When It Comes To Wallpaper, More Is More

January 25, 2018 by Melissa | 0 Comments

Bunny Williams - A House By The Sea

Image courtesy of BunnyWilliams.com

For Christmas this year, Santa brought me a copy of A House By The Sea, by Bunny Williams.  Her beautiful home in the Domincan Republic is all Bunny Williams.  Every detail screams her style and I would expect no less.  As I turned the pages and read her commentary, I started thinking that sometimes more really is more.

Miles Redd for F. Schumacher

Image courtesy of MilesRedd.com

Now, I’m not suggesting that every room in every home should be filled with pattern.  In fact, I often think that less is more.   But in certain spaces – dining rooms, kids’ rooms, and powder rooms come to mind – creating a lush, ornate space can make the room feel very special.  And, one great way to make a room feel special is with amazing wallpaper.

Image courtesy of Lynn Chalk

And, sometimes even a more subtle pattern is a showstopper when applied in an unexpected way.  The ceiling in the image above is a perfect example.

De Gournay Wallpaper

Image courtesy of deGournay.com

There is no doubt that the gold (or maybe platinum) standard for wallpaper is de Gournay. But, if your money-printing machine is broken, there are other more attainable amazing wallpapers out there.  Here are a few of our favorites.

F Schumacher Brighton Pavillion Wallpaper

Brighton Pavillion

Madame de Pompadour by F Schumacher

Madame de Pompadour

Birds & Butterflies F Schumacher

Birds & Butterflies

The three papers above are by F.Schumacher and are classic and beautiful.  What is great about the top two options is that they come in multiple color ways.  And, I love the Birds & Butterflies print.  It has been around for a while but I think it is truly timeless.

City Toile - Hygge & West

City Toile

Mermaids (Ocean) - Hygge & West


Peonies - Hygge & West


For a more modern take on a classic look, I love the Hygge & West wallpapers.  All three of the papers above feel classic but on further examination are quite playful.  And, the Mermaids and Peonies prints come in a number of other color choices.

Over the last five to ten years, design (especially on the west coast) as become more and more about clean lines and negative space.  But, I have a feeling that we may see the tide start to turn.  I do not think we will abandon our love of white or our quest for serenity, however, I do think we will start to see some more ornate decor in certain spaces.  If I am right, I think wallpaper is a great way to achieve that look.


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