Shields Wallpaper & Mural Installations - Wash DC Metro Area

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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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Wallpaper To Powder Your Nose

You may hear people refer to the half-bath with the old-fashioned term, the powder room. My dad, Patrick Shields, only referred to half-baths as powder rooms. (Side-note – he also referred to every refrigerator as an “ice box.”)

Back in the good old days, when fashionable people wore powdered wigs, rooms were made available solely for the maintenance of the coif. This was the genesis of calling the ladies restroom the powder room. Hence, the euphemism, “Powder My Nose.”

Fancy wallpaper and the powder rooms go hand and hand. Make your powder room the pièce de résistance in your home.

Ironically, please don’t get powder on your wallpaper.


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