Where to Buy Wallpaper in the Houston Area

Buying local is a good thing. It may be tempting to look through a store’s books, and then try to hunt down the paper on-line to find a lower price.  But remember that by buying from one of the sources I recommend, you have someone giving you personal attention, who is knowledgeable about paper quality, single / double roll lingo, discontinued patterns, backorders, shipping time frame, and who can act as an advocate for you if there is a problem.  When you use someone’s sample books, facility, expertise and time, it really is right to buy the paper there, too.  And by buying local, you are helping the economy right in our area.  

My favorite place is Southwestern Paint at 2726 Bissonnet just west of Kirby, near the Rice Village.  Dorota Hartwig is the wallpaper specialist in town, and knows what’s available in every brand in every book.  With nearly 500 selection books, she sells all manor U.S. brands, plus high-end papers like Phillip Jeffries, Farrow & Ball, Cole & Son, Osborne & Little, and more – everything from sweet English cottage patterns to bold modern graphics to textures and grasscloth to high-end “designer” papers.  In fact, a good many interior designers buy from her.

The paint store is open to walk-in shoppers, but Dorota works by appointment.  Call her first and tell her what you are looking for – your decorating taste, colors, age of kids who may be sharing a bathroom, etc., and she will go through the books and pull some suggestions for you, so you don’t waste your time going through books that are not your taste.  When you visit, you can bring along photos, bedding, or other items from the adjoining room, to help her know your décor.  You can even e-mail her info or photos of your room and ideas.  Be sure to follow up with a phone call.

Dorota has a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts, and can help coordinate your colors, papers, paint, etc.  My clients love her!

Prices are all discounted.  If you’ve seen something on the Internet or in a magazine, including high-end “to the trade only” papers, she can probably get it for you, or find something similar, and at a better price.  She can often beat designers’ discounted prices, too.

CALL HER FIRST, BEFORE GOING THERE, to be sure she is working that day, and does not have appointments with other clients, so she can devote as much time as possible to helping you, and that the books you want to see have not been checked out to other shoppers.   Please understand that Dorota is a one-woman wallpaper guru over there, so when you visit her, she’ll get you started, then will probably need to tend to phone calls, orders, and other customers – but she will be available to help you – just ask.

(713) 520-6262    dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com  She can’t always get to e-mail quickly, so a phone call is a good initial contact.  She is usually there Tuesdays-Fridays, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – noon.  (Saturdays can be very hectic.)

Here’s what one customer had to say,  “I did work with Dorota on my selection.   I, too, think she is very knowledgeable.   I certainly have not seen any other place in Houston that has the selection which Southwest Paints carries, and certainly not another Dorota.  I appreciated her guidance.”

Dorota Hartwig

Southwestern Paint

2726 Bissonnet just west of Kirby

(713) 520-6262


Other places include:

The Shade and Drape Shop

Calico Corners
Calico Corners has a fair number of books, all of good quality. They also have designers on-site who will help you make your selections. If you’re up for more decorating help, their designers will also come to your house.

Sherwin Williams stores, especially the one on University in the Rice Village. That particular store has a good selection of nicer-than-average-but-not-expensive papers. I like their Thibaut, York, Seabrook, Brewster, and Easy-Walls, to get you started.

If you want wallpaper that you can take home the same day, try Luxury Wall Décor, at 4611 S. Main at Highway 90, in Stafford (near Sugarland).   They have a large selection of  in-stock papers, plus books you can look through for special order patterns.  Robin is eager to help you.   Call first, as hours fluctuate.   (281) 565-4444.

And, if you need a little more help pulling your room together or finding materials, interior designers can provide the magic touch – Call me for referrals!

Avoid buying the wrong amount of wallpaper – do not order your paper until the space has been measured by a professional, who will factor in the pattern repeat, size of rolls, features in the room, etc.  Do not trust a clerk at a paint store or an on-line calculator.

Please note that I suggest that you stay away from “paper-backed solid vinyl” wallpapers, as they tend to curl and peel in humid conditions.  I also shy away from most true grasscloth products, because of the differences in color from strip to strip, and even within a strip, and because they will stain or bleed in wet areas.  Read my page on grasscloth to the right, or e-mail me (wallpaperlady@att.net) and request my info pack on grasscloth.  There are faux products that do not have these issues, and that look amazingly real.  Dorota (above) can guide you.


2 Responses to “Where to Buy Wallpaper in the Houston Area”

  1. Marco Says:

    Thank you for some much needed sources. . . Now just need hangers!

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