'W' for Wallpaper Dining Room The Victorian House

Fornasetti’s Chiavi Segrete Wallpaper

This may be the new choice for the dining room. If I’m not going with clouds coming in, or a grayscale forest etching, why not hedges full of keys?

Fornasetti II Chiavi Segrete Wallpaper, Cole & Son
Fornasetti II Chiavi Segrete Wallpaper, Cole & Son
Cole & Son

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Fornasetti II Chiavi Segrete Wallpaper, Cole & Son
Cole & Son

The wallpaper design is Fornasetti II Chiavi Segrete, from Cole & Son. It’s lush, mysterious, and just a bit sinister. Perfect for the Victorian, yes?

It solves a few of the problems that I had with the other options. It’s meant to be a repeating pattern, not a mural, so the application will be seamless. And it’s pricey, but less expensive than grisaille wallpapers I wanted. I have high hopes for this one! Samples are on the way.

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  • Danielle
    June 2, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I thought your previous wallpaper ideas were great, but I really think this one is it! Those keys just add a super cool design element.

    • Making it Lovely
      June 3, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      Eleanor wants to hang real keys on top of the printed ones.

  • kristina
    June 2, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Coveting that in fabric form, desperately.

  • Katie
    June 2, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    I’m in love with the mood that this evokes. Kind of Secret Gardenish.

  • meta
    June 2, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Yes, yes, yes!

  • Amber @ Wills Casa
    June 2, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    The green and the lighter cream choices are beautiful. I bet the Victorian is just begging for it! I got my Rifle Paper Co. wallpaper samples in today. They are ridiculously amazing. I am debating on 3 and wondering if I should just wallpaper another area because it is that good.

    • Making it Lovely
      June 2, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      My Rifle Paper Co. samples arrived today, too! They’re fantastic. I’m leaning toward using one in the upstairs bathroom.

  • Sarah
    June 2, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    I know this isn’t what you want to hear, but I absolutely love the clouds coming in…
    Maybe save up and buy it when it feels right, just like you’ve done in the past?

    • Making it Lovely
      June 2, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      I ordered a sample of that too, since I was already ordering these (they’re all by Cole & Son). The nuvole/nuvolette pattern would be about $6000 to do the whole dining room though, and I’m not sure I want to take that plunge (even with some time to save up for it). This design is still expensive, but the whole room would be around $1500.

      • Jo
        June 3, 2014 at 10:55 am

        I feel like if you see yourself in this house for a long time, the nuvolette would be worth it. Otherwise, if you see yourself selling the house or redecorating in X amount of time, then this design is better. The light cream one is my favorite.

      • Sarah
        June 3, 2014 at 2:47 pm

        Oof, yeah, that’s REALLY expensive. Such a shame…

  • Olivia
    June 2, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    I scrolled down quickly and at first I thought the green one was pot leaves wallpaper!!!

  • Sam
    June 2, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    I don’t post often but I just needed to say I love, love it.

  • Sarah | The Cyclist's Wife
    June 2, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    For whatever reason that paper reminds me of The Secret Garden. :)

  • Sarah | The Cyclist's Wife
    June 2, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Am I crazy or do they not show full roll prices on their site?

  • Laurie
    June 2, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    It IS perfect for the Victorian! It reminds me a lot of William Morris.

    • Making it Lovely
      June 2, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      There are some really beautiful William Morris wallpapers, and actually, they’d be a great fit for the house. I like this option though, because it’s a little different. Quirkier, but still beautiful.

  • Alicia
    June 2, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    You might also want to check out Nama Rococo wallpaper – hand printed and painted and therefore pricey – but good for a small accent wall or just framing as an art piece. It looks gorgeous in a vintage or modern setting. http://www.namarococo.com

  • Julie
    June 2, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Oooo I love them all! Have you ever looked at flavor paper? I recently discovered them and they have some fun stuff. Wallpaper is the best!

