Wallpaper is a classic choice décor element showcasing color, pattern as the featured focal point, and texture a tactile experience.
Contemplating what to do with a room/space is the first stage of artistic creativity.
Look at it this way; the walls of the space serve as a blank canvas, and your vision in unison with your personal style stamp the design elements that create the palette.
Decorative vision factored in with personal style creates the palette, and when wallpaper makes the design cut the visual impact is magnified through distinct colors, patterns and textures.
I’ll let Martha Stewart and Company explain How to Hang Wallpaper (click on the link for instructions), and I’ll cover the differences between traditional and removable aka peel and stick options.
Application options grant homeowners and renters alike decorating freedom.
Traditional wallpaper wins out in the following categories:
Overall quality of the product.
Ease of positioning on the wall during application.
Most traditional wallpaper comes pre-pasted. To activate the paste, the wallpaper is soaked in water.
Unpasted paper requires the application of clear wallcovering adhesive to the back of the product.
Removal of traditional wallpaper is not a quick process when compared to the rather easy removal process of peel and stick paper. From personal experience I learned using a wallpaper steamer to remove traditional wallpaper is the way to go.
Removable wallpaper is peel and stick apply today, easy removal tomorrow.
Renters sing the praises of peel and stick. DIY friendly in many cases, it lives up to its peel and stick label with no pasting or soaking required, but application does require patience and precision.
Correcting placement once applied proves a bit of an issue with the need to remove the panel and begin again almost a guarantee.
Peel and stick pattern options rival those of traditional papers.
More times than not you can easily locate a peel and stick version of a traditional pattern.
Mama Places In The Home and I were having a conversation the other evening about first one thing than two when the focus of our chat turned toward why we favor the design styles we do.
Traditional with a fresh perspective pretty much best describes my preferred design style.
Factors to consider when deciding on a pattern, texture, and type basically involves personal style preferences and what space the paper will be used in.
Of course scale, flow, and balance in regards to the neighboring rooms must be taken into consideration when selecting patterns.
Matchy-matchy isn’t necessary, however, pattern power clashing gets awfully busy with the eye, and runs the risk of overpowering the intended design statement.
Visual flow works to deliver a harmonious result.
Trends and pattern popularity may ebb and flow, but at its core wallpaper stands as a timeless design element.
Speaking of trends, my eye and my heart welcomes the return to pretty.
We’re seeing it in the still going strong grandmillennial style, the gaining steam coastal grandmama, and the cozy with a twist cottagecore.
Where classic coastal hues of blues and greens merge with Nancy Meyer influenced neutrals is where you find the grandmother coastal aesthetic.
Cyclical perhaps, but cozy chic depicted through colors, textures, and patterns of days gone by welcomes cottagecore style home.
New spins on classic favorites isn’t exactly a new concept in the design and decorating world.
There will always be room at the design and decorating table for this perennial design style.
What a modern adaptation has the ability to do is suit today’s personal decorating preferences while acquainting the eye with a fresh take that immensely enhances the core design style.
“Use wallpaper in unexpected places:
on the ceiling in a paneled room,
in closets, hallways, and small foyers.
A great pattern or texture in small spaces
can be a prodigious twist!”
—Lindsey Coral Harper
The once a flipper, always a flipper side of my brain together with my decorating eye spies the divine flooring and thinks flip that beauty from floor to ceiling with this choice.
Dynamic decorating duo.
Color, texture, and patio patterns set a spring into summer scene into motion.
Iconic pairing of color and pattern, the instantly recognizable banana leaf design Martinique wallpaper designs and decorates the equally famous Beverly Hills Hotel.
You had me at pink and green.
Giving a modern twist to the traditional keeps the look fresh and the style on trend and in demand.
Rules apply for balance and form, but consider this- the unexpected use of color or well thought out and very intentional placement of a design or décor element in a “I would have never thought of that” place keeps things interesting.
Put pattern to play with whimsical choices.
As noted in my Lemon Influenced Home Décor post, nursery through to kids room design and décor has made great strides in the big style for little ones game.
Wallpaper adds interest, a punch of personality, and the all important and essential pop of color.
On first thought I love the idea of wallpaper as a focal point for a statement wall as represented in the New Orleans home of Alexa Pulitzer
Of special interest to my gotta have it list, I need those beds.
Lemon Option #1
Lemon Option #2
If we’re talking traditional wallpapers, the conversation turns to texture and grasscloth wallpapers.
When farmhouse/modern farmhouse design style flooded the screens and scrolls of the design and decorating loyal, textured and the look of textured found a resurgence in popularity.
Many associate textured wallpaper with commercial installs, and though it is true you will find it a decorating darling of commercial spaces for the sake of durability in both style and quality of product, textured wallpaper conforms to residential use in spectacular fashion.
Grasscloth wallpaper hangs around the scene for one stylish and obvious reason-its natural texture and durable function keep the spotlight on it.
I’ve installed, suggested, and used grasscloth many times over the years in properties we flipped, commercial and residential design jobs, and in our personal homes to rave reviews.
A-Street Prints Carriage House Wood Light Grey
York Quarter Sawn Wood Brown
Ozone Taupe Texture
Scalamandre Shantung Grasscloth Lapis
Manhattan Comfort Elmhurst Vinyl Grey Horizontal Faux Grasscloth
Seabrook NA205 Java Grass
Instantly recognizable iconic patterns identify the hallmarks of classic brands and enduring trend leaders.
Stand-alone style standouts, if you will.
Scalamandré Zebras in the self adhesive/ peel-and-stick option or the traditional cut and paste application option.
The investment in an iconic pattern is for the life of the space.
Instant focal point wow factor comes to the back of cupboards and bookcases.
Amplify the beauty of an antique piece by lining the drawers in a fabulous designer pattern.
Pastel colors, blue and white texture combinations, and timeless toile patterns naturally bring spring to mind.
Hey gang, here’s a DIY project tutorial for bringing a curated look to an IKEA room divider.
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Classic patterns coupled with durable function make wallpaper a quality choice of product that remains a timeless design and home décor choice.