From tiny powder rooms to airy entryways, cozy guest quarters to expansive living spaces, a thoughtfully selected (and expertly installed) wallpaper can enhance a room in so many ways. As the above bedroom in TSG co-founder Christy Ford’s house shows, a pretty pattern in a timeless palette applied from floor to ceiling can transform a space into what feels like a meticulously wrapped present.
A collection of intaglios in a gilded frame, an ornate chest with intricate gold details, and gold-and-blue wallpaper in a period pattern come together to make the above bedroom by Knoxville-based Todd Richesin Interiors feel utterly luxurious. The crisp linens provide the perfect contrast, letting the sumptuous accents speak for themselves while simultaneously making a bold statement.
The geometric wallpaper in this dining area by Charlotte’s Charlotte Lucas Interior Design is a strong, chic choice that plays wonderfully against the modern furnishings while also adding warmth.
For those who hesitate to stray from paint, grasscloth is a solid choice. As this living room by Houston-based Caroline + Morgan Interiors shows, it adds an elegant textural element without infusing a room with yet another pattern.
Dallas’s Avrea Wagner employs a bold olive and grey damask in this pretty powder room, perfectly completing the look with a simple and sleek marble-topped sink and monogrammed towels.
A cozy corner becomes a charming spot in which to sit and catch up on correspondence thanks to warm hues and chinoiserie wallpaper in the Santa Ynez space by Amy Weaver Design Group (left), while a blush-and-metallic paper catches the light and provides a warm welcome to those entering the foyer designed by Richmond-based Katheryn Robertson.
Small, repetitive patterns, like the one used in the above stairwell by Chicago’s Bardes Interiors, can make a space feel delightfully quaint and inviting, while also providing a non-intrusive background on which to hang art.
While the word “wallpaper” may conjure more traditional patterns, it can also be quite abstract, as in the watercolor-like version used in the above powder room by Upscale Construction in San Francisco. The way one uses wallpaper can buck the usual image of it as well, as proven by the whimsical papered panels on the blue door by Charlotte Lucas.