For a lot of people, the word wallpaper makes them think “old-fashioned”. But guess what? Wallpaper is back in a big way!
One of the best things to happen in home fashions lately is the re-introduction of contemporary wallpapers that are a far cry from something in your grandmother’s house. New printing and production techniques have created a multitude of options to add pop, texture, shimmer or warmth to a room. If you’ve never considered wallpaper, you’d be surprised to learn just how many choices there are.
There are even removable options – so you can change your walls easily if you’re a renter, or just want a change of scenery!
There’s no rule that says you need to wallpaper all of the walls…you can use it to create an accent wall or faux wainscoting, or even on the ceiling.
I recently used textured, shimmery wallpaper on a client’s wood box valences at the top of their windows – it was just the right touch to make them a little interesting and different, without being overwhelming.
There are so many options to choose from – you can be subtle and use something that looks like silk fabric or reclaimed wood, or go bold with large geometric prints. You can use it to pop a wall in your entry to make a statement, or in a powder room, or on the wall behind your bed, or on the back wall of bookshelves, or…the possibilities are literally endless and there’s something for everyone’s taste!
Something to keep in mind when considering wallpaper – no matter if you choose to paper the whole room or one wall, the rest of the room needs to work with the pattern. If you’ve gone with a bold print or color, keep everything else in the room on the simple side. But if you’ve opted for subtle texture, feel free to go a little wild with your furnishings.
If you’re feeling particularly courageous, you can educate yourself about how to properly hang wallpaper. However, if you’d rather save yourself a ton of frustration, this is one of those jobs that is usually better left to professionals. I highly recommend using an experienced installer – it will probably save you time and money in the long run.
Do you have any interesting stories or projects that have involved wallpaper? I’d love to hear about them!
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