Rory’s Favorite Wallpapers for 2022

Serena & Lily is hot now in residential wallpaper. You can find me hanging one of their papers several times a month. In my opinion, their Artichoke wallpaper is their best.


Schumacher Chinois Palais

I’ll always tell you to install “Chinoiserie.”
Schumacher’s “Chinois Palais” gives a nod to the fine Chinese wallpapers of French neoclassicism. At the same time it’s a modern take that won’t overpower your room or make you feel like your living in a museum. The paper makes the room bigger and breaths life into dull spaces. I hang a lot of wallpaper and this is one of the materials that always turns out the best.


Cole & Son Acquario

A super fun paper for a powder room or accent wall. Cole and Son’s “Acquario” always brings a smile to people’s faces with its whimsical fish motif. Originally designed by Fornasetti, this Italian pattern conjures up images of the Mediterranean and is prefect if you want to add a little sunshine to your place. Available in a range of colors.


Sometimes simpler is better. Nothing says summer like a classic stripe. Available in just about any color that strikes your fancy. I recommend this paper in a Navy or Coral. To me the paper conjures up a long weekend in Nantucket. I’ve even had installed it horizontally in a nursery in warm yellow.


It was striking to see how much the AMC show Mad Men changed interior design. Grass cloth which was originally a commercial material in offices, suddenly went from old-fashion and out-of-style to hot and in demand. But Mad Men was 15 years ago, it’s time for a new texture on our walls.

Candice Olson’s Cork wallpaper is exactly that. A combination of natural cork and metallic foil, this material combines the earthy texture of a tree bark with the glittering brilliance of foil.  Of all the papers I’ve installed, cork is the most seamless. Personal recommendation — the two colors that I’ve found work the best are the Teal and Warm Silver.



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