm cutting lots and lots of articles out of newspapers and gluing them to the wall. It looks a little dark as-is, so once the glue's dry, I give it a wash of thinned down white paint. I'm liking the way it looks so far.
It'll take awhile to complete the room, but the cool thing with this kind of project is that you can do it in stages without tearing the whole room apart.
You may not be as crazy about the printed word as I am. But you could try maps, or pages from a gardening book. Stamps scattered randomly across a white background. Different colours of tissue paper.
Once you start to think about it, the possibilities are endless. You'll end up with a one-of-a-kind wall, that's easier on the environment.