Escape to the Hamptons

2020 is the year of the Staycation and a little Accent Wall can move the mountains or beach to you. This week we installed a one-of-its-kind design by Brooklyn, New York textile designers – Eskayel in a DC Columbia Heights high rise. One of the smaller pieces we’ve installed. This impressionistic take on the Hamptons is printed on a paperweave grass cloth material. It’s like an American version of chinoiserie.

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Installed this English wildlife wallpaper in a small powder room this week in an older Washington, DC home. You get the best of both worlds – the bold statement of a dark colored paper with vivid bright figures in the foreground. Works great in a small space.

If you are considering a dark background paper, I say go for it — but be sure to read my blog post on Dark Background Wallpaper.

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Last week I installed a lovely Watercolor Roses Peel and Stick wallpaper on a bedroom accent wall. The paper is from York Wallcovering.

At least half of the peel-and-stick installs we do are DIY rescue. Peel-and-stick wallpaper is being promoted and sold as the best option for renters and those who want to move with their wallpaper. However, for all the upsides, there are downsides. For the committed DIYer, peel-and-stick may be a fun weekend project. But for many, it can become a nightmare.

A Professional Paperhanger’s Tips on Peel & Stick Wallpaper

First, let’s look at some basic wallpaper facts:

  • all wallcoverings are removable – murals, traditional wallpaper, peel-and-stick
  • all removals will require some wall repair; the removability of the paper is dependent on the original paint and priming of the wall
  • if you are worried about your security deposit, plan on painting the wall after you strip the paper
  • compared to traditional wallpaper, peel-and-stick is far less forgiving especially when hung on top of bad paint

Peel-and-Stick Rescue Jobs

Peel-and-stick is marketed to be easy and DIY. For many this is not true. Oftentimes there are more headaches associated with it. An example I see frequently is ripping paint off the wall while trying to adjust a panel (which then shows through the paper).

Don’t be surprised if you find yourself needing the help of a professional paperhanger. There’s no shame in the wallpaper game.

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