Framing the Walls

I love wallpaper these days, just not necessarily stuck on walls. Framed patterns can give life and color to a room, but without being overwhelming in a small space, or expensive in a large one. And, if your landlord isn't into "love and leave it" with how you treat your walls, framed wallpaper is your best bet to getting a personalized look with panache. Great website Design Your Wall has hundreds of marvelous papers - and most are purchasable by the single roll. Grab a few inexpensive frames from Hobby Lobby or your local consignment store, and wah-la, you're in business! Below are some example rooms, and paper choices for your aspirations (all papers from Design Your Wall).

Graphic punch in a plain space. An easy way to coordinate your look. And if you already have a collection of colors for a room, just find a paper that matches!
Vintage zebra print
Silver bamboo screen print
Alice leopard print

A new twist on "framed paper" - a stunning accent wall with frames that enhance instead of cover.
British fox hunting vintage print

Botanicals can look stunning - a little abstract, a little natural.
Banana and palm leaf tropical print

Framing a chinoiserie pattern can be lovely - many of the papers available feature large scenes that make perfect pictures.
Pea hens and roses chinoiserie
Blue and white chinoiserie

Even Bunny Williams gets into the act with a few choice metallic prints. By varying the patterns and framing in glass, the look becomes textured and luxurious.
Bronze metallic florals
All wallpaper from Room images: apartment therapy,,,


Janell @ House of Fifty said...

Yes, a wonderful idea! I've been wanting to frame a large expanse of wallpaper for some time...

Beth Connolly said...

I have been wanting to do this too.

pve design said...

I love decorative paper and all the wonderful things one can to with it. I love cutting it out and making silhouette images with it. That said, just a little papered powder room would be a lovely spot to "powder my nose."

ticklishfromadistance said...

Wonderful, wonderful post. I was just in a little shop yesterday who had done something very similar with frames and now you have given us a wonderful resource to run over to! Yippee!!!

studioJudith said...

Excellent concept .. .
you have my creative wheels turning!

Fifi Flowers said...

Pop over and take a look... I am working on an interior design project and we did one of these techniques...

Averill said...

Some great ideas here. I particularly love this as a way of getting large-scale art for not a ton of cash.

Ingrid Mida said...

How fabulous! It made me think of trying it with fabric too. You wouldn't even need to buy a whole roll - just a couple of yards would do the trick.

Sanity Fair said...

Ingrid - GREAT idea. I have seen this work really successfully with fabric. It's a little more elbow grease, but the results are great!

Mer said...

The Chinoserie is a fabulous idea--help me figure out something for my guest room in your next visit!


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