Feature Wall of Wallpaper

A few weeks ago, I did a post all about the beauty of wallpaper and how it seems to be coming back around again.  Some of you agreed with me and thought it might be a fun idea to use again and some of you definitely were not ready to break out the wallpaper one more time.  The scars  of removing it were too fresh and raw for some of you and I totally understand that.  I’ve been there too.

So, how about an accent wall of wallpaper?  Could you go for that?

When I see images like these, with one wall used as an accent with a beautiful wallpaper, it makes my heart skip a little beat.  Look at how rich this damask looks behind that classic sofa.  Gorgeous, it is!

And this graphic gray and aqua just makes you smile.  It’s not so over-powering on one wall.

(from Country Homes)

And this fresh and green classic beauty really grabs my attention.  I love everything about this pic.

And check out what blog buddy, Amanda, did with a $1 roll of yardsale wallpaper in her laundry room.  How cute is this?

So, what on earth do I have in mind? Well, I just happen to have an accent wall in my office nook that I do believe could use a dose of fun wallpaper and I’m about to give it a whirl myself.  You saw it a couple of years ago when I painted the wall green (Behr’s Grasscloth)  and added some rope trim. And as of now, the other walls will get a green paint treatment to further complement the new splash of wallpaper, maybe a little lighter shade than Grasscloth, that is to be determined.  I think it’s going to be very fun!Here’s the beautiful green Cotswold Graham Brown paper, which happens to come from my Open Sky shop right here.  Just in case any of you would like to join me on this wallpaper accent wall journey.  Come on, you know you want to!  At $60 per roll, it’s not cheap, but I look at it as wall art.  One that will make a big impact. The paper looked different in person than I thought it looks online.  What I thought was white background is actually a pearly/silvery tone, which is still quite pretty.  It’s going to be dramatic.

Edited to Add:  I’ve just found out that I can offer a 20% discount on this pattern from my shop, if you decide you want it, click over and put in ACCENT20 for the code.  This is only good for 10 people!

You’ll be the first to see how it turns out. I haven’t started yet, but I’m gearing up for it.  This paper is not prepasted, but I’ve already bought the tub of wallpaper paste to get this done.

Another project I’ve got in mind is copying those Ballard shelves you see in the above pic of my office space. I’ve seen a few other bloggers making those and since I have the real ones to look at, I’m going to tackle that too and replace the smaller shelves I have in the dining room with some big monsters like these.   Just think of how many more white dishes I can put on wider shelves?

I will paint them white and get the brackets from Home Depot. I’ve already scouted out the wood I will need and it will be a very cost effective project to make 4 of them myself and I’ll let the guys at the store do the cutting for me.  So, that’s another project to add to the list! Ha! Just when I think I’m running out of things to do, my whirling brain comes up with another one.

So, who’s on board for an accent wallpaper wall?  Anyone?? Tell me how you feel about it.


If you have a chance, please go over and read Laura’s so very inspiring story of a dream come true for her, you’ll be so glad you did!

- Rhoda


  1. Becky in SC says:

    Oooo…I don’t know Rhoda….can’t wait to see how yours turns out…you have the Midas touch!!
    Have a GREAT Wednesday!!

  2. It is interesting how trends change. I can remember reading that it was wrong years ago to wallpaper only one wall. My parents did an accent wall in a bedroom my sister and shared in the 70’s. It was large flowers in pink and mauve. Worked well in the small room. They only did one wall due the cost of paper, lol.
    I enjoy your blog and its ideas.

  3. I would so love to jump on board but unfortunately we are renting right now:( I just did a post about some wallpaper that I fell in love with in a hotel bathroom. I loved that room with the silver and blue paper.

  4. Oh, Rhoda, this is so tempting. I have an accent wall in my livingroom wallpapered with this terrible tiny flower print that I would love to change. I’ve been thinking I’d just rip it down & paint but now you’ve got me itching to replace the paper? Hmmm…what to do, what to do? Heading over to your shop to look around.
    xoxo Beth

  5. I love wallpaper, too, but I’ve just spent 7 months taking it off all the walls of my c,1964 house. I found flocked wallpaper under a fully mirrored wall that was beautiful (if not for the fuzziness). I’m papering a back hallway that went wrong with old wallpaper removal as we speak (break time). On Monday I plan to do a post on the transformation and you’ll be able to see that I was NOT afraid of pattern!

    I love Candice Olsen of Divine Design and she almost always does a wallpaper accent wall. I think it’s definitely “on trend”!

  6. I love all the new wallpapers that are available and was *this* close to doing an accent wall in our bedroom. But the paper we loved was priced out of our range for how much we’d need… ah well! Maybe in my next house! 😉

  7. Hi Rhoda!

    I think it’s a cute idea! I’ve been thinking of doing one wall in my master bedroom but can’t decide on the wallpaper! Should I choose one that’s the same color as the adjacent walls or something totally different – can’t decide.

    Anyway, I think your office is going to be so cute with the wallpaper and I can’t wait to see it finished!



  8. While I’m sorry to hear the Grasscloth is getting updated, Rhoda, I know that whatever you do will be beautiful. This is such a great area you have set up and I’m so glad you brought it front and center again. {Can you tell I’m totally jealous?} I have to revisit some of your office posts and absorb it all again! I do love the inspiration pictures, but I still think I’ll let others do the wallpaper. Now I’d frame a nice big piece of it, or use it instead of scrapbook paper or fabric on a magnetic memo board. That’s good enough for me. Plus, I’ll be getting my fix with a client I’m currently working with. She wants to do wallpaper in her powder room. : )

  9. WOW! love that paper! Can NOT wait to see all you do with it! And my heart skipped a beat when I saw that Aqua & Grey room. Im re-doing my guest bedroom in Grey with sunny yellow accents. My inspiration fabric is a Grey and white damask from Duralee. *squee* so excited! and THANK YOU!! for the shout out on my laundry room. Im STILL tweeking in there. I cant stop!

