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Huge room with tons of chinoiserie wallpaper HELP
Brooke Olson
January 17, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Moving and love the scalamandre papers in my house, but don't want this room to look like something bad from the 90s. It was vacant and no draperies. So must start from scratch (but want to keep the chinoiserie style!)
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Brooke Olson
And this huge brick fireplace. What to put up there?
January 17, 2013 at 10:36pm     
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2dogssashatess
I just love your wallpaper. but i do not see that redbrick working with the wallpaper. I could see a nice large gilt mirror hung portrait wise to cover most of the brick
January 17, 2013 at 10:39pm     
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Brooke Olson
Kind of an L shape room. Approx 25 x 12 and 12 x 20 on the return side
January 17, 2013 at 10:39pm   
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2dogssashatess
ps love your windows too
January 17, 2013 at 10:40pm   
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2dogssashatess
Personally, If it my my house I wouldn't have drapes as the wallpaper is the standout feature of the room and you have lovely windows to show off/. if you need something for privacy I would go a plain off white Roman blind
January 17, 2013 at 10:43pm     
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2dogssashatess
I would make sure my couch was a plain color, and have some pillows that pick up colors in the wallpaper. You need to keep things simple when you have such lovely, ornate wallpaper
January 17, 2013 at 10:46pm   
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houssaon
How about some color on the ceiling, like a pale blue? I can see the cabinets in a red lacquer. Get the room out of the 90s with unusual furniture and art: British Colonial in Pasadena.

What great hardwood floors in your space. A deep blue rug like this will ground the space and I love all the accessories in this space: San Francisco City Chateau. How about Roman blinds instead of drapery? A solid color with a braid trim like the San Francisco space would look good.
January 17, 2013 at 10:47pm     
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Darzy
That is really pretty wallpaper. Since the ceilings are so tall, maybe cutting down on some of the wallpaper? Maybe remove the wallpaper above 9' tall and do a moulding at that height and paint above? So, just below the balcony would be wallpaper, but anything above just white walls? White furniture and shiny, glossy accents pieces.

January 17, 2013 at 10:49pm     
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Brooke Olson
Love the idea of painting the ceiling (needs to be done anyway). Love the rug suggestion as well. Was also thinking of painting the cabinetry. But not too bold. Was thinking a muted green or putty/taupe and replacing the hardware. ???
January 17, 2013 at 10:53pm     
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houssaon
That might be a safer alternative to red. The red brick will blend more with the darker cabinets. I would find a great big piece of art with a gilded frame for the fireplace.
January 17, 2013 at 11:08pm     
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Brooke Olson
My son is an artist so ill have him work on something for me and I'll have it framed!!! Thx. Then I can pick the size canvas. :-)
January 17, 2013 at 11:14pm   
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2dogssashatess
http://chinoiseriechic.blogspot.com.au/ this website might provide some ideas and inspiration
January 17, 2013 at 11:43pm     
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2dogssashatess
http://www.houzz.com/photos/products/chinoiserie/p/270 Houzz has heaps of chinoiserie products
I have just been looking and seen some cute red pagoda shaped birdcages:), some cute red mirrors, some cute red pagoda shaped light fittings., etc etc
January 18, 2013 at 12:00am     
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transforme
I love the wallpaper and the built-in's . I would paint the entire fireplace the same colour as the trim. Then change the mantel to one a that's more rustic in the colour of the floor. (maybe an old chunky barn beam?) With all that white you will need something darker to ground the room.
Heavy Metal framed tables or an old farmhouse slab table with linen upholstered chairs. Large art would look great above the mantel or a large framed mirror or a huge clock.
Please post photos of your finished space what ever you decide to do with it.
January 18, 2013 at 12:29am     
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rluchinski
What would happen if you left everything as is and painted your built-ins a deep (not bright) red?
January 18, 2013 at 4:07am   
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What about that cool balcony! Where the fiddlers would stand above the dancers. I would like upholstered pelmets in a coordinating print above the windows with natural slat blinds. What is behind the wet bar? Can the top cabinets come down and open to the next room? It looks a lot like a kitchen stuck near the French doors. Take your design elements out to that patio as well. If you pick up the blue or red in the paper, use them outside on cushion welting and accessories. See a previous post on painting/changing a similar fireplace. Have fun with this!
January 18, 2013 at 5:00am     
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Brooke Olson
Can't take down the wet bar. This is the room behind. It's a circular room with yet more beautiful scalamandre paper!!!
January 18, 2013 at 9:34am   
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houssaon
What a beautiful house you bought!
January 19, 2013 at 1:21am     
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Brooke Olson
Thank you! We are so excited and just want to get in it!

What do you think of these chairs? I have two of them, but mine are cane seats, not upholstered. Would they work in the room or could/should I paint them?

January 19, 2013 at 1:50am     
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Karin Madgwick
They are beautiful!
July 17, 2014 at 5:49am   
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July 17, 2014 at 6:37am   
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