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How Wallpaper Can Transform A Space

Wallpaper is back and hotter than ever! I love using wallpapers in my designs. There are so many gorgeous options available these days, and my design team and I feel like kids in a candy store when we have all of the samples laid out for selections! Wallpaper is such a wonderful way to express your style and it can completely transform a space.

Below is one of most recent designs, where we paired the paper with painted panels to create an elegant guest bedroom. The panels break up the wallpaper a bit, which allowed us to use a dramatic floral print without overwhelming the space.  Florals are a big wallpaper trend for 2022. When using florals, the scale of the flowers in the patterns is important.  Keep in mind that large prints can make small rooms appear even smaller, so choose accordingly. For smaller rooms, you should use smaller prints.

Interior Design by Krista W. Alterman, Photo by Eve Greendale. Wallpaper is by Kravet.

Interior Design by Krista W. Alterman, Photo by Eve Greendale. Wallpaper is by Kravet.

When I choose wallpaper, I always consider the lighting in the space. Dark and textured wallpaper tend to make a room look a bit smaller if there isn’t a lot of natural light.  So I always make sure to have gorgeous light fixtures and plenty of lighting installed to ensure a warm glow.

Interior Design by Krista W. Alterman, Photo by Eve Greendale. Dyed Raffia Wallpaper is by Schumacher.

I like to go bold in the powder room!  Its a great place to make a big design statement and do something fun.  Since a powder room is small and self contained, you don’t have to worry as much about a loud pattern clashing with other spaces. Also, since you don’t need as many rolls, you can splurge a bit on something truly fabulous.

Interior Design by Krista W. Alterman, Photo by Jessica Glynn. Wallpaper is by Wallquest.

Using organic wallpaper really works well in coastal homes. I love using natural materials like we did in this guest room below.  The wallpaper is made from organic seagrass.  It adds beautiful texture to the space.

Wallpaper on the ceiling can truly bring drama and wow factor.  It is a fun way to add a bit of unexpected character to a room.  I tend to look at the ceiling as a fifth wall, it shouldn’t be neglected!

Interior Design by Krista W. Alterman, Photo by Jessica Glynn. Ceiling Wallpaper is by Philip Jeffries.

This is another fun ceiling installation that we did in the Widow’s Walk of a coastal home that leads out to a rooftop deck with views of the ocean.  I love how the wallpaper sets the whole tone of the space, giving it a nautical and coastal vibe.

Interior Design by Krista W. Alterman, Photo by Eve Greendale. Wallpaper is by Wallquest.

There are so many stunning choices for wallpaper today, and they just keep getting better and better.  Gucci has a line out and we recently used Dolce and Garbana wallpaper in a chic townhouse we designed in Miami Beach.

Interior Design by Krista W. Alterman, Photo by Jessica Glynn. Wallpaper by House of Scalamandre.

Interior Design by Krista W. Alterman, Photo by Jessica Glynn. Wallpaper is by Orlean Wallcoverings.

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