5 Reasons to Add Wallpaper to Your Home Now

Wallpaper is having a ‘moment’ in design.  Some would argue that it never went away, particularly in high-end interiors.  What I know is that I have had 2 large wallpaper jobs so far this year, and it’s been a while since that happened. Hurray!  There is so much more to be achieved with wallpaper than with paint alone.  If you doubt this, take a look at any current decorating magazine for further proof.

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How else but with wallpaper could you echo the beauty of that chandelier? Room design by Hillary Thomas and Jeff Lincoln; wallpaper by deGournay.

 

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Scenic paper just at chair-rail height adds interest but doesn’t overwhelm. Room design by David Flint Wood; wallpaper from Zuber.
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Shimmering wallpaper on the dining room ceiling echoes the colour of the table base, below — imagine when this is lit at night! Room design by Solis Betancourt; wallpaper from Gracie.
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Hallways are notoriously difficult to decorate, but wallpaper adds interest no matter what the size. Room design by Jean Louis Deniot; wallpaper from Studio Printworks.
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Where an entire wall of pattern might overwhelm, containing wallpaper within wall moldings offers a solution. Room design by Young Huh; hand-blocked wallpaper.
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Wallpaper as a backdrop to books and decorative objects is another way to add pattern and texture without overwhelming a space. Room design by Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham.

Closer to home, my clients are choosing bold patterns, in toned down neutrals and metallics.

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This tone-on-tone beauty is being installed above white wainscoting, in an entry hall, up a curved stair wall, and on the second floor.
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This metallic take on a modern lattice has gone into a powder room, with black countertop and trim.
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This wide stripe with curvy trellis overlay now graces a tiny entrance and its closet doors.

Not convinced yet?  Here are my top 5 reasons to add wallpaper to your home now:

  • It adds pattern and texture, which brings depth to a room.
  • It hides a multitude of sins where walls are less than perfect.
  • It camouflages the wear and tear of high-traffic areas.
  • It makes a statement for a fraction of the cost of art.
  • It comes in finishes and colours difficult to achieve with paint.