Thursday, January 16, 2014


Wallpaper... I know it sounds old, tedious, a lot of work to apply or to change when it's outdated, but I do believe wallpaper is making a come back in the design world.  Or maybe it never left!  Whatever the case, wallpaper is a great way to add pattern, texture and focus to a room.

When designing, its good to think in layers, layer your design with patterns, textures and color.  If you choose to use wallpaper there are infinite possibilities for its application and it doesn't have to be straight forward: wallpaper applied to the walls.

Ease yourself into it.  Use wallpaper in a room that you don't want to change as often.  For example, a powder room.  In addition, a simple accent wall behind a bed, accent panels, or an accent on the backside of a bookcase are small areas and easy to update when you want to change the wallpaper.

Sarah Richardson: Powder Room
In a dining room, wallpaper is a great design solution to create a formal space.  Apply it under a chair rail with paint above or above paneling like the picture below.  To finish the room and add even more elegance, trim the ceiling with crown molding.
Sarah Richardson: Dining Room
But, if you want to go bold use it on all four walls of a room.

Sarah Richardson: Nursery and Kids Room
One of my favorite applications is on the ceiling.  Often the ceiling is forgotten when designing a room. The ceiling is the fifth wall, it deserves just as much attention and will add another dimension to your design.
Sarah Richardson: Nursery
If you watch HGTV then you are probably familiar with Property Brothers.  Drew, the brother that is the contractor, uses wallpaper as an accent in a lot of his designs.  After a bit of searching I was able to source the brand of wallpaper he uses, Graham and Brown Wallpaper Collections.
Here are a few of my favorites from their website:

These are just a few of the beautiful wallpapers on Graham and Brown.  Not only are these patterns fashionable, but their prices are pocket book friendly as well. 

Don't be scared of wallpaper! Embrace the variety and boldness it can add to your room and go for it! You won't be disappointed:)  

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