Friday, May 10, 2013

inspiration of the week: wallcovering

Until a few years ago, I thought of wallcovering and I pictured the awful floral wallpapers of decades past - and the painful process of removing them. The first house we rented as newlyweds had this hideous hunter green wallpaper in the kitchen. It complemented the hunter green laminate countertops (ugh). As a wedding present, my in-laws removed all the wallpaper and painted the kitchen a bright sunny color for us. I know it took them days, but it was one of the best wedding presents! We both swore then that we'd never use wallpaper in our home.

But fast forward just a few years and I've changed my tune. Wallpaper is making a come back and has come a long way since it's Brady Bunch days. Wallpaper now comes in a multitude of patterns, colors and styles to suit any taste. Plus, many are now "removable" so they can be used by renters and commitment-phobes alike. 

Check out these spaces that use wallpaper to enhance the style of the room and in many cases, negate the need for lots of accessories and styling.


This bookshelf wallpaper adds some fun to this office space.
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Adding wallpaper behind this open kitchen shelving adds visual interest and complements to the casual white dinnerware.
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A powder room is the perfect place to do something bold.
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This gold papered accent wall adds a touch of glamour without the need for lots of bedding and accessories.
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I've seen this whimsical wallpaper used before, but I love this children's room application that allows the children to interact with the wallpaper and display their own art in the frames.
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Wallpaper doesn't have to be bold, this subtle iridescent wallpaper adds a sophisticated feel to this hallway and allows the architectural details to take center stage.
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The wallpaper in this glamorous bathroom brings in the color palette and patterns of the adjacent bedroom.
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What a clever way to add interest to the ceiling of this nursery. I love the idea of giving baby something to look at while he falls asleep.
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In a small dining room, wallpapering an accent wall adds just the right amount of formality without crowding the space.
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So what do you think? I am just dying to wallpaper our master bathroom. The space is small and there isn't much room for accessories. I think wallpaper would be the perfect solution to liven up the space!

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