Getting the Hang of It

“Wallpaper is like a shot of Botox for a tired-looking room. Sure, paint will perk it up, but paper adds more than just color; it gives walls character, dimension, and pattern.” That’s how my “All About Wallpaper” piece in this month’s This Old House starts out. Funny thing is, after writing this piece, I realized two things. One, as someone who swoons over luscious papers by the likes of William Morris,  Florence Broadhurst, and Jill Malek (left), I suffer from the classic paradox of choice when it comes to picking out just the right wallpaper. Two, with all do respect for the new “strippable” papers, paperhanging is much harder than it looks and best left to the pros, at least in my old house.