Wallpaper — Are You Brave Enough?

2018 is going to be the year wallpaper shines. I can’t tell you how many estate sales I attended where it was the star. Time capsule homes with wallpaper in the bathroom, master bedroom, living room and even on the ceiling. I’d snap a picture, post it to Instagram Stories and the response was bonkers. From then to now, one thing’s for sure — it’s a great way to show off your personality.

Becki Owens used Farrow and Ball Lotus wallpaper in a modern playroom. Becki Owens used Farrow and Ball in a modern playroom.


If you compare the Farrow and Ball Lotus wallpaper Becki Owens used above, to the retro patterns below, you can see the 70’s and 80’s are back but with a twist. The palette is toned down with a more modern color way.

Retro Wallpaper inspiration form the 70's and 80's.

But this trend doesn’t stop with a funky geometric pattern. Nicole from Making It Lovely took her love of all things bugs, birds, and Victorian to another level with this Milton & King wallpaper. She used this bold pattern…floor to ceiling…as an accent piece in her “rainbow room” office. What makes it modern is the oversized print. If you haven’t see her latest One Room Challenge, go check it out. It gives me all heart eyes.

Nicole from Making It Lovely gave her office a personal touch with this Victorian bug and bird inspired wallpaper from Milton & KingMaking It Lovely’s One Room Challenge Office Space

I’ve used wallpaper a couple times in my own home…both times in the bathroom.

Bold wallpaper in bathroom

Black and white wallpaper in bathroom with brass accents, white subway tile, and black penny tile.

Potty Paradise used an incredibly bold, dark, animal print. My vision was for it to be a jewelry box when you opened the door. Basically you’d forget you’d have to pee. The basement bathroom took a safer direction with a black and white palm frond print. I was happy with both room designs without the wallpaper which made installing it that much more terrifying. But I gotta say, once up, the both bathrooms screamed yahtzee. It pushed the boundaries and made both spaces stand out.

As I look around my home these days, I try to imagine where I’d install more wallpaper. The dining room, master bedroom, up the staircase, my office. All possibilities. Here’s one space in particular that stopped me in my tracks mid-scroll.

Miles Redd Interior Designer - Architectural DigestMiles Redd Manhattan based interior design   |   Trevor Tondo photographer

Miles Redd used Gracie Studio’s hand painted wallpaper for a home he designed, and it was recently featured in Architectural Digest. Can you imagine how different this space would look without the wallpaper?  The entire home tour can be seen here. It’s phenomenal. I would kill to have this wallpaper up my staircase.

Another favorite print is Limerence by House of Hackney.

I love the same pattern on pattern on pattern look with the fabric, wallpaper and lamp shade. It’s such an interesting way to be bold yet not over powering. The Ink color way might look pretty shnazzy in my master bedroom behind the navy headboard. Just thinking out loud.

House Of Hackney Wallpaper Limerence Ink Colorway

So now that you know what I’m thinking, what do you think? Are you brave enough to install wallpaper in your own home? Do you already have it? What are your favorite patterns?


  1. cassie bustamante January 5, 2018

    we have a closet in the nursery that i want to either wallpaper or plank… i am not quite sure. or even stencil… but i want something fun in there! love these picks and dig your bathroom!

    • kyla January 7, 2018

      Nicole @makingitlovely did a fantastic job with her space. Did you check out her final ORC reveal? The wallpaper in the closet is amazing.

  2. Marti January 5, 2018

    Yup, just installed wallpaper in our renovated powder room:

    Cole & Sons has beautiful patterns!

    • kyla January 7, 2018

      I just checked it out! You did awesome, and I love the matte black hardware =)

  3. BeeKay January 5, 2018

    Love wallpaper and Cole and Sons has me drooling….tough thing is my age group >50 did borders and then kind of bailed on paper….so there aren’t any friends that know how to paper 🙁 My mom was wallpaper queen….she’d help

    • kyla January 7, 2018

      It really is difficult to find a good wallpaper installer these days! In fact, it’s almost a lost art. I think the next space I wallpaper I’ll try my hand at it. Fingers crossed!

  4. Mary January 5, 2018

    I love wallpaper! Always have. I currently just have it in my laundry room but I want to change it to something else. A different pattern. My problem is commitment issues. I tire of things easily.
    I’ve noticed that I don’t see wallpaper in kitchens much. Back in the day, kitchens were always wallpapered. Even the backsplash area. I never see that anymore. Maybe in a breakfast nook but not the actual kitchen.

  5. otel fiyatları January 7, 2018

    I liked it. Really amazing. Thanks

  6. Nicole January 10, 2018

    Hey, thanks for sharing my wallpapered closet! I love it so much and it’s awesome to see it getting a little love from you too. 🙂 Totally on board with wallpaper being big for 2018.

  7. Sanika February 2, 2018

    Beautiful+Creative wallpapers. loved ii!


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