Entryway Wallpaper Roundup - One Room Challenge Week 2

Week two of the One Room Challenge has some exciting progress updates (and sourcing news) but not a lot of actual exciting photos to show for it (although don't worry I am including some highly satisfying post tile removal photos just to keep you in the loop).  For day to day updates, make sure you are following me on Instagram. If you are new to Calmly Chaotic, hi, I'm Ashley and I am the designer behind this One Room Challenge transformation but my husband Andrew, well let's call him the designated contractor. This week Andrew patched holes and prepped walls and removed carpet stickers and cut out trim - all important things but I'll be honest I just wanna see the big changes like the wallpaper and paint and new herringbone tiled floors.

In case you missed our last ORC, we used wallpaper in that project too and it made us brave enough to add it to the list of things we are planning to do in our entryway.

There are so many beautiful, funky, muted and abstract wallpaper options out there so I've included three different categories.

But first, it's time to reveal the wallpaper that we will be using....

This week I also publicly debated lighting via polls in my Instagram Stories. While we are very close to a decision we haven't made one quite yet but pictured above is the Lotus pendent by Hudson Valley Lighting as well as our wallpaper pick Endless Summer by York Wallcoverings and our wall paint Good Jeans by Clare Paint.

Entryway Wallpaper Roundup

Retro Wallpaper Options

1 / 2 / 3

I love the fun and laid back feel of these wallpapers. Check out @hiccupinghannah and how she transformed her closet with wallpaper no.3.

Botanical Wallpaper Options

4 / 5 / 6

I fell in love with the way actress Megan Ferguson used wallpaper no. 4 in her dining room featured in Domino Magazine.

Abstract Wallpaper Options

7 / 8 / 9

Wallpaper no. 7 would make a beautiful accent wall (but beware it's peel and stick and my Dad has something to say about that below).

Now I personally don't feel a wallpaper roundup is complete without answering some of the most asked wallpaper installation questions so I've taken the liberty to ask my Dad aka @ottawawallpaperguy some key things to keep in mind when purchasing wallpaper.

Is Peel and Stick Wallpaper easy to install?

No it's not. Traditional paper can slide around when you apply it to the wall - something that really helps when you are trying to get the panels to line up seamlessly. Peel and Stick is very unforgiving.

Is pre pasted wallpaper better than traditional unpasted wallpaper?

Pre pasted wallpaper and traditional unpasted are both fairly easy to work with assuming you have the proper tools and the patience to install wallpaper.

How difficult is it to install wallpaper yourself?

The most challenging areas to wallpaper are usually tiny bathrooms. The more things you have to work around in a tight space, the more challenging the installation becomes. Single wall murals are a great place to begin.

When should wallpaper be installed during a renovation?

Ideally you want to wait until your floors are in, your ceilings and walls are painted (assuming parts of the walls are to be painted instead of wallpapered) before you install your wallpaper.

Okay you've made it this far and maybe you're still curious about what we actually accomplished this week. So here is what happened this week:

Andrew took out all of the tiles and one subfloor layer.

Andrew took off the closet doors, patched all of the holes and we moved the washer and dryer out to our screened in porch.

Personally I think the subfloors look infinitely better then the old tiles.

Wonderful partnerships that are making this renovation possible:

I am so grateful to the following brand partnerships that are supporting this One Room Challenge project!

Hudson Valley Lighting // Loloi Rugs // Clare Paints // York Wallcoverings // Schlage Canada

The plan breakdown:

  1. Done // Rip out the tile and replace sub flooring and tile
  2. Paint doors and panelling
  3. Wallpaper
  4. Replace lighting
  5. Build a console table
  6. Replace door hardware
  7. Add new rugs
  8. Refinish staircases and add runners
  9. Add accessories

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  1. love it Ashley! you picked my favourite of it all too .. a close second to #5 but your pick is more contemporary and youthful, perfect for a young family. Thanks for the wallpaper tip! I have never installed wallpaper by myself so definitely good to know the pros and cons of different kind.

    can't wait to check out week 3

  2. I am totally in love with all of these options! And I love that light! I can’t wait to see which you choose!

  3. Love the one you chose! I eventually want to wallpaper our powder room, so these tips are so helpful!!

  4. Love the look you chose and that lotus pendant! It's so funny what he said about the peel and stick. I have done several peel and stick murals, including on ceilings and always thought it would be easier to do than traditional wallpaper. Now I might have the confidence to go for installing traditional! Thanks for sharing

  5. Omg there are so many good wallpaper options here

  6. I love all this info on wallpaper!! Such a good post!

  7. Those wallpaper ideas are amazing!!!! And that light fixture is so beautiful and unique! I can't wait to see your finished entry way!


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