• Designer Robert Sweet's Los Angeles living room.

    Credit: Robert Sweet

    Designer Robert Sweet's Los Angeles living room.

I’ve jumped onto the wallpaper bandwagon. Wallpaper (as an interiors element) is hotter than ever in the design blogosphere, and I can see why. When used wisely, it has the power to nudge an architectural style: Traditional interiors can gain a modern sensibility from a crisp geometric-patterned paper, while a bucolic toile can take the edge off a minimalist space.

Residential architects often use wallpaper to great effect. The key seems to be to limit it to spaces where it can really have an impact. Cohen & Hacker Architects in Evanston, Ill., put up a floral William Morris pattern in their conference room. In a Twin Cities remodel, Albertsson Hansen Architecture also chose a William Morris design--a blue-and-white vertical pattern--to transform a hallway space. And designer Robert Sweet employed a birch tree-patterned wallpaper to gussy up the living room in his own Los Angeles house, shown at left.

Do any of you have favorite wallpaper patterns? Images of wallpapered rooms in your own projects? I’d love to see them. Post a comment, email me atmdrueding@hanleywood.com , or contact me via Twitter: @mdrueding.