From a master bedroom in Seattle that is a study in comfort to a pastel patterned dining room, these rooms showcase the elegant side of wallpaper. Here, 10 designers share with us the favorite rooms they've created with wallpaper and the inspiration behind these designs.
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“This helix patterned wallpaper from Kreme Life through Studio Four lends a lighthearted and energetic element to this dining room. Its colors are sophisticated, playful and atmospheric, and it provides an updated and fresh backdrop to the traditional paneling. The Elitis wallpaper on the ceiling invites the occupants to appreciate the height of the space and adds another subtle dimension to the room.”
Eve Robinson, of Eve Robinson Associates
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“I love this paper that we used for a young family’s home on Martha’s Vineyard. It's Hamilton Weston's Archway House, which is based on a design from the 1800s. The pattern is what would have been used in the orignal shingle style houses of the area. It’s hand-blocked on paper in a colorway that is a fresh interpretation of the historic pattern, and I love the juxaposition of the blue against the crisp white millwork."
Liliane Hart, of Liliane Hart Interiors
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“Our clients desired a calm, neutral yet elegant master bedroom. We selected this grasscloth wallpaper from Ralph Lauren with its subtle damask design to add pattern and depth to the room in a luxurious and understated way.”
Stephanie Brown, of Stephanie Brown Inc.
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“This room was designed for a young couple in Seattle who who wanted absolute comfort and a limited palette for their master bedroom. From the silk carpet and wallpaper to the cashmere boucle on the bed and swivel chair, every element was chosen with comfort in mind. We used the wallpaper, which is from Phillip Jeffries, to give a little shine and catch the soft light of the Lindsey Adelman pendant. Simple but beautiful.”
Brian Paquette, of Brian Paquette Interiors
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“I am absolutely obsessed with all things wallpaper and would paper entire projects if clients would go for it. I was essentially the client for this room, which I designed around the theme "Summer Solstice" for a showhouse. I used this Farrow & Ball wallpaper, with its slight textural quality and abstract representation of birds in flight, because I felt it could envelop and define the space better than paint.”
Laura Krey, of Laura Krey Design
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“I produced this wallpaper mural on a large scale for the main room at the CopperWynd Resort in Arizona. Designer Leslie Schofield wanted to bring a sense of the outdoors into the space and make a grand statement. I love how the mural creates drama yet also brings a calm feel at the same time. We decreased the mural in size to use for the spa areas of the resort.”
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"The Channels wallpaper by Kelly Wearstler for Lee Jofa is one of my all-time favorites because it has the ability to blend well with both traditional and modern decor, making it extremely versatile. Here, we used it in a foyer, and I love how the bold black and white acts like an exploded view of a crosshatch texture.”
Allison Delaney, of Honsen Interiors
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“This powder room is in a French transitional style house where most of the rooms have white smooth plaster walls, so I wanted a natural look. I used Phillip Jeffries’ grasscloth wall covering in the Harvest Time pattern in white on manila hemp to bring texture and rhythm to the space. The result is a timeless powder bath.”
Chandos Dodson Epley, Chandos Interiors
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“For this project, I wanted an interesting and whimsical element that felt fresh and airy, and this wallpaper by Designers Guild accomplished exactly that. It’s a fun pattern yet feels timeless and classic all at once”
Edyta Czajkowska, of Edyta & Co.
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"Wallpaper is such a fantastic form of art and pattern. We love highlighting nooks, bump-outs and niches with a wallpaper accent. In this living room, we used the Honeybees pattern wallpaper from Barnaby Gates. The gold metallic print ties into the lighting and hardware in the room and is great for the space."
Kaylan Kane, of Olive Juice
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My client has loved Colefax & Fowler’s timeless Bowood print from Cowtan & Tout for years, so I thought it would be perfect for her master bedroom. Although used throughout the room, the abundant pattern doesn’t feel overbearing. It's a happy pattern to wake up to every morning and pairs beautifully with my client’s drawing collection, which hangs on the walls.”
Marcy Masterson, of Marcy V. Masterson Inc.