Wallpaper Plus Coordinating Fabric Done Right

Wallpaper Plus Coordinating Fabric Done Right

Janel Laban
Dec 15, 2009

A decor staple "big idea" that has fallen out of favor for a generation or so is the combination of wallpaper used with coordinating fabric. We know, we know - this treatment can be the punchline in vintage decor books, but we think, if done right, it is a look whose time has come around again. It all depends on the one key factor...

Balance. To pull of this look in a modern way, it is less about excess (where the drapes match the walls which match the bedding which matches the slipper chair) and more about a controlled layering of pattern. Having just one piece done in the coordinating fabric is enough to make an interesting statement while keeping the whole room from feeling overly "matchy matchy".

We think the five examples above, all from Thibaut, illustrate exactly how this can be done in a way that would work in the most up-to-date of homes:

  • Single Side Chair: Manhattan Damask from the Damask Resource Volume II
  • Padded Headboard: Mojito from the Chelsea Collection.
  • Drapes: Coco from the Chelsea Collection
  • Daybed Cushion : Sabeen from the Cypress Collection
  • Settee: Lillian from the Spring Lake Collection

    We really love this look and are considering giving it a try at our own home - what do you think? Would you give it a go?


  • Return of a Trend? Extreme Matching

    (Images: Thibaut)

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