After seeing one too many soulless, sterile, "modern spaces," I found myself drawn to the texture and impact of a room dressed in sassy wallpaper. Now, let's be clear about what makes the cut in my books. I'm not talking about prepasted vinyl patterns with cute patterns. I have a strict policy that says "no ribbons, no bows, no baskets, no cherubs, no bunnies ... and no borders."
What I'm embracing is papers of the high-end, hand-printed, high-impact (and, not coincidentally, high-priced) variety.
When charged with the task of creating a 7,000-square-foot home for the Vancouver General Hospital and University of British Columbia Hospital Foundation Millionaire Lottery for the third time in as many years, I decided to make wallpaper my friend.
I used it to give bland rooms personality, make large rooms feel intimate and uninspired spaces seem welcoming.
Like any decorative statement, the most important guiding principle when using wallpaper is knowing when to stop, understanding the fine line between something being an accent and theme. If in doubt, remember that in the general world of good taste, accent equals good, theme equals bad. If you are thinking about embracing the decorative "wow" of wallpaper, click on the linked photo gallery to see a few ways to use it.