Wednesday, February 16, 2011

My wall needs help.

Blank, beige walls are the bane of my existence.  Ok, that's a little dramatic, but they drive me crazy.  Somehow I've managed to live with one staring me in the face while I eat for 6 months now and I can't stand it anymore.

My dining room is part of an open plan living area, but there is a dividing wall about 8 feet long that separates the space from a hallway and "ends" the kitchen.  I scored an awesome vintage dresser on Craigslist that stores our nice dishes and serving pieces, and it will be staying on that wall, but I can't make up my mind on how to proceed from that point.  Here are some of the options that look cool in my head:

Teal Photo Wall
I would paint the wall a dark teal color, similar to the photo below, and hang a selection of framed prints in mismatched frames (not as many as on Amanda Peet's staircase, but you get the idea).  This will be cheapest, but hardest to talk my husband into.

Fabric "Wallpaper"
I would buy about 2 yards of DwellStudio's vintage plume fabric in Jade and cut the 54" wide fabric into three sections, then mount each to some sort of thin plywood and frame it with dark brown wood trim from Home Depot.  The end look (in my head) would be similar to this gorgeous Chinoiserie paper below (via Maison 21).  This will be more expensive (fabric is around $50 per yard) but less permanent, and I can repurpose the fabric later on if I need to.

Giant Stenciled Canvas
I would love to get a large, bold painting but my budget makes that unreasonable.  I love the fun feel of the Amanda Talley painting below and I think I could buy a large blank canvas about as wide as the dresser and paint it the same teal shown above, and then apply a geometric wall stencil and paint a design in a contrasting color.

What option would you pick?  Is there something else you think I should consider?  Please leave a comment and help me decide!


  1. I'd go with the canvas...I've done that before and it's a super cheap option. And even if you are nervous painting it yourself, you can always paint back over any mess ups.

  2. Oooooo I really love the teal wall idea.... Good luck getting N to go with it!!

  3. Katherine Allison LangeFebruary 18, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    I love the second picture of the fabric with the panels framed. Very chic.

  4. Can you paint? I'd take the teal color you have in your brain and do a Hand-Painted Trellis Wall - see the How-To here:

  5. I just talked my husband into teal paint! Yaaaaay!



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