Social media could almost have you convinced that there’s only one way to decorate a home: that is, with hardly anything at all. But if spartan rooms and neutral hues leave you cold, a new line of maximalist wallpapers by Chris Benz and Wallshoppe may be the perfect antidote.
“I have always encouraged experimenting with color in clothes, and I feel the same about a room,” says Benz who, when not serving as creative director at Bill Blass, spends his time exploring the world of decor: “I’m either working on my house, shopping for vintage furniture, or helping my friends out with their own spaces. Decorating is a thrill.”
The thrill is reflected in the dozen or so vivid Wallshoppe papers, launching on November 1. In addition to being inspired by Benz’s own eclectic Brooklyn townhouse, the designs were culled from a range of themes: There are textural Baule-style stripes in different scales; painterly scrawls that call to mind the work of Joan Miró or Jackson Pollack; and torn-paper collages reminiscent of poster-covered scaffolding walls. Benz describes them as “bold, casual prints that feel timeless and cool”—but they’re definitely not for the timid.
When it comes to introducing a similar eye-catching look in your own home, it might be best—as with all intimidating experiences—to take it slow. Benz recommends micro dosing: “Try it in a small space, like a powder room or an entryway, or just on the upper half of the wall above a chair rail.” Wallshoppe also offers a removable version of the papers—perfect for renters and commitment-phobes.
But ultimately, the better tip may be not to overthink it. As Benz assures, “I find that when you take a chance on something bold, it usually works out.”