An Inexpensive Design Trick: Framed Wallpaper Samples
What's the one thing that all of these rooms have in common, besides the fact that they were all designed by me? If the title of this post didn't give it away, it's that each of these rooms have "artwork" that is just about as beautiful as it is inexpensive. In every single one of these spaces I simply framed either a wallpaper sample or I used a left-over remanent from wallpaper that was used another area of the home. It's such an easy and affordable way to bring more art into your space, and it's especially convenient to use in areas that are narrow in nature where a stock print just won't work, given that you can cut the sample to any size without changing the look of the overall piece. As you can see I use this "trick" often in my designs and that's because it's as easy as it can be to create a beautiful piece of artwork.
For each of these homes you see above I either sent the sample to Framebridge and had the piece made to the exact measurements that I needed, or I simply stuck the sample in a frame that had a mat in it so I could hide the edges. It's really that easy. The best part is that a number of retailers don't even charge for samples, so all you are actually buying is the frame. (shhhhh don't tell them I told you this!) Some of my favorite retailers to order samples from are Hygge and West, Abnormals Anonymous, Osbourne and Little and Eskayel (who actually sells large samples). Creating "art" this way gives you so much flexibility given that when you tire of of print, you can simply slide in another. I'm working on some kids rooms right now and as a cost saver I'm thinking of doing a grid of framed samples over one of the beds. The options are really endless with this one and I'm sure that I am going to be using this little trick for a long time to come. If you have a blank wall in your own space that's looking for a little love, this is your answer! Xx
Images by Sabrina Cole Quinn Photography