Deciding on Decorative Paper


I've been wanting to line the back of the entertainment center in our family room with some sort of patterned paper, fabric or wallpaper for awhile now. Besides bringing in some more print to the space and adding a bit of whimsy, I think it will lighten up the whole thing and help the huge expanse of black feel more integrated into the room.

{this is one of those gigantic entertainment centers with the tv in the middle, cabinets below and a bookcase on either side...sorry...don't mind the holiday evergreen garland}

I love Paper Source. And they have some really beautiful decorative papers out now. Hand-crafted in Japan and India, using fibers grown in Nepal, batiked, silk-screened, inspired by textile designs (or even their own in-house stuff)...they're very global with lovely small and large scale patterns, even metallics. I'd like to use cool tones - greens, blues and/or greys - and I think all of these are contenders. (I plan on mounting the paper onto foam core, cutting it to the size of each opening and then sort of wedging it into place so as not to harm the actual bookcase. Or I guess I could mount it on poster board and glue dot it to the entertainment center? Anyone done anything like this before?)

So pretty! I think I'm going to have a tough time deciding. It's probably worth ordering one sheet of each of the potential winners and seeing how they look for real in the space, huh? Which ones do you like best?


  1. Sarah!!!! I'M looking for decorative paper to decoupage over that ugly round coffee table that's under my ghosts lamps! Do I hear a Paper Source date in our future?

  2. I like number 1 best, but all of them are pretty! :)

  3. My vote is for #6 flurry moss on pool. I really like that it has brightness without being overpowering.

  4. I think a moderately bold pattern would look great in the back of that cabinet, so I'm voting for #1, #3 or #7. Can't wait to see what you choose! Did you watch The Bachelor yesterday?!!! Thoughts?!!!


  5. I am actually liking the birds. All would make the shelves pop.

  6. Ohh, I like #s 3 & 7!

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  7. I love #1 in fact I was looking at the same paper two nights ago! I've had success adhering the paper to foam board cut to size and I've also used double sided non-permanent scrapbooking tape to hold paper in place on the back wall of a bookcase. Either option works - the foam obviously is thicker and it took a lot longer to do than the double-sided tape but both options look great. Good luck!

    ~Heather from At home with H

  8. I like #1 and #7. You'll need to post after you decide and finish!

    PS - I commented on your post about Maura at 6 months...can maybe offer some bedtime advice!

  9. Isn't Paper Source GREAT? We just lined envelopes for a bridal shower with paper from there and the invitations look much more elegant.

  10. Oh, I'm in love with Paper Source! Can't wait to see what you choose! I love them all.

  11. the cherry blossom took my breath away! I wish it was a wallpaper.

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