Denver local Batya Stepelman is heading the wallpaper revolution
W allpaper has been having a bit of a renaissance lately. Gone are the days of floral papers that remind you of your grandmother, replaced by a new era of unique designs, metallic finishes and independent designers.
Batya Stepelman’s Denver-based wallpaper boutique and design consultancy, WallTawk, is at the forefront of the revived trend.
WallTawk is located inside Stepelman’s home, in the heart of historic Congress Park. The house was built in 1895 and now serves as a single-family home, office and showroom.
When Stepelman and her family first moved into the house, every wall was painted the same beige, creating one giant blank canvas. Stepelman came up with the idea of using wallpaper as art.
“Wallpaper, where it used to be a background design element, is now becoming a focal point,” says Stepelman. “People now decorate around wallpaper and using it as an anchor and treating it as art. I really feel like I’m putting art in my house with the wallpaper.”
Throughout her home Stepelman has perfectly toed the line between updates and history, keeping her home true to its roots while bringing it into this century.
Stepelman’s design theory is fairly straightforward, “Your home should reflect you and no two homes should ever look the same,” she explains.
For Stepelman, that means bringing in lots of color and pattern, thrifting furniture items and buying new furniture in stages, waiting to find the perfect piece.
The front sitting room holds one of three ordinal fireplaces in the home, covered with tile original to the home. Fittingly, there is beautiful, boldly patterned purple and blue floral wallpaper covering the back wall.
Another focal point in her home is a wallpaper mural of a mountain range in the family room. According to Stepelman, that is the room that everyone mentions and wants to take pictures of.
And for those too scared to dedicate themselves to a bold paper or an entire room covered inch to inch a pattern? Just dive right in and try it out.
“I would say, take a little bit of color and a little bit of pattern, and don’t do something super crazy, do something that has a design and just do one wall, a feature wall,” Stepelman says. “Just do a feature wall, see how it makes you feel.”
Check out what Stepelman’s talking about at WallTawk.com | @walltawk