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The Hollywood Sign: The 7 best hikes and viewing options

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Locals know the best unofficial Hollywood Sign viewing spot is is from the top of the Home Depot parking garage on Sunset Boulevard. But if you want an experience, the most rewarding option is to go for a hike in the oak-studded hills of Griffith Park.

Thanks to an unusually cool, rainy spring, the trails are thick with vegetation. As the summer goes on, the shrubs and grasses will dry out, turning the hillsides a more golden hue.

Below, a list of the best hikes, along with some non-hiking alternatives. (Unfortunately, the easiest and most popular hiking route, the one from Beachwood Drive in Beachwood Canyon, was closed to hikers in 2017.)

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Installed in 1923, the sign originally spelled out “Hollywoodland”—it was a massive advertisement for a new housing development below. It quickly became linked to the film industry, when, In 1932, an actress jumped from the “H” to her death.

After the neighborhood was built, the letters were left to rot for decades. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce eventually saw the sign’s potential, and in the 1970s, it was dug up and rebuilt—only to become LA’s most recognizable symbol.

If choosing to hike, take a look at this city map of the park before setting out. It pinpoints the sign and other landmarks, identifies roads, trails, and summits, and includes parking information.

Also: Pack sunscreen and plenty of water. Some of the trails are quite steep and have little shade. It’s especially important to dress and pack appropriately in the hot summer and fall months.


1. Walk from Lake Hollywood Park

One of the best Hollywood Sign-viewing experiences can be found at Lake Hollywood Park, an idyllic public space with views of Lake Hollywood. There is street parking along Canyon Lake Drive that’s never restricted (although ride-hailing is always recommended so you don’t have to deal with it) and a decent vista that doesn’t require any hiking at all.

Pro tip: There is a beautiful new hiking map of Griffith Park that has detailed trail information. There are also helpful signs with mileage parkers and trail names in the park (although they can only be found on the most popular trails).

If you want to get closer to the sign, walk up Mulholland Highway until it turns to dirt, which will take you to the Deronda gate (technically you’ll walk behind the gate and right into the park). Once inside the park there are plenty more great views, or you can hike the 1-mile, somewhat-strenuous route to the top of Mt. Lee, which puts you behind and above the sign.

2. Use the Deronda gate

This access point is located at the intersection of Deronda Drive and Mulholland Highway. Don’t plan to park here on the weekends: Parking is permit-restricted on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. To get to Deronda, your best bet is to use a ride-hailing service or take the DASH to Beachwood Village (buses run approximately 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except on major holidays) and climb the historic public staircases. You can also start your hike at the Hollywood and Vine Red Line station, which is a 35-minute walk to Beachwood Village.

When you get to the Deronda gate, don’t be deterred by the signs saying there’s no access. There’s an ominous-looking keypad on the door, but it has a timed lock that automatically opens from sunrise to sunset. You can take selfies just inside the park by the Tyrolian Tank, a water tank that offers excellent views, or keep hiking to the top of Mt. Lee.

3. Try the Wonder View Trail

The Wonder View Trail is one of the newest ways to access the Hollywood Sign, thanks to the city’s 2010 acquisition of Cahuenga Peak, making it the easternmost peak in Griffith Park. Park on Lake Hollywood Drive—watch parking restrictions, as always—then head up what becomes a very steep ridgeline (not for inexperienced hikers or those afraid of heights).

Pro tip: Modern Hiker, the best hiking blog in Southern California, has more information about hiking to the Hollywood Sign as well as an excellent guide to Griffith Park trails.

This is one of the shorter routes to the sign since you are approaching from the back (it will take you less than two hours round-trip). Instagrammers beware: The views are not optimal for photographing the sign, since you’re always looking at it from the side or behind.

4. Hike from Bronson Canyon

The Bronson Canyon entrance to the park at the end of Canyon Drive is being touted as thenew access point to the Hollyridge Trail due to two features: a parking lot and public bathrooms. Yes, those amenities are here, and it’s a fun hike to the sign from here because you can also visit the Bronson Caves (and there’s a good view from there, too).

