A while back, I did this to it. (There was a lot of process first. Round ups of inspiration here and here, too.) It was better than before, but still....eh. This is a lesson in the down side of compromise. I wanted a magnetic wall somewhere for the girls to hang up their art, my husband wanted that out of sight, and, against my best judgment, the upstairs hallway magnetic strip was born.
Here's the thing, though. No one uses the magnets. And while I love chartreuse (do you?), I would prefer either a neutral or a pattern now that the rooms opening off the hallway are navy and pink.
Here's the other thing. I have to spend the tiniest amount of money possible on this project.
I better get to the options/ pictures. ideas a little faster, huh?
Option 1: Framed wallpaper panels
First thought, grasscloth:
The Hunted Interior
via My Little Happy Place
But of course a large-scale pattern would be nice, too:
via Sadie and Stella
Option 2: Upholstered panels/ ribbon trim
via Little Green Notebook
This strategy is all about dividing and conquering. By adding the chair rail, I can use a little bit of wallpaper, either above or below, and smaller framed artworks will work (larger framed artworks being too expensive.)
via Door 16
via Martha Stewart
Decorative moldings below, stripes above:
via House to Home
Moldings below, upholstered wall above!
Wallpaper panels work best when they have a story going on, like chinoiserie murals, at which point we run in to a money problem. The examples above work because they all have furniture and art to populate the halls. With plain old framed wallpaper I am just not as interested.
via A Storied Style
Trimmed, upholstered walls would require 12 yards of fabric, dozens of yards of ribbon/trim, and a LOT of nailhead. That adds up, fast. Also, I'm not the best with straight lines. I could skip the trim and go for an amazing pattern, like this.
via Sara Gilbane Interiors
But that means more than 12 yards of fabric that is muchos dineros.
As for the chair rail sitch, well, it's just not that exciting to me, and bring the added problem/project ("opportunity"?) of finding or making 5 large-scale pieces of art.
In a case like this, I always think it is good to figure out what you REALLY want by asking yourself:
What if money were no object (though it is)?
What if I didn't have to do the work myself (though I do.)
In that case, I'm pretty sure I would have the wall upholstered in a beautiful indian blockprint fabric, with contrast ribbon trim and really big fat nailhead. I would put my grandmother's gold tole sconces on either end, flanking an enormous, gorgeous painting or mirror.
So......is there an inexpensive way to accomplish that?