In this week’s blog series, I have been sharing ideas for customizing a home’s appearance. New houses
can be lovely – and exciting! – but generally, the interiors are presented to the homeowner as a bland and neutral “box”. However, by concentrating on a few key areas, it is possible to quickly add warmth and personality to any home.
We have already learned about ways to customize doors, windows, trimwork, floors, and ceilings. Walls are another area in which your own personal style can be translated into your home. In addition to traditional paint, there are also other available options to accomplish this goal.
Although wallpaper may have fallen out of favor in the last decade, it is now making a comeback! Often, when I suggest wallpaper to my interior design clients, they bristle at the idea. They feel as if wallpapering will cause their space to be too “loud” or “busy”. Today, however, there are endless wallpaper options, many of which add subtle texture and movement, rather than definitive color.
- These grasscloth walls are muted, but they add texture and interest to the room. Photo from Southern Living.
These wallpapered walls are elegant and make a bold statement in this dining room. Photo from House Beautiful.
These lovely, striped walls are perfect in this unique bedroom. Photo from Coastal Living.
These walls appear to have molding or paneling on them, but they are actually wallpaper. Photo from My Home Ideas.
This wallpaper, featured in House Beautiful, is hand-blocked... and fabulous!
Providing movement in this bedroom, this wallpaper is the perfect addition. Photo from Southern Living.
2. CREATE AN ACCENT WALL!
To draw the eye to a particular area of a room, apply wallpaper to a single wall. In doing so, an accent wall is created, which adds instant customized appeal. Another notable benefit of only wallpapering one wall is the obvious cost-effectiveness of it. In addition, it is much simpler to change a single accent wall, rather than altering an entire room of wallpaper.
Stenciling an accent wall is another alternative to wallpapering. If you are willing to put in the time and patience to complete the project, stenciling is an extremely budget-friendly option!
This accent wall is bold and eye-catching! Photo from Elle Decor.
This wall has a section that was framed and covered with wallpaper. Fabulous twist on the traditional! Photo from Southern Living.
Lovely, gray wallpapered accent wall. Photo from Decor Pad.
Even a nursery is a great place to add a wallpapered accent wall! Photo from Decor Pad.
This stenciled accent wall is soothing in this beautiful bedroom. Photo from This Old House.
Southern Living featured this beautifully stenciled accent wall.
3. COVER YOUR WALLS IN FABRIC.
A truly luxurious method for customizing your walls is to cover them in fabric! This fabulous alternative is making a giant comeback in the world of interior design. Covering walls in fabric instantly contributes a feeling of blissful opulence to any space.
Designer, Muriel Brandolini
, covered the walls of this dining room (below) in a hand-embroidered bespoke silk from Vietnam.
Brandolini’s study (below) is covered in a fabulous fabric of indigo corduroy.
The fabric-covered walls (pictured below) are subtle, yet add incredible warmth and coziness to this elegant bedroom.
The walls of this bedroom are covered in luxurious silk fabric. Photo from House Beautiful.
Wool fabric graces the walls of this study. Photo from Apartment Therapy.
SO, WHAT DO YOU THINK? FABRIC, WALLPAPER, STENCILING? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE? DROP ME A COMMENT TO SHARE YOUR IDEAS!
NOW, GO HAVE AN “It’s So Fabulous!” DAY!
IF YOU WOULD LIKE HELP WITH MAKING YOUR HOME EVEN MORE FABULOUS, PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR AN IN-HOME OR ONLINE CONSULTATION AT KIMBERLY@KNOTTINGHILLINTERIORS.COM