The word “wallpaper” can conjure up images of outdated rooms many of us would prefer to leave in the past – like that floral and striped border from your childhood bedroom (no offense, Mom!) But wallpaper has come a very long way, and its latest resurgence has further solidified its power as a transformational design element. With endless opportunities for customization and some surprisingly bold applications, a wallcovering can elevate the design of a room and take it to the next level of luxury. Although there are countless options available for purchase online, going custom allows you to truly personalize your home and authentically share your unique story. What could possibly be more en vogue than that?!
The beauty of custom wallcoverings is clear, but how exactly are these masterpieces created? The process is a labor of love, and we turn to our friends at Gracie Studio time and again when our clients desire an heirloom-quality addition to their architecture and furnishings. We recently called upon Gracie to help us create a gorgeous kitchen and breakfast room for the Port family during the remodel of their Studio City home. The project reveal and photo shoot are happening at the end of this month, so with that excitement on the horizon, we thought now would be the perfect time to share all the custom wallcovering deets along with a preview of this lovely family’s new home! Enjoy!
Crafting Your Concept
Inspiration is everywhere, so keep your eyes and heart open! Whether it’s a favorite travel destination, a beloved pet, or the pattern woven into your wedding gown, your walls can reflect your life’s milestones and memories in the most clever ways. Whitney loved the garden-inspired concept above and chose to incorporate hummingbirds into her final design – one for each member of her family! The ability to include meaningful details with sentimental value is what makes a custom wallcovering worthwhile, beautifully reminding us of the things we cherish most.
If you’re having trouble landing on a concept, explore classic patterns that can easily translate into your home by selecting a color story that complements your existing palette.
We often search our favorite magazines for extraordinary examples that spark creativity and encourage us to dream big, like this incredible master bath by fellow Houstonian, J. Randall Powers.
Measuring Your Space
Once you’ve settled on a design and color story, it’s time to measure. Your installer will account for every door, window, light switch, and power outlet. These precise dimensions are crucial to ensure that the panels are perfectly tailored and the images are seamlessly integrated into the architecture of your home.
Approving and Installing Your Creation
This is where things get really exciting! Gracie will send you a custom color chart and sample panel for final approval. Once you’ve signed off, production begins and every inch is handcrafted by master artisans. Each petal, feather, leaf, or lily pad is hand-sketched and painted…the talent is unreal!
Here is a side by side example from one of our latest commercial projects:
Expert Tip: Wallpaper panels can be lined with muslin before being installed. This allows them to be removed and re-hung with minimal damage if you see a potential move in your future!
Once installed, custom wallcoverings are showstoppers that do an exceptional job of sharing a little piece of your history. We were thrilled to design this dining room that pays homage to the couple’s wedding china:
If committing to an entire room of wallpaper still makes your palms sweat, consider these ideas that infuse similar warmth and beauty without going all-out.
Frame It Up
Frame a small portion of a wallcovering (custom or not) and display it as the artwork it is!
You could even wallpaper (or paint) a folding screen to get the look with the added benefit of mobility. Easily move it around within your home, brightening things up wherever you go!
Celebrate Those Ceilings
Don’t forget to look up! The ceiling is your 5th wall, and it’s a great opportunity to introduce something special.
So, what do you think? Considering going custom? We hope that what we “covered” here (pun intended!) was helpful, and we’d love to hear from you!