Why Not Wallpaper?

Wallpaper is a divine invention.  It can completely invigorate a room with pattern or it can subtly add texture to the walls.  Below are some of my favorite  wallpaper installations.  Enjoy!

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I love how this uses coordinating patterns. So fun. This is not a staged photograph, sorry about the open lid!

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This dark patterned wallpaper would look great in an entry or powder room.

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Here a burnished metallic wallcovering is used. This is gorgeous in a bedroom or dining room, anywhere you want that flattering reflective glow.

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Using a traditional toile wallpaper in a kitchen is certainly a unique twist. Applying it on the ceiling takes it over the top. Very cool!

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There is an "it" wallpaper in interior design right now called Imperial Trellis. It is everywhere, in every magazine. This is a similar motif, but not as over done. How great would this be in a sunroom or used in combination with a coordinating stripe as shown in the first photo?

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Upholstering the sofa in the same pattern is certainly a gutsy choice. It creates a lovely, soothing traditional room.

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The mirror in this photo is the perfect accessory for this wallpaper. This bold motif would be great used as an inset with some moulding in a room where you don't want to go to the expense of papering the entire room

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I fell in love with this faux tufting look. In home where you were trying to impart the glamourous Hollywood regency look, this is an amazing option. Upholstering walls can be super expensive, this is a GREAT alternative.

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Hand made/handpainted wallpapers are also very trendy right now. You just can't duplicate the effect of something made by an artesian. There are several manufacturers that make this style of wallpaper. You can feast your eyes here: http://www.degournay.com/, http://www.graciestudio.com/, http://www.fromental.co.uk/.

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Another hand painted wallpaper.

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My personal preference is small geometric wallpaper like this one. I find combination of this paper with the more traditional furniture, and earthy elements like orchids and seashells very interesting.

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If you look closely at this photo there are actually two papers being used. The border is a houndstooth pattern with the paisley inset. This is all in combination with a chair rail and paint on the lower level. This is truly an expert application and really gets the most bang for the wallpaper buck.

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Here again is the small geometric pattern I am drawn to. It is great how the pattern is enlarged and repeated under the chair rail. Amazing!

Using wallcovering is a wonderful opportunity to enhance a room or space.  I hope these installations have inspired you.

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About sanctuaryhome

The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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