Wallpaper: 18 alternatives to plain white walls

The Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am knows his way around the snares and cymbals. Here in his personal studio's drum booth, there is a sliding glass door and walls upholstered in raised velvet from Diamond Foam and Fabric. "It's a high-end version of flocked wallpaper," says designer Liana Reid.

Wallpaper ideas (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)

The Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am knows his way around the snares and cymbals. Here in his personal studio's drum booth, there is a sliding glass door and walls upholstered in raised velvet from Diamond Foam and Fabric. "It's a high-end version of flocked wallpaper," says designer Liana Reid.

"It's a bordello look," Reid says of the guest powder room of will.i.am's Los Feliz studio complex. "Pimped-out, but elegantly." Flocked wallpaper from Astek gives the tiny room a sense of grandeur, as does the gilded Arts and Crafts style mirror, a gift from Reid.

Wallpaper ideas (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)

"It's a bordello look," Reid says of the guest powder room of will.i.am's Los Feliz studio complex. "Pimped-out, but elegantly." Flocked wallpaper from Astek gives the tiny room a sense of grandeur, as does the gilded Arts and Crafts style mirror, a gift from Reid.

Designer Molly Luetkemeyer transformed a tiny closet into a sewing space in the mezzanine of the Small Space Big Style design house in Hollywood. The walls are lined with contrasting pink grass cloth from Elitis.

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Designer Molly Luetkemeyer transformed a tiny closet into a sewing space in the mezzanine of the Small Space Big Style design house in Hollywood. The walls are lined with contrasting pink grass cloth from Elitis.

Wallpaper designer Alix Soubiran paints her designs by hand, then scans them into a computer, on which she adjust colors and scale. The designs are made by Astek and Advanced Screen Graphics. The muted blue stripes of French Room set a quiet ambience in her master bedroom.

Wallpaper ideas (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)

Wallpaper designer Alix Soubiran paints her designs by hand, then scans them into a computer, on which she adjust colors and scale. The designs are made by Astek and Advanced Screen Graphics. The muted blue stripes of French Room set a quiet ambience in her master bedroom.

Soubiran papered the ceiling of one hallway for a different look.

Wallpaper ideas (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)

Soubiran papered the ceiling of one hallway for a different look.

Morgan Lawley's daughter, who was 6 at the time we profiled the house, wanted a pink bedroom. But Mom simply said, "“I can’'t do pink.”" Instead, she persuaded little Ruby that red was a logical choice. The wallpaper is a Nina Campbell design called Fleur de Lys Court.

Wallpaper ideas (Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times)

Morgan Lawley's daughter, who was 6 at the time we profiled the house, wanted a pink bedroom. But Mom simply said, "“I can’'t do pink.”" Instead, she persuaded little Ruby that red was a logical choice. The wallpaper is a Nina Campbell design called Fleur de Lys Court.

Architect Barbara Bestor talks with architect Steven Shortridge, center, and restoration specialist George Mimnaugh in a room of her home that features a print by artist Geoff McFetridge.

Wallpaper ideas (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Architect Barbara Bestor talks with architect Steven Shortridge, center, and restoration specialist George Mimnaugh in a room of her home that features a print by artist Geoff McFetridge.

Daks wallpaper from Walnut Wallpaper in Los Angeles adds colorful detail to the children's wing in the Los Feliz home of filmmaker and KCET producer Juan Devis and artist Laura Purdy.

Wallpaper ideas (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Daks wallpaper from Walnut Wallpaper in Los Angeles adds colorful detail to the children's wing in the Los Feliz home of filmmaker and KCET producer Juan Devis and artist Laura Purdy.

Before the remodel of the Purdy-Devis house, the upper floor had three bedrooms and a bath. The architects reconfigured the space as a master bedroom with walk-in closet and larger bathroom, plus an office/guest room. Here in the master, Step wallpaper from Walnut adds graphic punch.

Wallpaper ideas (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Before the remodel of the Purdy-Devis house, the upper floor had three bedrooms and a bath. The architects reconfigured the space as a master bedroom with walk-in closet and larger bathroom, plus an office/guest room. Here in the master, Step wallpaper from Walnut adds graphic punch.

