Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Framed Wallpaper Obsession

One of the most important factors of any design scheme is budget.   We all want a high-end look, but we don't always have the $$ to spend, especially on non-functional decor.  The best & most creative designers are those who can exceed a client's expectations no matter how restrictive a budget may be.  

If you don't have the money to wallpaper an entire room, one technique I love is to frame wallpaper.  Framing wallpaper rather than papering an entire wall allows you to incorporate a bold pattern you love on a smaller scale.  Paneling the same pattern three times and grouping it gives continuity and flow to the space.  It also acts as artwork!


Even if you do have the funds to cover your walls, hanging panels of wallpaper with a little space in between each creates visual interest.  As you can see in this room, the continuity is still there, but the separate panels almost give a museum-like feel to the room:

One thing that seems to give people a lot of trouble is picking artwork for their homes. 
If your budget is very limited, or if you only want to add a dash of pattern to your space, use wallpaper as artwork!  Frame it and you have an instant canvas.  

I think I'm going to buy a few rolls of this hand-painted Anya Larkin wallpaper and frame them.  Delicious, no?!

Would you incorporate this look in to your own home?


  1. I love this look! There are some wallpapers I absolutely LOVE but could never afford to do a whole room in. Its a great idea!

  2. great, affordable idea! i love the Anya Larkin wallpaper!

  3. Such a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

    xo, Christina


  4. Ok... I am obsessed with this and mad at myself for not ever thinking of this idea. So glad you posted :)

  5. Yes! Love this especially since taking down wall paper is one of my least favorite things. I have helped take it down in almost every room in my parents' home. And if I can't find wallpaper, I wouldn't mind framing some wrapping paper!

  6. This is SUCH a chic concept. Love it.

  7. Absolutely! This creates such an inviting parlor feel.



  8. LOVE this. talk about bang for your buck!

  9. cute!!; DD


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  10. I love the beautifully classic look of framed wallpaper...it's such a wonderful idea!

  11. Absolutely I would!! I love the look! You have a great round-up here. Also, if you move and you have your framed wallpaper....it moves with you! So your investment has an even greater return!

  12. Oh, I really love this!!! Talk about statement walls!!! Feeling inspired by this look, for sure! XO brynn

  13. I love wallpaper, but it is a lot of work.. Love the idea of putting it into a panel! Great post!


  14. Love this idea!! I actually really appreciate it as there are so many gorgeous wallpapers out there I'd love to use, but since I'm living in a leased townhouse, can't actually install. Love the compromise of simply framing some-- all of the payoff of the pattern without the commitment!

  15. This is such a gorgeous way to add a pretty accent to a room. Love it!

    The Glossy Life

  16. Absolutely love this look! You're right, it's a cost effective and GREAT way to bring a unique look to any room.
    Isn’t That Charming.

  17. That Anya paper is amazing!! I would love it! I did incorporate this idea into my bedroom and we've been really happy with it.

  18. yes definitely! I have already in my bedroom :)


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