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Growing up, I recall many borderline-offensive kitchens and/or dining rooms covered in cheap, nausea-inducing wallpaper. Perhaps that’s why my generation, kids who went to high school in the mid-1990’s, consider decorating with wallcovering so despicable. Well, it’s time to SNAP OUT OF IT [Cher slaps Nicolas]! There’s only so much one can do with eggshell enamel until the need for texture, sheen and pattern come into play.

For interior designers, wallcovering hasn’t really ever gone out of style. Sure, to the general public, it may have disappeared for 15 years; however, any high-end designer home created in the past decade is certain to have a few rooms sporting a variety of options from grasscloth to toile. If you’re borderline-interested in the possibility of wallpaper for your own home, here’s a few options sure to get your design mojo flowing. Now, as far as wallpaper BORDERS are concerned, let’s just go ahead and completely erase those from history. The world will be a better place.

Graham & Brown www.grahambrown.com
Hands down, the best source for wallpaper online. The UK-based company offers collections from huge designers such as Kelly Hoppen, Amy Butler and Barbara Hulanicki. Sure, their products are amazing; however, their prices will leave your jaw on the floor too.

“Fountain” by Amy Butler

 Hicks by Kelly Hoppen
 Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen’s Helsinki

 “Countess” in Charcoal/Plum
 Hula by Barbara Hulanicki

Paper My Walls www.papermywalls.com
If you’re looking for grasscloth, Paper My Walls offers great colors and textures at low to medium price-points. Their greens, browns and tans tend to be the richest and look the most high-end.

  Asian Splendor in Tan on Black

Decorator Grasscloth in Green

Wallpaper Collective www.wallpapercollective.com
Wallpaper Collective has an incredible selection of playful, vintage prints ideal for kids’ rooms, midcentury-modern homes and bachelor pads. Price-points are upper-medium to high; the wallpapers are artisanal, ranging from mom-and-pop shops to designer lines including Aimee Wilder and Marimekko. My personal favorites are “Robots” and “Analog Nights,” two wallpapers I’m determined to try in a bachelor pad and kids’ room.

Squirrels in Latte
  La Cage in Midnight on White Mylar

Large Pencil in Bone

Analog Nights in Fudgsicle

If your girl loves robots as much as your boy does, you’re in luck. Robots comes in two color ways: red and classic.

Jonathan Adler www.jonathanadler.com
If you’re up for high-end retro, Jonathan Adler is the way to go. Overall, Adler has the most colorful and happy selection out there.

Bamboo in green

Greek Key

Syrie in Blue & Silver

147 Responses

  1. pixelecho69 says:

    There is so much to chose from ! all you need is a little imagination and you can do so much with wallpaper I can go crazy with all the variety out there.

  2. Amy PureHome says:

    Great recommendations! With wallpaper making a strong comeback knowing where to go to purchase quality wallpaper is very helpful.

  3. you just quoted moonstruck, and now i'm in 7th heaven. those wallpapers are helping, too!

  4. Lisa G says:

    I have wallpaper selections in a virtual cart as I type. I love the look that can be created. Paint can't do that.

  5. @30DTFML says:

    Such a great collection! I'd love to use the squirrel paper somewhere for my brother, who grew up with the nickname "Acorn" due to our sort-of-similar-sounding-but-not-really last name. He'd probably be more excited about the Analog Nights option though… Both are being bookmarked.

    And I'm OBSESSED with the ostrich print. I've already decided that our first house (which we're currently searching for–finally!) must have a half bath just so I can paper it in the orange version. Love!

  6. Nichole says:

    Brian: what to you think of Thaibut wallpaper? I was thinking of a design by them for my downstairs den…

  7. Brian Patrick Flynn says:

    Y'all should definitely look into these vendors. I've used them all at some point and the results were SICK. I use Graham & Brown 80% of the time and no, they did not just pay me to say that. But I wish they would. Then I could wallpaper my front yard on their dime. Maybe I could even wallpaper my dogs and my car too. #WallpaperInterventionStarringBrianPatrickFlynn

  8. HGTV_Kelley says:

    Loving the Greek Key from Adler. I'd do my whole house in that preppy design, I swan!

  9. Rosaline says:

    These samples are the Ugliest I have ever seen and I've used wallpaper all my life. Where are the pretty ones???

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