When you think of wallpaper, do you think of bilious colors and floral patterns that haven’t been changed since 1954? If so, you are not alone, but you may be missing out on a versatile and potentially lovely décor choice. This year, many people have already boarded the wallpaper train, and we’re impressed with six style choices they’re making with the material.
What can paper offer that a fresh coat of paint cannot? Well, for starters, it can add texturing and visual interest, especially in small spaces. It can be used to create a consistent motif throughout a room or make a bold impact as an escalated version of the accent wall. Its strongest point is its versatility. Wallpaper caters to styles both contemporary or traditional. It can be subtle or dramatic, busy or simplistic, vintage or avant garde.
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Because wallpaper has a lot to offer for many different tastes, the trend is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Its customizable nature speaks to those looking to create a space entirely their own. While we’ve listed some of our favorite ways we’ve seen wallpaper used, each style choice presents itself differently depending on who is designing the paper. Do any of these styles strike your fancy? How would you make them your own?
Instead of adding sheets of a repeating pattern, many are choosing to use paper to create impressive murals across their walls. We’ve seen some beautiful examples of subtle lines depicting Japanese Sansui painting or a world map in faded sepia tones. You might consider doing this as a statement piece on only one accent wall, or even making the whole room a statement piece by wrapping the mural around the entire space.
Depending on the feeling you want to create in the room, you can use bold strokes and colors or soft brushes and hues. Do you want to evoke the lush vibrance of a jungle or the cool serenity of a forest? Maybe a breezy meadow full of wildflowers is more your style. Using motifs with leaves or flowers can be subtle or striking, airy or attention-grabbing.
Chinoiserie, using Chinese motifs and techniques in Western design, is making a long-awaited comeback. We’re talking about an eighteenth-century Europe comeback. Wallpaper sporting chinoiserie can follow a typical repeating pattern or lean more toward the mural style. It adds sophistication and an almost lavish elegance to any room.
Hear us out. Geometric patterns on the wall do not have to be reminiscent of the carpet in hotel lobbies. Instead they can lend an air of modernity and class. Monochromatic color schemes feel particularly chic. Consider overlapping lines of gold against a navy backdrop, or try triangles of different sizes to add a bit of visual fun.
The world is your oyster if you jump on the texture trend. It can be achieved in several ways. If you want to stick with neutral colors, you can work in impressions that create the illusion of familiar textures, or you can use actually textured paper for a design element that appeals to more than just the eyes. If you are looking for something in the middle, consider wallpaper that reproduces the image of bricks or stone or wood planking to evoke different structural material. It’s the best of both worlds, we say.
Further following the nature theme, you might try birds in your designs. If you like jewel tones, the inclusion of a statement peacock in your motifs wouldn’t go awry, but if pastels are more your fancy, try flocks of little songbirds peppered across the paper. Adding chipper avians is sure to make any wallpaper sing.
If we haven’t convinced you, if wallpaper is not a trend you’ll be jumping on any time soon, you can always fall back on paint. (We’re personally partial to it.) Paint is generally less expensive than rolls of paper, the installation is more straightforward, and it can help prevent mildew and mold by creating a sealed layer.
If you want to paint a room that has been papered, the best practice is to remove wallpaper before paint is applied. This can be a tedious process, but it can be well-worth it if you love the permanence of paint. The exact removal process will depend on what your walls are made of and the kind of paper on the walls, so give us a call today for help getting started.