Swatch and Learn: Pattern-Pairing Ideas

Blueprint, July/August 2007

Our editors have picked more great papers to choose from for any wallpaper project you tackle.

Two-Paper Chair Rail
Pick a linear pattern for the bottom quarter or so of the wall and cut along one of its horizontal lines. We also like combining color on the top with a more neutral paper below.

Potalla Outline by Quadrille, $175 per double roll, Design Professionals, designpro@ddbuilding.com.

Spiral, $88 per double roll, ericawakerly.com.

Studio Printworks Suburban Garden by Hinson & Company, $170 per roll, Pacific Design Services, 310-360-6418.

Farrow & Ball Five Over Stripe, $150 per double roll, 888-511-1121 for stores.

Hook Display
Go with any large-scale motif that suggests spots for hooks. We'd mount them in scattered blossoms (top) or starbursts (bottom).

Eranthe by Osborne & Little, $72 per double roll, Design Professionals, designpro@ddbuilding.com.

Fioretti by Cole & Son, $172 per double roll, Boston Design Center, 617-449-5506.

Virtual Headboard
A straight-edged headboard is even simpler to pull off than the curvy shape we attempted. Find a fun wallpaper pattern with horizontal lines and use them as a guide for your cutting.

Stanley, $150 per double roll, Flavor Paper, 504-944-0447.

Acco 20 by Twenty2, $158 per roll, Walnut Wallpaper, 323-932-9166.

Graphic Panel
Cover the wall in a geometric, gridded paper. Then choose a design with large-scale, fluid imagery for the panel. Keep the grid paper neutral (top), or use it to pick up a color in the panel (bottom).

Panel: Silhouette Bloom, $40 per double roll, grahamandbrown.com. Base: Lulu DK Minnows by Hinson & Company, $166 per roll, Pacific Design Services, 310-360-6418.

Panel: Coy by Palace Papers, $150 per roll, Walnut Wallpaper, 323-932-9166. Base: Squares, $88 per double roll, ericawakerly.com.

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