It has taken every bit of the five months that we’ve lived here, but I think I finally love our main bedroom design. The biggest question on my mind has been: Do I take down the vintage floral striped wallpaper? At first, I was determined to keep it, but then after struggling to make the rest of the room come together around it, I vowed to have it taken down by the end of this year. Now, though, I’m having second (or should I say “third”?) thoughts…
Sure, the wallpaper is pretty bold and busy, but it’s also undeniably charming and I haven’t seen anything like it. Don’t I want our home to stand out from the crowd? I’ve definitely gotten more used to the pattern since we moved here back in November of last year, and this wallpaper does work pretty nicely with our existing earth-toned color palette. Maybe it’s worth holding on to after all?
I had actually always planned on painting the lower portion of the room (below the chair rail) a soft sea foam green tone after I, hypothetically, took the wallpaper down, so maybe I continue with that plan just to balance out the busy-ness of the vintage wallpaper? Right now, the cream paint on the lower half of the room almost forces you to focus on the wallpaper, making it even more of a focal point. If I painted the lower half of the room something a little darker than the existing cream color, I think there’s a good chance that the wallpaper would become less of a star and it would feel more like an accent.
Room resources: Low dresser, oak side tables, king platform bed, tall dresser (similar), round mirror, washable area rug, ceiling fan, white curtains, sheer curtains, curtain rods, tabletop clock, faux yucca plant, faux tabletop plant, white planter pot, mini table lamp, sateen duvet set, organic sheet set, organic cotton quilt
I haven’t started painting yet, but I think the room just might be sporting a new color by this weekend…What do you think? I’m super curious to know if you would keep the wallpaper or if you would take it down. You know I’m a big lover of all things “retro,” and I do think this is an original feature of our 1960s home. I hate to take away something so unique. Anyway, all this to say…I’m not giving up on it yet. Leave your own thoughts and opinions in the comments, and don’t let my indecision sway you!
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I am also a MASSIVE retro fan, and I have to say I love how it looks right now. I would definitely keep the wallpaper. It is just a little funky, without being gaudy. I think the colors are perfect with the pieces you have. I do like the white on the walls. I think going with a dark paint on the bottom portion of the walls would be interesting, and would give a bit more of a “moodier” feel to the space, but, if it were my bedroom, I would want to keep it light and airy. I think it looks great how you have it. Love the hanging light by the bed!
That’s so great to hear! Thanks so much!! I haven’t painted yet, and am still trying to decide what I want to do. I’ll keep everyone posted!
Sounds like a good idea to try some paint–MUCH easier than taking down wallpaper. You are so talented at envisioning spaces and making them come to life. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!
Good point! And thanks 🙂
Wow! I really liked the wallpaper before, but the detail shots you included in this post made me love it even more. I’m sure whatever you do will be great, but if it were me I’d keep it…at least for a few years.
I’m not sure I think a seafoam green would compliment it, but maybe more of a sage? Like the color of the plants you have in the room? That color seems to look nice with the wood tones that are already here. Either way I’m sure I’ll love whatever you do!
Thanks so much for your kind support!! I’m thrilled to know you like the wallpaper 🙂 I mentioned the concept of painting the lower half of the room to my husband, and he’s not as into that idea as I am, so we may just leave it exactly like you see in these photos!! Thanks for your suggestions!
You’ve done an amazing job of creating a 1962 time capsule, lol, and of working with that wallpaper. I think it works… the question is, do you like it? As for painting the wall, generically I’d want to pull a color from the wallpaper for coherence. Specifically, I personally don’t like any of the colors in the wallpaper. For me, the wallpaper would have to go, because… orange and brown? No thank you.
Thank you! Yes, I like it quite a bit!! Orange and brown is one of my favorite combos 🙂 You’ll see it all throughout our home with the wood furniture blended with other earth tones. I love pulling in a blue/green tone because those colors are complimentary to orange/red on the color wheel. It’s all about balance, and, of course, choosing what you love!