With a Leafy Room Like These, You’ll Forget You Don’t Have a Yard
We bet they’ll grow on you.
Published Jun 25, 2020 12:00 AM
Many of us are itching to dip our toes in the sea or have lunch at a sun-soaked cafe. But our reality is most likely a daily dose of nature on our fire escape or a masked walk around the block. Thankfully, there is a way to bring nature home that doesn’t involve traveling (or seasonal allergies): wallpaper.
Covering your space in a lush leafy print might just make you feel like you’re on a mini-vacation every time you enter the room. The best part: the good vibes will last long after quarantine is over. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
The Subtle Pattern
Niki Bergen and Andrew Zuckerman are the creatives behind Ikebana-inspired wallpaper company Superflower Studio, so it’s unsurprising that every wall in their Chelsea apartment is covered in colorful flora. In their living room, they used their Cannonball print, a dainty motif in muted shades of moss, to give their city home a wild twist. While they look out onto concrete buildings every day, they’re immersed in nature at home.
The Common Thread
Designer Summer Thornton gave a Chicago kids’ room the enchanted treatment with a Scalamandre wallpaper inspired by Central Park. She pulled verdant hues from the design to use on the room’s trim, upholstered beds, window seat, and even wall-to-wall carpet for an all-encompassing effect.
In this moody San Francisco Craftsman, designers Leann Conquer and Alexis Tompkins from Chroma lined the hallways in a custom De Gournay wall covering and muddy green trim to frame the tree-filled “views.”
The Sartorial Pick
De Gournay has been creating hand-painted wallpapers in leafy schemes since 1986, and their recent collaboration with fashion designer Erdem feels like a real-life magical garden of brightly hued tulips, hydrangeas, and chrysanthemums.
The Cozy Nook
To combat the London gloom in his apartment, British designer Ben Pentreath brought in a vining wallpaper from William Morris. He paired it with a firetruck red wrought-iron bed frame and a vibrant yellow bedspread to energize the small space.
The Daring Combo
It was never a question that Kate Brodsky Rheinstein’s Hamptons home would be filled with color and pattern (her mom is print-loving designer Suzanne Rheinstein). In her daughters’ room, the founder of KRB, a home and antiques shop in New York City, embraced the orange-and-green scheme in the nasturtium wallpaper by Lake August, using the same colors for the paint, furniture, and bedding.
The All-Out Option
Calico didn’t hold back with their latest wallpaper launch, Overgrow, papering the walls and ceiling of a wood-paneled room at Schloss Hollenegg, a 12th-century Austrian castle, in dripping vines. Applying the motif overhead was no easy feat—the non-repeating sheets had to be tailored to fit in between the coffers so it looked like the vines were trickling down the wall—but the enveloping result was worth the effort.
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