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Ok, so you have spent tons of time, energy, and money selecting that PERFECT wallpaper that you absolutely cannot live without to transform your drab walls into a something glamorous… and now that it is finally installed and your room is transformed, you are left with all this extra wallpaper that you can’t seem to part with.  (Whew, that was a mouth-full.)  So what now?!  Don’t throw it away!  Here are some great ways to repurpose those wallpaper scraps.

 

1. Create Art

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Source: Buzzfeed

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Source: This Old House

Here is some art that I created myself!

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Some inexpensive frames from Ikea, this cost me less than $20!

 

2. Gift Wrap

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Source: Elle- Kelly Wearstler

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Source: Elle

I have definitely given gifts wrapped in extra wallpaper I had too, I wish I took pictures!  Regrets.

 

3. Wrap Books

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*DESIGN TIP: Using a cohesive grouping of books when styling your bookcases, coffee tables, etageres, etc. looks so “designer”!  And its so easy.

 

4. Line your Bookcase

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Design by Marika Meyer

Design by Marika Meyer

I love the pop that a little print and color can bring to an otherwise boring backdrop.

 

5. Other Ideas

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What are some of your creative ways to reuse wallpaper scraps?  Share them with us!

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I found this great DIY transformation from dated to chic.  For more pictures, go here.

I just think it is so cute!

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Many of my clients love the look of hanging artwork in a gallery style but find it a daunting task to organize.  Here are a few simple tips that need to be followed if you want to create a cohesive gallery of artwork in your home.

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First pull together all the pieces that you want in the gallery, and they definitely do not all have to be photographs.  You can include mirrors, mementos, pressed flowers, children’s artwork, paintings, sculptures, clothing, etc.

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It is easy to get carried away with tons of your favorite pictures and end up with a wall full of clutter.  There must be one commonality amongst every piece of art whether it is the color of the photo, color of the frame, color of the mat, or size.  For example, if the frames are all different shapes, sizes, and colors, the photos should all be black and white.

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Now, there are two ways to display the art: in a random pattern or an organized manner.  I find that when all of the pieces are the same size (maybe from the same series) and are hung in a grid, the effect can be very dramatic.  A more random pattern can have a more personal and casual feel.  The trick to laying out an asymmetrical arrangement is to have a common axis which the pieces are lined up on, this give a feeling of order to the chaos.

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Regardless if the gallery is randomly arranged or not, the pieces should all be the same distance apart from the next, I usually like between 2 ½ inches to 5 inches all around, give or take depending on how large the wall and the art is.

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Above is a gallery I designed for one of my clients in MD.

Follow these easy tips and you are on the way to creating a successful gallery in your own home!

If you need help achieving this look or tackling any other design challenge, feel free to contact me!

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