On My Radar: Fornasetti Nuvolette Wallpaper

Fornasetti Nuvole Philip Gorrivan2

{Philip Gorrivan}

With our upcoming move on the horizon, I have been giving a lot of thought to the design of our new house. It is completely different from our current house and I am excited for a new challenge and a clean slate. The interesting thing is that our current house truly evolved over the course of the last ten years. When we moved in, it was a vanilla box and we hardly had any furniture. What it was then and how it looked for our final photoshoot here with One Kings Lane last week are entirely different. This time around, with the new house, I am going into the process as a seasoned designer with a plan. That being said, it is still a million times more challenging to design for oneself than for a client! The interesting thing is that while I initially wanted to do something completely different this time around– this house will be more modern and also more polished– the color palette will be very similar to what we have in our current house. I am so used to designing for clients “through my lens” while accommodating their needs, taste, and requests, that it took me a little by surprise that I was able to drown out all of the noise and really get down to my core aesthetic. I love a mix of modern and traditional and prefer a neutral palette with a few, bold accent colors.

Benjamin Dhong (Designer), Corin Frost (Homeowner), San Francisco, Entry Hall

{Benjamin Dhong}

So, all this to say that our house will have a lot of black and white again– it makes me happy! I guarantee you that it will be anything but boring, though. I know that I will be wallpapering a couple of rooms and am so excited to have the opportunity. Fornasetti’s Nuvolette from Cole & Son has been on my radar for a good while now, but I haven’t had the right project for it– until now. I had originally wanted to use Nuvolette–“little clouds” in Italian– in the original grisaille color way in our new powder room, but I found something equally fabulous that I am going to use in there instead– more on that later. I think I will end up using Nuvolette in our entry instead. It’s a bit of a challenging space in that it is small, has several doors and leads right into the stairs of our new, three-story townhouse. While I love making a statement with lighting, the ceiling is kind of low in there, so I can only use a flush mount. This got me thinking about how to maximize the impact of the room and unify the space. I’d need a large, scale print to wallpaper the walls and ceiling in, but it would have to be in a color way that I wouldn’t tire of. Immediately, I thought of Nuvolette and I am super excited about it. Some of you may think I am crazy, but I have a feeling the entryway will look fabulous once the wallpaper is hung! Just take a look at how amazing it looks in all of these spaces…

Fornasetti Nuvole Benjamin Dhong 2

{Benjamin Dhong‘s Napa Valley powder room recently went from beige to grey with Nuvolette on the ceiling.}

Fornasetti Nuvole Burke Interiors

{Designer Anna Burke is pairing the Nuvolette wallpaper with an antiqued brass and black marble wash basin. How crazy chic will this be once it’s all installed?!}


{I really do find this particular wallpaper to be best for small spaces. The play on scale is fantastic and because of the grisaille color and serene pattern, it doesn’t overwhelm. Instead, it envelopes you in the loveliest way. This powder room by Alice Lane demonstrates how ideal the paper is in a small space.}

Fornasetti Nuvole Nam Dang Mitchell

{Canadian designer, Nam Dang Mitchell used Nuvolette Wallpaper to create a focal point in a recessed niche in this room.}

Fornasetti Nuvole Haymarket

{Fornasetti’s Nuvolette at the Haymarket Hotel in London Designed by the Brilliant Kit Kemp}

Fornasetti Nuvole John Stanton ATL

{While I prefer this particular wallpaper in smaller spaces, it does look beautiful in this dining room by John Stanton as featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles.}

Fornasetti Nuvolette Philip Gorrivan

{In this bedroom by Philip Gorrivan, as featured in House Beautiful, the wallpaper really sets the tone and creates a moody vibe, yet it doesn’t overwhelm.}

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  1. This is gorgeous. Breathtaking. I saw something along the same lines–clouds–done with paint, on the walls and ceiling. Very, very subtle. And I just wrote (not for my blog but professionally) about a French chateau that has beautiful clouds painted on the ceilings, a la Versailles. Talk about timeless chic.

  2. I read your blog on my iPad, but I cannot zoom to enlarge text. Your left side margin wastes a lot of space that could enlarge the images and text in each post. Any way you can enable the zoom feature or shrink the left margin space? Thanks.