Trying to update your home but not quite sure where to start? Refresh your space with luxurious wallpaper.
The decorative accent has improved quite a bit in the past few decades—today’s top trends are contemporary geometric patterns, organic patterns (such as a modern take on the Tree of Life print), classic stripes, and texture, according to Marika Meyer of Bethesda-based Marika Meyer Interiors. “It offers an opportunity to create great style and…finish to a room,” she says. “Pattern can bring new life to an otherwise bland space.”
Meyer’s favorite spots for wallpaper are powder rooms, large halls and stairways, and on the backs of shelves and bookcases. “I like to add it in a large hall or stairway because it is a great way to cover large expanses of drywall at minimal cost,” she says. “In [powder rooms] you can create a bold statement that you might otherwise not be able to make elsewhere.”
For a splash of elegance, Meyer explains that simply designed linen wallpaper or chinosiere paper, which reflects Chinese influences, can be equally chic. “To be elegant, the overall design needs to be well thought out and executed,” she notes.
And wallpaper has its advantages over paint. “Painting is all about the color, whereas wallpaper offers the opportunity to introduce texture, pattern, or color to a space,” Meyer says. She recommends Cole & Son, Farrow & Ball, Osborne & Little, Thibaut, and Phillip Jeffries paper.