Roll With It: Flocked and Foil Wallpaper Straight Out of the ’70s

Get to know the advantages of these pattern-happy retro wallcoverings

With so many choices in wallcoverings, the following 1970s-inspired designs may not be at the top of your wish list. But flocked and foil wallpapers have benefits, such as adding texture or offering an alternative to vinyl in humid spaces. Plus, these wallcoverings can take it to the max when it comes to style.

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Roll Call: Open Up Your Room With Scenic Wallcoverings

Create a scene with wallcovering designs that transport you to another place or time

If a basic paint job or run-of-the-mill wallpaper is too static for you and your home, consider scenic wallcoverings to add a unique narrative. Here’s how a two-dimensional indoor view can change your perspective dramatically.

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Roll Call: Go Wild With Wood Veneer Wallcovering

Find out what makes this real wood veneer special, and get the skinny on how to use wood veneer wallcovering on your walls

Few materials exude visual warmth like natural wood. But if a rustic reclaimed-wood feature wall doesn’t quite jibe with your contemporary or modern style, consider a wallcovering made from real wood veneer.

From simple wood grain to intricate inlaid geometric patterns, there are lots of striking decor options. Click HERE for the full story…

 

 

Roll Call: Shopping for Wallpaper? First Know the Lingo

 We demystify terms and concepts such as repeat, pattern match and roll size

Purchasing wallpaper can be a confusing experience. If wallpaper lingo — such as repeat, pattern match and single versus double rolls — makes you feel like a dithering hot mess, here’s a quick guide to get you rolling.

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Roll Call: Choose Vinyl Wallcovering for Durability and Style

Vinyl wallcovering can pep up and protect your walls.
Learn about the four types and which is best for you

Vinyl wallcovering got a bad rap for many years. Although the tough material is notable for withstanding endless suitcase bumps in hotels and wear and tear in corporate corridors, its aesthetic for residential use has usually fallen short.

Many of us remember the funky mushroom designs or old-fashioned coffee grinder silhouettes in 1960s and ’70s-era kitchens, but more recently, vinyl wallcovering has maintained its durable practicality while amping up its style appeal.

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Roll Call: Why Trendy But Tricky Grasscloth Wallpaper Is Worth It

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Get the ins and outs of beautiful, hand-woven natural grasscloth wallpaper

A staple in the 1960s and ’70s, grasscloth wallpaper has lately become a hot commodity. A natural material, it’s one of the most versatile decor items, complementing almost any style from tropical to rustic, traditional to modern. But despite its good looks, grasscloth is a “fussy baby” in the big family of wallcoverings. It is delicate and isn’t exactly a breeze to install — but it’s worth it when done right. If you’re considering grasscloth, here’s what you need to know.

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See How Wallpaper Can Transform a Room

 Aside from adding pattern and color, wallpaper can also take hold of our senses and change how we view our spaces

It’s well-known that wallpaper can spice up a room with pattern, but it also has a few other tricks up its sleeve. Depending on the design or even materials that go into making it, wallpaper can alter how we perceive spaciousness, light levels and movement. It can create a sense of cohesiveness — or isolation — in a room.

To me, good interior design is an art form. That’s why I studied both subjects, and earned degrees in fine art and interior design, deepening my understanding of how color, pattern, texture and form work together in interior spaces. And that’s why I believe you can use wallpaper to work wonders in any room. Click HERE to find out how…

Room of the Day: Ferraris, Fossils and Bubbles Inspire a Bath Update

A pink 1950s bathroom decimated by black mold is brought back to life with color and loads of artistic touches designed by the homeowner

Psychologist Jan Ferris knows what she likes and what rubs her the wrong way. She disliked her 1954 pink bathroom, but it wasn’t until two difficult life events struck — the death of her father and a leak that destroyed her bathroom — that she decided to finally tackle some upgrades. Ferris tapped into her former practice as an artist and embraced her love of color to create a cheerful new bathroom that also helped her heal.

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Against the Wall: Rugs Gone Vertical!

While most folks appreciate hand-made area rugs, some shy away from incorporating them into their home decor. One of the main reasons is pets. Kitty claws can wreak havoc on a kilim, and Fido chewing bones all over an oushak isn’t ideal. Parents with little ones might ditch investing in a rug until the kids are a bit older. Some rug lovers just run out of floor space, too.

Just because your lifestyle might not be right for a quality area rug right now doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy one in your home. Consider hanging a rug on the wall instead of limiting yourself to the conventional on-the-floor route!

Hanging an area rug has some advantages. It’s likely more visible, so it’s easier to appreciate the details. Although it will still need to be cleaned, it gets less wear.  Read about three ideal locations for hanging a rug. Click HERE for the full story…

A California Kitchen Boots Out Beige

A down-and-out kitchen catches the joy wave and turns up the fun for a social family of 5

These homeowners aren’t fans of bland. After moving from the Midwest to embrace the laid-back vibe of the West Coast, the frequent entertainers wanted to bring spunk to their neutral kitchen.

Now new white cabinets and counters keep the room light, while vibrant yellow window trim, funky hardware and custom tile in retro colors jazz it up. Click HERE for the full story…