Decorating With Wallpaper
By Jaima Brown
(ARA) - The comforts of home have rarely been
as important and meaningful as they are to us today.
Home design trends emerge as a reflection of how
we feel. They depict what we are longing for.
It is not surprising that right now we are in
a nostalgic frame of mind, in search of tranquility,
continuity, familiarity and a warmth that exceeds
the simple need to be harbored from winter weather.
This year, fabrics, furniture, and the home furnishings
palette are all softening. Curved and rounded shapes
are replacing sharp edges. Rustic
references are seen in many popular decorating magazines.
Expenditures on handicrafts are rivaling families'
investments in electronics. And the handmade looks
that characterize a style we call American
Country are popular again.
This led S.A. Maxwell Co. to introduce Country
USA III. It is our third version of previously successful
Americana collections, and it recalls many comforting
images from our nation's quiet past. Ellison Bay,
which will be released by Maxwell's Piper Designs
division in January, takes inspiration from the
tranquility of our shores.
Because the wallpaper patterns in each of these
collections are coordinated in design and color,
you can mix and match them in unique ways. But the
creative possibilities inherent in the designs don't
stop at the wall. They encourage your own handcrafting
capabilities, starting, for example, with a patchwork
By itself, wallpapering a ceiling adds warmth
to a room. It envelops a space and gives design
continuity. For an entirely unique effect, however,
we've combined five different patterns from Country
USA III: two stripes, a floral trail, a plaid, and
a mini-print floral design.
The floor of the room is your template for this
project. Cut an equal number of 12-inch squares
from the five different wallpaper patterns and arrange
them in a pleasing alternating sequence on the floor.
Then simply transfer them, one by one, to the ceiling.
The squares make overhead installation especially
Installing a horizontal run of one pattern -- the
plaid, for example -- along the top 24 inches of
the wall, adds even more warmth to the room by seeming
to lower the ceiling and bring a cozy scale to the
space. Add a strip of molding under the plaid. Finish
the walls in a mini-print floral and then add a
scalloped-edge birdhouse border under the molding.
Decoupage gives painted furniture an authentic
and can also add some surprising and unique decorative
touches. We "customized" an old three-drawer chest
by covering the drawer-fronts with a simple stripe
from Ellison Bay, creating an interesting contrast
with the nautical-figured wallpaper from the same
Then we transformed an ordinary staircase into
the hall's dramatic focal point by alternating two
coordinated border designs on the stair risers.
A pattern of stars
and stripes alternates with one of lighthouses
and maps, gently beckoning everyone upstairs for
a good night's rest.
Courtesy of ARA Content