Not Your Grandma’s Wallpaper
“It reminds me of my grandmother’s house”
As an interior designer who loves to work with wallpaper, I often hear misconceptions surrounding the use of wallpaper in home decor. People assume that wallpaper only comes in outdated motifs and that if you use it on one wall, you have to use it throughout the room. (Tip: you certainly don’t)
I invite my Denver interior design clients to be open to new possibilities — to bring their beginner’s mind to the process — allowing the wallpaper selection to be a wonderful opportunity for creative expression. Because these days, wallpaper is art.
Here are some wallpaper styles and motifs that should help expand your mind on the wonders of this medium.
MAKE A BOLD STATEMENT
Wallpapers can add a lot of excitement and create a dramatic focal point in a room. If your home is bathed in neutral hues, consider covering a wall with geometric, abstract, colorful wallpaper. Here’s an example of how we used a bold, geometric print in a modern powder room.
From abstract shapes and color swatches to intricate geometric styles, there are a variety of bold prints you can choose from. Listed below are some of my favorites:
KEEP IT NEUTRAL
Neutral colors evoke a sense of calm and I try to infuse neutral hues to add balance to my eclectic designs. For example, I used a neutral-hued, artisanal, hand-made wallpaper in this Denver living room to add contrast to the dramatic, textured, custom Italian-tile fireplace. The simplicity of this wallpaper is its beauty — the creamy color can work across palettes and design styles.
This dining room is another example of how neutral wallpaper can add sophistication to a space:
Neutral wallpaper isn’t restricted to single hues. At times, I use wallpapers that are neutral yet monochromatic. Here are my picks:
Floral wallpaper motifs are no longer restricted to pinks and whites. Modern wallpaper comes in botanical prints in every imaginable color and shape. From deep-hued tropical prints with large florals to subtle, minimal leaf motifs drawn against a neutral background, wallpaper with botanical motifs can enliven and add warmth to a space.
The room shown below flaunts a bright-green, foliage-printed wallpaper — our Denver team used it to add a tropical, fresh touch to the room. Below it, are some of my recommendations for botanical wallpapers:
PLAYING WITH TEXTURE
I enjoy layering my Denver homes with textured wallpaper as it adds an interesting dimension to a room. There are many textures that you can choose from, and our Denver design team will be happy to guide your selection.
In the entryway featured below, our Denver team used a printed wallpaper with a neutral, grey background. We love how the print adds a textural dimension to the decor.
Textured wallpapers add a unique touch to a room, especially if the rest of the decor has a smooth finish. The ones shown below are on my wish-list:
Keep in mind that wallpaper selection is just part of the process. Wallpaper needs to be professionally installed in order to have the polished look that you desire. And, sometimes during the installation process, blemishes or inconsistency are found. That is exactly what happened as we went through one such process for a Denver client. See how we resolved the issue without compromising the look of the room here in this video.
I’m hoping I’ve inspired you to consider using wallpaper in your next home renovation. Whether you seek modest or bold wallpaper integrated into your home, I’d love to discuss the possibilities with you.
Call me today at 720.735.7533 to start the conversation.