But fair warning: The hike to the sign is about three hours round-trip. It’s also a long way from transit, and the Hollywood Sign isn’t visible for much of it. So this is a good spot for car-owning, fit hikers. Selfie-seekers seeking instant gratification might be better served by a different location. Unless you really like caves.

5. Trek from Fern Dell


A view of the Hollywood Sign at sunset from Fern Dell canyon. 

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For another picturesque but more difficult route, start your hike from Fern Dell Drive, the pretty, creek-meandering Griffith Park entrance located at the north end of Western Avenue. The good thing about Fern Dell is that it’s relatively transit-accessible; the Red Line’s Hollywood/Western station is a very pleasant 20-minute walk away. If you drive, try to find a spot near the charming Trails Cafe, where you can fuel up on tasty pastries, plus get water and use the bathrooms.

To view the sign, take the trail that’s etched into the left side of the canyon, the West Observatory Trail. It’s fairly steep, but once on the trail, you’ll be rewarded with some pretty spectacular views of the sign early on, just keep looking to your left.

There’s another reason to take this route: The trail leads to the Griffith Observatory. You can eventually work your way to the Hollywood Sign from the observatory, via the Mt. Hollywood and Mulholland trails, but it’ll be a long trip.

6. Take DASH to Griffith Observatory

This is the city’s “preferred” viewing area, a grassy lawn outside Griffith Observatory. Now the DASH bus runs to the Observatory from the Vermont/Sunset Metro Red Line station every 20 minutes, from noon to 10 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends.

Pro tip: Google Maps can help you navigate the transit and parking directions, and also offers fairly accurate point-to-point walking directions in the park and streets around it, but make sure you select “walking” not “driving” directions for those, otherwise requesting Hollywood Sign directions will send you to Griffith Observatory every time.

This is an especially hassle-free option because parking now costs $4 per hour at the Observatory (and congestion in the park on the weekends can be horrific).

The view from here is good, but if you want to hike to the sign from the Observatory, beware: The sign is deceptively far away. However, taking transit gives you the option to ride DASH up to the Observatory, hike to the sign, then hike back down to another Red Line station or the Beachwood DASH.

7. Go to Hollywood and Highland

If you want a locals’ experience, this is not it. But, according to the Hollywood Sign Trust, the nonprofit that preserves and protects the sign, the best way to see the sign is at the mall. Yes, the organization wants you to take your selfies on the fourth-floor viewing deck at the Hollywood and Highland tourist trap. The view is unobstructed, if distant, and it’s the most low-impact (and ADA-compliant) journey.

Plus, there’s plenty of parking and a Red Line station right beneath your feet.

Originally posted by curbed.com. Written by Jenna Chandler & Alissa Walker, Photo by Liz Kuball.

What to Read This Summer, Based on How You Want to Feel

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There’s something special about reading in summer. Maybe it’s the (somewhat) slowed-down pace of work that makes it easier to slip into a different world, or perhaps it’s the time when our desire for a vacation, physical or emotional, is at its highest. That’s why, when figuring out exactly which books to put on our summer reading list, we looked for the ones that would make us really feel something, really think, really laugh—sometimes all at once. 

Of course, the fictional journey you crave will be different from someone else’s—which is why we rounded up 20 of the most exciting, thrilling, thoughtful, hilarious, and gripping new books and organized them by those feelings. Find your perfect match (plus our recommendation for the best spot to immerse yourself in its pages), below.

The Ones That Will Keep You Guessing

Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Fleishman Is in Trouble, Random House ($15.53)
 
 

Elevator pitch: A tragicomedy about marriage and divorce, with a few twists in the mix.
Ideal reading scenario: On a shady bench in a sprawling city park. You’ll surely want to do some people-watching on the side.
The gist: The protagonist of Brodesser-Akner’s first novel may not be likable, but he makes for an unexpectedly interesting character. Stick with it—soon you’ll be turning pages at a rapid pace.

Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok

Searching for Sylvie Lee, William Morrow ($16.19)
 
 

Elevator pitch: A mystery that unravels family secrets.
Ideal reading scenario: Somewhere beautiful—and a bit mysterious—in the Netherlands (where the book is partially set). 
The gist: Told through the shifting perspectives of two sisters and their mother, this novel has the pacing and intrigue of a thriller, combined with the heart and stakes of a family drama.

