Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Wallpaper Samples As Art?

When I posted pictures of all the wallpaper samples received, in a fabulous range of colors, several of you suggested I find a use for them! Oh, you readers are smart.


So on yet another trip to Ikea I picked up two Ribba frames with matting. These are such a fabulous deal! 


Besides the taupe colorway I've selected to hang on one wall, my other favorites are the yellow and red.


While these are just sample, I couldn't bring myself to cut them. Silly, I know. 
Simply taping the wallpaper in place...


...the back of the frames were put back in place...


...and the hanging wire attached.


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I adore that the samples in these two colors were cut from a similar section of the repeat, allowing an identical portion of the pattern to be showcased for each. 


Something similar could be done with a favorite decorative paper or fabric...just think of the possibilities!

38 comments :

  1. Ha! So funny...I wouldn't cut the paper either! It's going to look so fabulous, cannot wait for the final reveal. Wish I could get things done as quick as you!

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  2. What a great way to reuse your samples - I love it. I was just at Ikea the other day and thought I should pick up some frames but it was chaos in there (rainy Sunday so everyone was at Ikea!).

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  3. Love this idea! Maybe I will get a sample of the Amy Butler wallpaper I'm in love with but can't afford and do this!!

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  4. That wallpaper is gorgeous! I love that you used it as art!

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  5. Brilliant!!! I love it..where will you put them? What a clever idea, those samples are seriously too pretty to put away in a drawer, I love the paper and cannot wait to see yours up...EXCITING!

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  6. I have 18x18" frames matted for 12x12" pictures, and I change the pictures about every month. How do I afford that? I simple buy 12x12 scrapbook paper. I bought the frames/mattes with this in mind. There are some great seasonal prints available and all the scrapbook companies come out with new lines regularly. It's an easy way to change things up regularly.

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  7. Love this! I've done it a few times as well. Some scraps and samples are just too beautiful to hide away!

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  8. Oooh, love them too! Fabulous idea and wonderful colors!

    Megan

    http://1funkywoman.blogspot.com

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  9. Love the pop of color this will add to the room!

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  10. Looks great! Ijust did this with scapbook paper until I find the right images for the frames. I found mine at IKEA too! C & B $99..IKEA $20..Sold!
    Enjoy your day
    Maureen

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  11. Yes, I absolutely love this. I can't wait to see them hung!

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  12. wonderful idea and another inexpensive way to add a little pizzaz to ones home..
    best,
    maureen

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  13. What a great idea, Janell. These wallpaper samples are too pretty to hide away!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  14. This is a fabulous idea!! I've got a stack of samples and home and would love to try this...such an easy/inexpensive way to get some fabulous artwork!!!

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  15. Yup, lovely! It's amazing how great even ordinary things looks in frames.

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  16. Oh I just love these! Where on earth did you find them? So fun! Thanks for sharing!
    Cheers!
    Cyndy

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  17. Susie at Maggie G Designs, http://www.maddiegdesigns.com/,
    had samples shipped to me when I was looking at using this wallpaper in the room. Couldn't believe how fabulously large they all were, sample happiness to be sure!

    Janell

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  18. They look great!! I can't wait to see them on the wall. I just bought several marblized wallpaper samples at an estate sale and plan to do the same thing. I'm excited!

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  19. That is a great solution for us renters who can't wallpaper a wall!

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  20. Perfect pieces of art. Love them.Kathysue

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  21. Easy artwork which is so effective. I did something similar with scarves.

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  22. Gorgeous! Love the idea to make use of them. By the way, if you start to hang them and find it's nearly IMPOSSIBLE to get them where you want them with that dreaded wire across the back, I just posted a little quick tip for how to do that without pulling your hair out: http://www.viewalongtheway.com/2011/08/frame-hanging-hack-how-to-get-ikea-ribba-frames-to-behave/

    Good luck! :)

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  23. Great idea! I can't wait to see them on the wall! IKEA Ribba frams are the best! I'm headed back there for more this week to frame book pages.

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  24. What a great idea and way to use wall paper samples. How creative!
    Angela and Renee

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  25. Excellent idea, and economical.

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  26. I have been wanting to to do this with fabric for a while now but don't have a good spot to hang anything since we are in a rental for now...loving what you came up with too! Beautiful and an inexpensive DIY - great!

    http://bjdhausdesign.blogspot.com/

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  27. Brilliant!! Given the influence you have on so many people I would say that wallpaper manufacturers are going to start wondering how their sample requests suddenly went through the roof:)

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  28. What a great idea!! I'm definitely going to try this out!

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  29. ok janell...give it up! pretty please....where do i get those fabulous wallpaper samples????

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  30. So simple yet wonderful! New follower =) Loving everything I've seen on here so far!

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  31. i love it. i always to that with wallpaper samples it looks fab. im you new followed i looked the the link for house of fifty and love it. where to i get it xxx xxx

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  32. such a perfect idea to use these gorgeous samples! such a smarty-pants you are! :)

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  33. Beautiful idea. I'm convinced the Ribba frame makes anything you put in it look totally amazing!

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  34. Funny, I just offered some wall paper samples to a client to use for her art wall....low budget project and we needed some affordable options. Love it!

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