Wallpaper 101: Knowing the Basics!

If you’re wanting to bring some added life into a room or maybe you’re just tired of painted flat walls; wallpaper can be just the trick! Wallpaper is definitely trending again, especially the less permanent easy-to-apply adhesive wallpaper. Its important when picking a wallpaper to stay away from super-trendy patterns and keep it “room-appropriate”. Monochromatic, textured paper like grasscloth works really well in a bedroom where as a bright saturated and fun print is best suited for a powder room.  Below, I’ll help broaden your paper knowledge by going over classic styles/patterns as well as awesome vendors to purchase from! There are even some fun application ideas for those not wanting to go the traditional route.

Styles

Floral & Botanical

Floral and botanical patterns like these would look amazing in a powder room or bedroom.

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Geometric

Geometric patterns can range from octagonal to lattice to chevron and diamond. A geometric paper is usually associated to a more contemporary or transitional look and can go almost anywhere.

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Toile & Chinoiserie

Both Toile and Chinoiserie patterns depict a repeated scene of everyday life in the 18th century. Best used in a dining room or entryway, either can create a warm, unique and more formal look.

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Fret

Fret, also known as Greek Key is a repeating pattern comprised of lines/bands. Spacing between them are approximately equal to the width of the bands creating a dual pattern using the negative space. Although Fret is a trending pattern currently, its greek classic design will  help its aesthetic longevity. This paper would look great in bathroom!

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Grasscloth

Grasscloth paper is a textural paper made from or made to look like woven grass cloth. It often comes in one color but like fabric, its threads vary in color giving it a dynamic look. Grasscloth is a great choice for just about any application.

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Adhesive

Traditional wall paper can be costly since it requires professional installation. Peel-and-stick applications are becoming more and more popular because of the diy movement and its less permanent qualities. They are a great option for renters who cannot alter their walls.

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Paintable

Paintable paper is embossed to resemble fine plaster work and can be painted over any color you like.

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Resources/Vendors

Sherwin Williams- HGTV Collection

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Decorators Best

Graham & Brown

Anthropologie

Hygge & West 

Installation Ideas

Accent Wall

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Ceiling

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Bookshelf Backing

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