Shields Wallpaper & Mural Installations - Wash DC Metro Area

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Dressing Up DC’s Historic Homes

I love working in the old historic houses of Washington, DC. Recently, I installed damask wallpaper befitting this 1890 Queen Anne town home. Queen Anne town houses became popular in DC after the Civil War, and can be found lining the streets of the city’s historic areas like Logan and Dupont Circles. A quirk of this particular home is shared by the White House. “Murphy doors” (doors that are flush with a wall in order to become invisible) can be found throughout the house. I covered those doors with wallpaper to hide them even further. For instance, there are two liquor cabinets in the dining room pictured above. Bet you can’t find them…

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This week I installed a very interesting wallpaper. It looks like a vintage decoupage hand-printed paper but was actually digitally printed onto a soft cotton ground. The paper, Chimney Swallows, is from the artist, John Derian, located in NYC. By using this technology and technique, you can get the best of both worlds — old vintage design with modern durability.

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Timeless & Elegant Wallpaper

Snakeshead by William Morris
The wallpaper I installed on these accent walls this week was designed in 1876 by William Morris. It makes the living area of this DC condo sparkle. Busy patterns can make spaces feel more intimate, or conversely expand the space, depending on color. The genius of Morris is still felt around the world. Morris was a disrupt-or in his day among the artistic world and tastemakers. At a time when the mainstream believed “wallpaper should be background pure and simple” (Victorian architect Richard Norman Shaw), Morris took the opposite approach to wallpaper designing glaring and palatial papers even for small spaces.

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