Authors Derek Fagerstrom and Lauren Smith wrote a fantastic book on creative wallpapering projects. Check out Cavern’s Blackbird and other amazing wallpapering ideas. To order the book click here.
Cover an old filing cabinet!
Wallpaper as art.
Check out these fabulous Etsy stores offering objects made from wallpaper.(Click on the photo to go to the site where they are sold.) Inspiring stuff!
Thanks for the heads up Karli!
Every once in a while, I get an e-mail from a customer that really stands out. This one comes from Jennifer, who (like many people) was wary of installing wallpaper permanently. She ended up mounting the paper onto foam core to great success:
A bit more than two years ago I bought Blackbird in gold/brown. I gave half to my mother as a gift and kept the other half for myself. Frankly, though I own my own home, I just didn’t want to put it on a wall. It felt like too big of a committment (any wonder why I’m still single?) What if I redecorated? What if I wanted the birds on a different wall? What, heaven forbid, if I moved and had to leave it BEHIND?
Solution: I dry mounted the wallpaper and framed it, so I can now move it around to my heart’s content. And, even more importantly, take it with me wherever I go!
It’s stunning! I currently have my framed wallpaper serving as a room divider. I stare at my wallpaper and am filled with incredible joy by its beauty.
Thanks for the kind words, Jennifer! And congrats on the project!
I’m a big fan of using wallpaper in ways beyond traditional wall coverings. Kara Dake entered her apartment in the apartment therapy small spaces competition and used some Cavern wallpaper scraps — blackbird on her cabinets and thatch on her closet door. Her space is busy, but the deign elements all go together because she keeps a consistent color pallet. That is the key to combining patterns. Congrats Kara!
In my ongoing exploration of alternative uses for wallpaper (and what to do with wallpaper scraps, if you have them), I will suggest framing a section of the paper on its own. Although the repeat effect will be lost, many wallpapers look great in smaller pieces — especially if its colors are bold and the composition dynamic. (Cavern patterns are perfect.) Framing wallpaper also works well for renters.
These are some of the best installation shots I have ever seen. I love how the paper is used in a unique space. I love how the trees out the window add to the forest feel. And with my ongoing interest in all the things you can do with wallpaper scraps, I love how the leftovers were used on the cabinets. Brilliant!
And thanks for the pictures, Penny!