by Katy Mendenhall. Photo courtesy of Lonny.com
If you are looking to bring something special to your space, why not consider wallpaper? It’s not just for the brave or the bold. Wallpaper can be minimal, subtle, and it’s pretty chic when done right.
Dating back to the 1400s, wallpaper was used for more practical reasons such as protection from the outside elements but has since evolved into complex, artful expressions decorating walls around the world.
When showcasing the history of your home, a delicate, hand painted wallpaper can give the feeling of going back in time. This custom design is found in the dining room of a historical Philadelphia home.
For a cozy, classic feel, try similar fabrics. A warm tone in the paper combined with the same tone in the fabric can create the historical effect in a fresh way.
If DIY is your thing, then you’ll appreciate this bathroom’s clever wallpaper made from the pages of a natural history book!
Armand Albert Rateau, a legendary furniture/interior designer, inspired this intricate paper. Spawned from the amazing craftsmen and women over at de Gournay, they continue to blur the line between historic and contemporary.
Gold doesn’t have to mean bold. A small graphic print can provide just the right amount of luxury and vintage quality.
Photo courtesy of Pinterest
I love this Asian inspired paper and how the blue ties in with the small detail on the sheets. Keeping the textiles solid helps to make the blue on the walls really pop!
If you are interested in the idea of wallpaper but prefer a more subtle approach, try a monochrome textured paper. Textured paper is easy on the eye while providing a feeling of luxury. Try places like: West Elm, Anthropologie, Graham & Brown
Created by Finnish artist Birger Kaipiainen, this butterfly-patterned paper would work great in a little girl’s room but is sophisticated enough for this modern farmhouse.
AUTHOR KATY MENDENHALL
Katy has spent the last six years living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. While she appreciates being spoiled by the endless mountain views, she truly longs to settle down in a quaint New England town. The ultimate dream involves an eighteenth century house set in the hills of Connecticut, or a hydrangea-lined, pine-shingled cottage on the Cape. In the meantime, she and her boyfriend John are enjoying the adventures of owning their first home together along with their two dogs. With a minimal approach to design, Katy carefully fills the house with only things she finds useful or beautiful. However, the occasional northeastern theme creeps in. Whether it be Nantucket inspired bedding, or the hand painted nautical flags she picked up while visiting Kennebunkport. Besides swooning over interior design, Katy enjoys sharing her passion for home design through writing on her blog. She is certified to teach yoga and loves cinema. She recently worked as the assistant to the creator of the Chattanooga Film Festival. She and John are actively taking steps to make the big move up North and find their perfect home!