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, clashing patterns or cute old timey car designs. Others of us cringe at the thought of the removal process. Either way, the reputation hasn’t been very good.
Believe it or not, wallpaper has returned to fashion in a big way! Don’t worry; I’m not talking about the version from our pasts. Instead, this new and improved wallpaper is better, smarter, and more luxurious than before.
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. There is more creativity with choices and applications, even using wallpapers inside cabinets and behind bookcases to conjure focal points in the room.
So what makes today’s wallpaper so much better? For one, it 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.
Wallpaper is great for ceilings too. For example, coverings 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!