Wallpaper the stairs (and ceiling)

Today's stylish designs look great in unexpected places. Get 4 off-the-wall ideas

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Thomas J. Story

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"I can't stop wallpapering. It's sick," admits Christiana Coop, who has turned her San Francisco apartment into a lab of sorts. An interior design consultant and U.S. representative of Denmark-based Ferm Living, Coop finds easy, innovative ways to transform her home ― from stairs to ceiling ― with modern, colorful wallpaper.

"I like to use it as art so that it adds a fun dimension but doesn't overtake the space," she says. By choosing smaller projects, she gets to experiment without committing an entire room to a single color or pattern.


1. Wallpaper and wallpaper paste

2. Tape measure and ruler

3. Scissors

4. Craft knife (such as an X-Acto knife)

INFO The wallpapers used in these projects are from Ferm Living. For more info and a design consultation, contact Coop directly (415/399-1559).


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