If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I’m getting just the tiniest itch to change up the wallpaper in our kitchen. It’s not that I hate it; I just really like change and you know, it’s kind of my job. And while I like a bold pattern, I do feel like it’s limiting me in some ways.
For example, we have the patterned blue couch in the adjoining living room and every time I think about layering in a patterned rug or different pillows, I start to get dizzy. So I’ve been thinking about something along the lines of a more neutral abstract pattern, especially since I came across this paper several months ago:
This pattern started my wheels turning. The price did not. So I went on Pinterest and found lots of similar examples of hand painted walls. I feel like I started seeing this a lot after Kelly Wearstler’s staircase made its debut.
Kristin also did a really fun wall in her living room several years ago and I found a few more interesting takes here:
Ultimately, I like the pattern below best and would opt for lighter lines drawn on top of a darker shade but nothing too bold in contrast. I also like that you can scale the size any way you want to fit your space–and taste. It’s a great trick for a smaller spot like a nook, entryway or powder room.
At this point, I’m just pondering but it always helps to throw your idea out for everyone’s (differing) opinions. ;)
I did a wall of large, overlapping, free-hand circles at the shop and everyone went bananas over it! I think large scale is so dramatic (and much less time-consuming to paint!). Love love!
Emily Clark says
I’d love to see this. I can’t find your IG account! Thought it might be on there :)
I am absolutely obsessed with this look! I love it in contrast to more traditional elements and can totally see it working in your space. Also, check spoonflower… I’ve seen papers mimicking some of the higher end designs… les touches and KW channels for sure so maybe something like your inspo as well :) Looking forward to seeing what you do!
Emily Clark says
Yes, Spoonflower is great. That’s where I got the green paper :)
Personally, I know I would get tired of that. And, I’m not 100% you won’t think the painted abstract wall is just as busy and still be spinning when you consider a patterned rug. However, it’s just paint. What’s the worst that could happen? You paint over it in six months? Paint’s cheap!
Emily Clark says
My thoughts exactly!
I like the idea – although execution would probably be more complex than I’d undertake myself. One thing I notice is that the background color or color blobs (on the last two images especially) looks very softly textured in some way. It lends important complexity to the effect and makes me think these are not lines on top of a contrast color, but color and finishing techniques in large abstract forms on top of ivory or white. Thus ‘my oooh yes’ has shades of ‘you go first’. :D
Robbie Zeller says
Emily you have wonderful taste and I like your adventurous spirit! This may be a bit on the wilder side for me. You always make things look great!
I have been obsessed with that coral staircase forever!!!!!! I liked Kristin’s outcome as well. DO IT!!!! If you do it, I’ll do it :)
Positive peer pressure!
I can’t wait to see what you do – I will probably copy it in my foyer :) I love tan and white.
I love the wallpaper and I love your blog. There are times I think I will not like something you choose but I always come around. But this wall,I can’t imagine I would like it. But who knows, maybe you will convince me just like you always do😀
Karen L. says
Well, you asked…….it’s just way too jarring for me to live with, even in a pass-through space. But I always love your ideas so I’d feel different seeing it in your lovely home. Just not in mine, haha!
I love the idea, but I’d play it safer and get a tonal wallpaper or stencil in a more traditional pattern (like your green wallpaper, but more tone-on-tone). I’m excited to see what you do, though!
Jennifer Reil says
I understand the longing to change things up, but I love your wallpaper!
I can’t wait to see what you ultimately decide on. I think your idea of going with less contrast between colors is a good one.
Susie Q says
Paint may be cheap but your time is valuable, not to mention the time spent thinking about it. It seems like a trend to me, sorry. I also really like your wallpaper, it is bold. Sorry I most always love your ideas but not on board with this one.
Oooooh! I really like this!