Monday, January 30, 2012

Nurture Your Home - Best Online Sources For Wallpaper

Rain Drops Wallpaper, Studio Nomo.
Over the last couple months, I've been obsessively looking for wallpaper for three rooms in my house - 2 bathrooms and my daughter's playroom.  If you had told my 20 year-old self I'd be wanting to line my home with wallpaper in 10 years, I never would have believed you. But wallpaper is back in a BIG way and if you are like me, you don't have time to spend your days and weekends traipsing around from store to store looking for the perfect print. I was ecstatic to discover that there are many great online resources for wallpaper and for only a few dollars, you can have samples sent directly to your home.  You'll definitely be seeing some more wallpaper here on this blog in 2012, but to start, I'd like to share several of my favorite sites with you:

York Wallpaper

York Wallcoverings has one of the most comprehensive catalogs, but its site can be a little overwhelming with about a hundred books to look through, each with about 30 wallpaper options.  Instead, use the handy search tool where you can choose both primary and secondary colors and then pick whatever category fits your design scheme - geometric, floral, contemporary, etc. The samples I ordered arrived 3 days later and were all a very generous size (compared to the rest of the retailers), making it easy to visualize what it will look like on your wall.  If you find something you like, you will need to find a retailer nearby (they don't sell directly to the customer online), but it is simple to do by using the Find A Retailer tool on their website.  I would also call around and get a couple quotes from the people in your area since prices can vary from retailer to retailer.  Here are a few of my favorites from York:

Grata Trellis Wallpaper, 

Lattice Wallpaper, 
Ogee Wallpaper, 

Lattice Sidewall Wallpaper, 
York Archives Wallpaper, 

Corset Wallpaper, 

Scribble Wallpaper, 

Wallpaper Direct

This British website ships to the U.S. and also has a quick turn-around time with samples (the ones I ordered came in less than a week!).  They also will send you two samples for free with a $3.95 shipping charge.  In addition to their large selection, they carry a number of European companies that are only available to the trade here in the States.  I loved everything I received from them, but there is one disclaimer: because of their contracts with certain brands, some designs on the site cannot ship to the U.S. I was initially looking for the Cole and Son Woods wallpaper, which they carry for only $77.87 per roll (vs. $198 at Anthropologie), but when I tried to check out, I was notified they were unable to ship it to the U.S. C'est la vie.  Here are a few great papers that can make the trip across the pond:

Dome Gray Wallpaper, $26.71 per roll,

Stone Trellis Wallpaper, $113.81 per roll, 

Kasbah Taupe Wallpaper, $40.71 per roll, 

Vogue Black and White Wallpaper, $40.71 per roll, 

Daphne Wallpaper, $44.02 per roll,

Merry Go Circus, $135.19 per roll, 

Graham and Brown

Another great resource, Graham and Brown is an English company that carries several lines designed by interior designers Amy Butler, Marcel Wanders, and Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen.  I also thought their Damask selection was particularly strong. All their wallpapers have photos of multiple rooms so you can get a feel for the depth and scale of the designs.  Their inventory is manageable and their site makes it easy to search by color or genre.

Majestic in Gray, $60 a roll, 

Vivid Cream and Gold Wallpaper, $75 a roll, 

Glamour White and Gold Wallpaper, $75 a roll, 

Mika in charcoal, $60 a roll, 

Soprano in Teal, $75, 

Walnut Walpaper

Probably the coolest and most contemporary wallpaper outlet I found, this L.A. based retailer carries sophisticated yet playful papers.  From the whimsical and bright to the subdued and chic, spending just a few minutes browsing Walnut Wallpaper's site is guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing.  If you are looking for wallpaper with an animal scheme (think children's rooms or maybe a bathroom), this is the place to start your search - their selection is well-curated and widely varied.  Although a many of the papers they carry can run upwards of $400 a roll, they have a good selection of options for less than $200 a roll.  If you live here in L.A., you can visit their store on Beverly Blvd, which I've heard is an awesome experience!

Clockwise from top left: Mme. Jeanne, $180 per roll, Hicks Hexagon, $188 per roll,  Asian Trellis, $150 per roll, Espiga, $125 per roll, all available at 

Hexagano, $125 per roll,

Clockwise from top left: FBW, $400 per roll, Owls of Commonwealth, $120 per roll,  Little Whales, $165 per roll,  Peacock in Jade, $160, all available at 

Oh, and of course I also have a Pintrest board where I catalogue all my favorite Wallpaper and Fabric finds. You can check it out here


tina said...

Morning, gosh what a comprehensive list. Yes, would love to have some wallpaper when I get to redecorate or move.

There is indeed so much wonderful stuff to choose from. Where do you start? I am all in favour of wallpaper being back in fashion.

Do you remember the minimalist years? Who ever invented that?

Theresa / InspirationCOOP said...

Really great round-up! That whale wallpaper would look great in a playroom and I love all the really graphic prints you selected. Hm, my friends are redoing their master bedroom. Wonder if I could convince them to wallpaper one wall.
Good luck and have fun with your wallpapering adventures. Would love to see the finished product. ;)

Anonymous said...

The Little Wales paper is so great! I would love to find a place for it. You've given me great sources for next time I'm looking for wallpaper. I want to do every room right now, but I have to wait it out because I change my mind often. Teri

California Chic said...

@tina..I totally remember the "minimalist" style of decorating and have never loved it. I can appreciate a modern home (although I really love more of an eclectic chic type style), but why would anyone want to live in a stark and drab home when there is so much color in the world?

@Theresa If I've realized one thing about myself is that I love a good graphic print :) I would love to share the finished product with you! I've just got to actually pull the trigger on some things. I spend hours looking, but can be very indecisive when it comes down to making an actual decision. But 2012 is go time so hopefully soon...!

@Terri - I hear you on changing your mind. I thought I had selected everything and while working on this post I found at least 10 new papers I just ordered samples of! As my husband says, at some point, you have to stop looking and just do it :)

Natsumi said...

I love the top raindrops one! It looks a lot like the Nama Rococo collection :)

California Chic said...

@Natsumi - isn't it so lovely and whimsical? It's one of my favorites too. I'm thinking of buying it to cover a canvas with since there is no place for it in my house. Thank you for stopping by!

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