A closet makeover + my endorsement of wallpaper

Wallpaper can be a divisive issue (albeit not an earth-shattering one!). It seems like people either love it or they don’t. But for anyone wanting to try wallpaper on a very small scale, a closet is a good place to start.

Here’s a recap on my closet situation: Before we remodeled, there were no closets in our master bedroom. Now there are two. My closet was carved out of a broom closet that used to be accessible in the “hall” by the main-floor bathroom. We closed off the closet doorway in the hall, tore out this weird shelving in our bedroom (seen above), added a pretty door there, and my closet was born.

That tiny door to the left of the lower shelf is an old laundry chute.

I bought this Hygge & West wallpaper a few years ago on mega clearance—both rolls for about $100. I’m a plant lover, so I loved the pattern, and the colors were perfect for our house too.

Two rolls of wallpaper and seven hours later, my bedroom closet is wallpapered.

While I was at it, I added storage baskets to the top shelves, a shoe rack for pairs in high rotation, and hooks for scarves and jewelry. I also splurged on matching hangers, which seemed justified since I’d purchased hangers only twice since I got married 14 years ago.

Also, I hung a corkboard on the inside of the door for tacking up a few favorite things.

Every time I open my closet, I get a dose of happiness. My son asked why I spent so much time working on something only I’ll see, and though it does seem selfish and indulgent, it brings a smile to my face throughout the day, and my good mood is sure to rub off on my family, right?

This was my first wallpaper project on my own, and it went so well. If I can do it, so can you! My mom taught me how to wallpaper and helped me with two previous projects, so I used her insights plus these tips to get the job done.

Tell me, what are your thoughts on wallpaper? Have you installed it, and if so, where? Any “pro” tips for newbies wanting to give it a go? •

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