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Wonderful Wall Coverings

Some have beautiful murals, some have bold graphics, and others add subtle shimmer. We’re talking about wall coverings. Click through to see how these gorgeous patterns can accentuate any space.

Written and produced by Julianne Hilmes
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  • Werner Straube

    Here, Schumacher paper on the walls in black Monaco Damask creates a graphic first impression in the entry.

    Interior Design: Tobi Fairley

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  • Jonny Valiant

    Plump Pineapple

    Large-scale pineapples on the entry hall’s Studio Printworks wallpaper are almost as tall as six-year-old Prentiss.

    Interior Design: Katie Brown

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  • Gordon Beall

    Perfectly Pink

    Crisscross- and trellis-patterned fabric and wallpaper, both from China Seas, envelop the master bedroom in soft pink.

    Interior Design: Dee Elms and Andrew Terrat

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  • Mark Edward Harris and Michael McCreary

    Great Outdoors

    A hand-blocked Zuber wall covering depicting a French landscape enhances the breakfast room’s connection to the outdoors.

    Interior Design: Timothy Corrigan

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  • John Bessler and Squire Fox

    Salmon & Seaweed

    Designer Katie Ridder’s “Seaweed” wallpaper in lavender is featured in the butler’s pantry of the Hampton Designer Showhouse.

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    Interior Design: Kate Ridder

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  • John Bessler and Jonny Valiant

    Buttery Yellow

    “It all started with the wallpaper,” says designer Keith Carroll. “When I saw it, I was intrigued. It looked very traditional but upon closer look was quite out there!” The Scalamandré “Chien de Pompeii” wallpaper in buttercream adorns what Carroll calls “the bedroom of world travelers with great taste.”

    Interior Design: Keith Carroll

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  • Malchalite Mood

    At the 2012 Holiday House Designer Showcase, “Malchalite” wallpaper from Fornasetti for Cole & Son draws the eye in Lee W. Robinson’s Chinese New Year room.

    Interior Design: Lee Robinson

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  • Robert Brantley

    Floral Forest

    Wrapped in a hand-blocked linen fabric with red flowers, the guest bedroom features a French Suite that includes a settee and matching chairs. The paper-backed fabric is a Jim Thrope antique hand-print.

    Interior Design: Jack Fhillips

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  • John Besler and Jonny Valiant

    Artsy & Ethereal

    Walls in this artist’s studio are covered in a kaleidoscopic Idarica Gazzoni wallpaper that somehow manages to be simultaneously dramatic and ethereal.

    Interior Design: Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat

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  • Emily Followill

    Glorious Green

    A floral paper in green and metallic gold directs the palette in this bedroom. The Brewster paper is from designer Jack Pole’s unique wallpaper boutique, wallpaperyourworld.com, which offers timeless designs in a sustainable format.

    Interior Design: Jack Pole

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  • Gordon Beall

    Pop of Pink

    A wall of “Mardale” red floral wallpaper by Cowtan & Tout enlivens the otherwise neutral master bath.

    Interior Design: Dee Elms and Andrew Terrat

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  • Werner Straube

    Elegant in Emerald

    The mouthwatering hues of an emerald green de Gournay wallpaper lend themselves to unpredictable pairings like daring orange, a color drawn from the silk background.

    Interior Design: Melissa Warner

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  • Peter Krumhardt

    Traditional Toast

    “Woolverston Toast” wallpaper by Cole & Son is a gorgeous traditional print in a neutral hue.

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  • Werner Straube

    Dainty Details

    Blue-and-white Osborne & Little chinoiserie wallpaper with a metallic sheen dresses up a tiny guest bedroom.

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    Interior Design: Julie Massucco Kleiner

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  • Pump it Up

    Striped wallpaper by Dedar in creamy ivory and gold pumps up the walls in the dining room. Turquoise backs on the dining chairs provide a dramatic contrast.
     
    Interior Design: Megan Perry Yorgancioglu

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  • Werner Straube

    Flora & Fauna

    Hand-painted wallpaper from Fromental in a delightful green is eye-catching in the entry.

    Interior Design: Samantha Todhunter

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  • Werner Straube

    Vintage Vibes

    Ivory and gold “Madrid” wall covering by Scalamandré and a chandelier from Century Lighting give the master bedroom a vintage feel.

    Interior Design: Martin Horner

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  • Dominique Vorillon

    Cute Creatures

    “When I saw the Lulu DK embroidered animal print, I knew I had to cover the walls with that,” says interior designer Carla Lane. The playful fabric became the springboard for this blue-and-green nursery.

    Interior Design: Carla Lane

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  • Frankie Frankeny

    Candy Crush

    Fanciful “Tamara” wallpaper from Osborne and Little coordinates perfectly with myriad jars of similarly colored candies.

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  • Jonny Valiant

    Gray Scale

    Art Nouveau-style wallpaper from Cole & Son in the master bedroom complements a vintage Eames chair.

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  • Blue Hues

    Creating a subtle backdrop for the turquoise chest of drawers is “Vizir” wallpaper from Princes & Crows.

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  • John Ellis

    Retro Appeal

    Lively wallpaper by China Seas wraps the room in a high-contrast cream-on-brown pattern with retro appeal.

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  • Grey Crawford

    Mighty Mural

    Elegant scenic wallpaper from de Gournay is above the wainscoting. It honors the homeowner’s old-world sensibility, but in a youthful, kicky palette of orange and pink.

    Interior Design: Ruthie Sommers

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  • Jonny Valiant

    Powerful Pattern

    “Orchid” Cole & Son wallpaper covers just one wall in the den to avoid overpowering the small space.

