What’s on Your Walls: Part I – Wonderful Wallpaper!
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There is a resurgence of wallpaper out there my friends and I am not talking ahout your grandmothers wallpaper either! I am talking about dramatic, fabulous, amazing and wonderful prints and styles and textures to let your walls, stand out.
Don’t turn away from paper!
Yes, there was a time when we put the paper aside and began focusing on the now amazing palette of paints we can splash on our walls. But within the scope of southern design, tradition and history – I have always kept an element of using rich textures and patterns in my designs to speak to the layers of story and history we all bring into our homes. Fabrics can only take you so far in achieving this!
Wallpaper is the single most effective way to change a room’s decor
Adds dimension, texture & movement
Like I mentioned above – when wallpaper is done right, it adds dimension to a space. Wallpaper is the economical way to add missing architectural elements to your room without hiring a general contractor.Use a full-wall pattern cut into proportionate shapes to make a paneled effect up a wall leading to a vaulted ceiling. Draw attention to a fireplace focal-point wall by wrapping it with a strong pattern, or create a focal-point wall using the same strong pattern on any blank wall. All it takes is a little imagination. (source)
‘Earlham’ design in standard design colours on Emerald Green dyed silk. Photography by Dominique Vorillon, Courtesy of House Beautiful. Photo: de Gournay
This is not your grandmothers wall paper!
As new styles emerge, wallpaper designers capture it, define it and present it in a variety of color choices. With its ability to capture any style or color scheme, wallpaper helps you express your personality and style – from contemporary to romantic to country or eclectic!
For long lasting performance in your home, wallpaper just might be the way to go. Design: Kimberly Grigg for Knotting Hill Interiors
Simple put, wallpaper performs well
Wallpaper is truly so much more than a pretty face. It can cover flaws in the wall that paint cannot, it protects the wall surface from your modern day family (i.e. children with crayons) and it adds value to your most important investment – your home. Retail studies show that a tastefully decorated home can attain a 10-15% increate in property value! (source)
Kimplistic Wallpaper Tip
When designing rooms with high ceilings, look for a beautiful large scale wallpaper pattern that is 26 inches and up! It can add even more height and a sense of grandeur to the room.
I LOVE my peacock powder room and my Lee Jofa wallpaper! Design: Kimberly Grigg for Knotting Hill Interiors
So, what’s on YOUR walls? Are you happy with what you have or are you ready to make a change? If you still can’t make up your mind, next week I will share my tips on painting and upholstering! (yes you can upholster walls!). If you have any questions about what to do with your walls, leave them here in a comment and you never know – the answer might turn into a blog!