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Need to fill a wall? Frame a piece of wallpaper

By House Beautiful

There comes a time in every home design project when you're staring at a big, blank wall and wondering what to put there. Should it be a photograph? A painting you may have bought for a lot of money from a talented artist? Something cool and out of the ordinary, like a surfboard or a hat collection? That big wall is an opportunity, albeit a potentially paralyzing one.

One solution can be found in this Charlotte, North Carolina, home designed by Barrie Benson, featured in the January/February 2019 issue of House Beautiful (see the full home tour here).

Photo credit: Ngoc Minh Ngo

Photo credit: Ngoc Minh Ngo

In the dining room of the brick Georgian-style home, Barrie framed a huge piece of vintage Gracie wallpaper. The wallpaper's soft seafoam green works well with the room's gray, muted color palette; it's eye-catching but not overwhelming.

Although any wallpaper or wall covering can be used as a work of art in this way, Gracie's wallpapers are of course particularly beautiful. The studio opened in 1898 and is now run by members of the fourth generation of the Gracie family. Each individual order is painted by hand.

Photo credit: Ngoc Minh NgoPhoto credit: Ngoc Minh Ngo

Photo credit: Ngoc Minh Ngo

Of course, that means wallpapering an entire room in Gracie can be very expensive. By finding and framing a vintage piece, Barrie secured the design impact and artistry without the high price tag. Beautiful!

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