What do you think of when you hear the word “wallpaper?” Some of us immediately shudder as we think of our parents’ and grandparents’ kitchens lined with overwhelming color and clashing patterns. Some of us cringe at the thought of the removal process. Either way, the reputation hasn’t been very good.
Well we’re here to tell you that wallpaper has returned to fashion! Don’t worry, we’re not talking about the version from our pasts. Instead, this new and improved installation of wallpaper is better, smarter, and more luxurious than before. Stick with us, here.
Wallpaper has always been used to dress up a room by making it look richer, fun and more interesting. You’re able to reflect your personal style in a unique and affordable way. But now, more than ever, the material is being used to transform rooms that are missing that certain “pop.” More designers are using it as a hint of “rebellion,” a contrast to some of the more sterile grays, whites, and neutrals found in modern homes. We’re beginning to see more creativity with choices, even using wallpapers inside cabinets and behind bookcases to conjure focal points in the room.
So what makes today’s wallpaper so much better? According to Laurie Coton, lead designer of Consilium Home, today’s wallpaper doesn’t look the same as what it used to. Designs involve ultra-stylish prints, dimensional fabrics, and striking statements. We’re seeing a lot more gold and silver, overlaying pieces of paper, cotton, unusual materials, and hand-painted designs over textures.
Textured wallpaper is a useful design element when you are in search of creative ways to perk up a cold or boring room. It also adds depth, space and interest without taking up space you don’t have. Textured coverings are also the perfect way to hide imperfections like holes or cracks in the walls!
“Something we must remember is that wallpaper is great for ceilings too,” Laurie says. For example, coverings on the ceilings or walls with textures like sheen and small pearls will beautifully reflect light from your chandeliers, adding some extra elegance to the room.
Whether you’re using material that is embossed, embellished, geometric, foiled or solid in color, the key to modern wallpaper is utilizing restraint and purpose. Keep those words in mind, indulge in your creativity, and be smart about your designs. Soon, negative emotions about wallpaper will be a thing of the past!