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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Bold Wallcovering

Elle Decor recently did a story on the bold wallcovering trend. They selected some nice examples and ones that I could not fully appreciate. The one above is delightful. It's fresh, lively, and quite happy. I could live with it for a while. For me, the last statement is key ~ with this much pattern and color throughout the room, can I live with it for a long while or will I tire from it too quickly to make it worth the expense? Here are some others from Elle decor...

At first glance, I liked this wallpaper. Second glance, I liked it less. Third, even less. I doubt I could live with it for the long haul.

I wish I could say I could live with this one. It is relatively neutral but is appears busy to me. Love the chandelier though.

I could not live with this one. It is striking but for me, it is imposing.

I like this one very much. I could live with this wallcovering for a long time. It is soothing ~ tranquil ~ simple.

This one is from my gal, Kristin Drohan. She used a cork with orange metallic from Phillp Jeffries. I could definitely live with this one.

For me it's all about how congested the motif is. My eye needs to rest. Why then do I like the first one? Its the curves of the vines. I find them relaxing. While I love geometrics, the second one has a congested geometric type motif that would likely irritate me over time. The third one feels like the walls are closing in. The tree ~ ahhhh ~ a breath of fresh air. The metallic cork has the appearance of texture with sparkle versus a busy motif. Wallcovering is in the eye of the beholder. What I find busy, another may find divine. What I find soothing, another may find boring. The point is when choosing wallcovering (paper or paint), one needs to ask themselves ~ Can I live with this in the long run?

I have nothing against wallcoverings. The wallpapers coming out today are spectacular. My favorite application is to place it in shadow boxes when the room lends itself to shadow boxes.

Here's a room I did that is all about femininity and sparkle. The wallpaper in the shadow boxes has a large motif and has metallic features. It gives the room just a bit more luxury. However, I could not live with that wallpaper either if it covered the entire room. A little goes a long way (and it is a bit easier on the pocketbook when using high end product).

What's your take on wallcover? The more the merrier ~ love it in moderation ~ no way jose to wallpaper ~ __________ (fill in the blank)????

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  1. I completely agree that a little wallpaper goes a long way. I did a similar application in my dining room to the last image you showed.For me, it's just the right amount.

  2. The room you designed is just beautiful! I love it.

  3. Love the Green one and of course the cork and shadow boxes. The others...not so much.

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  4. Thank you so much for your nice comment about my patio on YHL! It means alot. As far as wallpaper, I have a love/hate relationship after removing it from 80% of my house! However, the first two styles on this post are just lovely.

  5. Hi Paula! I do like wallpaper, but a little less busy kind! :)
    Now that room you've designed is so beautiful! You are so good. When are you going to show us your home? Hint hint...:)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  6. I absolutely love the first room. Sure, it's a little loud, but it's a lot of fun!

    The room you did is gorgeous!

  7. Love it in moderation...however, that could be because I haven't wallpapered anything yet...I have just dreamed about it. I can't wait try it some day. The space you did is just beautiful -- such warmth and elegance.

    I love seeing your work, Paula Grace :)

  8. I'm right there with you on the wallpaper theme--I have a super hard time committing to a pattern--always afraid I'll hate it next year. And because of my career, pattern is my life! Or at least a big part of it, with texture being another large slice.
    In the bathroom, I like the idea of a feature wall--the pattern/design being on only one wall.
    How do you find time to post everyday? You're Superwoman!!! Keep up the fabulous work!

  9. Dear Sara,
    I am not superwoman ~ it is getting harder to post everyday!
    Paula Grace


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