Episode 116- back on the paper trail again

Yes, I am back pondering about wallpaper once more.

This is odd, I haven’t included wallpaper in any of my decorative schemes for many years; paint is my go-to solution . France and this house are clearly steering my thoughts into new, uncharted territory.

In an earlier post-


I was musing on what appealed to me about the one decent wallpaper we inherited  with the French village house, the eponymously named tulip room wallpaper . Well, I liked the fact that it looked like it had been laboriously hand printed and had a pearlescent sheen- the single wall we will be papering behind the bed in that bedroom  will get a modern take on that vibe.

Meanwhile, I have been considering using paper in the cave. The end wall and one long (30 foot) wall have exposed stone which I will be cleaning and keeping apparent. This leaves us with the other 30 foot insulated & plasterboarded  wall, plus two small walls enclosing the wash room.

As  I keep repeating, the cave is long and dark and lit only from each end,   so something pale and light reflective is critical. I tracked down this traditional looking wallpaper (Chinoise by Arthouse) which I love.

As usual I found it at varying prices , from modest to 75 dollars a roll in the USA, but as usual the best price & service is via http://www.wallpaperdirect.com/products/arthouse/chinoise-yellow/102846

They have sent me a nice big sample, but trying to get an accurate photo of the subtle colours is proving impossible. I am posting these, but it is actually a softer pale yellow reminiscent of 18thc  pigments and the finely drawn birds & boughs have a faded sepia ink tint rather than the grey seen here.

DSC03130chinoise wallpaper



It goes fabulously well with both the new and antique textiles I have bought for this guest room


About coteetcampagne

Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, Francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
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10 Responses to Episode 116- back on the paper trail again

  1. Lynda says:

    This is beautiful to be sure, but I hate wallpaper. That said, I can see the seduction of this sample! Did you do it? No, wait, don’t tell me I want to be surprised if you did. 😀


  2. When the softest shade of yellow is discovered, it’s perfection!
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  3. Osyth says:

    Lovely lovely paper. I am quite a fan of papers and we have been uncovering layers and layers of them at the little house …. none quite so lovely as this!

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  4. This house is going to be the most considered build I think there will have ever been… 😉

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