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  • Bruce Buck

    Shimmery Setting

    Dramatic, shimmery, hand-painted wallpaper from de Gournay is the star of this elegant dining room. Design tip: Make the most of a wallpaper’s background. The light and airy base color plays up reflective accessories that enhance its luxurious shimmer.

    Interior Design: Gerald Pomeroy

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  • John Bessler

    Serene Setting

    In her room at the 2011 Holiday House Designer Showcase, Eileen Kathryn Boyd digitally printed a lavender watercolor for use as a serene and spellbinding wall covering. “Because the architecture is all squares and panels, I wanted to overlay it with something organic that had movement and flow,” she explains.

    Interior Design: Eileen Kathryn Boyd

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  • Joe Standart

    Soothing Bedroom

    A soft-blue tufted headboard from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams set the tone for the master bedroom. Rose-patterned wallpaper designed by Ted Tyler is soothing in shades of muted gray.

    Interior Design: Mariette Himes Gomez and Brooke Gomez

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  • Werner Straube

    Corn Bred

    Brunchswig & Fils’ corn-motif wallpaper in the entry honors homeowner Kristi’s Indiana roots.

    Interior Design: Kristi M. Nelson

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  • John Bessler and Jonny Valiant

    Punchy Paper

    In the butler’s pantry, patterned wallpaper from Meg Braff Designs packs a punch. “I liked the idea of something nautical and summery yet sophisticated,” says Braff. “I love adding pattern to the walls when there is little other decorative interest in the room.”

    Interior Design: Meg Braff

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  • Karyn R. Millet

    Haute Herringone

    The large dining room is all about high drama and fun. Using overscaled elements—a herringbone wallpaper by Idarica Gazzoni, a Swedish-style carved mirror, and a large antique dining table—sets a lively mood for parties.

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    Interior Design: Joe Lucas

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  • Werner Straube

    Glamorous Gold

    The bedroom’s palette—gold, coral, and creamy white—creates a warm glow. “Auska” wallpaper from Osborne & Little is simply elegant.

    Interior design: Melissa Warner

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  • John Bessler and Jonny Valiant

    Crabby Cute

    In the 2011 Hampton Designer Showhouse, Katie Ridder’s whimsical yet modern “Crab” wallpaper lines the rear hall adjoining the kitchen.

    Interior Design: Katie Ridder

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  • John Granen

    Silver Scene

    In the dining room, de Gournay custom wallpaper sets the scene, while an antique crystal chandelier and sconces add dazzle, with a simple sisal rug serving as a quiet backdrop.

    Interior Design: Carrie Hayden

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  • Werner Straube

    Moody Blues

    A custom table, 1970s Lucite-and-brass bar stools, and Farrow & Ball “Silvergate” wallpaper create a glamorous corner in the billiards room.

    Interior Design: Melanie Elston

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  • Emily Followill

    Light & Lovely

    A pretty and whimsical wall covering livens up the Swedish-inspired dining room.

    Interior Design: Lillian August

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  • Dominique Vorillon

    Nice & Neutral

    “Safran” print by Designer’s Guild from Osborne & Little covers the walls in Sela Ward’s light-filled work space.

    Interior Design: Ann Runyon Carter

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  • John Bessler and Squire Fox

    Garden Green

    In this cheery sitting room, an Osborne & Little wallpaper is “a dizzy contemporary version of papers from the period between the wars in Britain,” says designer Ellen Hamilton.

    Interior Design: Ellen Hamilton

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  • Werner Straube

    Simple Silver

    To complement the “Charleston Damask” wallcovering by Ronald Redding and define the perimeter in style, painted white wood floors are bordered in silver-leaf stripes.

    Interior Design: Gail Plechaty

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  • Werner Straube

    Trellis Time

    In the master bedroom, walls covered with Kelly Wearstler’s trellis paper are complemented by Celerie Kemble’s “Hot House Flowers” linen print on the headboard, pillows, chairs, and a bench.

    Interior Design: Tobi Fairley

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  • Werner Straube

    Zebra Zig-Zag

    Wallpaper with leaping zebras, Scalamandré’s signature print, and shimmering golden accents—mirror, fixtures, and lighting—jazz up the powder room.

    Interior Design: Melissa Warner

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  • Robert Brantley

    Lovely & Ladylike

    A floral wall covering provides texture, while yards upon yards of salmon silk taffeta from Scalamandré decorate the windows in this strictly feminine space.

    Interior Design: Nancy Pearson

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  • Werner Straube

    Clean Green

    Clarence House wallpaper in green adorns the master bath’s walls; a French antique stained glass window lights up the space.

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  • Exuberant Blue

    The dining room’s exuberant wallpaper is from Cole & Son, while simple matchstick blinds relax formality.

    Interior Design: Jeff Andrews

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  • John Bessler

    Pleasantly Pale

    Of the Schumacher wallpaper chosen for the dining room, homeowner Sallie says it’s “very pale and old-fashioned.”

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  • Werner Straube

    Whimsical Wallpaper

    Along with its black marble sink surround and painted black-framed mirror, the handsome powder room features a whimsical tree-patterned wallpaper from Donghia.

    Interior Design: Gail Plechaty

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  • Peter Dressel

    Easter Egg Turquoise

    Turquoise velvet damask covers a fanciful chair, and a geometric Osborne & Little wallpaper patterns the walls in the Easter-themed room of the 2011 Holiday House Designer Showcase.

    Interior Design: Jennifer Duneier

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