Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Foyer : Wallpaper

Wallpaper is a sometimes difficult design element to fit in your home. Many of you live in homes where the walls seamlessly blend into other spaces, leaving you with a question of where to stop the paper. In a foyer, you can usually stop the paper easily, and make a big impact with very little money - thanks to the narrow square footage.

Whether you choose a natural paper like grasscloth, or a very expensive hand painted paper from a paper maker like de Gournay or Gracie Studio, the foyer is the perfect place to make the investment. My two favorite wallpapers for the foyer:

Chinoiserie:

Miles
Designer Credit: Miles Redd

Chinoiserie Wallpaper in Foyer
Tory Burch's Foyer

Design Credit: Thomas Jayne

Design Credit: Parish Hadley

Found: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles
And although I know this is not a foyer, it's an example of a way you can get the look of a fully papered foyer without the commitment. Most Chinoiserie papers come in numbered panels - making them incredibly easy to frame. 

Grasscloth:

Found: DecorPad

Designer Credit: SMW Design - TartanScot

But what happens if you're not the be all, end all when it comes to design decisions in your home; and your partner is absolutely against wallpaper? Well - there's always paint! And if you're looking to make a big impact in your foyer - think of going bold and dark:

Designer Credit: Courtney Giles

Looking for the perfect brown? Have your Benjamin Moore store mix up a sample of Martha Stewart Living: Monks Cloth. (If they can't do it for you - email me for the formula!) It's absolutely the most perfect gray brown for bedrooms and foyers. You won't be disappointed. I love the foyer above, because it shows how wonderfully the brown combines with antique gold frames, and jet black. You might remember that I dabbled with brown in my own foyer (for all of 20 days!) ...

And if bold and dark is just too gloomy, try something with a little more vibrant:

Designer Credit: Christopher Drake - House Beautiful

So there you have it - the end of week one of our Theme Weeks here on Color Outside the Lines. What did you think? Wanna keep going at it like this?





10 comments:

  1. I am enjoying these post very much! So many ideas to ponder and consider. Thank you! - Tammy

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  2. My mum has wallpaper in the foyer, too. I think it's a fabulous look! LOVE Tory Burch's foyer! The scalloped edges on the curtains in "Found: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles" are FAB!

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  3. Adore the Thomas Jayne room! Gorgeous paper.

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  4. Yes, yes - I love theme week. Love the Chinoiserie wallpapers and the grasscloth - my two favorites.

    So much so - I did faux versions of both in my house. It's fairly (relative term though) easy to do a faux grasscloth with a texture that I use. It comes out great. If you would ever want me to do a DIY for you on this...let me know, OK?

    Linda

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  5. I love theme week. Please keep it going. These wallpapers are lovely. I like the impact of it when you walk into a home. Unfortunately, my entryway is not a separate foyer or I would do that MS Monk's Cloth or grass cloth in a nano second. In fact, I think I my have found the new paint color for my guest bathroom.
    All the best...Victoria

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  6. I love both used grasscloth in my den and because my entry walls have curved edges I hand painted my own chinoiserie

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  7. I believe I will have to check out the MS's Monks Cloth. Thanks for the heads up!

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  8. SOS just lové all.
    It Will Hulpe me on m'y future Déco room
    Bravo
    Marrie Pierrette
    Magog

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  9. Hi there, I am going to try a faux leather wall and my base coat is Monk's Cloth Brown and I don't know if I am suppose to go lighter or darker with the glaze, any suggestions will be helpful, Thanks

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