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Interior Designer, Cambridge, Boston, Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  


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Wallpaper, Subtle and Wild.

Elizabeth Tobin

Wallpaper is not what it used to be. Silks, watercolor, woven textiles, and the most unique materials are finding their way to the walls and their effect? Perfectly subtle and a little wild.


 Uniquely gorgeous prints like this Schumacher wallpaper above have allowed our clients to be daring in their design. This Cambridge, MA powder room ignited with life and a little drama upon installation of this print. The way bold wallpaper reflects in a tight space, like a powder room, can create quite a brilliant illusion of space and light. The point of wallpaper is to get it right. Without fear of the "pain" putting up wallpaper can be, our clients certainly did.

 Powder rooms are often where we use wallpaper the most. Reason being, woven wallpapers add a lot of texture without being too loud. Their popularity has allowed the options for woven wallpapers to transform over the years from only grass cloth to an array of silks. We used the grey version of Phillip Jeffries, Manila Hemp wallpaper in this Sudbury powder room. A favorite of ours and some of our clients, we've been able to use this pattern in a variety of projects. It's been put up on feature walls behind the bed in Master Bedrooms, and recently, in a Study room in Nantucket. 

Phillip Jeffries, Manila Hemp in Grey.

Phillip Jeffries, Manila Hemp in Grey.


 If the installation is done right by using the correct primer as a base, wallpaper doesn't have to the pain it once was to remove. Although I do recommend hiring a professional, the risk is worth the reward. That being said, I'll admit, we use wallpaper in small doses but never meet clients without bringing a few samples that wow. It's my job as a designer to take the worry away from the "what if" when they want to change their style up. Challenge accepted.

 Take a look at how we've used wallpaper in different spaces below. Try it in your own space. Don't let the legacy of labor wallpaper once had change your mind. There are tons of manufacturers that are leading and continuously innovating the market that we know you'd love. Feel free to comment below for recommendations on manufacturers we use and admire.

Be bold!