I was mighty happy when I saw that the designer of the lattice pattern did not run the pattern across the edges of the paper. Since nothing has to be matched from strip to strip, it makes it MUCH easier to keep the pattern straight at the ceiling, because I can put the top element right at the ceiling line on every strip.
You see, if the paper is hung true to plumb, but the ceiling is not level, and each strip has to be matched to the next, it will look like the design is traveling up or down hill from the ceiling. But with this pattern, since I am able to place the design exactly at the top of the wall with each strip, even if the ceiling is not level, you will never notice.
I have a feeling that this topic is confusing to someone who has never hung wallpaper. But I’m sure my paperhanger buddies out there know exactly what I mean.
The pattern is #CM2382 by designer Antonia Vella for York Wallcoverings, one of my favorite manufacturers.
This week I’m hanging some Vahallan paper in a 2-room powder room. This is some cool stuff. It has a faux finish, and is wrinkly. The wrinkles flatten when the paper dries, but you still see the wrinkled effect.
Instead of coming in rolls, Vahallan paper comes in pieces. For this installation, the pieces are rectangles and squares, of various sizes. They also make random shaped pieces, with torn edges. Plus, you can cut or tear pieces to fit an area, if need be. In the top photo, you see the pieces stacked by size, and spread out so I can see which ones I want to use.
When dry, the rectangles look like blocks of exotic stone on the wall, and the torn pieces look like lizard skin. Very cool, and it’s certain that no one else in your neighborhood has this stuff!
The rectangles are overlapped on the wall, mixing large and small. When they dry, they shrink, and you can see the outline of the piece below it showing through. It looks better to have a random pattern, than to try to line them up perfectly. In addition, some go vertically and some go horizontally. See photos 3 & 4.
It also looks best if the pieces are not overlapped all in the same direction. That would leave the effect of fish scales, so there is some plotting required to get the random look.
Another cool thing is that you can start or stop anywhere in the room. With regular wallpaper, if you want to stop for the day, you have to end up in a corner. But with this stuff, you can put a piece anywhere you feel like it, and start and end anywhere, anytime.
This particular pattern is from Vahallan’s “Linear Collection,” which has a striated design. I made sure to vary the direction of the different blocks, to avoid a monotonous room.
Here is the link to the Vahallan website: http://vahallan.com/vahallan/
This room is a project of Pamela O’Brien or Pamela Hope Designs. Pamela works in the greater Houston area, and is a lovely person to work with, and her interiors are gorgeous without being stuffy, definitely suited to modern living and busy families. http://www.pamelahopedesigns.com/
This is a gold-accented silver metallic cork material. I’ve hung similar in a dining room and in a powder room; this one went on the back of an art niche.
The interior designer for today’s project (sorry, not photo) is Pamela Hope, of Pamela Hope Designs. I like her style – beautiful designs that are comfortable and easy for real living, instead of making homes look like untouchable showrooms. http://www.pamelahopedesigns.com/
Usually, I center a large pattern like this on the wall. But in this room, the bed was not placed in the middle of the wall, but a little off to the right. So I had to figure out how far the bed sat from the wall (difficult since it had been pulled out into the middle of the room to make way for my ladder), and then find the center of that. Then, since the pattern was centered on the 27″ wide strip, I had to draw my plumb line 13.5″ to the right of that.
The pattern was not equally balanced on either side of the room, but it was centered behind the headboard, and that was the goal, as the headboard was the main focal point of that wall.
This wallpaper is by Thibaut.
Come on, Thibaut, you know better… Put a little bubble wrap around the ends of the rolls before stuffing them into the shipping box! I don’t know what’s the explanation for the dots or the dirt, but at least they were just on the first few inches. The banged edges went many, many feet into the roll.
Because this paper had a sheen, along with a rather plain pattern, and becasuse the bashed ends were pretty severe, I almost sent it back. But that would have postponed the job until new paper could be ordered and shipped, and until I had anothe opening on my work schedule.
Instead, what I did was, before cutting anything, I made sure we would have enough acceptable paper to do the wall. To do this, I unrolled the paper and rerolled it backwards, so the banged edges were at the inside of the roll, and the paper coming off first was somewhat better.
I plotted out how many strips I would need, factoring in the drop match (every other strip started with a different pattern element). I needed six strips, and you get two 9′ strips from each 27″ wide double roll (usually). With the undamaged paper now coming off the roll first, I marked and measured and made sure that I could get six full strips of undamaged paper.
Only then did I cut my strips. You see, if I would have to send the paper back, manufacturers usually won’t accept it if it’s been cut.
Some of the strips did end up having some banged edges, but, since these had come from deep inside the roll, they were not as bad as those on the outer edges. Besides, these usually flatten out pretty well once they are pasted, hung, and dried. And, the home owner said she was “not that picky.” (I like to make the home owner aware of questionalble situations, and get her OK before going ahead with the installation.)
It all worked out nicely, and the finished wall looks great. I’ll post a photo tomorrow.
I found this under the wallpaper I stripped off of a bathroom yesterday. It’s common for builders to write on the walls, to indicate where wallpaper is to go, so the painters know not to texture and/or paint the walls.
What’s different this time is that the contractor had a nice stamp printed with the word “wallpaper,” instead of just using a pencil, like most of them do.
What’s particularly pleasing is that the ink was compatible with the paper….. You see, many inks (among other substances) will bleed right through wallpapers, especially vinyl goods. That’s why contractors carry around lead pencils for when they have to write on a surface that will be papered or painted.