You’re Not Fooling Anyone!
I am a fan of wallpaper.
Correction: I am a fan of tasteful wallpaper.
I think wallpaper has come a long way and really isn’t as user-hostile as it used to be. Advances in adhesive backing has made wallpaper easier to apply, but also a lot less painful to remove. Plus, with the help of steamers (and in some cases) professionals, there really is no need to sacrifice great design for fear of future wallpaper removal!
Now, having said that…not all wallpaper is holy. In fact, most wallpapers are a complete disgrace, or at least used in an inappropriate and ridiculous application.
Take the above photo as an example. The hostel depicted here is located smack-dab in the middle of backpackers-ville on Khao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand. Besides the fact that the floral pattern is dated and “ugly”, it is completely frivolous and unnecessary since the dirty-hand smears and remnants of food stuck on the walls from past guests are still visible. Be thankful that you cannot see my expression in this photo – I cropped myself out to spare my own dignity (and that of my loved ones), since this wallpaper really evoked a creepy “you-could-be-murdered-here-and-they-will-just-cover-the-wall-with-floral-wallpaper” feeling in me…which was clearly displayed on my face.
You weren’t expecting to see examples of pretty treatments here, were you? In case you weren’t paying attention, this is the Uglies section. So; BEHOLD: Horrendous wallpaper treatments.
I had thought about putting these horrible wallpaper images in the Design Election section and having you choose which is the worse…but I think it’s pretty obvious that every single image ties for the most Ugly vote..
Do you disagree? Please do tell! Do you think these wallpapers could look cool in a different application? Do you think a hospitality space could make those tomatoes funky-fresh? I’d love to know your thoughts.
Now, just so you don’t have nightmares (or day-mares if you’re reading this pre-9:00pm), click hereif you’d like to read my thoughts on what a lovely wallpaper looks like.