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In a blog last week, I wrote about the clever countertop fix in this year’s Designer Showhouse kitchen. But just upstairs was another bright, clever, low-cost idea. In the upstairs hall, designers Anna Lassiter and Lucinda Robinson of Eden Boheme had to find a way to dress up a significant amount of wall space—the long narrow corridor was the thruway to all four rooms on the second floor. “In most houses, hallways are a good spot for family photos, but with no residents, we had to find something different to dress it up,” says Lassiter. And it’s a good thing too... After all, what started as a design space that needed primping simply because it’s a high-traffic area and you simply can’t ignore it (though many of us do) ended up being a true high point of the tour.

Instead of framing up photos, the two looked to wallpaper—not as an all-over wall covering, but as simple, vibrant artwork.  Choosing six different patterns, they cut 24" x 78" panels of each (width of a standard roll), fitted them into wood frames painted silver, and hung them as a series against a backdrop of high-gloss grey wall paint. The result? Instant glam without spending a ton of money or time.

(Note: Love the idea but have NO time to pull it together? These gals are selling their panels in their King Street shop...)

One last note: Try this in your dining room! And keep in mind the high-gloss paint is a smart choice for anyone looking for a little drama. 

Resources:
Eden Boheme
194 King St., Charleston
(843) 805-6025

Wallpaper from Osborne & Little and Designers’ Guild
Wall color: "Fate" by Color Wheel 

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