Wallpaper accent wall behind the bed

Overcoming Wallpaper Aversion Disorder!

OK, so here’s two words I never thought I’d say again: I wallpapered.  (If you follow me on Instagram, you might have snuck a sneaky peaky.)

And, let me tell you, it’s no small miracle.  Fifteen years ago, I swore I would never-ever, ever-never, use wallpaper again.  That’s what happens when you strip and scrape four decade’s worth of wallpaper with your own hands..By the time I tore the last piece of velvet flocked paper off the walls of our first home, I had developed a disease known to all owners of 1960s fixer uppers: Wallpaper Aversion Disorder.  (It’s real, I swear.)

.So when we built this home 6+ years ago, the idea of using wallpaper on our newly new walls was out of the question.  When it started to trend again a few years ago, my Wallpaper Aversion stayed strong.  I promised myself I would not crumble.

.Then these kinds of images happened…

..pretty geometric wallpaper

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Contemporary Bedroom by Brooklyn Photographers Alexander Johnson Photography


blue geometric wallpaper

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Traditional Bedroom by Little Rock Interior Designers & Decorators Tobi Fairley Interior Design
powder room wallpaper
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Contemporary Bathroom by Mill Valley Interior Designers & Decorators Jute Interior Design

With each new geometric wallpapered room I saw in magazines or online, my heart rate got a little faster.  Slowly, my Wallpaper Aversion started to feel more like Wallpaper Fear.  Then Fear got downgraded to Hesitation. And, before I knew it, I was all like, “OK, so I’ll just do one wall.”

.gray geometric wallpaper

.SCORE: Wallpaper: one.  Me: zero. .The good news is I LOVE IT!  I can’t wait to show you how it all turned out!

.So how do you feel about geometric wallpaper?Are you a believer or do you still have Wallpaper Aversion like I did?  Tell me all about it!
Until then,



  1. says

    I still have wallpaper aversion. I am currently in the process of stripping a wallpaper border (can you say dated?? lol) from our summer place, so it is still fresh for me. Can’t wait to see your room. I have no doubt you will make it look incredible!

  2. says

    I’m afraid I still have wallpaper aversion. I, too, have been enticed by some of the wonderful papers that have come out in recent years, but probably won’t indulge any time soon. For one thing we are currently living in a very wonky little casita that has undulating walls that would make applying wallpaper a nightmare I’d never recover from. And although we’ll be building a house in the next couple years, I doubt I’d be able to source the really cool papers here in Argentina that I keep seeing available in the U.S. So for now I’ll just keep enjoying the loveliness vicariously through all you home decor bloggers :)