Good Question: What Should I Do With The Wall Behind My Console?

Good Question: What Should I Do With The Wall Behind My Console?

Abby Stone
Oct 27, 2008

102708-question01.jpgSanDiegoAT, who you helped with her living room's floor plan during the Spring Cure, is working on fine tuning her decor this time around and has a question about what to do with the wall behind her console:

What should I do with the wall behind my console? It is painted rental beige - and I'm not allowed to paint or wallpaper. If I owned this house, or I was allowed to paint/wallpaper, I'd be leaning towards the blackbird wall paper (lower right). The other downside is how expensive this wall paper is.

Another idea I have is for a very large, oversized print, possibly the L'instant Taittinger champagne ad. (Taittinger does happen to be my favorite champagne! which is a happy coincidence, mostly I just like the print.) The print would end up partially behind the console, with the print centered vertically on the wall, and the end of the console overlapping the lower left corner of the print. I also like the Chat Noir ad, I think I prefer it, but maybe the Taittinger ad works better since the lower corner is empty.

I've thought about various options to get a similar look to the wall paper via vinyl wall decals, or fabric panels, or fabric with starch to adhere it to the walls, but haven't made any decisions yet.

As far as wall decals, there are a lot of bamboo designs, which gives the same vertical pattern, and a nature theme. I don't think I'd put bamboo wall decals along the entire wall, just behind the end of the console and to the right of the console, sort of like the top right image.

SanDiegoAT, what a great array of choices! We think all of these ideas would work well and we have a few others to throw into the mix. If you're set on wallpaper, you might want to look into Tempaper, a temporary wallpaper we've discussed here and on ATNY. Or, if your heart is set on the blackbird wallpaper, you might consider having a large piece of it simply framed and hung behind the console. Readers, what's your vote?

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