“I was inspired to use this wallpaper as I had seen it used in a house in London to great effect and have always looked for a space in which to use it,” says Timothy Godbold, who finally got to put up Muriva’s Books Faux Effect wallpaper in a Sag Harbor, New York, home. “For this project, we had a small nook which could easily have been full of leftovers, but I wanted it to be a comfy nook you could escape to at the top of the house, read a book quietly or forget you have two screaming children downstairs.”
Photo by Rikki Snyder
“The space was inspired by my favorite room in the world, which I’ve only ever seen in photos: the Zodiac Suite aboard the Andrea Doria, which sank in 1952,” Doug Meyer says of this Miami penthouse living room. “It was designed by Piero Fornasetti and Giò Ponti. What inspired me were the walls — silk-screen images of symbols of the zodiac done in blue and white. I created my version with shells since the project is on the beach.”
Color also played an important role in the design. “The color palette of pink, purple and white is a combination I have loved since I was a kid,” Meyer says. “When I was 10 years old, after much pleading, yelling and pouting, I convinced my mother to have my bedroom painted all pink.”
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“The sunny yellows work very well to brighten the bedroom and the black created a modern and bold pop,” Tamara Eaton says of the Osborne and Little wallpaper in this Brooklyn townhouse. “I selected this wallpaper because it is a modern twist on a very traditional silhouette, so for a bedroom it’s a fun mix of styles.”
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In this Westport, Connecticut, bedroom, Matthew Patrick Smyth adorned the walls with Madras Violot by Cole & Son, or Lee Jofa in the United States. “I used it because even though the design dates to the 1860s, it still has a fresh and happy effect,” Smyth says. “It is a great background for the rooms — simple shapes and solid fabrics. It’s a period design that plays well with others!”
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The bespoke wallpaper in this Greenwich Village penthouse‘s stairway is meant to highlight a typically neglected space, according to designer Rafael De Cárdenas. The wallpaper is by artist collective Assume Vivid Astro Focus.
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Rafael de Cárdenas chose a bespoke de Gournay wallpaper for the dining room of his London residence, which also features a Maison Charles Bubble chandelier, a Karl Springer table of lacquered goat skin from Talisman and Grosfeld House klismos chairs from High Style Deco.
Photo by Simon Upton
Thomas Jayne of Jayne Design Studio gave each of the rooms of this two-bedroom Manhattan apartment a distinct theme and personality, much like rooms found in grand historic houses. For this bedroom, he selected a densely patterned Chinese mural to give it richness and depth, but placed furniture with simple lines and materials with soft textures for balance. The Gracie wallpaper design is called Summer Harvest.
Photo by Pieter Estersohn
“This is my favorite wallpaper of all time,” Alexandra Loew says of the pattern she used in this Upper East Side apartment. “It’s called Lascaux, as in the ancient cave drawings discovered in Lascaux, France, but it also feels like a Keith Haring graphic. I love anything that feels like a fusion between primitive and 1980s, and this one really hits that spot. It’s aggressive, rather than cute or playful, but also sedate.” The design is by Alan Campbell and the paper is available through Quadrille. It also comes in a coordinating fabric, which Loew used in the laundry room off this powder room.
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“Our client is a world traveler and art collector and patron whose varied collection includes Chinese blue and white porcelain,” Kelly Behun says of decorating the master bedroom of this Manhattan apartment. “She is a something of a color expert and wanted this very specific shade of blue, with the scene rendered in silver metallic.” The wallpaper is from Gracie’s series of hand-painted Chinese motifs based on scenes painted in the 18th century. The Duck Feet lamps are by Porta Romana, and the Racket chair is by the Campana Brothers.
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The kitchen of this cottage in New York’s Hudson Valley features Harlem Toile de Jouy wallpaper. Designer Sheila Bridges says, “It is my own design and thought it would brighten up the small space with color and pattern — particularly because the space had black wood paneling.”
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When designing the guest bedrooms at Timothy Corrigan’s home in France, Château du Grand-Lucé, “the idea was to have at least one room that would please every kind of visitor,” he says. “Chambre des Papillons is one of my guests’ favorite rooms, the couples especially,” Corrigan says of the space shown above.
He named it after the butterfly motif found in the Waverly wallpaper. “Typically, I wouldn’t opt for a decorative wall treatment so strong in a space this big, as it can seem overpowering, but the room overlooks the garden, and I wanted it to feel like a part of the natural environment.”
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Floral wallpaper by Lee Jofa brightens up the mudroom of this Long Island, New York, family home by Kemble Interiors.
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