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Bedroom wallpaper design ideas: 14 ways to add character

From murals to florals, check out these inspiring bedroom wallpaper design ideas...

Marble mural by Wallsauce in a modern bedroom
(Image credit: Wallsauce)

Redesigning your bedroom? If you want a smart finish that's right on trend, it's really worth checking out the latest wallpaper design ideas. From modern murals to traditional florals, contemporary graphics to on-trend botanicals, we've got you covered when it comes to bedroom wallpaper. 

For more bedroom ideas, check out our gallery. And, once you've made your all important choice, check out our step-by-step guide to how to wallpaper a wall.

1. Create a focal point with a wall mural

If you are looking to make a statement with your bedroom wallpaper or want an easy way to completely transform a space, murals are the way to go. These oversized prints are a hot trend and the best of them are show-stoppingly stunning to behold. 

Perfect for all bedroom styles, whether contemporary or traditional, there are options available for everyone – just browse our pick of the best mural design ideas.

We love this marble design from Wallsauce if you're looking for an on-trend option.

(Image credit: Wallsauce)

2. Put wallpaper all four walls (yes, we said it)

Can you remember the last time you saw a room with four matching walls? No, we can't either. While the feature wall continues to serve us well, we think it's perfectly plausible to cover those other three walls in wallpaper, too... if you choose a design and colour that aren’t too overwhelming, allowing your bedroom furniture and accessories to do the talking.  

Our fave find? The Moluntuss paper from Boras Tapeter.

Bedroom wallpaper by Boras Tapeter

(Image credit: Boras Tapeter)

3. Embrace the trend for dark walls

Dark and moody interiors are having a bit of moment, and we are fully on board. Our favourite way to bring the trend into the bedroom? A subtly distressed grey wallpaper, obviously. 

For a similar look to the bedroom below, we love Cole and Son's Patina Haze

Looking for more inspiration? You'll find plenty of tips with our dark and atmospheric decorating ideas. There are more gorgeous grey wallpaper ideas in our design feature, too.

Dark distress wallpaper in bedroom

(Image credit: Nedgis)

4. Inject colour with tropical designs

Tropical prints have been hotter than the rainforests that inspire them for a while now, and we still can't get enough of them. Decorating with botanical wallpaper is a super easy (and quick) way to incorporate the trend into your home. 

This wallpaper from Miki Rose is a bit of a grown up take on the bright banana leaf prints that are everywhere at the moment and slightly more subtle, making it perfect for an adult bedroom. 

Jungle print wallpaper

(Image credit: Miki Rose)

5. Colour block with wallpaper

You’ve all heard of colour blocking with paint  – if not check out our design guide – but what about trying out the same trend with wallpaper? This is actually a great idea if you are wondering how to design a stylish bedroom on a budget, because you won’t need to fork out of lots of rolls of wallpaper.

You could go bold and mix patterns and prints or for a simpler effect, just use one pattern and cover a smaller area of the wall, such as behind the headboard. No headboard? No problem. You can fake one with wallpaper.  

Here, Farrow & Ball’s Samphire has been used to ground the bed and give the room a focal point.

Farrow and Ball Samphire wallpaper used in a traditional bedroom

(Image credit: Farrow and Ball)

If you didn’t know it already, we are obsessed with gallery walls. And now we have found a really low-maintenance way to recreate the look: wallpaper! 

This Picture Gallery paper by Sanderson has a gorgeous vintage feel that would work perfectly in a traditional bedroom, but also wouldn't look out of place in a more contemporary space. 

For more inspirational gallery wall ideas, take a look at our design guide.        

Sanderson Picture Gallery wallpaper

(Image credit: Sanderson)

7. Create an ombre effect feature wall 

You can also cheat the ombre paint effect using wallpaper. The dreamy, inky hues of this mural definitely make a statement but the colour doesn't overwhelm the room. Fancy having a go at painting an ombre wall yourself? Check out our step-by-step guide on how to paint an ombre wall

You can find loads of ombre effect murals similar to this one at Murals Wallpaper

ercol - Salina dressing table £599; Salina dressing table stool £199; Salina bedside table £265; Salina double bed £925

(Image credit: Ercol)

8. Wallpaper the ceiling 

Ceilings are often neglected when it comes to patterned wallpaper, but it’s really just another blank canvas to work with. So we say be brave with your ceiling and cover it in a funky wallpaper that might be too much for all four walls, but a breeze for your ‘fifth wall’ to handle. 

Check out how @thehousethatgreybuilt has used a bold wallpaper on the ceiling in an otherwise completely white room. Love it. 

9. Get all the Scandi feels with a wood panel effect wallpaper

Reclaimed wood panelled walls are a pricey decor trend, but they have been around for ages and we absolutely love the look. Good news is that there is now a ton of wallpaper brands jumping on the bandwagon and producing realistic wood effect wallpapers, so you can get that rustic look for a fraction of the price. 

Would you even know this NLXL Blue Scrapwood wallpaper wasn’t the real deal?

For more cosy Scandi room design ideas, browse our design guide.

NLXL Blue Scrapwood Wallpaper

(Image credit: John Lewis)

10. Match furniture to your wallpaper

We are definitely going to be stealing this idea from @susana_ordovas – it's such a good way to give furniture a refresh. (And for those of your who aren't lucky enough to own a French armoire to upcycle, we are sure this would work just as well with a Billy bookcase from Ikea...)

11. Give traditional floral prints an update

Floral wallpaper may be slightly reminiscent of your grandmother’s living room and outdated hotel bathrooms but we promise you that these traditional styles are making a comeback. Floral wallpaper is cool again. Just look at how @seasonsincolour has styled Little Green’s Paradise – paired with a sunburst mirror and bright accessories the traditional print looks really fresh. 

12. Add height to a small space with stripes

Nothing says sophistication and elegance quite like an immaculate vertical stripe. And is it just us or does a stripe always seem to instantly give a bedroom a luxury hotel vibe? Striped wallpaper is also a failsafe way to make a small bedroom feel larger as it elongates the walls, as perfectly demonstrated by this Magnus wallpaper by Sandberg. 

Find more small bedroom decorating ideas in our design guide.

Magnus wallpaper by Sandberg

(Image credit: Sandberg)

13. Cover your weirdly shaped walls

Maybe your bedroom is at the top of the house, in a converted loft, or maybe the walls are just a bit oddly angled. Celebrate your weirdly shaped and sloping walls by wallpapering them.

We love how in this bedroom, Cole & Sons’ Woods has been used on the angled walls to give the illusion that the room is almost double the height.  

Image by Francis Dzikowski, interior decoration by Kelly G Design, architecture is by CWB Architects

(Image credit: Francis Dzikowski)

14. Create a stylish tile-effect using wallpaper

While wall tiles are more readily associated with the kitchen and bathroom, a patterned finish tile can make a stylish design feature in a bedroom, too, particularly when paired with bohemian or Morrocan-inspired prints and textures.

But, rather than tiling in a bedroom – which can be expensive and time consuming – why not consider opting for a tile-effect wallpaper instead. Opt for a neutral base and paper up to the height of a dado rail to ensure the space isn't overwhelmed by pattern.

For a similar monochrome tile-effect wallpaper, try Cole & Son.

bedroom with black and white wallpaper and dark wood by argos

(Image credit: Argos)

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