01 February 2009

I heart wallpaper

Image of grasscloth courtesy of www.sourcesandesign.com, room designed by Jeffrey Elliot

One of Inhabit's favorite materials of choice is wallcovering - better known as wallpaper. In the biz we call it wallcovering but yes, it is the same thing. There are so many things that one can accomplish with wallcovering - it can add texture, warmth and of course, fabulousness.

Thibaut wallcovering

Alessandra Branca dining room

We do have to talk some of our clients into the concept of using wallcovering. Usually these are the clients that were around when wallcovering meant gold foil and terrible florals, such as:

Just put that image out of your mind. Move on to these beauties:

Gorgeous dining room, courtesy of material girls blog

Wallcovering can also be a bit masculine

Even if you are leery of using wallcovering, try it in a small powder room. The powder room is a great place to get crazy or to do something daring. It's such a small room that you can make a big impact with small costs.

One of our favorite wallcovering companies is Phillip Jeffries. They have great grasscloths, lacquer and all-around blingy wallcoverings. See for yourself:

This one is actually a grasscloth with a cute, contemporary pattern on top

Black Lacquer. Isn't it sexy?

So since we're now officially in the "over the top" category, look at the papers below. They come from a company called Flavor Paper. They make THE most fantastic, wild and funky wallcoverings around right now.

Tutti Frutti. Would you believe this paper is scratch and sniff? WHAT?????????????

Look closely, the wallcovering below has large scale gold chains all over it. This paper may be my darling Italian husband's dream come true. An homage to his giant gold chain!

What we've shown you today is just a teeny tiny piece of what's out there in the world of wallcovering. Whether you are working on a commercial interior design project, a residential interior design project or even just looking at sprucing up your powder room - we say