I. AM. OBSESSED. with wallpaper and am here to share some tips & favorites with you.
If you haven't been living in a hole, you know that wallpaper is making a comeback, and in a BIG WAY. What was once thought of as ugly and dated is now [typically] considered fresh and stylish. Whether you're looking to freshen up a powder room, foyer, or bedroom, a good wallpaper choice has the potential to make a beautiful statement. I like to think of wallpaper as artwork, something that sparks conversation and is memorable. So you won't find any boring or basic wallpaper recommendations here. Sorry!
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I have wallpaper in many spaces of my home: my powder room, laundry room, master bath, in-law suite bath, & my elevator, and I'm currently planning my next wallpaper project. I have had a professional install the wallpaper, and I've also done some myself- both peel & stick, and traditional.
I have so many tips for installing wallpaper yourself, but that requires a separate blog post, so stay tuned! In the meantime, here are some ideas to help you select wallpaper for different spaces in your home, and to help you get over the fear of using wallpaper in general.
Kitty McCall is one of my favorites, found under the "Wallpaper Republic" collection from Milton & King. These prints are all so fun and colorful. I have the "Encinitas" print one just one wall in my laundry room and I love it. The laundry room is a great first space to add wallpaper, especially if you are hesitant, since you and your family are likely the only ones who see the laundry room regularly, so this will give you some time to get used to the idea of wallpaper.
Another artist I'm currently loving from Milton & King is Brook Gossen. I am just DYING to design a kids' playroom or a little girl's bedroom with one of these fun, colorful prints!
If you love bold wallpaper like I do, start small. By wallpapering just one wall in your space, you get the benefit of the fun, bold colors and pattern without committing to an entire room. I often try to select a color from the wallpaper I have chosen to paint the rest of the room and this typically turns out really well. PRO TIP: most paint stores can match a color if you simply bring in a sample of the wallpaper. I've done this many times at Sherwin Williams, Lowe's, and Home Depot.
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Another example of a beautiful powder room with a fun, bold wallpaper. This one is called "Marble Swirls" and comes in lots of different colors. I love this paired with the dark colored molding and the sconces!
If you like floral and feminine patterns, you will probably like the range of wallpaper offered at Anthropologie, although there are lots of other options here too if that's not your thing. I
I used this [left] Emma J. Shipley wallpaper from Anthropologie in my elevator and am in love with it. It's so funky and bold! I also had Sherwin Williams create a custom color to match the dark blue in the print and decided to pain the ceiling of the elevator in addition to the walls.
In my new home, I really wanted to experiment with color and pattern, and all the wallpaper I chose definitely fits the bill.
My #1 piece of advice to keep in mind when designing interior spaces is: be confident and commit!
Some of my all-time favorite prints are found here. They don't have a huge selection, but there are some fun, whimsical designs that I really love.
This is one of my all-time favorite wallpaper prints. I have seen it numerous times on a ceiling and love the look. There are so many color options, and I feel like this is such a versatile pattern.
If you love peel & stick wallpaper like I do, you will LOVE Tempaper. So many choices!
An entryway or foyer is another great small space to experiment with wallpaper. And if you're not completely sure, start with peel and stick. You can always install just one panel and then if you absolutely hate it, just peel it off! ...but I guarantee you are going to love it.
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This Scandinavian print is one of my favorites on Etsy. I could see this in a little girl's bedroom or a Jack & Jill bath.
Hopefully this helps spark some ideas for you! As always, reach out if you need help designing your interior spaces, or even if you just have questions. I'm always happy to chat: firstname.lastname@example.org or 443.465.0954.