Wallpapered bookcase

Photo: Aimee Herring

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How do I keep it from getting too expensive?
Do one wall in a dramatic pattern and add a mirror on the wall opposite, says Lee, which creates an echo of the print but doesn't require the expense of papering both. If designer papers are out of reach for even one wall, consider creative options, like gift wrap and papering smaller areas. "I adore the trompe l'oeil series featuring vintage Penguin Book spines. Use it to line the backs of bookcases with double-sided tape." (Other options for bookshelves are a punchy color or small print, suggests Galli, so the shelves don't look cluttered once the books are placed.)