Powder Rooms + Wallpaper

You either love it or hate it but either way it's back and here to stay.  Wallpaper is a great way to add character and personality to a room.  Wallpapering a room can be both a huge and difficult task, from choosing the style, pattern and colour to hanging, it's not for the faint hearted. 

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Add a little Pantone Greenery

So Greenery might be the colour of the year but how do I add it I hear you cry! Well, in your furnishings such as a green velvet lounge, in your homewares such as cushions or throws, adding a coloured vases to the table, paint a wall, paint your front door or as listed below hang wallpaper. All images below are from Australian based wallpaper specialist Eurowalls.   

Palm Leaf Wallpaper

Palm leaf wallpaper is going up on walls all over the country it's a trend we love and hope never fades (along with the wallpaper)!   It is bold, brave and beautiful giving a home that wonderful tropical breezy feel, a bit like being on holiday every day.  It suits many different properties from coastal to country, traditional to modern.  It can be a bold addition to the entry of a home giving a taste of what's to come.  Try it in small rooms for maximum impact or larger rooms with panelled half walls to to tone it down a little.  Here's a few of our favourites...

Palm Leaf wallpaper by Graham & Brown

Palm Leaf wallpaper by Graham & Brown

image via House Beautiful

image via House Beautiful

Pacifica Santa Barbara

Pacifica Santa Barbara

Great Shalimar by Bethany Linz

Great Shalimar by Bethany Linz

Wallpaper by Dorothy Draper

Wallpaper by Dorothy Draper

Diary of a Renovator - paint & wallpaper

Painting, ahhhhhhhhh. I actually quite like painting, well, walls that is, ceilings - not so much.

I had my colours picked pretty early on.  I was going for soft warm greys then I found a fabric I loved at Spotlight to recover my dining chairs, ottoman, sofa and headboard.  That changed everything.  I then had to go for warmer shades such as taupe.  And I knew I wanted a bolder taupe/green for the front lounge/tv room and our bedroom.

Ceilings are painted, walls underway

Ceilings are painted, walls underway

I ended up choosing Murobond Alabaster for the hall, kitchen and living/dining in the new extension.  The colour arrived and I loved it - painted 2 coats in the hall then realised it wasn't right.  They had left out the ombre tint - dang.  I had the tint send from Murobond and took the paint to The Paint Place in South Nowra (who are a Murobond stockist and the experts so I thought) so they could tint it for me. However they tinted the paint with their own tint telling me afterwards that the Murobond one had dried up - in fact it hadn't it, comes as as a powder and you mix it in - grrrrrr!!!  So if I run out of paint (which I did) how do I know if I am going to get the right colour again - very frustrating.

See what I mean - tint has been left out!!!!

See what I mean - tint has been left out!!!!

So I slapped on the new colour and while I didn't love it as much as when it had the ombre tint missing I still really liked it and a few months down the track I can say I'm really happy with the warmer colour.

This is Murobond 'Putty' on the walls in the laundry - 1st coat, it took 3 coats to get it just right

This is Murobond 'Putty' on the walls in the laundry - 1st coat, it took 3 coats to get it just right

The front lounge/tv room and our bedroom was painted in Murobond 'Putty', a deep taupe/green.  It changes constantly during the day, sometimes more brown/grey and other times deep mossy green, it's gorgeous - and different.  I took the plunge and painted the kids bathroom and toilet (which doesn't have a window) as well as the laundry the same colour and it looks AMAZING.  This deeper colour took A LOT of mixing - just saying...

Love, love, love Dulux Natural White, so subtle but you can see the difference when it's next to Vivid White

Love, love, love Dulux Natural White, so subtle but you can see the difference when it's next to Vivid White

The kids rooms, including the granny flat/sleepout which is Olivia's room and the study were all painted in Dulux Natural white, a lovely soft chalky warm white = big love.

Grasscloth wallpaper feature wall going up in the Master bedroom - easy peasy!

Grasscloth wallpaper feature wall going up in the Master bedroom - easy peasy!

Then I added a few feature walls - wallpapered for contrast.  Ash's room has 'Woods' by Colefax & Son (she saw it on a wall at Few & Far in Huskisson and fell in love with it) and feature walls in the entry, hall and master bedroom are done in a stunning grasscloth wallpaper imported from America.

Now we are preparing for tiling the bathrooms which should be interesting, can't wait to see the finished results!