Saturday, September 17, 2016

Interior Design Today: Is Wallpaper Out of Style or Back on Trend?

Once a mainstay of interior design, in recent years wallpaper was relegated to bathrooms and powder rooms. Paint became the preferred, easier, cheaper way to freshen up a room’s d├ęcor. Wallpaper also fell out of style because it didn’t fit the modern aesthetic that has been popular for the last 12 year os so. Many buyers considered it a very personal choice and difficult to install and remove.

But tastes and preferences change. Many buyers no longer remember their grandparent’s homes covered in wall-to-wall floral, striped, or velvet papers. They are now moving to wallpaper as a chic way to update a space. Here are some reasons wallpaper’s appeal for interior design is growing.

Easy On, Easy Off

The product itself has been greatly improved. And not just its appearance. Wallpaper is now much easier to hang and remove. Some are made with a non-woven substrate so it is much easier to hide surface imperfections. There are some that are made to peel and stick, so they are much easier to hang, remove, and reuse.


Fresh Patterns

The new patterns are fresher and hipper. You should consider over scaled geometrics such as kaleidoscopes or Asian-inspired themes. Tromp l’oeil photorealism that makes the wall look as if it is constructed of materials such weathered brick or wood, chevron and horizontal patterns are preferred over traditional vertical stripes or faux leather.


Many of today’s wallpapers are made with eco-friendly materials. Some are water-based prints. And some with vinyl coatings stand up better to steamy bathrooms and can be easily cleaned of fingerprints, grease, and dirt with a damp cloth.

Brighter Colors

Oranges, aquas, purples, yellows, greens, and hot pinks as well as metallic golds and silver or contrasting white and black combinations are popular. Midtone pastels have a following, and of grey, this year’s hot neutral, is also popular.


Inventive Interior Design

More inventive uses. Wallpaper is often used for more than a room’s four walls, often it is considered an accent feature, or on ceilings in between coffers or beams. And it has a myriad of uses in interior design: it can make a space seem bigger, or more intimate, or hide a problem.

Start Gradually

If you are not sure how you feel about wallpaper, start slowly. An accent wall in a bathroom is a good beginning. You can also use it to break up large areas, in a bedroom, a cozy den, a hallway or entry way, and even in a breakfast room. Be sure to choose a perky, more modern pattern if you want wallpaper in the kitchen, so that you don’t run the risk of making your kitchen look dated.

Wallpaper without Borders

Wallpaper borders are definitely out. And wallpaper whitewashing is also definitely out. Of your wallpaper’s best days are behind it, take it down and either repaper or refresh with a coat of paint.

If you are interested in the latest trends in wallpaper, contact Baer's Furniture to speak with a design professional. Follow us on Twitter to be the first to know about special sales.

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