wallpaper murals

An Affair, Not a Marriage, With Wallpaper

Screen chinese
I am wallpapering more and more room screen dividers. It’s a good option when a designer or homeowner wants a fling not a marriage to wallpaper. I see the rise in popularity of decorative screens as a solution and a decorative indulgence. The options for interesting combinations of styles and use of murals is more affordable, portable and interchangeable.

It can even be like having an affair with two different people … you can paper one side of the screen in Victorian pattern and border, on the other side you can paper with hand painted Chinese mural. It really makes a great design statement and can be a decorating focus point.

Decorative screens are used for …
• dividing the room
• adding privacy to any space
• hiding clutter and increasing storage
• adding color
• redirecting foot traffic
• creating a foyer
• adding a desk front modesty screen
• creating coziness
• adding a decorative background

Screens are used in almost all rooms in the house – offices, bedrooms, dining rooms, living rooms. Here are some beautiful screens made with antique wallpaper and murals.

P.S. Think about finishing the edges with tacks, gimp, ribbon, gilded paper machie, etc.

Wallpaper – The Texture of Our Lives

Cotton, The Fabric of Our Lives – Cotton, the wonder material. It’s natural, environmentally friendly, durable, figure-flattering and fashionable. Because I work with a distant cousin, wallpaper, I can’t help but notice they share lots of similarities.

Farrow&Ball GrassclothWallpaper is natural, “green” and durable. Certainly fashionable. Like cotton, it’s versatility can be found in its variety of textures. Wallpaper gives texture to our living spaces. You can create the rough texture of Italian villa walls, the lightness of rice paper lined walls in a Japanese tea house, the strength of leather covered walls in a Spanish castle or the elegance of tapestry walls of a French chateau. Wallpaper is the perfect vehicle to create texture in a room without creating permanence.

My favorite texture-rich wallpapers…

  • grass and string cloth
  • faux Portuguese, Dutch or Turkish tiles
  • paper backed hand colored silks
  • mulberry papers with silk and leaves
  • papers covered with mica chips or mother of pearl
  • French wood grained paper; the raised grain fools the eye and the hand
  • amazing pressed vinyls that replicate silk, grass, almost any texture

Wouldn’t it be great if wallpaper manufacturers took a marketing page from the cotton industry? The slogan – Wallpaper, The Texture of Our Lives!

“This Spring We WILL Change The Wallpaper!”

Wallpaper Motivations

I couldn’t resist… as an Anglophile, I love the show Ripper Street on BBCAmerica. They use wallpaper in every interior scene. Love it!

Nothing like a woman with a gun to motivate you to re-decorate:)

Sometimes, especially in the winter, we need a Tapetenwechsel. A what? Tapetenwechsel means “wallpaper change” in German. It’s an everyday expression for needing a change of scenery, change of color or change of space.

Change your wallpaper – Change your Life!