By Megan Slack
Joanna and Chip Gaines have returned to shake up the interior design world in their new series Fixer Upper: Welcome Home, and with the show comes an array of bold decorating ideas.
The pair, renowned for their signature modern farmhouse style, is equally unafraid to experiment with unorthodox decorating ideas, but this may be their most controversial move yet.
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In the third episode of the season, titled ‘Modern Take on Old-World Charm’, the Gaines couple had the opportunity to showcase their interior expertise in a mid-century cottage in Waco that belongs to Nicole, a young missionary who had recently returned to the US.
In Nicole’s bedroom, Joanna made the divisive decorating decision to put floral wallpaper across the ceiling.
In defence of her bold move, Joanna explained how the ceiling wallpaper in the bedroom offers Nicole a homely space that reflects the property’s charming cottage character. ‘It just feels like there’s a lot of visual interest kind of everywhere you look, but it is still subtle and simple,’ the designer announced.
While Joanna’s unusual use of wallpaper draws the audience’s eye upwards and frames the unique characteristics of the quaint room, it remains a bold move that will split opinions – although we've recently seen Drew Barrymore's living room has the same decorative device, so she's in good company.
But should you follow Joanna’s lead and paste patterned wallpaper on your ceiling? We asked wallpaper experts to settle the debate.
See: Wallpaper ideas – gorgeous decor for every room
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Should we put up ceiling wallpaper?
If we were to trust anybody's opinion on the art of wallpaper, it is the British luxury manufacturer, Fallow & Ball.
According to the brand ambassador, Patrick O'Donnell, Joanna's fearless technique is more than acceptable. In fact, it is celebrated by Farrow & Ball, who further offer their suggestions to making this statement work in your home.
'Whilst we all conventionally use wallpaper on our four walls – consider the 5th wall aka the ceiling as another option – it provides a beautiful, decorative option for something striking and feels utterly modern, such as our archived Broad Stripe ST 13-30 used with great success at this apartment in Turin' (below).
'It's also a lovely thing to do in a nursery to create some visual stimulation above the cot or bed, especially something bold & graphic like our Aranami BP 46-04 print while representing waves at wall level, it transforms to blowing clouds when looked at from below.'
See: How to mix patterns in a room: an interior design masterclass
We know fashion and interior designer Matthew Williamson is a fan, too. Recently, he told us: 'Wallpaper will always bring wow-factor to a room. Using [it] in unusual places might include lining the inside of a bar cabinet, in the cupboard under the stairs or even on the ceiling.'
It's settled – try Joanna's latest tip in your bedroom today.
Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc's Homes titles. She has a background in national newspapers in the UK and has experience in fashion and travel journalism, which she previously practised whilst living in Paris and New York City. Her adoration for these fashion capitals means she particularly enjoys writing about upcoming styles and trends for Homes & Gardens. Megan also loves discovering vintage pieces in her spare time, meaning her decor is largely influenced by the beauty of the jazz age.
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