It’s a Wallpaper World

office with wallpaper

Wallpaper is the big trend right now, according to interior designers Kat Nelson, founder of Kat Nelson Designs, and Selena Lewis, owner of Selena Lewis Designs. “From large florals and botanicals to textured papers that mimic wood, cork, patterned grasses and even wool, it’s ok to choose something that will make a big style statement these days,” said Nelson. “And it’s fun to look at all of the new options out there and imagine what will work—choosing one may be the hardest part!”

“Wallpaper is so in because it’s so addicting,” added Lewis, a self-proclaimed wallpaper expert. “And right now, it’s all about color! Homeowners are replacing painted accent walls with paper accent walls, and it’s not enough to have it in
just one room, or on just one wall. They’re putting it in multiple spaces throughout their home and they’re wrapping the room with it, including
the ceiling.”

Here’s what we learned: no room (or wall) is off-limits, sprawling murals make a huge style statement, frame your favorite papers for an economical alternative to covering an entire wall and check out durable (read: easy to clean) vinyl papers from big-name designers to suit high-traffic homes. Today’s papers are a modern twist on the traditional, so relish in choosing glittering metallics, big geometric patterns and intriguing textures like glass beads or Capiz shells.

Dos and Don’ts of Wallpaper Installation

Don’t Opt for peel-and-stick.
It sounds easy, but it’s not, and it doesn’t necessarily prevent wall damage. Use a paste option, instead.

Do Schedule a consult to see and touch samples before buying them from a big-box retailer. You have no idea how much is out there!

Ask your installer what adhesive they’re using. A strippable glue saves time and headaches if you change your mind and want to switch up your paper.

Think about the paper first. It’s cleaner and easier to hang wallpaper before installing new cabinets, vanities or shelving. Proper prep and planning are key to flawless paper installation that lasts a long time.

Hire a professional wallpaper hanger. They are trained to get it right, measure correctly, match the seams and cover the light switches and the outlets for the most professional application

Designer Faves


Metallic Ombre Wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries

Vinyl_Zebrawood wallpaper

Vinyl Zebrawood Wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries

Capri Mural Wallpaper - by York Wallcoverings

MU0250M Capri Mural Wallpaper by York Wallcoverings


Broadsands Botanica Wallpaper

Broadsands Botanica Wallpaper by York Wallcoverings

Selena Lewis is the owner of Selena Lewis Designs, a full-service design firm that specializes in wallpaper design. Lewis ensures customers’ visions are brought to life in a functional way that enhances how a household operates, resulting in a finished product that’s livable and as visually stunning as her paper choices.

Kat Nelson, founder of Kat Nelson Designs has been in Atlanta for 17 years offering full-service design with a personalized, client-focused approach. She begins every project with the idea that a home is her client’s sanctuary—helping them achieve their vision, and then live beautifully in their space is always her goal.

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