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For years I’ve ached to use scenic grisaille wallpaper in my home.  The historically based style, called grisaille due to the use of only shades of grey in the printing and painting, is a look that works in homes both modern and deeply traditional.

The only paper I’ve been lucky enough to use is this take on grisaille from Cole & Sons called Nuvole which I did behind a bed in a South End apartment.  It’s expensive, but not as prohibitively pricey as many of the deGournay and Zuber.

This is an example of a Zuber paper. I love it with the pops of yellow and lots of crisp white.

My all time favorite dining room done in grisaille paper panels by designer Gideon Mendelson.

Another Fornasetti Cole & Sons paper.


LOOOOOVE this paper, especially with that chandelier. I’d love to do something like this in a guest bedroom some day.


A slightly more modern (and subtle) use in a bathroom.


An old school, traditional space utilizing this style paper. Quite the space no?


I quite like the grey painted wood floor paired with the paper.


Another one that makes me sigh. So good.


THIS. THIS RIGHT HERE. Who wouldn;t enjoy waking up in this crisp, clean dream room?


I’m not so sure about those sconce shades (actually I’m sure I don’t like them)- but I love how this shows how far a pop of color goes when paired with a grey and white wall.

Interiors, Bernhard Residence, Tom Scheerer Designer
Interiors, Bernhard Residence, Tom Scheerer Designer

Suzanne Rheinstein’s living room is quite something.  I’d love to see a chair in a colorto liven it up a smidge.


Crisp, cool, classical.

Hôtel du Lac - Vevey

If you can;t install a whole wall, you can buy sections of a mural paper and frame them!



This is a modern take on grisaille, a large mural black and white photograph applied to a wall. LOVE it paired with that brass bed!


Another wonderful take on it comes from A New Wall– this watercolor-like paper is amazing in this nursery AND the grown up space below.



What do you guys think? Do you love this look? Hate it? Have it?? Do share.


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