Punching up the the built-in.
I picked a the "greige" shade of my living room + music room with intent. I wanted something classic and fairly neutral without being beige. The plan was to have that as the canvas and then add punches of pattern strategically to punch up the look in a non permanent way. Kind of like throw pillows on a classic couch. But since I don't have a couch on which to throw pillows just yet, I'm turning my attention to the finally finished (but not to my specifications but Ive given up and let it go, sort of) built-in unit.
So one way I'm going to carry that concept is to wallpaper* the back of my built-in unit. I got several samples from graham & brown . I discounted half of the samples right out of the envelope because I didn't like the pattern up close as much as I liked it online. That left me with 4 options.
Option 1 (starting at left side) - Beige damask with gold pattern. I like it but it doesn't have much impact. Good b/c it will be subtle and not compete too much with what's on display. Bad because it doesn't have wow factor.
Option 2 - Flocked Victorian pattern - brown on bronze background. Has wow factor but is in a bit in the wrong color family for what I'm going for. Its definitely the nicest choice of paper but I'm sorry to say I don't think it will work for me.
Option 3 - Silver/Charcoal damask - Has wow factor and punch and has the right color scheme. Might be too much to put behind display items.
Option 4 - I liked it out of the envelope but its just not right for this so scratch that.
What say you?
*Actually I'm not going to wallpaper it in the typical way since I want to be able to remove it really easily when I'm sick of it. I'm not quite sure how I'm going to do this in a way to looks like its been pasted on but really is not affixed. My first idea was to affix it to poster board cut to the size of each shelf but b/c the unit shelves aren't perfectly straight (another reason to be angry but as you can plainly see, I'm letting it go :) ), that would look wonky. I could use double sided tape but that probably will look like a poster hanging up. Open to ideas on this one.