I recently had a minute to stop by one of my client’s homes to take a before-and-after shot of a project we completed this summer. Over the years we have worked together to remodel their home, and they always seem to gravitate toward airy spaces and prefer transitional furniture.
The last room in the house that the couple tackled was their dining room, which had always been a challenge for them. They were at a loss because they had inherited furniture and then made a costly purchase of a dining room set 15 years ago. Luckily, I had built trust with the two in previous projects so it was easier to convince them to take the plunge and change their walls to a bold wallpaper.
We also changed the lighting and window treatments. Then we added all new accessories and dining chairs. I also convinced them to remove their dining room rug, which made the room seem larger. We were able to recycle their dining room set and with the other changes we made the room has a fresh feel to the space.
The past couple of years’ we’ve seen so many cool designs and textured wallpaper on the market. When I first mention the idea of wallpapering to clients there is usually a slight hesitation. The 80’s decade of wallpapering took a toll on us. We needed a couple of decades to recover from all those matching borders!
In the coming weeks, I’m going to share a few projects where wallpaper completely transformed the space.
Here are a few tips about wallpaper:
- If this is a DIY project, choose a paper that is pre-pasted. Also, try experimenting on a focal wall instead of tackling the entire room.
- Be prepared to see the seams in solid and grass wallpaper more so than pattern paper.
- If possible hire a professional. Wallpapering is harder than it looks; cutting around outlets and ceiling variations is cumbersome.
- You will need to buy more paper if you choose a design with a pattern.
- Wallpaper installers recommend priming the wall with Zinnsser Shieldz before papering.
After seeing all these pictures I want to wallpaper my dining room. It might be a good time to do it. My husband is out of town this week. Hmm, do you think he’ll notice when he returns?
Here are some shots that might make you take the plunge, too.
Aerin Lauder’s Dressing Room – Gracie Studio Wallpaper
Tory Burch’s Office
Carrie and Big’s Foyer