In the Hancock Park kitchen of Johnson Hartig, co-designer of clothing line Libertine, Hartig taped up damask wrapping paper from Soolip in the glass-front cabinets. Under-cabinet lighting shows off Hartig's diverse collection of ceramics.

Wallpaper ideas (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

In the Hancock Park kitchen of Johnson Hartig, co-designer of clothing line Libertine, Hartig taped up damask wrapping paper from Soolip in the glass-front cabinets. Under-cabinet lighting shows off Hartig's diverse collection of ceramics.

In Hartig's bathroom, white cabinets and marble counter tops are set off by bold wallpaper from Walnut in Los Angeles. Hartig's whimsical flourishes include antique scale-model schooners under glass, a trio of Staffordshire dogs and a Champagne bottle in the shower.

Wallpaper ideas (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

In Hartig's bathroom, white cabinets and marble counter tops are set off by bold wallpaper from Walnut in Los Angeles. Hartig's whimsical flourishes include antique scale-model schooners under glass, a trio of Staffordshire dogs and a Champagne bottle in the shower.

In modern L.A., artist Lisa Borgnes Giramonti is dedicated to old England. "I've always wanted to go back to England, but it's not going to happen, so this is how I'm re-creating that," she says. Here, the stairwell is lined with Flowering Quince wallpaper by Clarence House.

Wallpaper ideas (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

In modern L.A., artist Lisa Borgnes Giramonti is dedicated to old England. "I've always wanted to go back to England, but it's not going to happen, so this is how I'm re-creating that," she says. Here, the stairwell is lined with Flowering Quince wallpaper by Clarence House.

Borgnes Giramonti wanted more bookshelves in the dining room, but she worried they might crowd her parents' midcentury Danish table. Her solution? Wallpaper with a bookshelf design made by London-based Deborah Bowness. A horseshoe bench completes the space.

Wallpaper ideas (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

Borgnes Giramonti wanted more bookshelves in the dining room, but she worried they might crowd her parents' midcentury Danish table. Her solution? Wallpaper with a bookshelf design made by London-based Deborah Bowness. A horseshoe bench completes the space.

In the Eagle Rock home of Mark and Melinda Fay, sturdy sliding barn doors for son Boon's room were covered with striped vinyl wallpaper by Marimekko. "I wouldn't put anything fancy in my kid's room," Melinda Fay said. "I wanted something that I can wipe down."

Wallpaper ideas (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

In the Eagle Rock home of Mark and Melinda Fay, sturdy sliding barn doors for son Boon's room were covered with striped vinyl wallpaper by Marimekko. "I wouldn't put anything fancy in my kid's room," Melinda Fay said. "I wanted something that I can wipe down."

At the Superba Snack Bar in Venice, designers Rebecca Rudolph and Cathy Johnson lined a wall with a custom run of Geoff McFetridge wallpaper from Pottok Prints. The pattern -- holding hands -- furthers the community theme of the restaurant.

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At the Superba Snack Bar in Venice, designers Rebecca Rudolph and Cathy Johnson lined a wall with a custom run of Geoff McFetridge wallpaper from Pottok Prints. The pattern -- holding hands -- furthers the community theme of the restaurant.

Scott Flora, on a Fatboy beanbag chair, lifts daughter Aja in the living room of his Venice home. The Heart Breakout decal above them was conceived by Hybrid Design and produced by Flora's company, Blik. David Bray's decal, I Never Saw the Sign, hangs atop a dresser used as a sideboard.

Wallpaper ideas (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Scott Flora, on a Fatboy beanbag chair, lifts daughter Aja in the living room of his Venice home. The Heart Breakout decal above them was conceived by Hybrid Design and produced by Flora's company, Blik. David Bray's decal, I Never Saw the Sign, hangs atop a dresser used as a sideboard.

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Ultra-white walls are fine in museums, but at home, many people prefer color, pattern and texture. Here, we offer some ideas about how to enliven a space using wallpaper. Have a wallpapered room you'd like to share? Send a photo to home@latimes.com and we may just add it to this gallery later.