This time my dilemma is deciding whether to redo my master bathroom, our hallway powder room, or my laundry room. There's nothing wrong with the rooms, except that they are yawns. It's really just the walls that need help. Something bold will help wake them up, but what to do? Paint? Stencil? Wallpaper?
I've thought about a deep blue or charcoal paint for the powder room. Or chalk paint, where visitors could leave a message. (Would that be totally weird in the bathroom???) For the laundry room, I thought a geometric stencil might be fun, as long as it's a stencil that not everyone in blogland has already done. I have to be different, you know? In the master bathroom, the vanity area is separated from the shower/toilet area, so I could use wallpaper without it getting too steamy. Paint or tile are other options.
If money were no object, it would be wallpaper all the way for all three rooms! And if we weren't considering putting our house up for sale in two and a half years after The Teen graduates from high school, it would be wallpaper all the way for all three rooms! I've only used wallpaper in one room ever, which was the powder room in my last house. It was tone-on-tone green stripes, when I was in my green/brick red/buttery gold phase. (I thought using warm colors would make our home feel cozier, but it was never me. Back to cool colors I went!)
Here are some of the graphic wallpaper patterns I've been considering:
Above is a room designed by Emily Henderson on her show Secrets from a Stylist. She named the room style "Graphic Novel Antique Geek Chic." Love that. The wallpaper design is "All of Us" by Pottok Prints. I want to walk up close to the wall and get to know the little people. I want to give them each a name. Wouldn't you?
You know this classic pattern, right? It's the well-known hexagons by designer David Hicks. The room was designed by Victoria Thompson, and featured in Lonny's February/March 2010 issue. I'm into blue, but it comes in lots of colorways.
I'm amazed by the tribal-looking watercolor designs by Eskayel. They reproduce the hand-painted patterns on wallpaper, pillows, prints, baskets, scarves, rugs, and more. So pretty, and definitely not something you've seen a million times.
Completely opposite of Eskayel's soft designs are the in-your-face mosaic triangles by Minakani Lab. I'm a big fan of geometrics and also the mix of bold colors, whether the bright ones from Isabelle McAllister's daughter's room or the muted shades in the adult room. Minakani's wallpapers are bespoke -- they don't print by the roll, but to a client's specific wall dimensions. This pattern would be way too large for my tiny powder room or even my master bath vanity area, but it would be super-cool for my laundry room. However, I'm not willing to pay bespoke prices, especially considering it would be coming from France!
Do you love Thibaut's Tanzania wallpaper as much as I do?. It's very simple, and can be dressed up or down. Above are photos of designer/blogger Tiffany Richey's office. Clearly I'm already a fan of a dalmatian prints, as seen on my living room pillows.
Right now I'm smitten with this Ocean Depth Map design by Ravynka on Spoonflower. In addition to wallpaper, it can be purchased as fabric. If I don't order if for my walls, I just might have to order some fabric to make pillows, curtains, or a duvet cover. The movement, various colors of blue, and dimensionality of it are amazing.
Decisions, decisions. Clearly I'm leaning toward wallpaper but I doubt I'll be willing to fork over the cash to put it in all three rooms. The powder room is the leading choice because it wouldn't take many rolls of paper, and would make a big impact. The only problem is that the door to the bathroom is most always closed, and since my bedroom is the next room down, I usually use the master bathroom facilities instead. Maybe I'd be willing to change my routine if I had something pretty to look at!
Would you like to decide for me? Please? Are any of these up your alley, or am I off in my own world again?