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Wallpaper is making a big comeback

Wallpaper is making a big comeback

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Wallpaper is making a big comeback

Every season brings has its fair share of home decor trends, but one such style that’s coming back for another turn around the sun causes fairly polarizing opinions: Wallpaper. Love it or hate it, this long time decorating treatment has come back to the mainstream thanks to really whimsical, on-trend prints to fabrics and inventive materials that makes the installation of wallpaper not only easier, but also removable. Installing wallpaper used to be a nightmare – all that scraping and steaming – but nowadays new technology has made it incredibly easy with adhesive formulas and even stick-and-peel fabrications that can strip off walls without that sticky residue.

Lara Skinner Mural Wallpaper. <a href="http://www.wallsauce.com" target="_blank">wallsauce.com</a>
Lara Skinner Mural Wallpaper. wallsauce.com

When choosing the right wallpaper for your own home, here are a few things to consider:

Consider the style of the room you’re decorating

What is your home style: Romantic, casual, contemporary or traditional? Decide that first, then go about choosing a wallpaper that suits that style. For example, if your look is romantic, go for delicate damasks or florals with lovely pastel colours. Beautiful! If you have a contemporary home, why not consider geometrics, metallic accents or large-scale patterns?

How do you plan on using the wallpaper?

This is obviously a critical decision: where will you install the wallpaper in your home? Remember that all styles don’t work in the same way, so if you want to cover an entire room, keep it simple. You don’t want to overwhelm a space with big patterns or large-scale designs. Stay classic with a stripe, or a muted pattern.

Also important, the choice of wallpaper should be compatible with your other furniture. You want to maintain a sense of harmony in the whole space, so remember your upholstery, furniture, curtains and other details and how they will marry with your wallpaper of choice.

Grasscloth Wallpaper
Grasscloth Wallpaper

How you will use wallpaper in the room

Next, figure out how you plan to use the wallpaper in the room. All styles don’t work in the same way. Here are the various options:

  • Cover all four walls: A classic, simple stripe design hung horizontally on all four walls gives a fresh contemporary look. Large-scale and simple designs will not overwhelm a room but add a trendy twist. My first choice is grass cloth – it has a very organic feel (it’s made from strands of actual grass woven together!). It gives texture and warmth, and you won’t get tired of it as you may with a patterned paper. My mother used it and I was always drawn to its natural beauty. Interestingly, I’m using it in my Arizona home in the TV room, as well as our master bedroom.
  • Feature wall: This is the opportunity to be dramatic! Go for a bold pattern here to help highlight an area of a room, like behind your bed, a couch or a powder room. A botanical print would work wonderfully here.
  • A ceiling: This isn’t for the faint of heart, but wow does it ever yield a result! Whether you want to mimic a Victorian-style tin ceiling look (which has been a big trend in home decor) or you want to add a unique element of surprise in a geometric print (which is a nice nod to midcentury-modern design) the ceiling is unexpected and a lot of fun.

Lisa Rogers is the exclusive interior designer for Dunpar Homes.

Lisa has shared her style and design expertise on popular television programs, such as Canadian Living TV, House & Home TV and The Shopping Channel.

Lisa is one of the most familiar faces on CityTV’s Cityline as a regular guest expert for fashion and image, health and wellness and interior design.


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Taking Time to Look Up

Taking Time to Look Up

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Taking Time to Look Up

by Cindy Grenke

Often overlooked and neglected, the ceiling can make an impactful design statement. Whatever the space, a creative ceiling design makes for a unique and impressive room. One key technique is to make it look higher and to make the room look larger, while adding character. Determining the possibilities typically mean some detective work in renovations and some discussions with the architect and client in new construction.

Wood and Metal Panelled Ceilings

There are many products on the market that add visual interest to ceilings. Some fit onto invisible ceiling grids and others are hung by wires. Reclaimed wood ceilings can also make spaces interesting and the use of reclaimed tin ceiling tiles can add great character and warmth to a space.

Laqfoil stretched ceiling, Adelaide Hotel
Laqfoil stretched ceiling, Adelaide Hotel

Stretched Ceilings

Stretched ceilings are relatively new to the North American market. They are made of an elastic material that is stretched to a frame that is attached to the perimeter of the room. Applied heat is used to make the ceiling perfectly flat. Advantages are that the ceiling has an anti-microbial properties and it is waterproof in case of a roof leak. Stretched ceilings can be printed with any colour or mural and can be installed in a matter of hours, which save precious construction time. Careful coordination with the lighting and electrical infrastructure is necessary for this ceiling methodology.

Laqfoil stretched/printed "art" ceiling, home office
Laqfoil stretched/printed “art” ceiling, home office

Glass Ceilings

Glass ceilings make a powerful statement. Not always typical in Canada, glass-ceiling systems are the perfect solution for nature lovers or for houses that need more natural light. These can be extremely costly and require special structure, therefore budget discussion up front during the architectural phase of the design is necessary.

Mirrored Ceilings

Mirrored ceilings were all the rage in the 1980s and are back in style. Great for small spaces, mirrored ceilings add visual interest. Using them as the accent in a tray ceiling for a dining room can add an element of luxury. Mirrored ceilings are typically glued to a drywall ceiling with a construction adhesive. Care must be taken by the contractor to ensure that the drywall is well constructed and level.

Urban Retreat Homes
Urban Retreat Homes

Painted/Pattered and Wallpapered Ceilings

Painted patterns and murals on ceilings have been done for thousands of years. Geometric patterns can make a painted ceiling look modern while wallpaper can be a cost-effective way to add visual interest on a ceiling, especially in dining rooms, wine cellars and other unique spaces.

Coffered and Tray Ceilings

Coffered and tray ceilings are a great way to make a space unique and luxurious. Whether wood, drywall, or the traditional plaster, they add dimension and character and make a statement like no other. It is important to design the lighting in conjunction with the ceiling and work out the dimensions with the correct site measurements. During a renovation, it is important to understand joist locations, HVAC ducting and the structure of the existing ceiling in order to propose a new design.

CINDY GRENKE is a marketing and design expert representing Canadian suppliers.

Her expertise includes helping designers understand product advantages, market receptivity, brand development and future trend hunting for the North American market.



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