In case you missed the announcement in our Love Letter, the wallpaper is officially installed in the laundry room, and I could not be ANY MORE IN LOVE!
My ultimate goal for the laundry room was to create a space that is fresh, clean, bright, and a little utilitarian (the straight-laid tile floors definitely bring that). With the checkered floor, I wanted a wallpaper that could break up all the lines and would liven up the room a bit. And these lovely warm white colors with delicate florals and curved, ornate lines do just that!
In honor of the laundry room wallpaper finally going in, I’m feeling reminiscent. I want to take a trip down memory lane to remember all of the different types of wallpaper I have used in our homes. These goodies deserve to be brought back out of the archives.
While a fresh coat of paint can really change a room, wallpaper can completely transform it. So let’s get to it, shall we?
First on the docket is the gorgeous mural wallpaper in our Colonial home study. I have a hunch that mural wallpapers will start trending – I mean, what’s not to love?! They are the epitome of traditional elegance, and the wallpaper in the study is no exception. This wallpaper adds so much depth and dimension to the study, turning it into a real show stopper.
The powder bath in our Colonial home is the perfect mix of modern and traditional thanks to the penny tile and this gorgeous, classic, pinstripe wallpaper. This wallpaper was the first thing I picked in the room, and I originally chose it to show off the height of this 10′ room! This bathroom all came together because of this organic wallpaper that takes this tucked away bathroom to a whole new level.
This next wallpaper will always have a special place in my heart since it was in the first room our girls shared. After struggling with secondary infertility for four years, I didn’t know if Greta would ever get the chance to share a room with a sibling, so this space will always be extra special in my heart. I wanted this room to be nice and cozy, and that forest-themed wallpaper was the perfect statement that tied it all together.
Remember this entryway in Idaho? This was one of the first wallpaper designs I experimented with in an effort to bring some fun, playful dimension into our entryway. The black and white pattern was originally chosen to compliment the once blue bench and natural wood mirror I had in the entry. Yet, both eventually got replaced, but the wallpaper stayed. Funny how things shift and change in unexpected ways – but generally in a way that is even better than you originally planned.
The next wallpaper was in our girls’ office space in our Modern Cottage. This study was one of the first rooms you saw when walking in through the front door. Originally I kept it stocked with craft supplies, and it was a room for the girls to create. But, after COVID hit and they began doing virtual school, it became their new office space. That’s when I decided to spruce it up so it looked less “executive office” and more of a fun room for them to learn and do schoolwork. This gorgeous wallpaper did just the trick, turning this room into a whimsical classroom/office.
Let’s talk about the wallpaper we used in Faye’s bedroom in the Modern Cottage, which was inspired by her wish to have a princess room like Anna’s in Frozen. The wallpaper in this room is what pulled it all together. Once that was decided, I could pick the paint color, drapes, and finishing touches that gave the entire room a feel that was fit for royalty.
The yellow striped wallpaper in the cottage playroom made this spot bright, fresh, and sunny. It’s hard to believe the before and after of this room. That red carpet still gives me the ick. 😬 A lesson I learned during this project that I will never forget is that peel and stick wallpaper and textured walls are not a match made in heaven. However, what would life be if there weren’t hiccups along the way?
Once upon a time, this subtle wallpaper in Greta’s room had her screaming with excitement. It was the perfect pattern for a pre-teen girl’s room. Not too grown up or too childish. This wallpaper job ended up being one of the most intricate, with three door frames and tall slanted walls. We ended up hiring out help for this one, nothing wrong with knowing your limits.
The wallpaper in our cottage’s primary bathroom gives so much personality and oomph! With how busy the wallpaper is, I went for a less is more with the rest of the decor and finishes. The brass warms up the wallpaper a bit, but not too much that it takes away from its busy yet elegant beauty.
Now this wallpaper is still one of my very favorites and most missed. The soft florals with the charcoal and cream brought so much softness to the bathroom. This bathroom was one of my first and most controversial design decisions; people had some opinions about the green tile I used in the shower. But the wallpaper buttered everyone back up again. I mean, just looooook! 😍
The wallpaper in Polly’s room makes the space feel like it came from a storybook!! It’s like straight out of every child’s dreams. The horses. The lions. The treeeees! I will never get tired of looking at this timeless and mesmerizing wallpaper.
I opted for an organic and traditional-looking wallpaper for the Colonial hallway. Those elegant lines pair SO well with the organic toile. While this hallway isn’t especially large, it gets used quite a bit as you have to walk through it to get to the garage, the bonus room, laundry room, and playroom. And every time I walk through this hallway, those lines give me a little serotonin boost.
Have you learned by now that I love thinking outside the box? Polly’s room in the cottage had plum color walls that somehow seemed to just perfectly match her personality. Then we added wallpaper to the ceiling, which was the perfect special touch. Especially when the light hit the metallic medallions, the whole room looked magical.
For the last wallpaper, let’s take it all the way back to Polly’s first bedroom. I wanted her nursery to feel soft, serene, and calm. A place for her to hopefully sleep blissfully for many hours at a time. 😅 And this wallpaper felt so dreamy, like waking up inside a happy little cloud. This room ended up being the perfect nursery for Polly girl, and it wouldn’t have been the same without that beautiful wallpaper.
Oh boy, we did it! We went over all the different wallpaper I have used throughout our homes. Some tears may have been shed as I re-read some Charly posts. And some big smiles were had as I remembered the various stories along with the wallpaper, like when I stubbornly spent hours trying to wallpaper textured walls in the cottage playroom that kept bubbling before admitting defeat. Hey, that tenacity is what kept me blogging and sharing this journey throughout all these years, so I’ll take the lighthearted reminders. Which wallpaper that I have used is your favorite? I want to hear in the comments!
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