The Story Behind How This Gorgeous Wallpaper Was Made Will Make Your Day

It'll make you smile every time you look at it.

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John Bessler

Personally, I've never needed much convincing to love a beautiful wallpaper collection. But one new line of handmade, textured wallcoverings have more to offer than beauty. Today, Benjamin Moore unveiled a capsule collection with The Alpha Workshops, a New York nonprofit that empowers people with disabilities through creative education.

As it turns out, the relationship between Benjamin Moore and the organization goes way back—Alpha Workshop artisans have long employed Benjamin Moore paints in their New York workshop. But today, the duo has made it official with a line of five wallpapers created in collaboration with Alpha Workshops and Benjamin Moore's design and color guru Ellen O'Neill (official title: Director of Strategic Design Intelligence).

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Alpha Workshops x Benjamin Moore wallpaper in a range of colors.
John Bessler

"We looked at our best sellers and said, 'how can we kind of update them?'" Alpha Workshops founder and Executive Director Ken Wampler told Natipernavigare at the collection's launch this morning. The resulting line, then, makes use of some of the workshop's most tried-and-true techniques and patterns in new colors and textures.

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The floral Kimono pattern paired with the Spencer in a neutral palette.
John Bessler

Kimono, for example, which was Alpha's first-ever wallpaper, gets a gorgeous new sheen with Benjamin Moore's Century paint. Each of the patterns is offered in three colorways, which O'Neill devised to give the collection a range of tone.

"We sorted them into collections the way we do with our paints," she tells Natipernavigare. Although, O'Neill admits that narrowing down the options to just 15 was no easy feat. "It was painful!" she says. "I wish there were 45."

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Newport, on the pedestal at left, is hand-blocked with a rubber stamp.
John Bessler

But, there's plenty of color within each pattern—and matching paint to your wallpaper is easier than ever thanks to the genius the Color Recipe card, which breaks down every paint used in the wallpapers to make for easy shopping. Since all Alpha Workshops wallpapers are made-to-order, designers and those looking for something extra personal can create a custom colorway, though an additional fee—and some added time—will apply. All wallpapers are available now in Benjamin Moore showrooms for $125 per yard.

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