There’s something about a wall covering that adds that extra element of color, energy and texture to a room. From smooth, suede walls in a study to a gingham wallpapered ceiling in a child’s room, wall coverings provide a way to unite a space together and enhance its overall effect. Fort Worth’s Emily Gilbert, of Emily Gilbert Designs, is here with us today to share some of her favorite wall coverings she uses when designing. We hope you’ll be inspired by her ideas. Enjoy!
BACKGROUND: Emily Gilbert Designs is a full service residential interior design firm based in Fort Worth, Texas. A passion for beautiful surroundings and impacting one’s daily experience for the better motivated Emily to pursue Interior Design as a career. After receiving a BA in Interior Design from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, Emily went on to work in the industry and study under design professionals. Emily Gilbert Designs was opened in 2010 and continues to design thoughtfully collected interiors in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, as well throughout the state.
Wild for Wall Coverings!
Thank you Interior Canvas for allowing me to share with your readers today! I’m excited to be here!
Let’s talk wall coverings. Whether its paper, fabric, something with pattern, or just texture, our walls are an opportunity to create a great backdrop for interiors.
There’s not much that says custom quite like wallpaper (naturally because it is much more labor intensive than a paint job). Today I will share with you some of my favorite wall coverings, some paper tips, and a dining room reveal using a Schumacher favorite.
Let’s get started!:
I love using Grasscloth – a great go-to paper. The texture adds warmth, coziness, and a sense of sophistication and polish to a space. It can be versatile, and comes in a variety of color options. Grasscloth tips: This paper is best applied to a space where the paper can die into trim or casing. The raw edges of grasscloth can allow the grass to fray if left on an exposed corner.
Wallcovering (from left): Schumacher Natural Textures III Sachi Arrow Root in Aqua, and Tapan Raffia in Light Red. Phillip Jeffries Bahamas Raffia in Orange and Juicy Grasscloth in Split Pea.
Katie Ridder is one of my favorite textile designers. I love using her beautiful line of textiles and papers. Her Leaf pattern in Gray is a great subtle paper. Clean lines, with a bit of fun.
(Katie Ridder Wallpaper: Leaf Pattern in Gray)
I also love using Farrow and Ball as a paper resource. Coming soon in one of my remodel projects – Farrow and Ball’s Lotus Paper. The large printed paper is made subtle in this tone, adding pattern without being obnoxious. They use their own paint line in their papers, making coinciding paint selections easy-peasy. We will be using this great paper in a powder bath.
F. Schumacher’s wallpaper lines are also winners in my book. Schumacher’s Indoore Paisley was recently installed in my clients dining room project. It made for a great backdrop to the layers of coral in the room, and in my opinion was the room maker. The paisley added a subtle element of ‘concho’ to work with my clients horse sketches without overly ‘westernizing’ the room. Perfect for a Fort Worth client who loves a bit of chic. Note that typically paisleys are hung or upholstered with the round portion facing down, however, it only seemed right that the flower motif in the paisley be facing up. In this application the paper is actually installed ‘upside down.’
(F.Schumacher’s Indoore Paisley)
Photos by Sarah Morisson
As previously mentioned, wall coverings are not simple to do on a modest budget. I recommend always using a professional to install wallpaper (they will know what is needed to prepare your walls-sanding, liners, etc). However, there are several ways to maximize the visual impact and minimize the pocketbook impact.
1. Use paper in small spaces. An entry or powder bath are great places to get a lot of bang for the buck.
2. Feature wall. A well-chosen feature wall can also make quite a statement without breaking the bank. Take a look at this application Raoul Textiles used in their store.
I find Jeffrey Alan Marks to be a fantastic designer. His work is always a favorite from Million Dollar Decorator. Take a look at his featured wall in the kitchen. Now this room would motivate me to get some cooking done!
And that’s a wrap! I hope you have enjoyed my wall covering favorites as well as musings for today! What are some of your favorites?
Thank you Emily! We love the selections you’ve chosen! For more information on Emily, see below!
Emily Gilbert / Emily Gilbert Designs
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