Posts Tagged ‘large-scale’

Wallpaper in Magnolia Journal (JoAnna Gaines)

June 30, 2020


There was a nice multi-page spread in the current issue of Magnolia Journal on wallpaper. It talked about various ways it can be used, and how pattern and color can change a room.

Unfortunately, it mentioned peel & stick products as a viable option – they are NOT. Truly horrible stuff. Read my Page to the right.

The first photo is an unconvetional use of color and pattern. Love it.

Third photo, I have hung this pattern, or similar, a good number of times. It is a mural that can be custom-sized to fit your wall.

Fourth photo, “Daydream” by Hygge & West, is very popular and I have hung it many times. Not my favorite brand, because their ink fights their substrate, and tends to curl at the seams.

Palm and banana leaves are always popular. This photo shows how a really large scale can be used effectively in a small space.

Last photo, a really cool idea, to include wallpaper just in the area between the high wainscoting and the crown molding. Note also the dark colors of the wood and the wallpaper. This must be a custom-sized mural, or a border.

Both the room and the wallpaper are an updated take on the “frieze” borders that were common back in the 1910’s and 1920’s – the Art Nouveau and especially the Arts & Crafts decorating movements. Most often placed above dark paneled moldings in dining rooms and living rooms. Today, Bradbury & Bradbury is the most prominent maker of these authentic looking patterns. Interestingly enough, just this week I got a call from a homeowner wanting to put a B&B frieze in their historic home here in Houston.

Jazzing it Up

June 5, 2010

I had an e-mail from a gal today (see previous post) who wants to do something contempory and bold, and is moving toward a large-scale damask pattern in bold black. She wants to use this paper on an accdent wall, and do the same treatment in both the living room and the bedroom.

Great idea.

But I asked if she planned to use the same paper in both rooms, and she said, “Yes.” “Boring,” I replied, and besides, it de-emphasises the hipness of such a daring idea, to have the same treatment in two different spaces.

But she really likes the idea, and still wants to go with it.

So I suggested going ahead and using the same pattern in both rooms, but to use a different color way in each room. That way she will have the continuity of the bold look throughout the house, but can tailor the color to match the color scheme of each room.

She loved the idea!