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

Trust Exercise, Henry Holt and Co. ($17)
 
 

Elevator pitch: A look inside a competitive arts high school in the ’80s that turns out to be a meditation on memory, perspective, and unreliable narrators.
Ideal reading scenario: Somewhere far away from home, where you can fully get out of your own head.
The gist: This novel is divided into three sections, each of which challenges everything you read in the pages before. It’s not so much a mystery but rather a thoughtful coming-of-age story that will leave you questioning the truth long after you’ve set it down.

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

Disappearing Earth, Knopf ($17.67)
 
 

Elevator pitch: After two young girls from the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia disappear, a community has to reckon with the fallout.
Ideal reading scenario: In a cabin tucked away in a dense forest. You’ll feel cozy and secure inside with plenty of blankets and snacks.
The gist: This novel spans the course of a year, drawing readers into varied, vibrant landscapes. Suspense is high and descriptions entirely engrossing.

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone, Algonquin Books ($11.51)
 
 

Elevator pitch: Years after three sisters run away from home, one childhood friend confronts what happened.
Ideal reading scenario: Under a massive umbrella on a quiet beach, where you can be alone with your own theories.
The gist: Unsolved mysteries make for great page-turners. This story, though set in Australia, a place known for its sunny skies, is thoroughly gothic.

Oval by Elvia Wilk

Oval, Soft Skull Press ($11.56)
 
 

Elevator pitch: A Brave New World–esque dystopian novel with a sense of humor.
Ideal reading scenario: In a chic, eco-friendly resort where you consume only farm-to-table food and fresh spring water.
The gist: Disparities between sustainability and income are at the core of society’s problems in this futuristic book. But when emotions get involved, some lines get blurred.

 

The Ones That Will Make You Laugh

Stay Up With Hugo Best by Erin Somers

Stay Up With Hugo Best, Scribner ($17.10)
 
 

Elevator pitch: A funny yet critical look at what happens when an aspiring comedy writer and industry veteran come face-to-face one long weekend.
Ideal reading scenario: On one of those large pool floats that has a drink holder for your equally bubbly seltzer.
The gist: Come for the comedy, stay for the surprising plot twists. The coming-of-age slant of this story gives it plenty of heart, too.

Bunny by Mona Awad

Bunny, Viking ($17.10)
 
 

Elevator pitch: The M.F.A. program at a prestigious university is understandably competitive, but you know something’s off when its dominant clique seems to be full of clones.
Ideal reading scenario: In the library of your alma mater (or really, any impressively old building full of books), with a cup of coffee within close reach.
The gist: Heathers meets The Secret History in a twisted tale of friendship.

 

How Could She by Lauren Mechling

How Could She, Viking ($17.10)
 
 

Elevator pitch: In the cutthroat worlds of New York art and media, a group of three friends starts to feel the pressure.
Ideal reading scenario: While doing your best Carrie Bradshaw impression—cosmopolitan in hand, sporting a killer outfit.
The gist: This novel is pure satire, following a trio of 30-somethings as they work their way around podcasters, writers, and others who might just be all talk.

Supper Club by Lara Williams

Supper Club, G.P. Putnam’s Sons ($17.74)
 
 

Elevator pitch: Modern, stress-outed women use a bacchanal as a cure-all.
Ideal reading scenario: In a wine bar by yourself—so you don’t have to share your charcuterie board with anyone else.
The gist: Two women decide to start a supper club where others can come and satisfy their metaphorical and literal appetites. But when will they be full?

Screen Tests by Kate Zambreno

Screen Tests: Stories and Other Writing, Harper Perennial ($12.15)
 
 

Elevator pitch: A combination of short stories and cutting essays that look at famous artistic figures both historical (think: Susan Sontag) and contemporary (e.g., Amal Clooney).
Ideal reading scenario: On a big velvet sofa with some artisanal soda and a fresh batch of buttery popcorn.
The gist: We consume so many movies, TV shows, and pop culture—so what do the people in and around them say about us? These snack-like stories are totally bingeable.

Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett

Mostly Dead Things, Tin House Books ($17.09)
 
 

Elevator pitch: After a tragedy, a taxidermist’s daughter cleans up the broken pieces of her relationships.
Ideal reading scenario: Somewhere hot, with an ice-cold Arnold Palmer always in reach.
The gist: Of course, the family of a taxidermist would have a dark sense of humor—and that’s what makes their conflicts equally hilarious and subversive. 

The Ones That Will Put Things in Perspective

The Travelers by Regina Porter

The Travelers, Hogarth ($17.08)
 
 

Elevator pitch: A sweeping picture of America, from the 1950s to the early 2000s, through the eyes of some very different people. 
Ideal reading scenario: A greasy-spoon diner, with some slightly burnt coffee and a generous slice of apple pie in front of you.
The gist: Porter’s expansive novel takes readers on a journey from Georgia to Berlin, New York, L.A., and more, with plenty of twists (and heartbreaks) throughout.

Strangers and Cousins by Leah Hager Cohen

 

Elevator pitch: A comedy that starts with wedding planning and ends with a satirical commentary on timely topics.
Ideal reading scenario: On the plane headed to what seems like your 12th wedding of the summer. 
The gist: Every family has its quirks, and things always get a little more complicated when wedding celebrations are under way. This narrative might get tense, but you’ll walk away with plenty of good vibes.

Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Patsy, Liveright ($17.67)
 
 

Elevator pitch: When a Jamaican woman gets her long-awaited American visa, she finally moves forward. But the things she leaves behind—and the things she finds—aren’t necessarily what she expected.
Ideal reading scenario: Under a pillow fort—ideally sharing the space with someone you love.
The gist: This story, told from the shifting perspectives of a mother and daughter, is all about hard choices and consequences. Be prepared to be moved.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Penguin Press ($15.60)
 
 

Elevator pitch: A son’s deeply emotional letter to his mother, examining his own life and family history.
Ideal reading scenario: In the bathtub, with a hot cup of herbal tea nearby. You’ll want the space to get in touch with your emotions, of course. 
The gist: Vuong is a poet—literally—so chances are you’ll want to underline each and every beautiful line of his debut raw and compelling novel.

Speaking of Summer by Kalisha Buckhanon

Speaking of Summer, Counterpoint ($17.74)
 
 

Elevator pitch: When a woman’s sister goes missing and authorities don’t seem to care, she takes matters into her own hands. 
Ideal reading scenario: On a big, cushy sofa with an afghan for when you get a bit chilly—you won’t want to move from your spot once you start. 
The gist: This fast-paced story is lyrical and blood boiling all at the same time. This isn’t your typical thriller, but rather a tale that goes deeper into the root of the problem: our society.

The Ones That Will Teach You Something New

Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion, Random House ($13.99)
 
 

Elevator pitch: A collection of essays on how we fool ourselves in the age of the Internet.
Ideal reading scenario: A staycation, during which you give into your desires for food delivery and lounging all day.
The gist: Tolentino is one of the most whip-smart writers covering popular culture right now, and in her first book, she emerges as a modern-day Joan Didion, tackling Internet culture, productivity, religion, and gender. 

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, Melville House ($17.10)
 
 

Elevator pitch: A guide to putting your phone down a bit more—and an exploration of why you should.
Ideal reading scenario: A technology-free refuge in a beachside location.
The gist: According to Odell, attention—not time—is our most valuable resource. She examines why doing nothing might just be the very thing that can help maintain your sanity.

More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth

More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say), Viking ($17.74)
 
 

Elevator pitch: A memoir of a former Domino cover star’s rise to the top of the media world, fueled by her resilience and passion. 
Ideal reading scenario: In your home office, when you’re in need of a little motivation. The coffee maker should be at the ready.
The gist: If you’re looking for job advice, Welteroth has it. In this chronicle of her career, she drops plenty of wisdom alongside anecdotes from her journey. Her goal, above all, is to not just forge her own trail but to help others do so, too.

Originally posted by domino.com. Written by Rebecca Deczynski, Imagery by Aaron Bengochea.

