As of lately I’m convinced that selecting wallpaper might be as committing as getting a tattoo. Sure, you can have it removed but while it’s there, it's a statement, some sort of statement. Paint your walls for a fresh look then? It’s the route most people go down but walking into a hardware store to find thousands of color cards can be extremely overwhelming. I break down some pros and cons of both and hopefully give you some ideas as to where to turn for inspiration, as usual inspired by history. I might even be able to resolve the issue with the perfect blend of the 2.

indochine NYC


Wallpaper


I can only imagine how many homes are still stuck with the Laura Ashley floral wallpaper that was so popular in the 90s. Remember that My So Called Life episode where Angela’s dad installs this decorative nightmare? The fear that the flowers won’t line up and you’ll be left staring at that spot forever...

It’s 2014 and I don’t believe wallpaper has evolved all that much.  There are still, so many options of the same paisley, geometric & floral patterns. I have however, come across some stellar and inspirational examples. The iconic Braziliance banana leaf wallpaper at Indochine, in New York City, is so rich and exotic, it could transform any space. The restaurant’s wallpaper has stood the test of time since it first opened in 1984. Tropical decor, in a bustling city, is anyone’s dream escape.

The Webster has recently opened a second location in Bal Harbour and like it’s original post on Collins Ave in Miami Beach, the store uses wallpaper as backdrop to their fashion designer pieces. Lilies and palm fronds in fuchsia and pale greens are reminiscent to the Art Deco patterns found in Miami Beach, along with the color palette of the retro fabulous era. Art Deco inspiration for Miami is a no brainer.


Le Corbusier color palette

Le Corbusier color palette

Paint

There’s nothing a fresh coat of paint can’t fix. Perhaps wallpaper is just a little too much, so instead of getting a tattoo, you go for a hair cut. You don’t want it to be exaggerated but you know a change is needed. Some great options are the color palettes created by those who considered architecture as a whole: inside and out. Frank Lloyd Wright believed the color of a room should be determined by two sources: the nature of the site surrounding the building and the materials used to build it. The color palettes of Falling Water and Taliesin West are available for reference at The Voice of Color Collection.

Le Corbusier also believed color should compliment the site. The colors in Le Corbusier’s palette are harmonious among themselves and easy to use in any combination. These were carefully selected to create spatial and psychological effects.  Did you read about my visit to Le Corbusier’s studio apartment in Paris? You can check it out here.

Aurora Collection by Calico Wallpaper

Aurora Collection by Calico Wallpaper

The Happy Median

I guess it depends on how bad you want to use wallpaper? If you really want to make that sort of commitment, then the only perfect solution is the Aurora Collection by Calico Wallpaper available at Future Perfect. Instead of wanting to rip it off immediately after you laboriously installed it, you might actually be caught in a color trance. The color transition creates a spatial effect giving depth to your room and comes in different color combinations. It’s the best of both worlds, a very sophisticated statement.

If you’d like to learn more about other fabrics and wallpapers that have great designers behind their creation read our post on Historic Patterns.