Trends I Defend: Kraft Paper in Decor

You might notice I don't often talk about what is on or off trend here.  Thats mostly because I feel like almost anything - whether super new or seen everywhere - can be done well, when done right.   So rather than bashing what's out, I thought it would be fun to discuss some great trends we can defend.

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Today's spotlight is on kraft paper rolls in the dining room and elsewhere. It's the next chalkboard wall people (and you know how much I love a chalkboard wall!)  Cheap and approachable - its uses are endless.  Kraft paper is already a trend in stationery and packaging and used widely in commercial spaces but its just as practical in residential situations too.   Which reminds, me, I need to go out and get  a big role.

What do you think?  Is this a trend you can get behind?  Have you used kraft paper in your own decor?  Please share it!

Do you have a trend you want to defend?



26 comments:

  1. I could handle this and a trend I can get behind! Chalk wall...Not so much. I can't handle the dust from the chalk. eek.
    Thanks for this great tip. One I can and will use.

    Jake's a Girl

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    1. You can use chalk markers on a chalkboard. No dust whatsoever.

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  2. I like the look of it a lot, and have embraced it for wrapping...but it seems a little wasteful to use regularly at home, I think.

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    1. True, it is a little wasteful if you are using it to write a shopping list but I think it would be kind of cool (and not nearly as wasteful) as a free form calendar or monthly menu planning vessel. Just a thought.

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  3. This is an interesting concept. I like it. Trying to figure out where something like this would fit in my house to make the most use out of it. But I do like the idea.

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  4. We use it for our kids' birthday parties... It's an activity area for drawing, it's a place mat, it's a part of the decoration. And the best part is that it's easy cleanup!

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    1. I had seen the white roll used a lot for kid's craft spaces but for some reason never thought of using the brown in adult situations too.

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  5. Kraft paper is my go to!! In or out I will probably always use it.

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  6. I LOVE kraft paper rolls. Oh the possibilities! Where do you get big rolls? I have never had one but I probably can't live without it now.

    I'm always defending trends that people say are "out." If something works for me, there is no reason to follow a trend unless it might work better.

    I didn't get a job once with a major food website because my interviewers were bashing Nilla Wafers and I felt compelled to defend them. I'm not a big Nilla Wafer eater but I didn't think they deserved to be dismissed because they aren't "cool."

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    1. Who would rag on Nilla wafers? What did they ever do to anyone?

      I think you were better off not getting that job.

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    2. Oh and you buy the big rolls at Home Depot for sure (its used to cover up floors during construction) but also office and art supply.

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  7. Now I'm trying to figure out where I could put this in my kitchen. But just like a chalk board wall, it wouldn't look as good because I have poopy handwriting. That is what really makes it look awesome. :)

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    1. I don't have great handwriting either but I think the sloppy element is what makes it fun. You could also doodle on it, play tick tack toe while waiting on hold, etc. :)

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  8. I'm an Amazon addict - and also have a serious problem throwing things out. So I always save the scrunched up scraps of kraft paper that Amazon uses when they pack a manufacturer's box into one of their Amazon boxes. It's totally crinkled, but I smooth it out enough to roll it up and use for wrapping gifts, or even as scrap paper/drop cloth paper when I'm doing stuff around the house. I like that it adds some crinkled character on gifts instead of the plain super smooth rolls, and I like giving it an extra life before it gets tossed or recycled...

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    1. I get you. Let's just say I have been known to sneak out a few extra yards of the kraft paper that Ikea provides (for free!) for packaging glassware. I'm not proud of it but I just can't help myself!

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  9. I LOVE Kraft paper! It's my go-to for most present wrapping. For children's presents I let my boys draw & color their own designs as part of the 'gift' on the paper. So far we have always received positive reviews.

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  10. I love this topic! And I am going to use it as an outdoor tablecloth. I like how you put it- anything can work when done well. (You actually inspired me to *maybe* turn a pantry door into a pantry chalkboard door)

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  11. I've been wrapping with it for years. I use it for lots of other things too. I finally broke down and bought a big roll from Paper Mart. So worth it! It comes in a variety of weights. I like the flexibility of the lighter weights. Once you have a big, always available roll, you won't know how you did without it.

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  12. The trend I'd like to defend: Taxidermy!

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    1. I seriously love Taxidermy but I have no explanation of it. It is totally macbre and in some ways really wrong but I love it.

      (You haven't seen it yet on the blog but my husbands man room reveal will have one very unlucky deer head in it. I'm sure that will be highly offensive to some but whatever)

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  13. There has been a 5 foot long roll of kraft paper at my grandparent's house my entire life. Christmas time it went out on the pool table for gift wrapping, it made it's way into the garage, the kitchen, you name it. Our favorite use as kids was to roll it down the long hall and make a super super long drawing at our Sunday family breakfasts. There was always room for all the kid artists. :)

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    1. Your grandparents are ahead of the trend curve by a few decades :)

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  14. Yes! Big fan of Kraft Paper! Wrap presents, keep kids busy, protect the table, the list goes on and on!

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  15. I am so on board with this! I have had a lifelong fascination with Kraft paper. Every home should have it hanging around!

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  16. Yes, yes, yes! I agree it's the next chalkboard wall. I considered putting a roll up instead of painting the chalkboard wall, but the paint was so much easier than finding a roll narrow enough for the tiny wall! It'll end up somewhere though because it's just too fun and convenient not to!

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