If you’re just tuning in, we’re making over our nursery in 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge (check out the before here). It’s week 3, and just like last season when we participated, we’re doing it and sharing it in real time. Meaning, the progress you see, is right where we’re at. Last week, we left you with the addition of molding (and earlier this week, we shared how we painted it all).
But this week, the wallpaper went up and everything changed. Initially, I had my eye on this cloud mural–which is gorgeous!–but since there was no repeat, it couldn’t be applied to more than one or two walls. For several days I tried to push it and think of ways that we could make it work, but in my gut I knew that a one-walled mural, especially above wainscoting, was not the look I was going for.
I still loved the idea of clouds, and if you love cloud wallpaper, you know there’s one that’s the be all, end all of cloud wallpapers–Cole & Son’s Fornasetti II Nuvolette. I went on wallpaperdirect.com and put the nursery’s dimensions into their wallpaper calculator to see how much we would need. 2 rolls. 2 rolls! Even though it was expensive, that felt doable! That felt worth it! I ordered a sample of each color way so that we could make an educated decision if we were going to go this route.
The samples arrived before we put up the trim, but I tacked them up here so you could see. The most popular, and the one you have probably seen several places is the black and white one (3rd from the left). While it’s beautiful, I wanted something different in here. For half a day, we loved the light blue, but I worried long term that it would feel cold. I saw one corner of a room that used that dark color way (it’s called charcoal, I think, but it’s really more navy) and it was stunning! I mean, really takes your breath away. I searched high and low for an example of the first one, the soft creamy tan one, used in a room and couldn’t find a real-life example. But, I was so drawn to the warmth and softness. I sat on it for a couple days and knew that creamy white one was the one. The one that would work so well in a nursery and transition down the road if we wanted to, as well. I tracked down a 20% off coupon and ordered 2 rolls.
When it arrived, there was actually 4 rolls. Two “A” rolls and two “B” rolls. They are to be hung a half drop from each other and it’s a paste the wall application and…Gah!!! I didn’t want to mess this up. We 100% hired this part out. Know your limits, right?
It took our guy about 5 hours to complete the room and there was one part, to the right of the window (right after I took this picture below), that he made a mistake on and had to take down. It was a tricky pattern to keep straight, even for a professional.
We love it so much. The room feels larger and has so much depth to it. The pattern is stunning and moving, but still so soft and serene.
The only problem we’re having now is I’m positively dreading hanging anything on the walls, haha. How can I possibly put a hole in it?! We only have a few small ideas for what we’d like to hang, but mostly, plan on letting the wallpaper keep the interest. Of course, we’ll keep you posted. ;)
You can check out how the other ORC participants are doing through the links below:
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