Getting creative with wallpaper: How to create a DIY wall sconce and statement staircase

The writing’s on the wall(paper) when it comes to adding individuality and unique style to your home. 

Whether it’s a fabulous feature wall or a captivating design detail, wallpaper is an effortless and affordable way to add something special to any space.

Paper vs paint

“Wallpaper can introduce a world of pattern, texture and dimension,” says Resene expert Rebecca Long. 

“Resene supplies a variety of wallpapers to suit every style of home – from sleek and modern right through to classic and decorative, and from the likes of Aspiring Walls, Farrow & Ball, Florence Broadhurst and Khroma, as well as wall panels and wall murals,” says Rebecca.

“Resene is bringing back the artistry of traditional handcrafted wallpaper with the Mason Handcrafted wallpaper collection. The classic patterns are screen printed locally in Wellington and can be customised to suit your desired colour way by using Resene Paint,” she says.

“Resene also produces their own Habitat Wallpaper range and has bought back the classic, Mason Handcrafted Wallpapers.”

And if a fully wallpapered room feels like a lot, tap into your inner interior designer by getting clever with just a touch of papered print. Here are two top DIYs from the talented Fleur Thorpe. 

Get ensconced: How to create a wall sconce with wallpaper

You will need:

  • Scrap wood
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Jig saw
  • Drill and screws
  • Resene Quick Dry
  • Paintbrush
  • Resene testpots in your choice of paint colour (Fleur used Resene Toffee and Resene Magma metallic)
  • Wallpaper (Fleur used Resene Wallpaper Collection 2008-147-02)
  • PVA Glue