There's always a fine line around these parts. One always wishes to be chic . . . but, not trendy. Current . . . but, not *so* current that you're faced with the unenviable fear of looking dated in a month.
As I review the design world that exists outside of our own little offices here in San Francisco - there seems to be a certain amount of debate on the (at times) very touchy subject of wallpaper. As I said, these conversations always seem to be happening outside of our office . . . 'cause here inside our walls . . . we LOVE wallpaper.
I often think about designing space in term of symphonic construction. Writing a musical score with the perfect balance of colours and shapes - just like instruments and melodies. Not everything needs to be blasting trumpets and clashing cymbals. Sometimes I'm looking for a cello. Or a Bassoon. For those situations . . . we need a simpler note. Not a print. Not another pattern. But, just some depth. Some contrast. And one of our long-time favourites is the amazing papers from Phillip Jeffries.
We've been working on a little update to our website - and so have been reviewing most every image in the portfolios from our projects . . . and these classic, and sometimes dramatic, wall coverings keep coming into view.
Peruse a few of our favourites . . .
A simple grasscloth lends texture and warmth to the space. It also highlights the woodwork
by giving the sturdy white mouldings something to play off of.
|3483-B Island Raffia in Bermuda Grey|
The papered ceiling wraps this master bedroom with a sense of calm.
|#3501 Japanese Paper Weave in Latte|
The textured paper helps to soften some of the formality of this living room.
|#3423 Manila Hemp in Wheat|
For me, nothing feels more restful than this bedroom - wrapped in chocolate silk paper.
|#3806 Japanese Silky String in Tiger's Eye|
And here we used paper to highlight the existing architecture, creating
the "negative space" to balance the view of the outside.
|#3442 Manila Hemp in Camel|