  10. Oh I had to save that beautiful photo (#4) to my style file.
    I actually have been wanting to use wallpaper on the back on an armoire. This post might be just the push.

    Thank you ever so much for kind sentiments. You are wonderful.

    Make sure you come help celebrate by entering my giveaway.

  11. My scars are too fresh, but I never thought of doing an accent wall. It’s definitely something to think about. I can’t wait to see your office!

  12. I have one room left with wallpaper, my den, and I love it. I just knew wallpaper wasn’t gone forever. I think we are avoiding using wallpaper because it seems so permanent…

    I can’t wait to see your office walls and the new shelving in your dining room. Is Home Depot cutting the wood for you?


  13. Love the idea, Rhoda, but not feeling the paper idea right now. Like you said, fresh memories of wallpaper removal. Eeek! I have been thinking about stenciling a white wallpapery pattern on the already-golden walls in my hallway. It’s a small area so not much in the way of labor. Not much in the way of wallpaper though either now that I think about it…
    Thanks for the inspiration. Good luck with your project! Love the paper you’ve chosen.

  14. Stefanie says:

    Where did you get that fabulous Eiffel Tower clock in the shot of your office? I am deeply in love with it.

  15. I love the “new wallpaper” when I see it, but I’m just not sure about using it in my own home. The main thing is that the papers I like are pretty expensive and I can paint something for much cheaper. I would love to try a repeating pattern stencil that looks like wallpaper. Does that work? 🙂

  16. Like the wallpaper accent walls…in someone else’s house. I believe I would tire of it, and I don’t want the burden of wallpaper removal. Think the piece you selected would look great w/ some silver/silverplate yardsale cast-offs for accents though.

  17. I love wallpaper! I’m planning to paper our powder room — when I get my projects done in the kitchen & living/dining rooms, that is!! LOL!! That paper will look so pretty as an accent wall in your office, I know you’ll love it & I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  18. Kathy :) says:

    WOW a blast from the past when we first got married I did an accent wall in our kitchen…..with that type of shiny paper….I was into a more mordern theme…glass kitchen table etc….

    See if you hang on to things long enough they come back….

    No more wallpaper for this chick……unless it’s a bathroom…for some reason I LOVE it in there 🙂

    I can’t wait for the reveal Rhoda !!!

    Aren’t Kat’s pics she’s put up so far beautiful !!! I am so happy the weather cooperated…..I said a prayer for them as I ‘m sure many others did….

    All the best,
    Kathy 🙂

  19. Nope, no more wallpaper for me, it is too nasty taking it down. I do like it in someone else’s home, though!

  20. that wallpaper is so perfect for your office!

  21. You’re tempting me…

    I spent God knows how long taking down wall paper at my old house. It was horrible! Layers upon layers of ships, roosters, pansies. Ugh!

    Stop the violence!

    However, I’m loving some of these pictures. I bought a wallpaper stencil thing at Hobby Lobby a while back, but haven’t mustered up the courage to use it yet. To stencil, or to paper. That is the question…

  22. OK, not ready for the wallpaper myself, BUT… I was just going to attempt the Ballard shelves this weekend, then got a little intimidated. Please, please do a tutorial on these…as specific as you can get . Thanks!!

  23. I love the idea. I also love the inspiration you’ve provided in regards to making those great looking shelves yourself. I have to get started! I also liked the rope trim on the wall.


  24. What is that old saying what goes around comes back around. I am a lover of wallpaper and have always had some in my home. I know they are doing accent walls to get people use to the idea of wallpaper again. I think it is a great idea when the pattern is large and graphic. Love your paper and I think you are really going to like the change, can’t wait to see it. I almost wrote you a note , I have done a couple of DIY projects lately and trust me I am no Rhoda!! Take a peek at my post today. I have a couple more coming up on something you would not have hesitated doing at all but oh My Rhoda,I have opened a can of worms!! yikes, Kathysue

  25. I love love love the black and white print in the laundry room! We have a very cute little coffee shop here in town that has black and white damask print wallpaper on most of its walls – it is gorgeous! Reminds me of Audrey Hepburn 🙂

  26. As I began reading your post I was starting to break out in hives just thinking about wallpaper! But then I continued scrolling down and fell in love with the colors in the third image. The graphic gray and aqua – that I think I could do. Well, I sure as heck would not do it, but would happily find someone else to do it for me! I refuse to have anything further to do with the application or removal of wallpaper! I also love what Amanda did in her laundry room.

    ~ Tracy

  27. the green classic beauty is what is in my living/dining room. was here when I moved in. I need a couple of rolls if you know where I can get some. Had some roof rain damage.

    trying to catch up, way behind in reading. transferring from one computer to another plus redoing some websites.

  28. I confess, I have always been a wallpaper junkie. Love the play of pattern and color on walls! I feel so many people are afraid to use it regardless that it can be a great tool for color co-ordination, adding texture, ambience etc.

  29. Love the gray and aqua wallpaper, but I can’t seem to find it in any book. Where is it from?


  30. Hello! I wanted to know if you could tell me where to find the blue and silver wallpaper shown above with the blue sofa? thanks! love it!

    • HI, sorry, I can’t help you with that. Those are inspiration pics of wallpaper that I found, so have no idea what the patterns are.


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