Roundup | Modern Wallpaper for a Historic Home

6 pretty wallpaper choices for an old home |

Last weekend, my mom, Wes and I got to work wallpapering an accent wall in my foyer. Wes and I had never wallpapered before, and my mom lived through the '80s when wallpapering was everything so she knows her way around some wallpaper, and I was relieved when she offered to help us!

It actually ended up not being as intimidating as I thought it would be. In fact, I actually found it to be kind of fun once we got the hang of it. When we moved in, our entire foyer, staircase, and upstairs hallway was covered in this very '80's, striped wallpaper that I hated (I started taking it down after only being in the house one week!). You can see what that looked like here. From there, I painted everything pure white, but I quickly learned that in an old house with oak trim, white walls just look unfinished and plain. Plus, some of our foyer walls are not in the best condition so we decided to go with wallpaper again, but more modern-looking wallpaper. We did an accent wall behind our piano this past weekend (as shown above), and we plan on actually doing the entire foyer soon because we are so pleased with it.

We went with the Queen Anne wallpaper by Rifle Paper Co. in taupe, which is just perfect for our historic home because it has a vintage look, but it feels fresh and not dated at all. I also love it because the neutral colors don't come across as busy or loud. It looks elegant without being frilly. I'm in love!

In the spirit of this newfound love of mine, I thought I would round up 6 pretty wallpapers that I found.


1. Peonies Wallpaper in Mint by Rifle Paper Co.
This is probably my second favorite Rifle wallpaper, and although I chose mint for this roundup, I actually like every color that it comes in.

2. Petal Pusher in Taupe by Oh Joy
This wallpaper has gotten pretty famous, but you usually see it in metallic gold, which I like but I feel like I would get tired of. The taupe color shown here is a little more toned down and less trendy.

3. Otomi in Turquoise by Emily Isabella
I love the boldness of this color and pattern. I could see this with white subway tile in a small powder room with gold accents.

4. Pineapple Wallpaper in Ebony by Rifle Paper Co.
Another Rifle Paper Co choice? I know, I know. I have a problem. But seriously these pineapples are everything. I would use this in a small hallway area for a little drama!

5. Dark Floral Wallpaper by Ellie Cashman Design
At first sight, this wallpaper looks like it could possibly be a little "too much". But after seeing it in this laundry room, I'm sold (and also a little jealous!).

6. English Garden Wallpaper by Caitlin Wilson
This wallpaper is just so pretty. Between the watercolor design and the dreamy shades of pink, purple, and blue, I just feel like it would be impossible to be sad in a room with this wallpaper. I think it would be absolutely perfect in a little girl's room or a dressing room.

Have you ever wallpapered? What do you think of the choices above? Let me know in the comments! xo