Home Decor Inspiration: Incorporate Bold Wallpaper Into A Dining Room

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Ariel Roth used easy-care patterns, colors and furniture to transform her clients’ Milton home, a cheerful yellow clapboard colonial house built in 1903, from formal to family-owned. “The guests are a young couple with three children who wanted the rooms to be fun and comfortable,” says Roth, an interior designer with Hélios Design Group. Ready to do something different, they enthusiastically embraced his ideas, including covering the four walls of the dining room with whimsical wallpaper. “We’ve used the word ‘happy’ a lot,” says Roth. “This room has a feeling of joy.”

1. The glossy console with Art Deco-inspired details and Lucite legs is playful yet understated, while the Oomph mirror with its fretwork-carved frame reflects the gorgeous backyard.

2. Flat Vernacular’s Swallowtail wallpaper has a painterly pattern in seven soft colors that doesn’t read as too soft. “That sums up the mission of the project,” says Roth.

3. The wood paneling painted in Benjamin Moore Old Navy ties in with the adjoining living room. “The saturated color is in harmony with the architecture and lets the wallpaper pop,” says Roth.

4. The Attalie Dexter metallic hanging with white thread and wooden beads reinforces the curved patterns of the room. “The artwork would have rivaled the wallpaper,” says Roth.

5. The Mitzi chandelier by Hudson Valley Coco is a modern interpretation of an age-old style. “It’s super fun, but it’s about what could have hung there when the house was first built,” says Roth.

6. The clean silhouettes of the table and chairs keep the room open and airy. “The mid-century modern shape of the tulip table works in any setting,” says Roth, “including the New England traditional.


Marni Elyse Katz is a regular contributor to Globe Magazine. Send your comments to [email protected]

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