Tips to Live By: Not Your Mama's Wallpaper

It's really no secret that your M. Swabb girls have a love affair with wallpaper - it's what we would go so far as to consider a staple, and we find ourselves recommending it to every client that comes our way. While we're all for those clean, bright, minimalist walls, we think they pair perfectly with the punch of a statement wallpaper.

The walls are freshly painted and the materials installed, your new sofa has been unboxed and your pillow combo selected, but something is missing - often, an accent wallpaper is the finishing touch needed to elevate your space.

While the word "wallpaper" may give you visions of your grandmother's home trapped in the 1960's (I mean, we do live for the '60's), it works wonders on spaces that need a little bit of magic. Wallpaper can add pattern and texture to room, layering on visual excitement and adding a thoughtfully styled feel to your space.

Looking for a way to amp up your home's style? Look no further, friends. Keep reading for a few of our favorite wall paper tips + tricks.

1. Take bold risks in a small spaces.

Seems almost contradictory, but trust us. A small space, like a powder bath, is a great opportunity to take an adventurous risk with a statement wallpaper. Think vibrant colors, metallic details, moody florals, and daring patterns - anything that boldly showcases your personal style. We're all about this wildly eclectic wallpaper application from our Eagle Rock project:

2. Play with texture.

Pull in an added layer with a textured focal wall. Texture is an essential element in any design formula, and wallpaper is the perfect way to bring warmth and texture into a space in a creative way. Where you would normally paint an accent color, consider a natural textured wallpaper, like grasscloth, to add a textural layer. Tip: your grasscloth wallpaper will show seams, this is part of the beauty of this natural material.

3. Consider a neutral patterned focal wall.

Your patterned wallpaper doesn't have to feel wild to give your home the styled touch your heart is longing for. We love an understated, neutral patterned wallpaper that adds the right amount of interest + style without overwhelming your space. For instance, this neutral wallpaper with an eye catching pattern creates the perfect focal wall:

A focal wall is key in anchoring a space and giving a room a collected + curated feel. Rather than picking up a paintbrush to give your home the focal wall it needs, consider bringing in wallpaper. From bold and daring patterns, to natural textures and soft neutrals - wallpaper is a creative solution to showcase your uniquely personal style.

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