Decorating With Wallpaper By Jaima Brown
(ARA) - Since each of us is as unique as
a thumbprint, there's no reason anyone should
settle for copycat interiors, no matter how
beautiful they are and no matter how faithfully
they replicate a room shown in a book. Wallpaper
is more than a decorative element. It is a
tool for creating entirely custom spaces.
The innovative use of combinations of patterns
from a single collection -- Bordeaux Valley,
from the L.V. Emmert Studios division of S.A.
Maxwell Co. -- suggests ways you can literally
think outside the box and turn an ordinary
room into an extraordinary decorating statement
that is yours alone.
Consider showing your stripes. We added
alternating parallel, vertical strips of a
coordinating stripe pattern against an overall
leopard print to create a focal point on the
wall behind a leather sofa in this den. It
not only adds interest to the expanse of wall,
but also makes the ceiling seem higher and
gives added emphasis to wall art by further
framing the diminutive pen-and-ink drawings
same effect can be created by turning a border
on end and running it vertically up the wall
against a coordinating background pattern.
A large-print floral border, for example,
adds pizzazz to an overall mini-print. Conversely,
a simple scroll border can frame or highlight
segments of a bolder print background. In
each case, the border adds a distinctive stripe.
In another form of "framing," we mated two
strips of a simple lattice pattern at the
corners of this dining room. At the center
of each wall, we filled the wall from floor
to ceiling with an exuberant large-scale floral
bouquet pattern. This technique also makes
ceilings seem higher while accentuating the
elegance of the bouquets.
Using a simpler pattern at the corners also
eases installation by not requiring intricate
pattern-matching in hard-to-reach places.
of all is the use of the elaborately adorned
trompe l'oeil antique secretary, complete
with lamp, quill pen, books and letters, presented
in Bordeaux Valley as a precut, ready-to-install
mural. This turns an unused wall, at the top
of a staircase or between bedroom doors, for
example, into a customized showcase of your
When your own eyes and personal point of
view browse a wallpaper collection like Bordeaux
Valley, where patterns are arranged according
to coordinating colors and styles, there is
no end to the custom possibilities you will
begin to see. For example, line the walls
of a bookcase with a quiet print that matches
the room's wallpaper in color and style, yet
also adds contrast. Decoupage a door to visibly
connect a theme from one room to another.
Borders are the most versatile tool for
giving rooms a unique finishing touch. They
can be run above the baseboard, at chair-rail
height, along the top of the wall, around
a door, and even along the edges of a ceiling.
Never forget the ceiling. Decorators call
it "the fifth wall," and, when it connects
all the walls, either through a contrast of
pattern or a continuing match, it demonstrates
to everyone that you carry your own decorating
flair to every inch of your home.
Courtesy of ARA Content