Shields Wallpaper & Mural Installations - Wash DC Metro Area - Part 2

Hand Trimming Wallpaper

Today, most wallpapers arrive trimmed from the factory. But you can still find wallpapers that need trimming. They are usually high-end papers, historic papers, hand printed papers, and some grass cloth and vinyls. Back in the day, manufacturers added the excess to leave the seam matching to the paperhanger — a hangover from the time when wallpaper was more intimately connected to the textile industry. They would leave salvage and extra material for tailors to use. The additional edge would also help prevent damage while shipping.

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Wallpaper: Home As A Piece of Art

The best part of my job is helping inspired clients bring their vision to life. When working with beautiful wallpapers, you’re not just covering the walls, you’re turning a home into a piece of art.

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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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