Thursday, June 19, 2008

Wallpaper - In or Out?

I was at Pottery Barn the other day and overheard the sales guy telling a woman all about wallpaper making a "comeback." The woman seemed so surprised and I think it's because wallpaper has been given such a bad wrap over the last decade...with the over-the-top floral designs in awful colors and wallpaper borders displaying pieces of fruit or teapots or grapevines...whatever the case, I feel in general, there's a bad association with wallpaper (click here to view some very "scary" photos of wallpaper actually hurting a space rather than helping it!). Well, I would definitely have to agree with the gentleman at PB because wallpaper is coming back and it's here to stay! The trick is to think outside the box in terms of it's application! I found some truly inspiring photos of how wallpaper can transform a space from blah to wow!

This geometric pattern adds interest and depth to this space. The bold contrast adds drama and interest, making this room feel very special.

The beautiful geometric pattern above the crisp white wainscoting really makes this foyer a special space.
I'm loving the very subtle striped wallpaper. Instead of painting this room just a soft blue, the designer chose to add more interest with wallpaper and it makes the room that much more fabulous! Tip: to save some $$, tape off sections of your wall and paint alternating stripes yourself - get as creative as you want with 2 or 3 colors and play with different sized stripes.

Wallpaper can be beautiful when used on the ceiling. Shown above in a subtle metallic finish, the wallpaper looks like tin ceiling tiles and adds a classic elegant touch to the space.
I love stripes!!! They can add so much to a space, creating a bold statement like the chocolate and white stripes above. A subtle stripe is also a nice way to add pattern and color.
Photo credits: Thibaut, Schumacher, Romo, Design Public, Anna French, Domino Magazine, and York Wallcoverings.


  1. Awesome wallpaper photos! It almost makes me want to put some up :)

  2. I'm not a big fan of wallpaper, but Osborn & Little have some that are quite nice too. Interior Design & some other to the trade publications are showing wallpaper BUT it's not that OLDER model of wallpaper that gives bad vibes ;)
    These wallpapers you have posted are nice... those stripes can be done with paint though which is much easier to change than wallpaper.

  3. I have always loved wallpaper but you are right - there have been some scary applications over the years. And removing them is always a lot of work, which is why many probably have avoided "going there". You have some great examples here!

  4. I would say it is in - if used in a good way - pretty and sparingly.

  5. i agree, these rooms definitely are better because of the use of wallpaper. i'm always up for colors/patterns on the walls (done well, of course).

  6. they're all so unique and gorgeous! love them all!!!

  7. AnonymousMay 11, 2009

    I stumbled across your blog today on my hunt for teal wall paper and your BLOG is AMAZING. You have perfect taste and I plan to check this page all the time. I am in the process of designing my first home and now with your great sense of style I have loads more visuals and ideas. Thanks for having great taste and posting it somewhere!


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