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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Framing Wallpaper Panels

Using a pair of framed wallpaper panels in a dining room can be an inspired and practical alternative to papering an entire room. It's an obvious solution if you rent, or expect to move often, and it allows you to use wallpaper that might be too expensive in large quantities. Moreover, this approach can be just as timeless and sophisticated as a completely papered room. Not second choice decorating.

The first image above is a detail view of heirloom Chinese wallpaper that decorator Suzanne Rheinstein salvaged and framed. Originally the paper was used in the childhood home of her husband. The second image is of a dining room designed by Steven Gambrel, using rescued hand-painted gauche panels. I think the scale of the panels is perfect in this room, and a good guideline if you opt to frame wallpaper fragments or hang any other similar found objects.


jen said...

I saw this in a very early issue of domino and thought it was genius - of course all of the panels I am interested in are $$$$!

Alli said...

I love this.

Elizabeth said...

Hey- I know this is an older post but I'm always looking at your blog for inspiration. I've found a chinoiserie wallpaper that I'd love to frame and I was wondering if you had any suggestions on how to do so, mainly about the framing (where to find the frame, if it is easier to make one, whether or not people use glass to cover, etc.). Thank you for any advice you might have!


style court said...

Hi Elizabeth!

I don't know if you can make out the details in the images in the recent "Channeling Oliver Messel" post or "Kelly Crago Hansen/Dining By Design" post, but those wallpaper panels are not covered with glass. Also, I believe the Suzanne Rheinstein wallpaper seen in this post is not covered with glass either.

Both are framed with really simple gold frames. You could pick silver or gold based on the colors in your wallpaper panel, and based on personal preference etc.

Sometimes art supply centers have surprisingly good framing departments --for example Binders. It sounds like you just need something simple to not compete with the wallpaper piece. If you are good at making frames yourself and can get the supplies you need, why not go for it?
Good Luck!

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for the advice and encouragement! Keep up the great work on the blog!

style court said...

Thanks Elizabeth! Have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

What do you apply the wallpaper to? Thank you

style court said...

Hi Anon,
A professional framer could advise you best, but if you decide to do this DIY, I would guess you could just let the paper rest against a cardboard-like backing -- you know, no glue or sticky substances, to let the paper have air. But please get another opinion besides mine to be safe :)