Revive a boring room with modern hand-painted wallpaper
Inspired by ancient Chinese scroll making, artist Karen Combs hand-paints and screens her exuberant patterns onto reams of fine French paper that she sells out of her Hudson Valley studio.
The wallpapers, which come in 25-by-30-inch sheets, have an array of cross-cultural influences, from Art Nouveau metro stations to Tang Dynasty brush paintings. We dream about giving our drab guest room new life with the Versailles-like Chateau 66 ($126 per sheet), the Jasper Johns-inspired Little Butterfly Loop ($126) and the Serious Bokay ($126), which comes in a subdued lavender hue.
Nama Rococo's newest designs showcase Combs's talent for balancing antique patterns with contemporary details: the 18th-century Dutch images in the Amsterdam paper ($126) have a crisp China-blue palette, and the Gaudi-influenced Shuboes pattern ($126) has beautifully quirky floral sketches.
If you're not ready to embrace a full room of ornate doodles, any one of Nama Rococo's individual sheets look like a piece of fine art when framed.