Rebecca Lynn Nichols-Driggs https://t.co/TUG2Y0foHT
Don’t Fear the Wallpaper
You aren’t afraid of a little wallpaper, are you? If you find yourself shying away from it for fear that you’ll have to make a lifetime commitment, I get it. Let me give you my wallpaper testimonial. Several years back, I tried and tried to strip a wallcovering I detested from our enormous basement, finally gave up and hired someone else to fool with that mess, and swore I would never do anything but paint a wall. Now, I may not have loved the previous homeowner’s choice for the basement, but let me tell you, the powder room paper haunts me to this day as the prettiest thing I ever did see. It’s discontinued, of course (or I would have already papered my entire house with it). My fondness for that pink, green, and gold striped paper is the only reason hope was kept alive for me to try wallpaper again someday. Fast forward a few years to our current home. Our small powder room originally contained all the usual new home standards for lighting, mirror, and sink. It also has beadboard wainscoting, which would be lovely if I didn’t have a houseful of little boys. Seriously, builders, let’s talk. Anyway, I painted that tiny space three times, tried to love it, but never succeeded. Finally, I sought out help from our wonderful Rebecca, who helped me create a truly beautiful powder room. We chucked the builder’s specials, built an absolutely enormous custom mirror, suspended a fancy little chandelier from the ceiling, and best of all, installed a gorgeous, bold Thibaut wallpaper. Sometimes I just go in there, close the door, sit down, and think about how it’s my favorite room and I should probably ban all those little boys from entering. I think I might.
There is no way to get a decent angle to take a picture of that powder room, but here is the paper in a picture from the Thibaut website:
Here’s my point: Wallpaper can transform any ordinary space into a spectacular, favorite spot in your home.
If you invited me into your home and it looked like this, I would ask you, “So, hey, do you like brown?” And then I would immediately ask you in which book this paper could be found, because it is stunning!
I am not sure I would ever be able to fall asleep for studying this pretty paper.
Wallpaper isn’t just for walls! Try it on your bookcases for a dramatic backdrop.
Accent walls (or sections if your room is configured that way) can add a splash of bold to your design. Also, I think I had this bed when I was little. This room is decorated far more prettily that mine, but I plastered mine with posters of Duran Duran, so I guess that’s up for debate.
This accent wall ties the browns and blues together and provides a pattern to break up all the solids.
This cottage bedroom coordinates a papered accent wall with greens and blues. You know, I could imagine my little girls in here. Except that I don’t have any little girls. But if I did, they would surely giggle, sit side by side while quietly reading, play together effortlessly, and never, ever argue if they had this sweet little room to share. Am I right, mothers of girls? No? Shhh. Don’t ruin it.
I see a lot of informal, kick off your shoes, grab a glass and sit entertaining going on in this room. I would direct every set of eyes upward, not that you could miss the spectacular lighting or the unexpected papered ceiling. Not so easy to see in this picture, but you get the idea.
And whoever said wallpaper had to cover the entire wall? Get creative and decorate a child’s room with cut shapes that coordinate with the theme.
Are you already decorated to the hilt? Do you want to cover every last wall with paper but think you’ve run out of rooms? Wrong! Fancy up that pantry! Just as a side note, if your pantry looks like this, well… you have a lot of time on your hands, and I could use your help around here. Call me.
Let’s take a look at some breathtaking bathrooms. I’m looking at the painted walls of my master bath, thinking, “Hmph.”
In this case, I like every detail: the chandelier; the sconces; the beaded mirror; the sink; and best of all, the beautifully detailed wallpaper. But wondering what sort of Photoshop Houdini managed to snap this picture is really boggling my mind.
Oh, so pretty! I feel confident that all these white lines would be repurposed into Hotwheels tracks around these parts.
And here we have the bottom half of the room covered in a nice, clean, paneled wainscoting, which I am wistfully contrasting with my beadboard wainscoting. Sigh.
Love everything about this one:
This seriously lovely powder room will be familiar to you have ever visited our Rebecca at home…
…as will this inviting family room, which brings us to my wallcovering obsession: grasscloth.
So many lovely details here, set off by a peaceful, blue, grasscloth backdrop.
A dramatic, dark blue grasscloth graces this entry. I need it.
Grasscloth is pretty in any room!
So you see, my friends, there are countless ways to incorporate wallpaper into your decor. You don’t have to plaster every wall or every room. Just remember that by using paper here and there, you have an easy way to incorporate pattern, texture, or an element of delightful surprise!