I have an announcement from a very special guest today:
“Hi, remember me from the 70s and 80s? My name is Wallpaper. Nice to meet you or get reacquainted if you were into country geese in the 80s or flowers and spice grinders in the 70s ;-). Guess what? I’m the popular kid in school again!”
Wallpaper is back, folks. I know, I know, it never really went “out”. However, wallpaper has not been in my design wheelhouse for some time (since my 8th grade cloud and rainbow phase, actually). As I have “matured”, I naturally gravitate towards subtle, muted paint colors and tone on tone wall treatments. Since those are easily achieved with paint, I haven’t had the urge to use wallpaper in my home except for a very isolated incident involving a very realistic brick and mortar pattern I applied in our previous home’s basement with fabulous results and reviews. Similar pattern here:
I am slowly warming to the trend but having difficulty fully embracing it due to 80s flashbacks that include mauve and “country” blue bouquets and geese ;-). My reservations may also be due to the fact that my sister recently purchased a home with every surface possible covered in wallpaper (not the new, cool patterns unfortunately) and is now having to remove wallpaper from drywall one room at a time–ugh!
The key indicator to me that wallpaper is now “the thing” happened during my recent visit to Magnolia Market and Silos. I visited the washroom in the Silos Baking Co. and low and behold: wallpaper.
Yep, definitely the cool kid! Also, I noticed during my laundry room/mudroom research that Joanna had used wallpaper in a mudroom she did for the dog-loving couple:
Important to note that when using busy wallpaper patterns such as the above two, Joanna broke up the pattern with monochromatic wainscoting and/or subway tile. I loved that mudroom newsprint look so much that I googled “newsprint wallpaper”. Guess what!?! Magnolia Home has a wallpaper line!!! York Wallcoverings has a special Magnolia Home collection by Joanna Gaines – click here for ordering online. The line has blueprints, brick and mortar, concrete, grasscloth and sisal looks, French panel, buffalo check, dots and stripes, handwriting, toile, and of course a pretty magnolia print, and….
There is the genius at work in front of the SHIPLAP WALLPAPER! Um, hello? Shiplap here, shiplap there–Shiplap is attainable for all! If you don’t have a diy hubby like me, you can still do shiplap, people! That. is. awesome.
Here are my favorites from the collection and some ideas on where to use them:
I think this wallpaper would be great to use if you had a ceiling with imperfections that you wanted to cover and like the cottage or farmhouse look without the lumber commitment or dreaded task of painting the ceiling.
This newsprint pattern would be fun in a mudroom as mentioned earlier or in a washroom:
This awning stripe pattern would be perfect for an entryway:
Or how lovely and super realistic looking is this brick and mortar pattern?!?
Wouldn’t that be perfect to try out on a kitchen backsplash to see if you really loved it before installing the real thing?
I LOVE this buffalo check pattern on a wall behind a headboard:
There are several colors of dot patterns:
This light pink would be so precious in a little girl’s room:
And finally this French Panel pattern:
would look magnificent yet playful in a library or den:
I guess the reason I am so psyched about this Magnolia line from Joanna, is because it is tasteful and subtle–just like all of the Magnolia designs. This wallpaper line inspires and enables home owners to easily add architectural detail in so many ways… and without hiring a carpenter or stone mason!
Way to go, Joanna! You have done it once again! Inspiring, attainable decor and design. And no blue geese in sight–although I didn’t look very closely at the toile pattern, there might be some geese hiding in there… ;-).
How about you… do you have wallpaper in your home? Where? Do you have a favorite pattern in the Magnolia Home collection and where would you install it? Let us know in the comments what you think and have a happy Tuesday!