Shields Wallpaper & Mural Installations - Wash DC Metro Area

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Serena & Lily is hot now in residential wallpaper. You can find me hanging one of their papers several times a month. In my opinion, their Artichoke wallpaper is their best.


Schumacher Chinois Palais

I’ll always tell you to install “Chinoiserie.”
Schumacher’s “Chinois Palais” gives a nod to the fine Chinese wallpapers of French neoclassicism. At the same time it’s a modern take that won’t overpower your room or make you feel like your living in a museum. The paper makes the room bigger and breaths life into dull spaces. I hang a lot of wallpaper and this is one of the materials that always turns out the best.


Cole & Son Acquario

A super fun paper for a powder room or accent wall. Cole and Son’s “Acquario” always brings a smile to people’s faces with its whimsical fish motif. Originally designed by Fornasetti, this Italian pattern conjures up images of the Mediterranean and is prefect if you want to add a little sunshine to your place. Available in a range of colors.


Sometimes simpler is better. Nothing says summer like a classic stripe. Available in just about any color that strikes your fancy. I recommend this paper in a Navy or Coral. To me the paper conjures up a long weekend in Nantucket. I’ve even had installed it horizontally in a nursery in warm yellow.


It was striking to see how much the AMC show Mad Men changed interior design. Grass cloth which was originally a commercial material in offices, suddenly went from old-fashion and out-of-style to hot and in demand. But Mad Men was 15 years ago, it’s time for a new texture on our walls.

Candice Olson’s Cork wallpaper is exactly that. A combination of natural cork and metallic foil, this material combines the earthy texture of a tree bark with the glittering brilliance of foil.  Of all the papers I’ve installed, cork is the most seamless. Personal recommendation — the two colors that I’ve found work the best are the Teal and Warm Silver.

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Gifting during the holiday season — many of us are challenged to find unique and memorial gifts to give family and friends. The image above is the Winnie the Pooh mural my dad, Patrick Shields, hand painted (pre-digital printed murals) in my room when I was a kid. I still have fond memories of this mural.

Today there is a plethora of fabulous (and affordable) digitally printed murals and wallpaper to make a very special gift for an Accent wall, powder room or office. Boldly gift where no gift has gone before – wallpaper and murals!

If you don’t know where to start looking for great wallpapers or murals, here’s a list of manufacturers whose papers I frequently install:

Scalamandre

Cole & Son  

ThIbaut  

Osborne & Little  

Murals Your Way  

York Wallcoverings  

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The holiday season is upon us and dining rooms are a decorating priority. Damask wallpaper has long been a favorite for dining rooms (blue paper above). Historically, damask patterns highlighted floral motifs which creates a sense of rhythm and vibration. Today with new technology options, creating a similar look-and-feel of damask is boundless.

This week I find myself installing a wallpaper that evokes the inspiration of damask. This Artichoke Wallpaper from Serena & Lily feels both modern and traditional using a vegetable, not flower, pattern.

Tip: Wallpaper makes for great holiday gifts.

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