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October 10, 2011

Retro Wallpaper Choices For Our Master Bedroom from Hooked on Walls and Ronald Redding

By RetroRuth

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:

SW0073Ralph Lauren Gold

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:

Walls: Chartreuse

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:

HWSD SW05112HWSD SW05115HWSD SW15111

15102, 15105, 15111. They have several shades of gray to choose from. But my favorite part is the great texture pattern:

HWSD SW05112


HWSD SW15117

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:

HWHG 31004

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:

HWHG 31027

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.

HWHG 31027 Zoom

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:


RRD0554       RRD0555

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???

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13 Responses to Retro Wallpaper Choices For Our Master Bedroom from Hooked on Walls and Ronald Redding

  1. Sara in AZ Reply

    October 10, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I want the clocks!!! I want the clocks!!! And I am going to scream and throw a fit until I get the clocks!!! 😉

    Seriously, I really like that last wallpaper, the ‘Tiara’. If you are going with Chartreuse on the walls that gold wallpaper will really look awesome!

  2. Toni Reply

    October 10, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Definitely like the last one best. Tiara.

  3. sablemable Reply

    October 10, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Love the Palms, but for original 50s look the gray family of colors (walls, carpet, drapes with blonde furniture) is my favorite and I was swooning/fainting over the gray palettes you showed.

    However, I like the combo of chartreuse/gray, with a splash of turquoise for accent.

  4. sablemable Reply

    October 10, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    PS: I absolutely L-O-V-E all of your built-ins, Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuth!

  5. Heather Reply

    October 10, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I vote for “Tiara” – so pretty and I think it is timeless. Second favorite is the palm fronds.

  6. nickarmadillo Reply

    October 10, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I’m a fan of the slate grey. We’re looking at a similar color for our living room right now. It’s very dramatic, but at the same time goes well with just about anything.

  7. 60's Sal Reply

    October 10, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I’m voting for the fronds. Althooough, the Tiara is quite loovely…

  8. Andrea Reply

    October 10, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    OMG, I LOVE the palm fronds, Ruth! There is a very similar wallpaper in my basement, but sadly only in a closet. Love them!

    My second choice would be the green – do you really need a bedroom to be that light, anyway? It’s for sleeping! 😉

  9. Jeanne Reply

    October 11, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Palm fronds!! Love the color and the pattern! And matching patterns is not that difficult – especially since you’re doing one wall and no corners or around windows, etc. I just did three walls in my bathroom, no problems!

  10. RetroRuth Reply

    October 12, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Ha ha! Looks like Tiara and the Palm fronds are the favorite. We will let you know which one we end up with!

  11. Colleen Reply

    October 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    With the chartreuse walls and grey carpet, the palm fronds wallpaper would be my choice. Next to that, one of the papers from the Viva Valentina collection. I like Tiara, but when I try to envision the whole thing, I just think “Dull”. YMMV, however.

    • RetroRuth Reply

      October 13, 2011 at 3:53 pm

      Colleen! That is what I was thinking! I love the gold, but I don’t want it too look dull at all. Thanks!

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