Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Dotswold wallpaper dilemma

I would really like to wallpaper our downstairs bathroom in a fabulous colorful wallpaper like chiang mai dragon or zebras, but even our small bathroom would cost over a thousand dollars in that kind of wallpaper.  (Snort.)  So I have explored other options.

For years I have loved Anthropologie's Dotswold wallpaper.  Sadly, it was discontinued a few months ago, and I figured that I would never get my hands on any.  However, it has reappeared on Anthropologie's website a few times since being discontinued.  I checked the other day, and it was back again.  But only two rolls! I bought them.

I would love to use the wallpaper in our downstairs bathroom.  The bathroom is not large, but fully covering all the walls would be five rolls of wallpaper.  With the two rolls I have, I could do one full wall and paint the other three, OR I could wallpaper the ceiling and paint all the walls.

I love how the wallpaper juxtaposes red, pink and purple.  Regardless of whether I paper one wall or the ceiling, the other walls would painted a pale pink, and I would paint the vanity a bright glossy red.  The shower and the light fixture are very shiny 80s brass, which are staying for the moment.  I'd also probably keep the mirror that is currently in the space, but paint it gold.  Or red.  (In case you are wondering about how red and pink would look together, check out Cassie's awesome pink dining room with a red ceiling!)

Alternatively, two rolls is enough paper to fully wallpaper the possible office nook.  In that case I would paper all the walls, paint the cabinets glossy red, paint my filing cabinet pale pink, and bring in a white desk.

Or....I could paint the bathroom a bright color and hang all my Italian ceramics. (Post coming soon.) Or....I could go with a completely different wallpaper and do all four walls. (Post on that coming soon too.)  (I need more powder rooms, I have too many ideas for just one.)

What are your thoughts on only putting wallpaper on one wall? Or on the ceiling?


  1. Yes to the wall, no to the ceiling. I start feeling boxed in when that happens.

  2. Hi,
    I love the paper you have picked and the ideas you have on the red cabinet - it sounds fantastic and I am jealous. I did a quick internet search and found another blogger that had difficulty sourcing the paper, she found who designed the paper - pattern bakery, you might have some luck writing to them directly.Her blog details are I hope this helps.
    Also, do you really want a desk next to the bathroom - would it look good if you made it into a storage cupboard / mudroom / big junk cloak cupboard for the children to throw all their school things into and keep organised?
    If you can't find the paper, can you consider painting the rest of the walls white and the ceiling pink and creating a really really large canvas that mimics the print of the paper and hanging it on one of the blank walls
    Kind Regards

  3. I love the wallpaper and both ideas, but I think I like it in the bathroom.
    Not sure if I'd wallpaper a ceiling, but one wall can be very pretty.

  4. I love the mood board with the one wallpapered wall and the pink walls for the bathroom. Plus I've always heard pink paint in a bathroom is super duper flattering and I've always wanted to paint one pink! So I vote for that.

  5. Fabulous ideas. Wallpapering a bathroom is such a pain. So is wallpapering a ceiling! I don't know, can't really help I'm afraid. But I love your ideas.

  6. OK, I lied. I thought "bathroom ceiling" but I have no idea the scale of the paper or how high your ceiling is: in our bathroom it would be oppressive, so, again, I'm no help at all am I?

  7. see image at for ideas

  8. that is a really lovely wallpaper. maybe a few rools will popout in the site again :D

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