How To Do Wallpaper Like It's 2016

Wallpaper isn't just for your grandma's house anymore.

Grant K. Gibson is a wallpaper addict.

He says it himself and, as an interior designer behind his eponymous San Francisco and New York-based firm, he uses it often to perk up the rooms in his clients' homes: bathrooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, one wall or all four.

Gibson installed the dry erase <a href="http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/world-map-wall-mural/?pkey=k7855398&amp;sku=7855398&amp;words=7855398">Jumbo World Map Mural wallpaper from Pottery Barn Kids</a> as an "interactive way for kids to see where they travel," he told HuffPost.
Gibson installed the dry erase Jumbo World Map Mural wallpaper from Pottery Barn Kids as an "interactive way for kids to see where they travel," he told HuffPost.

"I think people are willing to take a little bit more of a chance on walls," Gibson told The Huffington Post. He cited companies such as Lake August, Rebecca Atwood, Brian Paquette and other artists at textile design house Studio Four, who are offering "more graphic, bold statements" on their wallpaper collections.

In using the pink chinoiserie&nbsp;wallpaper, Gibson said he started with the paper and then added bold zebra fabric headboards. "I thought, these two things go together.&nbsp; Be bold -- why not!"
In using the pink chinoiserie wallpaper, Gibson said he started with the paper and then added bold zebra fabric headboards. "I thought, these two things go together.  Be bold -- why not!"

Gibson uploads a lot of great inspiration on his Instagram feed, patterns that range from chinoiserie to pineapples and leopard print.

"I like something that’s kind of classic looking, but updated at the same time," Gibson said. "Picking a pattern that’s traditional in style but feels more current for today -- not too trendy so it looks good in 5 to 10 years... Not taking away from the history of wallpaper or its classical pattern, but those that seems a little more fresh and young for today’s couples."

For Gibson, the powder room "is an area to be bold and have fun," he told HuffPost.
For Gibson, the powder room "is an area to be bold and have fun," he told HuffPost.

While it's great to cover an entire room in a strong pattern, Gibson likes to use wallpaper to add an element of surprise to, say, a powder room wall. "It's a great place to have fun with color or pattern," he said. "Whereas maybe you're afraid to do that in the rest of the house, the powder room can be an unexpected place. You open the door and go, whoa this is leopard -- it's where you can experiment a little."

For first-time wallpapers, we put together this handy starter guide, and if you need inspiration for better wallpaper goals, take a look at the prints Gibson posted on his Instagram feed below.

"Twenty years ago it was your grandmother's house that was wallpapered," Gibson said. But now, we no longer have that excuse.

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