Hello House of Turquoise readers, I’m Renae from Renae Keller Interior Design and author of the blog Burn the Candles, where I write about everything from painting furniture to my love of color. I’m honored to be guest blogging for Erin today, who I sincerely thank for a) allowing me to worm my way into the H. O. T. world, and b) fueling our collective passion for the color turquoise. I, like many of you I’m sure, surround myself with as much turquoise as is socially acceptable–even my logo is turquoise!
Today I’d like to talk a little about wallpaper. It’s gotten a bad rap over the years, especially if you’ve ever tried to remove old wallpaper. How many of you can remember the madness of scrubbing and peeling, sometimes only tiny strips at a time. Infuriating! Well, the wallpaper manufacturers heard our cries for help and today most wallpapers are much more user-friendly. Hanging wallpaper is certainly a craft, however, so I recommend budgeting for a professional to do it for you.
Wallpaper is one of my favorite ways to add color and texture to a space. The color part is obvious, but did you know it can be made of vinyl, bark, silk, grasscloth, magnets, velvet, etc.? Wallpaper can cover all four walls or serve as an accent in a room, like it does in this photo. I chose this wallpaper for the built-in shelving unit because the pattern is a great scale for this area and the pop of color is just what this fairly clean, linear space needed.
I adore the juxtaposition of organic materials (countertop), contemporary lighting and plumbing fixtures, and traditional wallpaper, mirror and casework. Such a successful room!
This is one of my faves. If you look closely, you can see that behind these gorgeous peonies is a neutral trellis pattern that adds such a nice touch to this wallpaper. And can we talk about that palette?! It’s for the client who is unafraid of making a bold statement with color. Love it!