With the beautiful summer weather here in New England this past weekend I found myself gathering a stack of my favorite design and decorating magazines as I headed out to the beach. With my pale complexion my ocean bound forays always include a huge umbrella, gobs of sunscreen and giant hat which helps create a perfect environment for leisurely scanning pages and reading articles.
With my stack of 6 magazines completed I found my mind racing in all sorts of directions; thrilled about this, concerned about that, curious to learn more and occasionally hoping a trend or two will be short-lived.
One impression (I’m never certain when an impression becomes something more…like a trend) my afternoon left me with is that our homes, lives and certainly magazines are over-come with white walls. When did this become such a “thing”? And how quickly can we migrate away from room after room of blistering, boring, white painted walls?
While I have a theory or two about why….I’ll save those for another post; today I’d like to just raise our collective awareness a bit and remind us of the many richly creative options available to the creative soul when contemplating a decorating scheme and its associated walls.
And where better to draw inspiration that from the pages of the May 1990 edition of Architectural Digest and the Normandy home of Baron and Baroness Gerard de Waldner as designed by Francois Catroux with text by Charolotte Aillaud and photography by Derry Moore.
On the walls of the salon the walls have been wrapped in stencil-painted burlap, evocatively resembling the cordovan panels of the Renaissance. Anyone up for replicating or bettering this type of delicious treatment? Sign me up please!
We see it from time to time these days…but sadly not frequently enough but here we see the drawing room, with its more formal furnishings, and walls wrapped in dramatic crimson brocade. Fabric covered walls can make a come-back any day if you ask me!
Finally we see a simple little guest bedroom, tucked into the eaves of the manor house. Here its walls are again fabric wrapped but I point out that this effect can also be achieved by use of coordinating wall-coverings and fabrics.
Look at the impact the pattern repetition brings to the room when beds and simply draped table are wrapped in fabric matching the walls. It’s a simple technique that adds to the beauty of a home and in my opinion should be used with greater frequency.