October 10, 2011Retro Wallpaper Choices For Our Master Bedroom from Hooked on Walls and Ronald Redding
Oh my gosh, I am exhausted. It was another one of those weekends. You know the ones I’m talking about. The ones where Tom and I think we are going to finish everything on our list by early Saturday afternoon, but in reality we are kneeling in the dirt on Sunday evening trying to dig out enough weeds to jam in the rest of the 75 tulip bulbs we foolishly ordered before we have to go in and cook that intricate dinner we planned on having since, you know, we were going to have so much extra time.
So yeah, as I sit here eating my microwaved bean burrito instead of wild game with chestnut stuffing, I can tell you about one thing that has been eating at me that I managed to get finished this weekend.
Forcing Tom to go look at wallpaper with me.
Because I am sick of our master bedroom. Sick of it! Every other room in our house is a happy place with bright walls and thoughtfully chosen accessories – except for the place that is supposed to be our haven! When we first moved in, we painted it with leftover off-white paint, threw some blankets on the bed and called it a day.
But now, it is time for decorating. With some style!
Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to decide on colors. Every time we turn around, we’ve decided on different colors.
Here is our color palette for this week:
With some or all of these as possible accent colors:
Most colors from Sherwin Williams Suburban Modern collection. Chartreuse 0073, Classic French Gray 0077, Chelsea Gray 2850, and Holiday Turquoise 0075. The only one that isn’t is that Metallic Gold from Ralph Lauren RM34.
Wow. I didn’t realize how dull these all looked on the monitor. In real life, they are much more vibrant. Trust me. See?
This is our hallway, painted Chartreuse. You can see our pink bathroom at the end of the hall, and then Holiday Turquoise at the top of the doorway. You can see the gold in the accents on the wall.
We also have many, many built-ins in our bedroom that look exactly like these in the hall. There are a lot.
This is our master bedroom, before we moved in. It is only slightly better right now.
So, the plan right now is:
Floor: Gray carpeting, either the dark or light gray above
Accent Wall Behind the Built-In Headboard: Something awesome. I was originally thinking that metallic gold. Then I was thinking some metallic gold stenciled on the wall. But now I might have been swayed by wallpaper.
Plus, I needed some inspiration, since we aren’t all that attached to the colors we have chosen. Frankly, we might go another way entirely. So, I forced Tom to come with me on a wallpaper inspiration spree this weekend to see if any wallpaper we saw really moved us. We looked at a lot of books, and these are the choices we narrowed it down too.
The first wallpaper choices are from Warner Studios, Hooked on Walls collection. I really, really liked all of the Hooked on Walls collections. They don’t scream “Hey, we are MCM!”, but they are definitely something that can be worked into mid-century modern decorating. They have so many fun neutrals and subtle patterns that you can use them for a more traditional or even a kitschy mid-century look.
Here are the papers we chose from the Stolen Diamonds Collection:
15102, 15105, 15111. They have several shades of gray to choose from. But my favorite part is the great texture pattern:
15117. This color was also from that collection, and is kind of a dark horse for us because it is…well…dark and we don’t have a ton of light in the bedroom. But I really like it. It is a cross between a hunter and a kelly green. With our other color choices, it looks pretty vintage. Tom thinks the combination looks a little too 40’s, and I guess he would be right. But still!
And here are our choices from Hooked on Walls, Hysterical Glamour collection:
31004. I am a big fan of the pattern in this one!
And, another one that we loved, but I don’t know if we could pull it off:
31027. We just went a little crazy over the palm fronds. This picture really doesn’t give you an idea of how cool this one is. Here is a close-up.
The only drawback with this one is that it is a pattern, so we will have to match. Gah!! Matching patterns is so horrible, not to mention expensive. But it’s only one wall, so we will see.
We also got some excellent choices from York’s Ronald Redding designs, which are more expensive than Hooked on Walls. Here is from the Viva Valentina collection:
The design numbers for these are RRD0051, RRD00554 and RRD00555. The texture on these are amazing, very atomic.
And, finally, this is “Tiara” from the 747-Designer Portfolio:
This picture doesn’t do justice to this one. This is the only paper we found in the properly metallic gold we were looking for. Love it!
So, what do you guys think? Any suggestions to help us make up our minds???