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Splurge vs Save Wallpaper Dupes

A round-up shopping guide with 14 of the most popular designer wallpapers and their cheaper dupes to get the look for less.

This post should be entitled “Welcome to the Rabbit Hole of Wallpaper I Somehow Got Lost In”. #storyofmylife

Wallpaper Designer Dupes: Splurge vs. Save | A round-up shopping guide with 14 of the most popular designer wallpapers and their cheaper dupes to get the look for less.

The discussion of wallpaper popped up in the Bless’er House Budget Decorating Facebook Group last week, and then oh… 6 hours later my brain was swimming in wallpaper prints. Anyone else SO excited that wallpaper has made a comeback over the last couple of years?

Wallpaper Designer Dupes: Splurge vs. Save | A round-up shopping guide with 14 of the most popular designer wallpapers and their cheaper dupes to get the look for less.

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We used this black and white floral one in our powder room when we first moved in.

Wallpaper Designer Dupes: Splurge vs. Save | A round-up shopping guide with 14 of the most popular designer wallpapers and their cheaper dupes to get the look for less.

And this funky fun pastel one in Olivia’s room as a focal wall behind her bed…

Wallpaper Designer Dupes: Splurge vs. Save | A round-up shopping guide with 14 of the most popular designer wallpapers and their cheaper dupes to get the look for less.

And I installed this owl print wallpaper in Regan’s closet literally just days before I went into labor (because I was a crazy pregnant lady in a chaotic tizzy of nesting mode).

Wallpaper Designer Dupes: Splurge vs. Save | A round-up shopping guide with 14 of the most popular designer wallpapers and their cheaper dupes to get the look for less.

So I thought it would be fun to do another Splurge vs. Save: Wallpaper Edition since there are lots of gorgeous wallpaper prints out there but so many cost a HECK of a ton of moo-lah.

If you’ve been on the hunt for a pretty wallpaper, maybe it’ll help you find some great dupes from the designer ones.

Clouds

 

Blush Peony Mural

 

Multicolored Wildflowers

 

Charcoal Damask

 

Taupe Floral

 

Black Roses

 

Birch Trees

 

Pink Wildlife

 

Marble

 

Lemons

 

Palm Leaves

 

Black Medallions

 

Ikat

 

Cork

 

Oh, and if you’re a wallpaper rookie, you can see my Beginner’s Guide for Hanging Wallpaper here. I’m itching to wallpaper something now!

How ’bout you? Are you pro wallpaper or no?

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  1. Do you have any dupes/ splurges for textured wall paper? I am itching to walk paper something too but want to go the textured route.

    1. Lindsay, I would try looking at Home Depot or Target and even Walmart for the textured wall paper. Textures are going to be a bit more expensive but I think they may have the better price options.

  2. I love the LOOK of wallpaper, but I’ll never put it in my home again! WAAAAYYY too hard and time consuming to get off! I’ve used every steamer, etc./device out there – it’s still a pain to remove! ha! I would think all you love to change your decor often people wouldn’t do wallpaper either. Then again, my daughter put up the shiplap peelable wallpaper from Target in a wall in her home, and I like that stuff. I keep an eye online of sites that carry those types – and I’m waiting for them to expand those lines with better colors/patterns, etc. Right now, I think the options are pretty generic and limited.

    1. I agree with this. Took me a while week to completely remove paintable wallpaper from a small bathroom. What a nightmare!

  3. The lemon wallpaper could be toned down to match the expensive one by a simple white wash of paint. Years ago i “tea stained” a wall paper, to make it look more antique. I used a thin wash of cream w a tint of brown init, to tone it down. I then rolled on a satin poly to seal it. Yes, it took time but l loved the paper and didn’t want to go to the work of stripping it off. Plus it was cheaper to do it this way. Because the paper had a vinyl coating i couldn’t use just tea, wouldn’t absorb. I hung paper for 5 yrs, also while pregnant! Some walls were really textured, instead of the mess of sanding i used joint compound, wall mud, to even it out. Then you can use a damp sponge to level any bumps. The compound HAS to be sealed w paint before papering over, if the paper is to ever get removed. I hung untrimmed paper in my dining room….NEVER again! Always buy trimmed paper. My favorit is Anaglypta, an emobossed white paper that gets painted.

  4. I would love to know if there are a couple of particular wallpaper sites you feel offer the best bang for the buck. I know you aren’t necessarily recommending one over another, but I don’t have a lot of patience with online shopping so I would feel better having your suggestions. Thanks so much.