Friday, January 26, 2007

Scenic Wallpapers

I've long been a fan of Scenic wallpapers - especially when used in fresh ways. I remember 10 years ago Ralph Lauren used them in their ad campaigns and that is when I first heard of Zuber hand-painted wallpapers.The cadillacs of hand-painted scenic wallpapers have been around for awhile and antique panels sell for a mint. You can see a few of them here

I think something more contemporary would look really chic with some very simple, minimalistic furniture in an entry way or dining room. Wouldn't this entry space look really beautiful with a scenic wallpaper like the one below rather than the painting and grey wall and still retain it's modern character?

or maybe this one in silver??
Here are some other favorite patterns ( more traditional ) and used in a dining room. Of course this is a beautiful room without the paper, but I think it really adds a lot to the character of the space and makes it a little more fun than a damask wallcovering or just paint. Imagine it by candlelight! The paper in grey and white tones is especially beautiful ( and check out that amazing fireplace! )

Here is a successful use of scenic wallpaper from a recent issue of domino... Isn't this a heavenly bedroom? I love how the blues in the curtains and lamp relate to the 'sky' of the wallpaper. The bold carpet also works great with the heavily patterned paper.

Miles Redd uses a lot of these wallpapers to bring a focal point to 'lost' areas such as hallways. This creates a 'view' and focal point to ackward areas. If you can't have a physical view from a window or through different rooms, why not create one? This image is just supposed to showcase a piece of wallpaper from fromental, but I think this would look great with the paper going up onto the would make you feel like you were in a forest with branches overhead!


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