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Interior Design Trends: Wallpaper Revival
By Kris Carlson
Interior design trends come and go, but few elicit such terror as the mention of wallpaper. Fear not! This is not your mother s or grandmother s style of wallpaper, nor does today s wallpaper removal involve a commitment of endless, picking and pulling to get one square inch removed.
The late 60s through the 80s was a heyday for wallpaper. As with all trends, wallpaper lost favor but has come back with a vengeance of style. I too, am guilty of going through the wallpaper craze of the 80s. By the mid 90s I had made the vow to never again use wallpaper. I had tired of the grueling, arduous and stubborn challenge of removal and was certain paint was the answer until the end of time.
Well people, let us never say never. With the advent of technology breakthroughs in the design of wallpaper, it is no longer to be feared in regards to design, installation and removal. When it comes to design, today s wallpapers are breathtaking and their uses ingenious.
Yesteryears wallpaper often covered all walls and every room throughout the house. Today, wallpaper is used more sparingly and in increasingly creative ways. Wallpaper allows you to be as creative with application as what your style dictates.
Three Crafty Ways To Use Wallpaper
1. Use a strip of wallpaper on one accent wall in the room.
2. Use wallpaper on the buildout of a fireplace.
3. Use wallpaper on your ceiling.
Still On The Fence?
Paul Brant, owner of Brant s Paper and Paint in Fargo, confirms the trend, saying, I haven t papered an entire room in a very long time. I have installed some papers that have minerals embedded in the surface, or have the appearance of a metal finish. The variety of textures are very interesting, which I think is one reason people don t feel the need to do entire rooms. A little can go a long way.
Add a touch of glam in a bathroom. With the mirror backdrop and the chandelier adding even more glam, the wallpaper reflects just the right amount of sparkle to make you smile every morning.
Papering one wall compared to papering all walls can make more of a dramatic statement. One of the Pantone colors of 2016 is a soft pink. Although pink surprised many people, we wanted to show how beautiful and soothing it can be. We painted three of the walls and the ceiling with Sherwin Williams Requisite Gray, then finished the room with one wall of paper. The soft tones of gray and pink, balanced with the white bedding and topped off with pops of color make for a great retreat for any age.
Just enough wallpaper to warm up a room and add a touch of style. The wallpaper has the popular gold tones, which help reflect the feeling of warmth and coziness in this reading room. Upon close inspection, one can see the very subtle tones of soft blue/grey intermingled with the gold. Coincidently, soft blue is the other Pantone color of 2016.
Businesses can also stake a claim with a great sense style with wallpaper. We wanted to create the feeling of what we call professional warmth in this credit union. With people spending a large amount of their time at work, creating an environment of warmth makes people just plain happier. We used wallpaper to offset the company culture statement in order to draw attention to their mission. The wallpaper adds a touch of warmth while also reflecting a strong professional atmosphere.
Instead of the usual stone or tile, wallpaper can create as bold of a statement at a fraction of the cost. In this case we used a dark contrast to make the contemporary fireplace really stand out. If your style is more subdued, tone-on-tone paper can give you the subtle look you seek.
Alas, we come to the other fears of wallpaper installation and removal. With today s DIY-ers, Brandt has a few tips should you decide to brave the installation component yourself.
1. Be sure your razor is always sharp. There is nothing worse than not getting a straight edge next to the ceiling or baseboard.
2. You don t book much of today s paper (this is a wallpaper term for wetting the paper and letting it set to soften). Depending on the paper of course, but there are now products where you basically paint the adhesive on the wall and then apply the paper.
3. Measure twice, cut once. It s terribly frustrating if you have cut the wallpaper too short.
4. If you are doing one strip verses an entire wall, be sure to have drawn a light pencil line so you have a guide to even placement.
Conquering The Fear
Removal is easily the biggest fear of those who have been faced with wallpaper from decades ago, and rightly so. If you don t remove wallpaper correctly, you stand the risk of destroying your sheetrock, which opens a whole host of problems. For old wallpaper removal, Brant said, I only use warm water and repeated soaking. The longer it has to soak the easier it is to remove, in most cases (be careful around outlets), a three or four inch putty knife works best for scraping.
Advances In Wallpaper
There is good news for today s wallpaper removal — it s easy. According to Brant, most wallpaper is now installed using strippable adhesive to ease the removal at a later time. Simple removal will give you the freedom to change your mind after time and follow your creative whims as tastes and styles change. Once you ve conquered the fear of removal, contact a designer to discover the gorgeous new colors, patterns and creative textures that are now available.