Color meets pattern–that’s the beauty of wallpaper. It’s an instant addition of personality, depth, and color. And, it’s a hard decision.  We all know it took me a year to choose a pattern, and still, I could be swayed. But, here’s the best advice I’ll ever give you: live with it.

Buy samples, tape them to your wall and live with them. Leave them taped to the wall for weeks. If you think you’re starting to like the pattern, if it “feels right” with the rest of your house, if you walk into the soon-to-be wallpaper-clad room, see the sample and think you belong here, then you are almost ready to commit.

But not yet.

I think you should buy another sample of the same pattern and hang them up side by side so you can feel a little more of the paper’s impact. There’s a huge difference in a sample and a wall. Whatever you do, do not veer from your true style and color palette. Don’t go bolder than you are, you’ll just hate it. Don’t go simple if you’re not simple. You’ll just walk into the room and think, this is so plain.

Or, you could ditch this advice, be utterly brave, and go with it.

Or, you could do one wall, an accent wall, in paper. Take a look at these beauties!

Emily McCall

Apartment Therapy


From the Right Bank



Mary’s Dwellings


Inside-Out Design

Back to my house, my wallpaper, my life–this is my bathroom, the bathroom I’ve had every intention of dressing in wallpaper. But then I started thinking, I want some wainscoting, beadboard, or something to break up the pattern and serve as a back splash for the sink.

So, in came the “back splash” in that mimics the treatment in the hallway (without the chalkboard). An in-process photo for you:

Now that the wainscoting is up, the walls are ready for wallpaper. Last weekend I unrolled the paper and, get this, the paper didn’t match up. (Unlike wallpaper that you buy by the roll, Dwell Studios prints and cuts the wallpaper for each wall, you enter the measurements for each wall and they make the paper.)

So, I took this picture and emailed Dwell Studio and wrote: I am nauseous. Please tell me you can help me. I pretty much acted like I was dying of this error. The next day Robby (from Dwell Studios) left the warmest voicemail, full of sympathy and readiness to find a solution. Apparently Robby knows he’s charming as he emailed saying, “I left you what I hope sounds like a charming, supportive voicemail….. We can figure this out together, and I look forward to being a part of the solution!” Should Robby ever move on from Dwell, I think he should consider a career as a therapist. (Hat’s off to Dwell Studios for possibly the best customer service ever.)

I am confident that Robby will help me sort this out. But do you know what I’m thinking now…

Maybe I should just paper the accent wall? Don’t you just love those walls of pattern and color?