When I last wrote about our basement design project, we had just finished painting the basement stairs! This change made such a big difference, and it was the first of a few updates I knew I wanted to make in the basement stairwell.
Read on for all the details on why I chose the wallpaper pattern I did.
I chose a bold, unique wallpaper pattern from Ottoline called Bloomsbury Stripes. I love the colors, the scale, and that it reads like a stripe—but with a big twist. This wallpaper will be installed on the walls at the top of the basement stairwell, extending from the ceiling to the painted wood paneling. I think this wallpaper would make a big impact in any smaller space like a powder room or hallway.
This was a really hard wallpaper to select because there are so many design elements surrounding the spot where it will be installed! The stairs open up right into the kitchen dining area, entrance hallway from the garage, guest bathroom, and Birdie’s room (formerly the guest room). I had to think about how the wallpaper would tie in with the design of each of these rooms. I also had to consider how the wallpaper would play with the adjacent materials—mainly the texture of the marble flooring and the wood paneling on the walls. Any wallpaper pattern that was the same scale as the paneling felt wrong, as did any pattern that looked too organic like the veining on the marble.
Initially, I was considering wallpaper with a small dot pattern, but I kept coming back to this zigzag striped Ottoline pattern. There’s something about the scale of the pattern and the colors in this wallpaper that tie in really well with the adjacent wood and marble materials. It acts as a nice bridge between all of the varying design elements. It also works as a lovely backdrop to the colors of the kitchen cabinets!
Here is a list of the updates to come, most of which will happen throughout this summer:
BY Kate Arends - June 14, 2023
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