Wallpaper Is Back And Better Than Ever

ProSource | 7/15/2016 | Expert Advice

Old-fashioned floral. Impossible-to-remove adhesives. Wallpaper has gotten a pretty bad rap, which is why it’s frequently the first thing new buyers of old homes want to replace along with outdated or worn-out flooring.

Why, then, are interior designers embracing its return? Because today’s trendy wallpaper boasts outstanding quality, fabulous patterns, and super-simple applications. It will transform the way you decorate.

It’s Not Just Paper

“Wallpaper, now commonly referred to as wallcovering, has most definitely made a comeback,” says Jody Myers-Fierz, interior designer at Color Concept Theory and president-elect of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) in Connecticut.

“The wallcovering options available today are a modern-day art form,” she says. “Ranging from traditional to contemporary to eclectic, the choices in color, texture, pattern, and desired aesthetic are endless.”

Interior designer Warren Sheets agrees and touts the appeal of a variety of contemporary wallcoverings:

  • vinyl and vinyl coated – “durable and easy to clean”
  • embossed – “creates a raised, textured effect”
  • digital print – “replicate foil, lacquer, flocking, grass cloth, wood, and stone”
  • moiré – “emulate the shimmering quality of French silk”
  • bamboo – “a natural look that’s environmentally friendly”
  • metallic – “provides reflected illumination to darker rooms”
  • embellished – “features added ornamentation such as recycled glass or beads”

It’s Not Permanent

“I recommend removable options to clients who are afraid of wallpaper,” says Manhattan interior designer Tina Ramchandani. “It’s easy to apply and even easier to remove, and it feels less permanent than traditional wallcovering.”

It’s User-Friendly

“Wallcoverings have come a long way with regards to the chemicals used in production, application, and removal,” says Myers-Fierz. That impossible-to-remove wallpaper that was hanging in Grandma’s dining room has been replaced by user-friendly options like adhesive wallcovering.

And while she loves removable options, Ramchandani is still a fan of traditional, high-quality wallpaper. “When correctly applied, it’s actually very easy to use,” she says. “It’s truly no more of a commitment than paint is, yet can make a huge impact for the cost.”

It’s Not Just For Walls

“I like to use wallpaper in small spaces,” says Emily Cochran, an interior designer in Raleigh, North Carolina. “Try it in powder rooms, an entryway, on ceilings, or even the backs of bookshelves!”

Sheets encourages clients to make the most of leftover wallpaper. “Use it to decorate stair risers, line drawers, or create decorate backing for picture frames.”

It Ties In To The Entire Redesign

Let’s face it. If wallpaper is being discussed as an update, chances are you’re updating other areas, including flooring. When pairing floors to wallpaper patterns, look for tie-ins that complement what’s going underfoot and on your walls (or ceilings, if you’re feeling bold).

Look for a wallpaper pattern that accentuates your flooring choice, whether it’s a grainy hardwood or plush, solid carpet. When used appropriately, you can jazz up a space without going overboard.

Try pairing a neutral carpet or a light hardwood floor with a bold pattern to brighten the look of a room. Mixing light walls with dark floors – or even light floors with wallpapered ceilings – can create a totally different and new room that has a “wow” factor.

Review the online inspiration for combinations of flooring and wallpaper, and add images you like to the myProSource Project Center.

Bottom line: It’s not your grandparents’ wallpaper anymore. Get a fresh new look – simply, affordably, and with no commitment!

This article references home improvement trends. ProSource may not sell all products mentioned. ProSource Showrooms are independently owned and operated. Products may vary by location. Contact or visit your local showroom for details.

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