How to Use Wallpaper to Enhance the Look of Your Rental Property

Sprucing up your rental property once it becomes vacant should be the first thing you do before advertising it and accepting viewings.

After all, no one will want to look at the photos of your property on various listings when it is untidy and looks drab, let alone visit it.

Cleaning and decluttering your rental property first ensures you have an easy canvas to work with to improve its look and feel. You can then assess the property better, know which areas and features need to be spruced up, and think about how you can improve them.

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Why Choose Wallpaper to Update Your Rental Home

One of the cost-effective, easiest, and most creative ways to enhance and update your rental property is by using wallpaper.

Wallpaper comes in a wide array of designs with a fascinating selection of eye-catching effects, such as beads, gel, glitter, embossed silk, pearl, and suede. Because of this reason, this wall covering option can add style, warmth, and depth to any room and make them instantly appealing and interesting.

There is also a variety of 3D wallpaper products in Dubai, which are excellent options for making children’s bedrooms and other spaces look more attractive, unique, and whimsical.

Additionally, wallpaper adheres easily and smoothly to walls, making them quick to install anywhere and allowing them to hide flaws perfectly.

Enhancing Rental Properties With Wallpaper

Covering shabby looking walls isn’t the only thing you can do with wallpaper when updating your rental property.

There are other ways to use this product to give your property a new, better look and ambience that will attract potential tenants.

Below are some of the best ways to use wallpaper to enhance and update your rental property:

1.     Add colour to entryways, hallways and stairwells.

Most property owners are satisfied with plainly painted and clean-looking entryways, hallways, and stairwells. However, these areas are one of the first things viewers see and pass through frequently.

Because of this reason, sprucing up these areas is always a good idea. And you can use wallpaper to do this.

Choose light or vibrant-looking wallpaper with an interesting pattern to make your entryways, hallways, and stairwells more welcoming and interesting. The right wall covering can also make these areas look brighter and more spacious than they actually are.

For a seamless transition from the outdoors to indoors, opt for wallpaper with floral or botanical prints.

2.     Create an accent wall.

An accent or feature wall enhances an existing focal point in the living room, kitchen, or bedrooms.

Use wallpaper to create an accent wall to draw a person’s eye to the feature you want them to see.

Designing this feature can be fun and exciting, too, since you can select any pattern you like. You can opt for a bold or subtle design, as long as the one you choose doesn’t clash with the focal point and furniture in the room to maintain harmony in its interior design

To make your accent wall stand out, consider putting it on the wall behind the TV or fireplace or any other section in the room which naturally draws the eyes.

3.     Update the kitchen wall and cabinets.

Introduce colour to your kitchen without the expensive and time-consuming task of painting it by using wallpaper.

Choose a durable wall covering material, such as vinyl, to use as your kitchen backsplash.

You can also use wallpaper to cover the middle portions of the walls or above the open shelves to make these features look more interesting.

If you want to update your cabinets, cover them with wallpaper instead of painting on them.

Install wallpaper in the back and sides of your cabinets with glass doors. A bright paper covering adds a touch of elegance to these fixtures and can make the cups, plates, and other displays more noticeable and easier to see.

4.     Use wallpaper as panelling.

Skip the wood panelling ceiling-to-floor installation and use individual or cut pieces of wallpaper as decorative panels on the wall.

Choose a wallpaper with a sophisticated design and install it as faux panelling or cladding. When you choose the right product, you can even create a natural panelled effect at a lower cost.

Consider using wallpaper to create eye-catching headboards for the beds. Pick one with a more noticeable pattern and another with a subtle design.

Use the vibrant-looking wallpaper as the centre panel and install the subtler one on both sides of the central feature to complete the design.

5.     Wallpaper the ceiling.

Finally, ceilings are often painted a simple white, then left alone until they have a leak or crack that needs to be fixed.

Keep in mind that people who will view your property might also look up at your ceiling. Because of this, you would do well to spruce it up with wallpaper too.

The ceiling is the perfect spot to play with colour and pattern, so be bold with your choice of wallpaper. This means picking a design that is vibrant or highly decorative.

You can even choose a wallpaper with a design that contrasts with the rest of the room to turn your ceiling into another interesting focal point.

Wallpaper is one of the most versatile products you can use to give your rental property an elevated, more appealing look.

Follow these tips and you’ll boost your chances of getting new tenants in the shortest time possible.


James Prathap is the General Manager at NGC Nafees, one of the leading distributors of wallpapers, floorings, and fabrics in the Middle East and South Asia. Formed three decades ago, the business also offers high-quality panoramics, coordinated fabrics, and creative stickers for residential and commercial projects.