an accent wall for #casahummingbirdhigh

January 11, 2018 Portland, OR, USA

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw that I hung up wallpaper in #casahummingbirdhigh some time at the end of last year.

I never thought that I would be the kind of person to use wallpaper in my home decor. Especially because I don't consider myself to be a risk taker. My home reflects that: my color palette is full of white and gray and my furniture is made of neutral fabrics and leathers. It's timeless (to the point of almost boring). Wallpaper is the complete opposite. It's funky and quirky and screams for you to notice it. Patterns go in and out of style as fast. In fact, my childhood bedroom was lined with the stuff. It never bothered me as a child, but as I grew up, I began noticing how old-fashioned and claustrophobic the paper made my room look.

But times have changed — there are a ton of great companies out there producing modern wallpaper (see the bottom of the post for my favorite wallpaper sources!) with fresh patterns for this decade. And I think I've figured out the trick: keep it minimal. All four walls of the same pattern can quickly imprison and overwhelm you. But one wall? It's just right:

It's the perfect solution if you love the idea of wallpaper but are scared to take the leap. It's even better if you stick it in a lower-traffic room like a pantry or back entryway. I'm a fickle person — seeing the same pattern every day would make me sick of it, fast. My wall is in the back entryway, which also doubles as a storage room for all the countertop appliances and bulk groceries that don't fit in my kitchen. I don't see it very often, so when I do, it actually makes me smile.

Plus, it makes for a great selfie wall. And we all know that's what matters. 😜


Here are some answers to questions that will inevitably be asked: 

Where did you find your wallpaper? Where should I find wallpaper?
My wallpaper is a Rifle Paper Co. collaboration with a wallpaper company called Hygge and West; you can find the exact pattern in the link above.

Hygge and West is one of my favorite wallpaper companies; they frequently work with up-and-coming designers and influencers like Justina Blakeney and Kate Arends to design patterns. Chasing Paper also has a great selection (including temporary paper that you can peel yourself and remove more easily than traditional wallpaper!). And don't forget about Anthropologie!

Did you install/hang it yourself? If not, how much did it cost to have a professional do it? 
Nah, I am the least DIY person you'll ever meet. I'm not actually sure how much the work cost because it was part of a bundled package with the rest of the back entryway and living room. I'll be doing a post on that soon, and I'll talk numbers then!

What color are your walls? 
The walls are Benjamin Moore Gray Owl and the trim is Benjamin Moore Simply White

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