Chandos Collective

Southern Living

Don’t Forget the Fifth Wall

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The golden rule for success with paper is to fully commit to four walls. “Either do it or don’t,” says Florida designer Ashley Gilbreath. However, the room’s fi fth wall (aka the ceiling) is a diff erent story. “Ceilings defi ne rooms more than you think, and a wallpapered one can provide dimension and depth,” says Houston’s Chandos Dodson Epley. She channeled the vibes of a boutique in her client’s closet with a Schumacher print she says “mimics the waves in the ocean.” The eff ect is both calm and dramatic. As Epley points out, “It’s much more visually appealing than painted drywall.”

“There are more choices now in wallpaper than ever before, so don’t be afraid to ask for customization in size or color. You’ll love it for that much longer.”

– Chandos Dodson Epley.