Monday, February 12th, 2018
We all know that the wallpaper trend is here with a vengeance, and it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. When my kiddos were little, a good friend — who noticed my penchant for personalization — joked that my philosophy was, “if it moves, monogram it!” Ummmm, she wasn’t wrong … and I still love a monogram. Be still, my Leontine Linens-loving heart. But I think the new saying should probably be, “if it doesn’t move, wallpaper it!”
Because that’s what we designers are doing these days. Walls, ceilings, bookshelves, you name it. Slap on some wallpaper! Actually, no. Please don’t slap on some wallpaper. Hire a highly experienced installer, because once you’ve invested in good wallpaper, you need that prettiness to be installed correctly. The. End.
The reason I love wallpaper, and I’m certain my designer friends would agree, is because wallpaper adds a layer to the design that you cannot get any other way. Even if you choose a solid-colored paper, there’s usually a certain texture that flat paint simply can’t replicate. It’s almost like — Wallpaper is the New Faux Finish. And thank goodness, because if you saw the layers of bad 1980s “texture” that were painstakingly removed from my recent Morrocroft renovation, you’d be longing for some wallpaper stripper. (I was a little scared to Google that, by the way.) Of course, well-done lacquer is an entirely different story; I’d contend that is more properly categorized as “wallcovering” rather than “paint.”
Anyhoo. If you are brave enough to choose a patterned wallpaper, however, well, the world is your oyster! I’m crazy about it all, from subtle to bold — because even bold paper doesn’t necessarily mean a “busy” look. It’s all in what you pair with the paper.
That’s why my jaw dropped and my heart started pounding when I stumbled across Wayne Pate’s collaboration with Studio Four NYC. Y’all, I am more than a little in love with his charming art, which Studio Four NYC has brilliantly translated to wallpaper, fabric, pillows and limited edition prints.
It’s impossible to select favorites because they are all ah-may-zing and would work in so many different projects … but I was particularly captivated by these particular prints and colorways of wallpaper — Trois Blooms in Blush (this one needs to come home with me), Exotic Fruit in Cobalt, and Zoebel in Delft (endearingly named after his daughters). I also adore this Indian Summer fabric! Where, oh, where am I going to use these?? Must. Find. Place. Soon.
Wallpaper. What say you?
All photos via Studio Four NYC.