If you’re a hardcore flea marketer, antiquer or salvage finder, then here’s an idea for you. Wallpaper is a step more complex than a coat of paint but hanging architectural elements on your walls is a whole new wonderful level. An old mantle piece or arched window frame comes with it its own texture and pattern. Many salvaged finds retain decades of their colorful painted layers – it is very much the point, sought after and is a simple solution to bring your walls to life. Note: If hanging the real thing isn't your style but love the look, check out this wallpaper from Studio Ditte.
Mixing vintage or antique elements with contemporary décor is demonstrated in this photo by a designer for a residential home in Amsterdam. I only know of one other talented interior designer, who hung old doors on the ceiling of her sun room, and if you happen to live in the NY, NJ, CT area, I’m sure she can open many doors for you too.