Royal Design Studio Japanese Hydrangea Stencill
Wallpaper is finally making a comeback. With the many beautiful artisan options out there, I am excited to see more paper-on-walls inside my favorite shelter magazines. If you are still wallpaper-shy, wall stencils let you choose pattern over paint without the worry of removing it at some later date. I've wallpapered, stripped, and painted, then wallpapered again plenty of times in my life, so it really isn't a big deal to me. In fact, I spent my Spring Break Sophomore year of High School removing wallpaper and painting my bedroom a lilac shade that is not so different from the one in the above photo of a room by Royal Design Studio. Modello Designs is another source you might look into for decorative paint ideas. For the design-inclined, this probably doesn't seem so strange--but my friends thought it was some sort of punishment. I simply remember it as a deeply gratifying week of work, during which I must have listened to Peter Frampton about 500 times. Even now whenever I hear his music, I imagine smelling the faint scent of fresh paint, and having such pretty walls to look at.
Photo Credits: Left, Royal Design Studio, Japanese Hydrangea. Right, Emily Anderson.
P.S. You absolutely do not have to use the toxic wallpaper removing chemicals to get the job done. There are many different theories, but the best one (for me) is still a spray bottle filled with a water and baking soda solution, and a putty knife. But there is an art to removing wallpaper, and each case is different and depends mostly on how the paper was installed. HGTV has a thorough overview of things you need to consider, as well as best practices. But, I contend that the solvent (chemicals) they suggest are necessarily going to work any better than the natural solution I recommend, plus a lot of elbow grease. Personally, this is one of those things that if you can afford it, is definitely worth paying someone else to do...I'm just saying...#DIFM ;)