• Wallpaper Wonders

    Wallpaper Wonders

    Back in style and being used fearlessly in interior design, wallpaper is thriving in the home-design world. The concept of wallpaper can be a bit...

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    Wallpaper takes—to some—a fearful level of commitment. Ambling through home improvement stores and dry goods ateliers scanning aisles and “look books” for a potential match takes time. Not being sure you’ve found “the one” until you take it home where it must meet and complement your valet and throw pillows takes being vulnerable to a possible let down. Trysts with trendy colors, here-today-gone-tomorrow adhesives and aimless paint dabbling can be satisfying in the short term but, as mom says, “isn’t it time you think about settling?”


    For September’s Before/After issue, we asked local design professionals if wallpaper accent walls are a thing of the past or here to stay. Here’s what they had to say…

    “As Chaucer said, 'All good things must come to an end,' and thus I dub this a craze. It's not that I don't enjoy seeing this look, it just seems to be overdone.” Joni Spear, Joni Spear Interior Design.


    Being eco-friendly doesn't just have to be about soncerving water and energy. You can incorporate green design into your wallcoverings with pretty papers made of natural materials like cork, bark, recycled paper and more.

    Tahoe in starlight, paper, by Hartmann & Forbes, available at KDR Designer Showrooms and The Great Cover Up.

    Lakeshore, cork with metallic, by Hartmann & Forbes, available at The Great Cover Up.


    Bring the culture and allure of exotic lands to your home by integrating ethnic fabrics, wallpapers and tiles. Global prints make for fun conversation pieces to remember trips past or dream about future destinations.

    one: Ubud sunstone iman ikat fabric, by Waverly, available at The Fabric Co.

    two: Samsara waterjet tile, by Artistic Tile, available at Sunderland Brothers Company.


    Always seen as a staple in home design, wallpaper has made a resurgence in recent years. Contemporary prints, paintable papers and more make wallpaper an attractive addition to any room. Create a subtle background or choose a bold patter for a statement wall. Incorporating wallpaper will add instant character to any room.

    one: Flamant Suite II, Les Rayures stripe in town, by Arte, available at KDR Designer Showrooms.