Wallpaper is making a comeback, but this time around the trend is reaching far beyond four walls. Wallpaper — whether temporary or permanent — is being used in unexpected places to add pattern and interest throughout the home. Whether you’ve got a roll of leftover paper lying around or you’re looking for a DIY project to tackle, we’ve got you covered.

1. On stair risers.

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This pretty pattern is from Rifle Paper Co., and it matches the wallcovering in the homeowners’ dining room.

2. The sides of dresser drawers.

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This floral design is by Milton & King. Paired with a vintaged dresser, it makes for a fun and rather easy DIY project.

3. Or, on the exterior of a dresser.


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Own a dresser that’s in need of a facelift? Don’t throw it out, refurbish it! This quirky print is from the Sanderson wallpaper range.

4. The back of a built-in bookshelf.


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If you’re a renter, a wallpapered freestanding bookcase will provide the same effect. This shimmery paper is by Cole & Son.

5. As a liner for a humdrum tray.


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This crafty blogger used leftover wallpaper scraps from Schumacher to beautify wooden crates for her pantry.

6. On a kitchen island.


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We’ve never seen a kitchen like this before! Use a vinyl wallpaper so you can easily remove scuff marks.

7. Covering the front of your refrigerator.


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The cheapest way to upgrade a dated refrigerator. For this project, it’s best to use a roll of removable wallpaper. This particular design is from Anthropologie, but the print has been discontinued.

8. As a wet bar backsplash.


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While you may want to avoid a wallpapered kitchen backsplash, the concept can work in an area that doesn’t require as much protection from splatters. This geo-inspired paper was purchased from Kravet.

9. On the ceiling.


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The fifth wall is where it’s at! This subtly patterned paper is from JAMES Showroom.

10. Inside kitchen cabinets.


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Spice up glass-front cabinets with a vibrant, patterned paper. Use removable wallpaper to improve an ugly rental kitchen.

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