Sunday, April 25, 2010

An Argument for Wallpaper (Part 1-The Foyer)

An Argument for Wallpapering Foyers:

Friday night I was out with good friends and I was chatting with one of my best friends, "A", who is in the process of purchasing a new home. She has become obsessed with all things design. You know what it is like when you can't stop visualizing your new space and what you want to do to make it your own. She exclaimed, "I want to wallpaper every room. You have to stop me!" I smiled and thought to myself, "Why??? Go for it".

People often confess to me quietly that they, "actually like wallpaper", the way you might tell your priest you used to rob banks for a living or that you often do hard drugs in your spare time. It is typically apologetic and whispered. Being an interior designer I guess they feel they can reveal their true feelings about papering their walls. They know I won't judge them.

When did it become such a taboo to wallpaper???? Why are people so fearful of using it???
The only other way to get the depth, pattern, and rich mix of colors is to hire a muralist to custom paint your walls. Amazing, but can be very costly.

Wallcovering turns tiny, ordinary spaces into something special.

It protects your walls and depending on the finish is washable. Putting practical reasons aside though, it looks fantastic.

This actual picture from Southern Accents inspired one of my clients to paper her Foyer. She had been hesitant to "make the commitment" to paper until she came across this issue and fell in love. We ordered every color way of the paper, but unfortunately none of the colors were right. We did a similar damask from another company and she LOVES it. She "can't believe she almost considered only painting it."

Some people are fearful of too much pattern (I am in the other camp, never too much pattern) so textured papers are a wonderful option. I just love how this linen look paper adds warmth and texture that paint would never allow.

So for the rest of the week I will be blogging about beautiful ways to use wallpaper in your home. The big shelter magazines are touting, "Wallpaper is Back". It never went anywhere in my opinion, but I am glad people are embracing their, "Inner Wallpaper" again.

Consider papering your Foyer. It is a space you do not spend much time in, it ties together all of the rooms in your home, and with the walls being so cut up it allows a bolder paper.

Tomorrow: Bedrooms



images from House Beautiful, Southern Accents, Domino, Carleton Varney, and Google Image.


  1. I'm a wallpaper freak. Seriously, I have wallpaper in almost every room. Actually trying to find one now for my upstairs hallway. Every time I find one I like I see it's a book/pattern that has been canceled. Brooks Bros made a book (Gramercy) and it's now pulled. Dang.

  2. I love wild "statement" paper in the guest powder/bath. Go crazy and show your guests who you really are (or wish you were). MJ Cox

  3. Well MJ, you will love Wed.'s post. It is all about papering your baths. Thanks for commenting.

  4. would you be so kind as to tell me more about that wallpaper in the foyer that was pictured in Southern Accents? i am falling in love. . .