This holiday season, before you recycle all the piles of giftwrap, let's do a little color therapy. Wrapping paper can be a great source for color and design inspiration. A quick trip to your local stationary store may reveal even more hidden colorful treasures.
Here are some of my favorite gift wraps of the season. I love that each is original and beautiful. I even look at stationary throughout the year for both inspiration and to use as artwork. A little wrapping paper in a beautiful frame can quickly become a work of art. Keep in mind, many of these papers cost under $5 a sheet!
A Peacock Fine Paper from Paper Source: I went to Paper Source recently and was mesmerized by this handpainted paper. It's great for a special gift or to use as a part of custom cards, too.
Purple lotus is an almost undetectable color in the details of this paper, but bringing it out anchors the whole arrangement of color.
"Snowflakes" by Enna (Etsy): This wrapping paper reveals more than the typical snowflake upon closer inspection.
This combination of colors is contemporary but reminds me of mid 20th century style with the crisp Waterfall. Wouldn't that color be dreamy on a ceiling?
Festive Ornaments by Kate's Paperie: This paper really combines an unlikely cast of colors. It's rich and fall-delicious
I pulled out the most pronounced color (Twilight Magenta) and supported it with a contrasting couple including Caponata and Mosaic Glass. Caponata is actually a deep, deep plum echoing the plum undertones of the Twilight Magenta.
Hand Painted Paper (Etsy) by Oscar and Ollie is hand blocked and uses kraft paper as the ground. I like it's simplicity and linear design.
A fresh take on the tradition of red and green, Medici Malachite and Vibrant Blush play like jewels against the serious neutrality of Kangaroo. I woud wrap an entire room in one of the bold colors, use neutral furnishings, and have loads of flowers and accessories incorporating all the colors.
What inspiration will you find in your piles of gift wrap this season?