LA Wraps Up Chilliest May in Four Decades

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By LA standards, May was a chilly month indeed.

Unless today’s weather becomes exceptionally warm, the average high temperature for the month will be 69.8 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. In other words, on a typical day in May, the mercury in Downtown Los Angeles stayed below 70 degrees.

The last time that happened was May 1977, the same month that Star Wars premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

Cooler May months were more common in Los Angeles during the 19th and early 20th centuries, based on historical data gathered by the Western Regional Climate Center. But in the last 100 years, May’s average high temperature has been under 70 degrees just seven times.

Weather Service hydrologist Jayme Laber tells Curbed that the jet streams that brought rainy weather to much of California in the last month may have also kept temperatures down.

“It’s not unusual to get rain this month, but we had a wet May that we haven’t seen in a while,” he says.

Stormy weather also contributed to a particularly cold February in which the temperature in Downtown LA didn’t once climb above 70 degrees.

May was warmer than that, and the average low temperature of 56.7 degrees was closer to what the area has seen in typical years.

The chilliest average low ever recorded in May was 50.1 degrees, all the way back in 1879. The warmest average high, meanwhile, was 82.2 degrees in the steamy May of 1984, as Los Angeles prepared for the Summer Olympics.

Cool temperatures are expected to persist into the start of June. The weather service projects cloudy weather this weekend, with possible showers and thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday in the mountains.

In Downtown LA, expect fog and temperatures in the 60s and very low 70s.

Originally posted by curbed.com. Written by Elijah Chiland, Photo courtesy of Mike Mainz/Getty Images.

Unpopular Opinion: Overplanning Your Vacation Will Make It Less Stressful

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You’re in a new-to-you city and your stomach is growling. The tour you went on finished a bit later than anticipated, and your schedule for the day has been shifted. With not much to go by, you might slip into a tourist trap or shell out your hard-earned cash for a snack that hardly makes an impression. This scenario, however, is totally avoidable—if only you planned things differently.

A recent piece in The New York Times, written by Geoffrey Morrison, disagrees. Morrison’s premise, rather, is the exact opposite: He stipulates that overplanning is what’s making your vacations more stressful than necessary. I am here to suggest otherwise. See, it’s not about planning more—it’s about planning differently.

The best way to effectively plan a vacation is to do so in a way that allows just enough flexibility but doesn’t leave you with empty pockets of time that could otherwise be used to pop into that concept shop you’ve been wanting to check out, or grabbing a gelato from that place your coworker recommended. The secret is in your Google Drive.

That is, it’s in the Google spreadsheets, docs, and, most important of all, maps that you create to document your day-by-day vacation plan, your must-see spots, and every little thing that you hope to accomplish on your trip. It’s worth it, and it’s not as intimidating a process as it sounds, I promise.

Map it out

Google maps are the most invaluable things to have when you’re traveling, and that extends far beyond using the maps purely for directional guidance. When I’m traveling, I make a Google map of my destination, and from there, I make color-coded pins of my lodging and the museums, sight-seeing spots, coffee shops, stores, and restaurants that I want to visit. In each, I write a short sentence about what the spot is and why I marked it (it’s very easy to forget which museum had that cool new exhibition and which coffee shop is best known for its cinnamon buns, after all). Don’t feel pressured to get too detailed—we’ll get into that later.

The reason why the map is so crucial is because it allows you to navigate your destination in a way that maximizes your time. When you can visualize where things are clustered, you can better figure out a plan for your day, and when hunger strikes or you find yourself with a little extra time on your hands, you can actually make the most of it: Just open up your map and find something interesting nearby!

Create your own guidebook

Okay, now comes the detail work: If you’re anything like me, at least half the fun of traveling is eating. With plenty of research, it’s easy enough to come up with a list of restaurants that pique your interest. It’s in your own best interest to organize your findings in a way that makes things simple: in a color-coded Google doc that serves as your own personal guidebook.

Your map will help you figure out where to go; your guidebook will tell you what to do, eat, or see when you get there. Found some restaurants off a travel guide? Take note of any dishes it recommended. Saw a Yelp review that recommended a specific route through a museum? Write that down! The little things are what make vacations feel special; after all, you should take any tips you can get.

