Even when wallpaper was ‘out’, some of the best dressed homes sported very fashionable wallcoverings.
You just can’t beat the impact or warmth it can give to a room. Think about it – its a lot of square footage you can cover.
Here are some wonderful applications to inspire you!
I love a library in a grass cloth or string wallcovering (very au courant right now). Here is a dining room that one of my favourite American designers, Suzanne Kasler, did in a beautiful seafoam coloured grasscloth. Check out the contrasting celadon painted ceiling. I LOVE that combination!
Painting the walls a seafoam colour just wouldn’t be the same in the above room. The wallpaper is like wearing a very simple dress in an exquisite linen. Oh and by the way, like linen, you have to accept its inherent qualities. Linen shows wrinkles and grasscloth shows seams. You can’t hide it; its just part of the charm. (Fashion in the home – fashion in clothes…very much alike if you ask me)
Or how about this beautiful damask wallcovering in the dining room below? Its a traditional room but the wallpaper actually has a very fresh feel about it. No? Let me know what you think.
How about a de gournay hand made wallcovering……
de Gournay hand paints wallpapers, fabrics and porcelain at the very top end of the market. It has traditionally specialised in 18th century Chinoiserie and 19th century French designs. But they can customize colours and patterns to your space and give a more modern feel if needed.
How about this stunning filigree wallpaper from Thibaut to dress up your entrance or the powder room? It is a traditional motif but has a modern fresh feel when paired with the right accessories as in the vignette below.
Stripes add a bit of formality….
You can choose something very striking or something very soft. I tend to like soft in large spaces and more striking in small spaces.
A flowing, curvey floral is going to be more relaxed.
And if you just can’t handle a lot of it…why not add some paper to a feature wall. The wall behind the bed or a wall in the dining room make for perfect spots to add some punch.
So, like I said, even if there is nothing else in a room, add some wallpaper and you will feel like you are all dressed up and ready to go – LOVE IT!
By the way, when I did my last blog post on ‘colour’ I should have posted the name of one of my favourite blogs from a true colour expert. Please visit Colour Me Happy on my Blogroll. You’ll enjoy her posts – I’m sure!