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Better Homes and Gardens predicted 2014 would bring a trend in accent walls.  I’m certainly seeing it in the Washington, DC region with wallpaper. In the past three months, I’ve had a multitude of calls, texts and emails asking about wallpaper installation for accent walls in all kinds of rooms.

Accent walls make drama. They can highlight architectural elements and focal points. They can also make small spaces dramatic and interesting. You can use paint or wallpaper. I recently did a huge rose pattern paper in a small powder room. It really works!  Like screen dividers, papering an accent wall lets you have an affair, not a marriage, with wallpaper.  You can make a bold statement with wallpaper without worrying about over-committing!

Great post by Fast Company’s CoDesign channel today about designer Claire Rosen’s photo essay, Birds of a Feather. She photographed exotic birds in front of matching wallpaper. Rosen used wallpaper from Waterhouse Wallhangings.

Do you think this wallpaper goes with my feathers?

Slate magazine also ran a story about Rosen’s photo show. Each parrot was matched with a wallpaper not just to reflect its plumage palette, but also to bring out what Rosen thought of as the bird’s personality. Rosen’s claims her feathered subjects practically mugged for the camera. Have to agree with that!

Everybody loves wallpaper!

FarrowBallJapaneseNew Japanese inspired wallpapers from Farrow & Ball are out this month.  These wallpapers are a perfect match between English block printing and simple Japanese fabric designs. The Japanese designs are stylized nature, giving them a modern look. The options from Farrow & Ball resemble a bamboo forest, a flock of birds, stylized waves and hexagon cartouches with flower motifs.

Original Japanese fabrics were simple block prints. Today’s Farrow & Ball wallpapers are also block printed which gives you a wonderful texture you can feel when touched.  Even though the patterns are very old, they feel very contemporary because they are two-dimensional with two, maybe three, colors. This type of wallpaper make walls act like walls, allowing you to showcase your furnishings or art.