Bedroom wallpaper ideas: 15 ways to add personality to your space

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

Bedroom wallpaper ideas
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Looking for a super easy bedroom wallpaper ideas? In case you didn't know we here at Real Homes are big into very quick, very easy ways to revamp rooms  – minimal effort, maximal reward. And we think using wallpaper is one of the simplest bedroom decorating ideas out there, letting you change up your space without spending too much time or money. 

So we have rounded up all our fave bedroom wallpapers, so whether you like contemporary graphics or on-trend botanicals, we've got you covered. 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 bedroom wall mural

Danielle and Andy Lisle transformed her old teenage home in Gateshead so it was perfect for modern family life

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

If you are looking to make a statement with your bedroom wallpaper ideas 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.

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

Bedroom wallpaper by Boras Tapeter

(Image credit: Boras Tapeter)

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 color that aren’t too overwhelming, allowing your bedroom furniture and accessories to do the talking.  

3. Embrace the trend for dark bedroom wallpaper

Dark distress wallpaper in bedroom

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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 this bedroom wallpaper, we love Cole and Son's Patina Haze

4. Inject colour with tropical designs

Jungle print wallpaper

(Image credit: Miki Rose)

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 bedroom wallpaper 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. 

5. Colour block with bedroom wallpaper

Farrow and Ball Samphire wallpaper used in a traditional bedroom

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You’ve all heard of colour blocking with paint but what about trying out the same trend with wallpaper? This is actually a great idea if you are wondering how to design a 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.

Sanderson Picture Gallery wallpaper

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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 bedroom wallpaper 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.        

7. Create an ombre effect feature wall 

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

(Image credit: Ercol)

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

8. Wallpaper your bedroom 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

NLXL Blue Scrapwood Wallpaper

(Image credit: John Lewis)

Reclaimed wood-paneled 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 bedroom wallpaper wasn’t the real deal?

For more cozy Scandinavian bedroom ideas, browse our design guide.

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 you 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

Magnus wallpaper by Sandberg

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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 wallpaper.

Find more small bedroom ideas in our design guide.

13. Cover your weirdly shaped walls

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

(Image credit: Francis Dzikowski)

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.  

14. Create a stylish tile-effect using wallpaper

bedroom with black and white wallpaper and dark wood by argos

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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.

15. Choose a large scale pattern for more of an impact

bedroom wallpaper ideas

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Sometimes, color doesn’t need to be the ‘thing’, the pattern can be the star of the show instead - which is the case with this large Helleborus motif design from Farrow & Ball. It has a beautiful linear quality that is eye-catching in its neutral colorway. These shades are easy to accessorize especially if you love off-whites and textures. Sheepskin throws on the bed, warm wood furniture and hints of fresh green will all be great choices. 

Check our more of our fave floral wallpapers in our feature. 

16. Choose a traditional but bright bedroom wallpaper 

Bedroom wallpaper ideas

(Image credit: Little Greene)

This bedroom wallpaper is a beautiful example of a late 19th century wallpaper printing, so if you have a period property and want to recreate the rooms then this is the kind of design to look for. It is flamboyant and vibrant, and yes, on the pricier end of the scale, but these wallpapers can be used sparingly to help your budget if you have one. This design papered on one wall, alcoves or a fireplace will still look striking and you can paint the other walls in a tone from the print. 

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Hebe Hatton
Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer. As a renter, she is always looking for creative ways to make her flat feel like home. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration.