What’s on Your Walls: Part I – Wonderful Wallpaper!

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Fun newspaper print wallpaper! These days, anything goes on walls!

There is a resurgence of wallpaper out there my friends and I am not talking ahout your grandmothers wallpaper either! I am talking about dramatic, fabulous, amazing and wonderful prints and styles and textures to let your walls, stand out.

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Beautiful large scale floral wallpaper for your tweens dream bedroom! Design: Kimberly Grigg for Knotting Hill Interiors

Don’t turn away from paper!

Yes, there was a time when we put the paper aside and began focusing on the now amazing palette of paints we can splash on our walls. But within the scope of southern design, tradition and  history – I have always kept an element of using rich textures and patterns in my designs to speak to the layers of story and history we all bring into our homes.  Fabrics can only take you so far in achieving this!

Wallpaper is the single most effective way to change a room’s decor

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‘Savages de la Mer Pacifique’ design in Chavet design colours on Chavet scenic paper. ‘Grosvenor’ ballustrade in Eau Forte design colours on Chavet scenic paper. ‘Laurel’ border in Chavet design colours on Chavet scenic paper. Design by de Gournay

Adds dimension, texture & movement

Like I mentioned above – when wallpaper is done right, it adds dimension to a space.  Wallpaper is the economical way to add missing architectural elements to your room without hiring a general contractor.Use a full-wall pattern cut into proportionate shapes to make a paneled effect up a wall leading to a vaulted ceiling. Draw attention to a fireplace focal-point wall by wrapping it with a strong pattern, or create a focal-point wall using the same strong pattern on any blank wall. All it takes is a little imagination. (source)

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‘Earlham’ design in standard design colours on Emerald Green dyed silk. Photography by Dominique Vorillon, Courtesy of House Beautiful. Photo: de Gournay

This is not your grandmothers wall paper!

As new styles emerge, wallpaper designers capture it, define it and present it in a variety of color choices. With its ability to capture any style or color scheme, wallpaper helps you express your personality and style – from contemporary to romantic to country or eclectic!

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For long lasting performance in your home, wallpaper just might be the way to go.  Design: Kimberly Grigg for Knotting Hill Interiors

Simple put, wallpaper performs well

Wallpaper is truly so much more than a pretty face.  It can cover flaws in the wall that paint cannot, it protects the wall surface from your modern day family (i.e. children with crayons) and it adds value to your most important investment – your home.  Retail studies show that a tastefully decorated home can attain a 10-15% increate in property value! (source)

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de Gourney Collection – ‘Le Eden’ design in Crystal Grey design colours on Crystal Grey scenic paper. Haymarket Hotel in London. Interior design by Firmdale.

 Kimplistic Wallpaper Tip

When designing rooms with high ceilings, look for a beautiful large scale wallpaper pattern that is 26 inches and up! It can add even more height and a sense of grandeur to the room.

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I LOVE my peacock powder room and my Lee Jofa wallpaper! Design: Kimberly Grigg for Knotting Hill Interiors

Great Papers

DeGournay handpainted papers which I absolutely adore and Lee Jofa which is the peacock paper in my powder room (pictured above!)!

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So, what’s on YOUR walls?  Are you happy with what you have or are you ready to make a change?  If you still can’t make up your mind, next week I will share my tips on painting and upholstering! (yes you can upholster walls!).  If you have any questions about what to do with your walls, leave them here in a comment and you never know – the answer might turn into a blog!

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For help with your home or room design please contact us at Kimberly@knottinghillinteriors.com and visit our website.  Follow Knotting Hill on Pinterest and Facebook.

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Stylish, sophisticated and dramatic, Kimberly Grigg brings her unique talents to client’s homes across the country and to her retail boutique, Knotting Hill Interiors. An award winning retail boutique and an award winning full service design firm, Knotting Hill offers luxury interior design, renovation and remodeling services, custom design, childrens rooms and nurseries and accessorizing. The retail boutique sells fabric, home furnishings, retail design, lamps, accessories, art, upscale furniture consignment, gifts, fashion and jewelry. Voted “Best on the Beach” in both retail and design, our customers say that this place and this process is truly “enchanted”! Knotting Hill Interiors is based in Myrtle Beach South Carolina and has two locations at 7753 North Kings Hwy and 7751 North Kings Hwy.