Here was the inspiration Suzanne wanted to use for her dining room. This is from the gorgeous home of Maura Endres (instrgram link here). Maura's mural is hand painted and so special in her home. It adds so much character and looks amazing throughout the year.
Here is Suzanne's current dining room:
Here is a snippet of the plan I created:
(out of respect to paying clients, I do not share all the sources on their projects)
I gave Suzanne two options for her dining room, one would be to use a mural style wallpaper and the other would be to use a bold floral drapery that pulled the same colors and nature inspired feeling into the room but with a fabric. I had both on the inspiration board to show how they worked with the other pieces. We plan to keep her current dinning chairs but add slipcovers in a white washed denim fabric. On the back wall where she currently has her china cabinet we will move a beautiful, large Trumeau mirror from her foyer (hers is a darker blue gray than the one on the above board). We will add a taller china cupboard with simpler lines on another wall. Other new additions will include a French inspired chandelier, a darker stained sideboard and lots of rattan and woven elements to keep it from feeling too formal, plus some blue and white pottery. The bamboo chairs will flank the sideboard and have either a blue stripe or small print on the seat cushion. The windows will get bamboo shades and solid linen draperies. I also gave some options for a new dining table down the road and helped her prioritize what changes to make now and what could be finished over time.
I spent a lot of time searching for different paper options and here are a few of my favorites. Since these are hand painted papers, it does get to be an investment to do an entire room. For Suzanne, we will only paper above the chair rail and keep her picture molding below. You can see that look in many of the examples below. There are also less costly options available such as framing a couple panels (I especially love this look with scenic chinoiserie panels), using a digitally screened paper, or finding a local artist to create a mural inspired by a hand painted paper. Anthropologie has some mural style papers and Ballard and Frontgate offer framed chinoiserie panels.
The above three were all found at YR Mural Studio
In Tom Scheerer's Hampton cottage he had a Currier and Ives print blown up and turned into a wallpaper.
This space from designer Larry Hooke is perfect. I don't know the wallpaper source for this one.
Gracie Studios (one of my very favorites, especially for a colonial style home)
The above two are from Susan Harter, her colors are so gorgeous and livable
The above two are from Paul Montgomery
Some other sources with beautiful options are: Zuber, Brunschwig & Fils, Lee Jofa and Griffin and Wong