    • Making it Lovely
      June 2, 2014 at 10:35 pm

      I love their “traditional” papers! The look like damask or toile, but then you look closer and the design is made of pin-up girls, or bats, or fire hydrants…

  • Joanna Ryan
    June 2, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    It’s very nice – the green leaf one. It looks a bit like William Morris. What could be more Victorian than that!

  • Joanna Ryan
    June 2, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Oops! I guess I just proved that I hadn’t read the previous comments. I am being repetitious.

  • RebeccaNYC
    June 3, 2014 at 5:05 am

    OH MY GOODNESS. I might need some of this. Magical.

  • emily
    June 3, 2014 at 5:21 am

    i love how saturated the colors are…it would be the perfect support to all your dark wood in the house….

  • Loryn
    June 3, 2014 at 7:49 am

    I’m not a big fan of the green (which is weird, because I’m on a huge green kick). I love the gray, though. It’s gorgeous!

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    June 3, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Love this! It feels very secret garden/alice in wonderland.

  • allysha
    June 3, 2014 at 10:59 am

    That green is fantastic. I want a new house to put it in!

  • Virginia (The Heartographer
    June 3, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Nicole, this is fantastic! I love the secret keys. :) You’ve got me thinking seriously about doing wallpaper in our home, although my spot is a bathroom.

    I have a very Balch-specific question, too—I don’t normally tend to be drawn towards pale pinks, but the tile in our bathroom is all pink beige and I think that instead of fighting it I should pick a wallpaper that’s even pinker to help downplay the pinky beigeyness. Since you like pink, and you’ve been perusing wallpaper like mad as of late, have you come across any designs that you think would work that are in that color scheme?

    • Making it Lovely
      June 3, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      It wouldn’t downplay it, but it would make the pink look intentional. That’s what I had to do with the blue tub and toilet in the first house — decorate around it as though I wanted them to be there! I seem to be on a big Hygge & West kick lately (alternating with Cole & Son picks), but they have some pink wallpapers you might like if you want to go in that direction.

      • Virginia (The Heartographer
        June 3, 2014 at 1:07 pm

        You said it better than I could; embrace and make it intentional seeming. :) Thanks so much, I just knew you’d have something in mind that would give me a simpler starting place! These are exactly what I had in mind! Cheers. :)

  • Katie @ Red House West
    June 3, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Love it, especially in the green! Did you see this pic up on Desire to Inspire today? Looks good with art on it too :)

    • Making it Lovely
      June 3, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      No, I hadn’t seen it yet. Thank you!

  • Joanna @ TheNestbook
    June 3, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Oh wow, I love this! Soooo perfect for the Victorian! I can’t wait to see it up! What color are you leaning toward?

    • Making it Lovely
      June 3, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      The gray is similar to the grisaille styles I like so much, but the green might look fantastic in the dining room. We don’t get as much light in there as we do in the rest of the house, and jewel tones and bolder colors are usually a good choice for rooms like that.

  • ilene
    June 3, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Love it! Love the green best, completely see The Secret Garden. I would love to see more pictures of your dining room as I am wondering how much wall space you are covering? You are really inspiring me, thanks!

  • Rebecca H
    June 3, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Love it, and your description of it is perfect. Also MUST HAVE THAT ROCKING CHAIR!

  • Jenni
    June 3, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    That grey and gold colourway is just awesome. Modern, sophisticated, what more could you want!?

  • kate
    June 3, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    I like the green, very Secret Garden. I think it would look very cool with the table and metal chairs you have and very little else in the room- a play on the outdoor garden thing.

  • Stefan
    June 3, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    At first glance I preferred the lighter shades, but that green grows on you and works so much better with your black walls. What a great contrast from black to secret garden green. Very interesting and full of personality.

  • Sayeh, The Office Stylist
    June 4, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    I really love ANYTHING Fornasetti and am dying to get something in our place. I’m torn between pillows for our couch or going nuts with wallpaper but we rent so that’s not the best idea haha.


  • Debbie
    June 5, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Love this paper! So mysterious. I saw it in a German decor mag a few months ago and have been mentally saving it for some future time when I have a space to decorate according to my whim. Who knows when that will be. Until then, I’ll swoon for these pics.

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