I think that it is fair to say that from time to time we all like to have our little indulgences, especially when it comes to decorating our homes. This is completely understandable, because our home is where we get to truly express who we are and surround ourselves with the things that we like. How much we choose to spend doing this however is as much a personal choice as the decorating itself.
The reason that I am writing about this is because my friend recently bought some new wallpaper for her living room. The wallpaper was by William Morris, and it was one of his most famous designs ‘The Strawberry Thief’ which you can see here*. This particular wallpaper cost around £50 per roll and they needed two rolls for their alcoves. At first I thought that this was a bit expensive for some wallpaper, but then again there is always a hefty price to pay for anything that’s classed as designer. William Morris isn’t just any designer either, he was a huge influence in interior design during the Victorian period and played a key role in the arts and crafts movement of that era. So, in all honesty, I like to view his wallpaper and textiles as little gems of history, but that’s just me. 🙂
Is it worth the money?
So yeah, I do still think that £50 per roll of wallpaper is expensive, but it is something that they are going to look at and enjoy everyday for several years to come. I think that when you look at it that way, it is like a small investment in a piece of artwork that they love, and as a history lover myself I can appreciate that.
What you can do on a budget
If, however, your budget doesn’t allow you to spend £100+ on wallpaper, then there are other options that may suit you better such as buying a sample of designer wallpaper that you love and framing it, for example. This way you can incorporate the design that you want into your scheme without such a hefty price tag. If you don’t have a shop in your area which sells designer wallpaper then you can always have a look on-line and enjoy the huge variety of designers available at your fingertips. Another way to incorporate certain designs into your scheme is by using textiles, such as cushion covers or even bed spreads if it is your bedroom that you’re decorating. For instance, if your little one is a big Roald Dahl fan then you could create a wonderful Roald Dahl world using his fabrics and bedspreads* with their favourite characters. I would love to do this for my boys but I have one huge sports fan and one that’s crazy about dinosaurs, so unfortunately I don’t think that I would be allowed. They also share a room, so when it is due to be redecorated (it is currently a nautical theme) then I am going to need a lot of wacky ideas to make them both happy! Maybe sports mad dinosaurs will be the way to go?
Making the Expensive, Inexpensive
So, how much would I spend on a roll of wallpaper? Well, I think that it would boil down to budget and how much I really loved it. Personally, I am a massive fan of finding designs and schemes that I love (they are usually way out of my budget) and then replicating it in my own way and within my own budget. I get a lot of satisfaction from doing things on the cheap. 🙂
How much would you spend on a roll of wallpaper?