After completing two projects in our home last year that involved choosing wallpaper and paint, I think I’m officially hooked on the idea of pairing the two together, and I’m already looking for new combos to use in our home this year. I added it to my list of things to obsess/lose sleep over.
First, let’s go over the many ways you can use pair wallpaper and paint:
IN MOLDING BOXES:
AS AN ACCENT WALL:
IN A RECESSED OR ALCOVE AREA:
ON THE CEILING:
ON THE WALLS AND CEILING:
Via Shaun Smith
There are a few ways to go about choosing a paint and wallpaper combo:
- You could choose a paint color that’s an exact match to the pattern’s background (this is more challenging than it sounds)
- The more colors that are abundant in the pattern, the more options you have with paint colors
- If you’re feeling bold, you could step outside the box and choose a color that’s not in the pattern
- With a neutral wallpaper, you can essentially choose whatever paint color your heart desires
For example, I fell in love with the wallpaper I used in our master bath and eventually chose Farrow and Ball De Nimes because it was an almost exact match to a blue found in the very busy pattern. This was a non-typical situation because the wallpaper isn’t in the same room that I used the blue paint in, but I knew I wanted this view of the two:
When it came time to choose a paint color for my office, I also had a ton of options because of the color abundance in the pattern. The pattern was filled with taupe, brown, deep pink and ivory, but I ultimately chose olive green to contrast:
I usually choose a wallpaper that I like first. Then I can choose a paint color and pull other elements into the room based on the colors in the pattern.
Before we jump into the combos, I want to note that these are recommendations only, I haven’t tried them out myself. Remember to test paint colors before making a decision.
I recommend buying a sample, a small roller, and some white poster board. Paint two coats of the sample on the poster board, tape it to the wall and analyze it throughout different points of the day. I am a complete hypocrite because I usually go the masochistic route and paint the entire room just to be sure I love the color, but go the poster board route, it’s easier 🙂
Just one more paint tip: if you don’t have access to any of the paint brands mentioned, you can look up the color on my favorite paint resource – Encycolorpedia – to find another brand’s close color match.
Hope you enjoyed this post! Please leave a comment with any questions and have a FABULOUS rest of your weekend!
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