Every night on HGTV House Hunters there is a couple searching for their perfect home with overzealous expectations and far-reaching budgets complaining about brass bathroom fixtures or ugly carpet. Even more than that, they are always protesting wallpaper like “who still uses wallpaper?” Why does everyone have such disdain for this decorating staple nowadays? I guess because most unassuming citizens have not looked past their grandmom’s inundation of florals and vines, seashells and country-kitchen rooster patterned wallpapers. The world of wallpaper has come a long way….thank God…. and you should be her for this moment!
My client, Lady E, was also a little concerned when I suggested wallpaper for her small cornhusk green powder room. I suggested that a medium-sized print with a small repeat (the vertical distance between where the pattern is identical again) would liven up the small space but not overwhelm it. We found the perfect chose at a local design hot spot, Dero’s Interiors. The paper has a slight metallic sheen to it which catches light and creates interest for the eye.
The rich chocolate color allowed the white and chrome fixtures to pop, as well as the baby blue colored accessories we found at HomeGoods.
Every room of the house needs a little bit of nature so we added a faux succulent plant and a canvas of the beach, one of the client’s favorite retreats.
Everyone loves a pedestal sink until they remember the downfall…. no storage. So we found a handy cabinet at Home Depot that added space for towels, toilet paper and decorative accessories like candles which she loved.
So take a chance with wallpaper. If you are still uneasy, start off with a small or lightly used space like a bathroom or dining room. These are the rooms you can always kick it up a notch and experiment. Take home a few samples and see what a difference wallpaper can make.