I’m currently sitting in Lucky Penny — one of Halifax’s many adorable cafes. I’ve been seeing this place all over Instagram lately, and because it was dreary outside and I’m in desperate need of some inspiration I thought I’d spent a couple hours here with my laptop trying to get some work done. Not to mention the fact that I’m always up for a yummy chai latte… And let me tell you, if you’re a chai latte lover you’ll love Lucky Penny.
It didn’t take me a long time to figure out why this place has become so popular. The treats are delicious and the decor is beautiful. Why you may ask? Three words. Dark. Floral. Wallpaper.
If you had asked me a year or two ago what I thought about wallpaper I would probably have laughed in your face. I used to HATE wallpaper. It could be because of my past with home renovations and the disgusting wallpaper my parents used to have to spend hours peeling off walls (no, I didn’t help… sorry Mom and Dad). Or because I’ve watched a lot of HGTV and know how awful and dated it can look.
But here’s the thing. Wallpaper is no longer drab and faded. It doesn’t feature ugly patterns anymore or make you feel like you’ve been enclosed in a time machine from the 70s. Wallpaper has taken the grandma out of grandma chic. And I have been converted.
I love the way a single accent wall of wallpaper can dramatically improve a space. The choices are endless and it’s a great way to show off your personality. It would be my dream to wallpaper a single wall of a narrow hallway or a powder room. To take a small space that doesn’t have much room for a unique piece of furniture or beautiful art and make the whole room into a piece of art using a couple rolls of beautiful paper.
I’ve also seen people use wallpaper to add colour to boring spaces like linen closets, dressers or bathroom storage! I think this is such a cute and inexpensive way to add a little bit of happiness to spaces that tend to be a little predictable and mundane.
How beautiful are all of these rooms? I can’t help but smile a little when I look at the ways people have used wallpaper to express their personal style.
Would you ever use wallpaper in your space?
PS: If you’re in the Halifax area and go to Lucky Penny, ask about their “kitchen sink” cookie. You’re welcome 😉