As a renter, Nicolette de Waart was limited in the changes she could make. She opted to personalize the home with vintage wallpaper in her sons’ room, covering just a single wall with the paper to keep the space from feeling overrun with color.
A print of tropical plants accents the wall above a headboard in designer Gesa Hansen's Paris apartment. Placed in a clean rectangular frame bordered by crown molding, the spare application provides a backdrop for a room otherwise accented with white and wood.
Built-in sofas, an Eames rocker, a stool by G Plan, and concrete tiles outfit the living area of designer Orla Kiely's home in London. She chose a neutral charcoal finish for the Malm fireplace to balance the green linoleum floor and wallpaper—her own design: Rhododendron in Sunflower.
For the bedrooms in this Barragan-inspired home in Los Angeles, the residents and architect Linda Taalman sourced wallpaper from Walnut. In regards to the color scheme, owner Laura Devis says, “In Latin America, we’re not afraid of color. Pink occurs in nature. It’s everywhere in the tropics. For us, it isn’t considered ‘girlie.'”
Though it's technically made of tile, the red-and-white wall pattern in resident Anna Horne's home in Australia gives a great graphic accent. She sourced the Tunisian tiles directly from a manufacturer online: “When I requested this specific tile in red, it just happened to be the perfect red, so I went with my gut instinct.” Framed against the tile background is a freestanding heater by Nectre. Horne bought the hepsi kilim on a trip to Turkey and found the large leather ottoman at a bazaar in Istanbul. The small ottoman is from Country Road.
Frédéric Bonnin and Cécile Figuette launched their wallpaper studio, Minakani Walls, in 2009 following the launch of their illustration studio in 2005. The Paris-based company offers patterns on non-woven paper (i.e., it won't stretch) that can be sized to fit individual rooms.
On an 18th-century farmstead in rural Sweden, two Copenhagen designers handcrafted a summerhouse that seamlessly melds the modern and the traditional. Instead of affixing it onto a wall, resident Mette Lyng Hansen steamed and framed remnants of 19th-century wallpaper found during the renovation.
Patterned entry wallpaper on alternating walls—like this home designed by young New York startup HomePolish—makes a bold statement.