Patterned wallpaper has not always been popular with the majority of homeowners. Painting seems to be a simpler and more common choice for quickly changing the look of a room. For individuals daring enough to try solid textured wall coverings, many opt for using a lot of white space in the pattern to keep it from looking over done or too busy. Or they even use wall coverings in small spaces like nooks, closets, or small bathrooms.
You probably won’t see bold designs in new homes for sale in the Bay area,
builders typically let the owners decide if they want to commit their walls to one design or pattern for that room.
However, lately it seems that applying wallpaper in your home is coming back with a vengeance.
What could cause such an excitement in the name of fashion and home design? Simply stated: technology .
One can find wallpaper from on line sources, retailers like West Elm, Anthropologie, Ballard Designs and CB2; and even the time-tested trade only sources. These new trendy designs vary from demure to dynamic, from photo realistic to very organic. Basically, prints are hot.
Technology enhances these designs by enabling the ability to print hundreds of textures and colors that we could never accomplish with traditional block printing or screen methods. Digital imaging has advanced home decor choices by making it possible to create complicated and detailed designs that previously were impossible.
One example would be Schumacher’s latest marble prints from Martyn Lawrence Bullard, influenced by the famed decorator Renzo Mongiardino and his trompe l’oeil techniques. The way these intricate patterns reveal each vein and the commencement of color could never have been produced if it wasn’t for digital imaging.
Another advantage in the present day is how much simpler directions for installation has become. We can choose from glue-free or pre-glued patterns, unlike the more costly paper and installations from years ago. Today, papering your walls is a great DIY project, although it does take time to match the patterns, it still isn’t too difficult.
Many accomplished designers will also show us how to hang paper correctly. For example, Tom Scheerer has made the Quadrille Lyford Trellis pattern of the chinoiserie-style bamboo design quite popular through his skillful use of it in large and small rooms alike. Why does it work? The pattern allows for a graphic architectural feature for the rooms.