one of my favorite bloggers, things that inspire, left a comment on my recent post on the delicious de gournay wallpapers, and she wasn't sure if the panels would be compatible with art, since they are art. maison21 agrees with things that inspire- the papers are so special, that they really need to be in a room nearly devoid of other distractions- like competing art, and accessories. like the photos from the de gourany website, the coverings really do look spectacular in rooms without a lot to compete with them visually- maison21 can see them used in dining rooms or entry halls with just a table and chairs or a sideboard, and not much else. they would probably NEVER work in any room in maison21's own over-tchotchkefied home/atlelier, btw- he just has too many fineries he loves...
but, since the papers are custom, many of the elements that compose the patterns can be altered and they can be readily adapted to suit your needs- such as working with existing art. in the example below, in a room maison21 helped to design with his former employer, a chinoiserie paper was used in the bedroom of an art collecting couple. the design of the branches was selected to frame, but not compete with the impressionist painting the couple wished to hang above their bed. in this particular pattern, all sorts of things can be altered- color, of course, can be custom matched, and the number of birds and blooms, branches, etc., can be modified. if the art work used was larger, a panel consisting of just the background color could easily be inserted between the patterned panels to give the art room to breathe.
the coolest thing about this particular pattern is that it can be ordered with various amounts of aged patina, like water staining, so it really looks as if it were removed from an ancient chateau (in the bad scan below, there is no aged patina- the room was new construction, and adding the patina would have just felt a little too "faux"). keep in mind m21's warning though- the wallpaper literally walks here from france, and adding customization involves purchase and approval of a strike off, which in turn adds a considerable amount to the already lengthy lead time. the delicious de gournay will be worth the wait, though- maison21 guarantees it!
last, maison21 leaves you with an interesting image of de gournay used in an eclectically modern home, originally published in british homes and gardens (may 2007). maison21 had nothing to do with the design of the room, other than stealing the image from the de gournay website for your viewing pleasure: