Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Damask Wallpaper, Anyone?

This spring we are planning to have the upstairs bedrooms and main bathroom painted in our house.  Every room is currently painted Builder's Beige.  Every single room.  Boring Beige.  It was fine when we moved in two and a half years ago and it meant we didn't really have to do anything .....which suited me fine after living in reno-land at our old house for 3 years and 2 years before that at my condo.  But now I can't stand it.  Something must be done.  

Like changing the wall colours to creamy white.  How very Sarah Richardson of me, I know.  My adventurous side is being revealed to the masses.


Would Tommy approve?  Probably.  He always agrees with what Sarah does anyway!  (Well he kinda has to.  Otherwise he wouldn't be making those noteworthy appearances on her design shows if he disagreed with DA BOSS.)

Sarah Richardson and Tommy Smythe
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Anyway.........the plan is to have the walls painted creamy white, and use colourful accessories for boldness (I'm thinking ruby and sapphire for the guest rooms, perhaps violet for the main bathroom).

And to be extra bold, I'm toying with the idea of putting damask wallpaper in my walk-in closet.  It's almost screaming for it.  I love this inspiration photo, but I'm also a fan of black and white damask design.


Hubs has vetoed wallpaper in our master bedroom, citing memories of bad velvety wallpaper seeped with cigarette smoke that he grew up with in his parents' house in the 1970s and 1980s, which was only removed about 10 years ago.  I kinda have to agree.  My parents still have 1990s style wallpaper in their house, which seems a bit dated now. 

So I think I will attempt a small room first with the wallpaper.  It would give the room a face-lift.  The following wallpaper is available online at Home Depot:




Are you a wallpaper fan? 

Or is wallpaper nicely filed away in the 1970s and 1980s memory bank and laughed at while looking at old family photos? 

25 comments:

  1. I think the wallpaper in your closet is a fantastic way to live with the idea for awhile and see how it really feels. I love it..esp in a small room such as a powder room (or closet;) Rather than say, an entire master suite. I am a HUGE Sarah Richardson fan--she is DA BOMB and I would choose her to decorate before almost any other.

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    1. I like Sarah Richardson's designs too -- esp. from Design Inc and my favorite is when she decorated and remodelled the house from the first season of Sarah's House a few years ago, that was divine.

      I agree exactly -- start with the wallpaper in small doses!

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    2. LOVE Design Inc and Sarah's House. I have seen them all and save the shows on my DVR with rooms/aspects I would like to recreate!
      Oh--I meant to add. They sell those super cool "decal" type wallpapers that can be peeled off when you are tired of it or want to change. I have seen this damask as well as many other great looking patterns. A great way to check it out or stay noncommittal:)

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    3. ooh I will have to check those out, thanks for the tip sweetsy!

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  2. I love wallpaper, I would have it in every room, I do, bar one at the back of the house which is part of the servant's quarters, it has a very low ceiling there and it's an odd shape and looks best painted.

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    1. p.s. I ordered Mary McDonald's design book from the library to get some ideas for future projects.

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  3. I too love wallpaper! I like the way it adds texture and warmth to a room. Nina Campbell does some of my favourite designs, but you can find pretty or striking designs almost everywhere. You've just reminded me of some hideous wallpaper I had to endure at home while growing up! My mother had a penchant for crazy designs.

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    1. I will have to look up Nina Campbell's ideas! I've found some cool ideas online and I got the Domino Magazine decorating book from the library, that book has some great stuff in it.

      oh my Mom loved floral wallpaper and stripes, sometimes together!

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  4. I like wallpaper...I just dont like how hard it is to make it look really good. I find it impossible to get it to hang and not look like wallpaper. Does that make sense? I do think the closet is the perfect place for it tho! I wallpapered mine a couple of years ago :O)

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    1. I totally get what you mean. I may get someone to install the wallpaper, it's been years since I wallpapered a room. The last time was in the 1990s when I helped Mom put the floral wallpaper up and we ended up applying one roll upside down (with the stems going up)....whoops. Mom didn't care though, she just shoved a tall dresser in front of that part of the wall! lol In our defence though, the pattern was very viney with darker colours (hunter green) but still....

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  5. ooh! loving the wall paper choices. I think the beige, creamy wallpaper would be my choice, but I can see a really fun black and white walk-in closet with pops of colour. Basically I think you can do know wrong here :)

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    1. Thanks! I keep going back and forth between the black & white and the neutral....I will have to make a choice soon!

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  6. I've always loved wallpaper. We don't have any in our homes but my in-laws have it in almost every room and the majority were done in the last 5 years. It's a classic, old-world look. Nice to see it making a comeback. I like the last one in your post. Neutral and unassuming.

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    1. Wallpaper is definitely making a resurgence these days! The choices are much better than 10 years ago!

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  7. Growing up , we lived in a Victorian house and wallpaper was on every wall. I grew up loving it and was sorry when my parents steamed off a good deal of it to paint.
    The cream and white paper you show is gorgeous.
    If you paper the closet I hope we get to see the finished results.

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  8. Yes, yes, yes, put Damask in the walk-in! I LOVE wallpaper, especially Damask. I posted two types from Thibaut last Monday ;-)

    As much as I love wallpapers I sometimes like them better when they are only put on one wall, a wall that you do not see through the door. That way you also won't grow tired of it. But if we are talking about small spaces like guest bathrooms then I'd put it on all the walls and go bold.

    Sounds like you'll be having fun renovating ;-)

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    1. After a few years off from reno-ing, it is time for a change! I agree, for big rooms it is best to put wallpaper on one wall.

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  9. Just recently I have been getting more interested in wallpaper but haven't convinced myself to take the plunge...there are so many great options and I love the damask you are thinking of doing. For now, I safely play with paint...but some day...

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    1. I have played it safe with paint too, just because I can't stand all the work that putting up and taking down wallpaper entails....so I will have to make a good choice here and live with it! haha

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  10. I'm a wimp when it comes to wallpaper - too much choice. I tend to stick to paint just to make life easier. That said, given the age and construction of this house, there must be some sort of paper on the plaster before one can paint. It came with an old fashioned textured white on white in the hall, stairs and landing and for lack of imagination (and because I like it) it has remained and been touched up. I can't tell if these are printed papers, textured / flocked? or fabric you're proposing. If you're going so far as damask paper, what about choosing an upholstery weight fabric for your closet? I worked as a maid when I was at uni for a woman whose husband owned a fabric shop. She did her son's walls in a lovely corduroy and the master bedroom had matching walls, drapes, upholstery and bedspread. A bit over the top for me, but an idea for you...

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    1. What a cool idea! I'm not sure if Hubs will go for walls of fabric but I like the idea of incorporating it elsewhere, even with items like photo frames, etc.

      Our old house was like that, there had to have been paper over the plaster on the walls -- we repainted over it twice!

      I am fairly sure the wallpaper from Home Depot is printed paper.

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  11. LR,
    Love all your paper choices. Doing the closet is a fun idea and you could see how much you like it. I too have been thinking about papering a small space. It does take some guts doesn't it? It's not as easy to fix as paint and a lot more pricey!

    Love to see the results when you're done! Have fun.

    Kim:)

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    1. Thanks - it does take guts to commit to wallpaper! I'm interested to see your wallpaper plans.

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