Slot things in an itinerary

Now that you’ve done your homework, you’ll be far better equipped to map out your day. Make a master Google doc itinerary for everyone on your trip that includes all your flight and hotel info (this will save you plenty of headaches) and a general outline of what you’d like to do each day.

Itineraries make it easy to figure out what shape your day will take, but they are by no means restrictive, as long as you take them with a grain of salt. At the very least, they’ll help you start each day with everyone on the same foot—and if you choose to change an activity or check out a different restaurant, so be it. Even chronic overplanners can appreciate a bit of flexibility. After all, they’re prepared for anything.

Originally posted by domino.com. Written by Rebecca Deczynski, photo courtesy of Grzywinski and Ponz.

Just Because It’s Called Wallpaper Doesn’t Mean It Can’t Go on Your Ceilings

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Look up: What you see is probably more boring than it deserves to be. Chances are your ceiling is plain and all white, or, if you’re a bit more adventurous, maybe it’s a solid color—but it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, we’re convinced you should put wallpaper on your ceiling.

Maybe you’re intimidated by the prospect of pattern right above you or you’re not sure if a bit of upside down florals is quite right for your space—fair enough! That’s why we’ve gathered plenty of inspiration to help you figure out not only what kind of wallpaper your heart desires, but also how to make it flow with the rest of your interior. After all, this look isn’t just reserved for the maximalists among us.

Whether you go crazy for floral print (groundbreaking, right?) or you want to look into some subtler options, we’ve got your back. Virtually any space can look even cooler with some wallpaper on the ceiling. You might even feel compelled to add it to every single room.

If you like things simple…with a twist

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If this Nashville office didn’t feature the bright pink floral wallpaper that makes it so special, it would be a pretty toned-down interior. All-white shelving and cabinets present a blank canvas, so you can truly go all out on a definitively loud wallpaper. If you’re adding this wallpaper in a kitchen, make sure your tile or countertop doesn’t compete with the pattern.

If you’re all about a retro vibe

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There’s something timelessly cool about a banana leaf wallpaper, but you don’t have to apply it for wall-to-wall coverage. In this entryway by Crystal Sinclair, it brightens up a boho-minimalist design and makes the space look even bigger. Consider this proof that large-scale patterns fare well in small spaces.

 

If you live for the drama

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There’s no need to tone down the rest of your space if you want to add a print to your ceilings, as artist Angela Chrusciaki Blehm proves in her Georgia home. Ultra-simple dash wallpaper looks coy paired with lipstick-red walls. Since this living room is rife with plenty of dramatic colors, a toned-down, black-and-white ceiling makes sense. It also ties together the graphic elements that fill the space.

If you like a gilded touch

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Business on the bottom, party on top: That’s how we feel about this interior by Bohemian Bungalow Design. Shades of gray (on the walls and upholstery) make for a pretty neutral space, but graphic, golden wallpaper and a contemporary lighting fixture are this room’s literal crowning glory. Consider this an easy way to amp things up in a low-key space.

If you’re a big Wes Anderson fan

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This living room by Corey Damen Jenkens looks like it’s straight out of The Royal Tenenbaums.A relatively simple color palette of pink and green appears even richer when several hues within that palette are represented. This small-scale floral wallpaper truly brings everything together: the light pink walls, the dark green sofa, and the watermelon pink accents.

If you’re intent on creating a soothing oasis

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Minimalists can have patterned ceilings, too! Rebel Walls shows here that its grayscale cloud-and-cherub wallpaper adds much-needed dimension to an otherwise all-neutral room. You don’t have to overthink this one.

If you’re not afraid of a little allover pattern

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Hey, just because we think you should apply wallpaper to your ceiling doesn’t mean we think that’s the only place where you should do so. Alexander Fehre shows that wallpaper can be used to make your favorite nook even cozier when it’s applied to walls and ceiling. This technique is best done with a relatively simple print—and it doesn’t hurt to throw an accent color into the mix.

Originally posted by domino.com. Written by Rebecca Deczynski.

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