Style Tips: In Defense of Wallpaper

Style Tips: In Defense of Wallpaper

Wallpaper Ideas

I like wallpaper. I’ll admit, it has been a love/hate sort of thing. I’ve hated layers of wallpapers that I have had to remove, but loved wallpaper that I chose myself. In the right place, with the right paper, and the right wallpaper hanger person, I love it.

I know that wallpaper has had a bad reputation for the last number of years in some circles. We can blame that on whoever decided we all needed the country blue geese borders of 1980 or other hideous papers that were all the rage back in the day. Yep, I’ve seen some really ugly wallpapers! And I’ve dreaded pulling it off for the damage it might do to the walls thanks to the industrial strength paste that was used. Good thing times are changing and the paper is much easier to remove now!

Style Tips: In Defense of Wallpaper

Blue Wallpapered Room: Traditional Home

No matter what your particular feeling is about wallpaper these days, I think it has its place. I have never fallen out of love with it, so to me it is not a matter of whether it is “in” or “out” or “trendy” or not, it is whether it serves a purpose and achieves the look I want. Keep in mind that wallpaper has been around forever, even if it has had some unfortunate periods in history.

Wallpaper can be a great style tool, if you choose carefully. It can define your home as something unique and personal to you. So, since we discussed the use of paper for decorative purposes a previous Style Tips post, let’s continue this topic by diving in to some photos that show where wallpaper can be quite effective for defining individual style.

Style Tips: In Defense of Wallpaper
Wallpaper can give walls a great texture and depth that you just can’t achieve as well from paint. There are lots of great natural textured papers out there now. I love this grasscloth look in Barclay Butera’s entryway. I also love the soft pattern in Barclay’s bedroom, below.
Style Tips: In Defense of Wallpaper
Style Tips: In Defense of Wallpaper
Love the paper in the back of the shelves. It is a great added touch. It doesn’t call too much attention to itself but gives a nice textured background for the accessories.
Style Tips: In Defense of Wallpaper

Barclay Butera (above five photos)

Style Tips: In Defense of Wallpaper
Love this entry and its mood.
Style Tips: In Defense of Wallpaper
Wallpaper can make a cold typical room suddenly cozy and oozing with style and personality. Your personality, you can choose traditional papers, modern styles or whatever suits your fancy. Don’t worry about the next owner of the house unless you are moving any time soon. This is YOUR house. You might as well love it.
Style Tips: In Defense of Wallpaper
Little alcoves like this are well suited to wallpaper’s added touch.
Style Tips: In Defense of Wallpaper
Style Tips: In Defense of Wallpaper
Style Tips: In Defense of Wallpaper
I have always adored wallpapered closets, powder rooms and tiny nooks or crannies. And, since wallpaper can be expensive in a large room, this is a great way to add a little pizazz without a huge expense.
Style Tips: In Defense of Wallpaper
Style Tips: In Defense of Wallpaper
Wallpaper can even be glamorous! And murals can add a lot of interest, depth, personality and drama to a room.
Style Tips: In Defense of Wallpaper
If you are an artist, you can create your own wallpaper look with paint and stencils, like in the leaf pattern above.
Style Tips: In Defense of Wallpaper
Or, use paper to cover unsightly things like file cabinets.
Style Tips: In Defense of Wallpaper
Use strips of wallpaper to create unique wall borders or designs. Just please, no geese. Please, for the love of all things stylish. Stick to something more classic or artistic.
Style Tips: In Defense of Wallpaper
I wouldn’t want the job of papering a ceiling, but I’ve always liked the look.
Style Tips: In Defense of Wallpaper
We used to paper light switch plates to disguise them on a wallpapered wall, but if you want to make a statement, go ahead and paper them to stand out.
Style Tips: In Defense of Wallpaper
I love the idea of wallpaper (or craft paper for that matter) to cover mats in frames to give them some flair.
Style Tips: In Defense of Wallpaper
Style Tips: In Defense of Wallpaper
If you don’t want to deal with paint and stencils, you can cut patterns out of wallpaper to add a custom design to plain painted stairs. Or, put paper on doors for a punch of color or pattern.
Give wallpaper a chance.

Girls’ Rooms: Fanciful Rugs & Lamps

Girls' Rooms: Fanciful Rugs & Lamps

It’s all in the details. My philosophy for decorating kids’ rooms is they should begin with a few elements of whimsy to bring the room to life. The key is to select whimsical items that are fun and encourage children’s fanciful imaginations, but that don’t appear tacky, cheap and dated. This is where many kids rooms go tragically wrong.

Girls' Rooms: Fanciful Rugs & Lamps

I feel strongly that children learn style and taste from their environment and as parents we should expose them to tasteful design. By ‘tasteful’, do I mean expensive or boring? No, definitely not. While parents’ rationale for tacky accessories range from “tacky accessories are good because they are cheap and disposable” to “children grow and change so fast, I don’t want to invest too much” to “my child INSISTS on a Dora The Explorer room and I want her to be happy,” I still feel there are alternatives worth considering. Selecting a subtle theme that can be interpreted through good taste and style can please both picky children and budget conscious parents.

Girls' Rooms: Fanciful Rugs & Lamps

Rugs and lamps can be great building blocks for tasteful girls’ rooms. Depending on your budget, you can find fun choices at a wide variety of price points. These photos here can serve as inspiration. Lamps can be made or embellished with items you already have. By selecting items that can grow with your daughter, your investment will last longer than her current fascination with Dora the Explorer.

Girls' Rooms: Fanciful Rugs & Lamps

By creating a beautiful room for your daughter, you will be instilling in her a lifelong appreciation and understanding of how to achieve beauty. It isn’t how much you spend but what you choose that makes the difference! And don’t just choose things YOU love, let your daughter be a part of the process by carefully offering her choices you can both can live with.

Girls' Rooms: Fanciful Rugs & Lamps

Tasteful girls’ rooms do not have to rely solely on flowers or big girl patterns. Even whimsical or humorous items like animals can bring fanciful fun to a room. Just be careful to not overdo this sort of theme. One item like this frog rug is usually enough for a whole room. Too much of a fun theme can quickly become tacky.

Girls' Rooms: Fanciful Rugs & Lamps

Classic braided and patterned rugs can grow with girls from babyhood to teen years.

Girls' Rooms: Fanciful Rugs & Lamps

Girls' Rooms: Fanciful Rugs & Lamps

Girls' Rooms: Fanciful Rugs & Lamps

Girls' Rooms: Fanciful Rugs & Lamps

Girls' Rooms: Fanciful Rugs & Lamps

Girls' Rooms: Fanciful Rugs & Lamps

Lamps and chandeliers are a great opportunity to pour on the whimsy and fun!

Girls' Rooms: Fanciful Rugs & Lamps

Girls' Rooms: Fanciful Rugs & Lamps

Girls' Rooms: Fanciful Rugs & Lamps

Girls' Rooms: Fanciful Rugs & Lamps

Girls' Rooms: Fanciful Rugs & Lamps

Girls' Rooms: Fanciful Rugs & Lamps

Girls' Rooms: Fanciful Rugs & Lamps

Girls' Rooms: Fanciful Rugs & Lamps

A child’s bedroom will remain in her memory for a lifetime, so I encourage you to make it special. It’s all in the details.

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