Help me choose a wallpaper!!
May 8, 2012 in Design Dilemma
This wall has been bare for too long!!! I need help choosing a wallpaper please. My house was built in 1959 and much of my furniture is mid-century. I love this era, but am interested in global style as well. I want the wallpaper to complement the seat in the hallway that I re-covered with this cheap $5/metre burlap fabric. It's used for sitting and putting shoes on....anyway, thanks in advance!
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A retro inspired wallpaper like this one by David Hicks might be fun with your burlap settee.
May 8, 2012 at 5:25am     
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Manon Floreat
Here's one that would read almost like a mural.

May 8, 2012 at 11:00am     
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Mary Pettit
Here is one idea:

May 8, 2012 at 12:22pm   
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Kraig Kalashian
Based on the vintage of the house, I think you need to go with something graphic. Both F. Schumacher and Osborne and Little make beautiful trellis papers in various color ways that would work well here. You can see both on the wallpaper section of Houzz:
May 8, 2012 at 12:45pm   
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HI - Unless you find a wallpaper in a retro pattern that you will love for a long time - then maybe you should look for something in a texture. Grass cloth or a linen texture will stay instyle for years to come.They come with a sheen and colors that will compliment with the fabric on your chair. Don't forget to prime the wall before you apply the wall paper.
May 8, 2012 at 1:38pm     
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I love the faric on your settee. I also love textured wall paper. A grasscloth could look fabulous, either in a neutral or a bright to coordinate with your seating. See for a possible bright.
May 8, 2012 at 2:00pm     
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Cabell Design Studio
Hello Amy,

Isn't it great to find an inexpensive fabric that you love?

To complement your mid century modern home and furniture, and your settee, you might take a look at the Romo fabric house. They are one of my favorites and have a very updated palette and pattern library. Below are a few links which might work for you:

First....Take a look at this large floral. The pattern is bold, the colors are muted enough not to be a distraction, but bold enough to see:

Second...For a little color added, take a look at this small print...great for an all over pattern and lovely to look at - wonderful complement to mid-century modern and your settee:

Third....If you are looking for a subtle all over pattern in a neutral color-way, you might think about this one:

The Romo website is very user friendly. Browse and enjoy.....they have several great examples of geometrics, but unless you keep it neutral, these may compete heavily with your settee fabric.

We've installed Romo papers for our clients and it is very high quality, heavy paper. Once installed you will think it has been painted on your walls and you will have trouble finding a seam. Your wall is small enough so that you shouldn't have to order a lot to make a big impact.

Best of luck with your decorating and please let us know if we can be of any assistance. I'd be happy to order samples for you....Can't wait to see a picture of the end result!

May 8, 2012 at 2:49pm     
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You could do the wall in the same fabric.
If you can splurge, this is a beautiful and versatile wallpaper: Wallpaper wall in the foyer Look at the different rooms it is in on Houzz.

This is a classic trellis paper that comes in Cinnabar Gloss color way that echoes the wood paneling:

This is funky graphic paisley:

The following are wonderful graphic sketches on a white ground with soft clear colors. The first is a fun ballon: Or trains: Or horses:

I thought this would be fun, but it is no longer being produced (although there is still stock on it) and it is very expensive. Tema e Variazioni Wallpaper Grey

This is a fun one called Fairy Flower from Fern Living: Or Wildflower:

Last, but not least, a graphic flower that picks up on the blue in the chair and the color of the walls, Bloom Spirit 45160:
May 8, 2012 at 3:36pm     
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I am new to this site and am now addicted!! So much to look at and so many clever people on here. Thanks everyone for your suggestions. A bold geometric/trellis seems to be the overall recommendation. That is what I have been considering so it's always good to get affirmation that you're on the right path. I really like this one:
suggested by houssaon & michigammemom, now it's figuring out where to get New Zealand. Keep the suggestions coming!!!
May 9, 2012 at 12:12am   
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I'm glad you like that one. It was my favorite. Cole and Son are headquatered in London. Here is a like to contant them:
May 9, 2012 at 12:34am   
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HI -- Here is a wallpaper that is really different , high end looking ,and kind of retro but new modern. Neisha Crosland " Hollygrape ". There is a picture of it on Houzz -- saw it when looking at console display. Look up name under products search .
May 14, 2012 at 8:26pm   
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great wallpaper manufacturer and if it is little to expensive and don't mind a little elbow grease check out wall stenciling it's a great alternative.
May 14, 2012 at 8:43pm   
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Hey Amy! I really have a soft spot for mid century decor... please check out Jonathan Adlers selection of wallpapers! Go for something with a neutral background and a pop of colour, so it won't interfere with those gorgeous woods! Go an organic graphic against the straight lines of your space, and I think you'll be delighted with the results! Jealous...but best of luck! Keep us updated! Kinda like the green brocade, in my humble opinion...
May 14, 2012 at 8:53pm   
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Charmean Neithart Interiors, LLC.
Hi Amy. Checkout these wallcoverings by ABA wallcoverings out of Texas. I love this jute wallpaper in this bright teal color, other colors are available...
Great product, I use it all the time. This would be fun against the amber tones in your woodwork. Orange and blue like each other. Hope that helps, good luck with your project. Charmean Neithart
May 14, 2012 at 9:21pm     
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Sorry Amy, but Charmean offered a lovely suggestion with the grasscloth textured wallpaper that has a built-in organic element in a solid colour...brilliant as ever Charmean, I so missed you in El Salvador!
May 14, 2012 at 9:29pm   
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Charmean Neithart Interiors, LLC.
Jamieson, I was about to send out a search party for you. Glad you're back...your comic relief is always appreciated. :)
May 15, 2012 at 7:31am   
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I am coming to San Francisco in July and have already searched the address for the Jonathan Adler shop - been looking at his website already so your suggestion, Jamieson is an affirmation that I'm on the right path. So many great ideas from everyone - I love this site!! Thank you.
May 18, 2012 at 3:08am   
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Amy, hope you bring a flatbed prepared to be in retail, mid century modern heaven! Good luck!
May 23, 2012 at 1:26pm   
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Mona Ives
I'm late to this party but I second and third the grasscloth. I am a little weary of too many geometrics and trellises right next to the settee and the textured wood wall. Too many things to look at doesn't allow your eyes to rest. I would do a teal grasscloth or a neutral one. Like Charmean's suggestion.
May 23, 2012 at 2:21pm     
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Chroma Design
So many really terrific suggestions!!!! And I LOVE that space. Casual, cool, midcentury!

Here's something else to throw into the pot... Zebra print.
I'd add a photo but my iPad isn't cooperating

Look up Kenneth James: echo design book. #566-44926
Available in 6 colorways.

I think zebra print would be bold with the grain of the paneling.
May 23, 2012 at 9:38pm   
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Mint Design
There are tons of papers available that would go with your midcentury home. Many people tire of a paper quicker than they are ready to redecorate and they can also look dated in a couple of years. Metallic papers were big im midcentury...perhaps a metallic silver paper? Are you also considering paint? You can get it in so many textures and a blue wall to match the blue in your loveseat would be lovely with some midcentury art and sculpture, or photographs on it. A mirrored wall with or without art or sculpture would also work with midcentury. These treatments are easier to adapt should you wish to change the look slightly from time to time. I would suggest replacing your stairrail with chrome or acrylic if that is in the budget...see how well the loveseat frame looks with the fabric? I hope you will post the "after" photos for us to see. Above all, enjoy the process!
May 23, 2012 at 11:26pm   
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With a strong graphic fabric on the chair, you can consider something muted but has a motive as well.

June 13, 2012 at 6:25am   
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