I’m just a girl standing in front of a blog, asking its viewers to love wallpaper.
I think in terms of home design, wallpaper can be a bit of a controversial topic. Either you love it or you hate it. But today I’m on the stand making a case for wallpaper.
Not only has wallpaper been around since approximately 4000 B.C. but it was also a favorite of a lot of iconic royals including King Louis XI and King Henry VIII and of course…Marie Antoinette.
Modernism saw an ebb and flow of the use of wallpaper with the rise of cookie-cutter home-building and it has gone in and out of popularity, but has always remained a constant in traditional design. Throughout the 90s when I was growing up, wallpaper was mainly muted and the “in” thing was to do banner lining around the top of the walls. In recent years, wallpaper has made a MAJOR comeback. The wilder, crazier, more colorful, bold and outrageous the better. Where this has always been a staple of design in places like Palm Springs, the home of the banana leaf print, it is now finding its way into homes, restaurants, boutiques and offices across the world. And I am HERE. FOR. IT!!
Honestly I see way too many homes with zero personality in them. Mine just happens to be fullll of personality. I want my house to be warm and welcoming, but I also want it to be interesting. I want things inside of it to strike up conversations, I want to walk into a room and get a flutter of happiness when I see something beautiful and I just want to create something unique that reflects me and my husband. I’m never afraid to make bold risks in fashion and home design is no different. I do not shy away from daring decisions.
One of my favorite wallpapers I’ve ever used was in our powder bathroom in my husband and I’s first home. I chose a Serengeti print so that I could use a lot of my collectibles from my travels/work in Africa. Here’s what it looked like:
Although we don’t live in this house anymore, our friends STILL talk about how beautiful that bathroom was. I have walked into so many homes that didn’t have anything in them to set them apart from anyone else’s home. Design tends to be very static; meaning people take the easy route and copycat others around them instead of going out on a limb and going for something unique.
Another wallpaper we’ve installed that I love is in our current home. It’s actually in a space that no one really sees but me and my husband, but it makes me happy every single day. We wallpapered our master closet! Check this out:
And this week we added some more incredibly beautiful wallpaper to our home. We’ve had it planned it out for a long time, we bought the paper months ago and finally decided to install it this week. We’ve lived in this house for almost a year and a half and although we had our entryway “completely” set up (in fact I wrote a whole blog post detailing our entryway which you can read here if you want to read more about how we set it up, why we chose what we did and the unique stories behind some of the pieces), we always knew that at some point we would add this wallpaper and I’m pleased we finally did. I now cannot walk by this part of our house without smiling BIG!
As a refresher if you don’t want to click that link and go see the full blog post, here is what our entryway looked like before applying the wallpaper:
Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s stunning just like this. But oh lawdy, the addition of the wallpaper just made it so much better!
See for yourself!
I hope you’ve seen these examples of how wallpaper can transform a space and will consider updating a space in your own home.
p.s. if you’re wanting to shop this wallpaper, I bought it from Anthropologie but they no longer carry it so I can’t link it for you. However I found the exact same wallpaper here!