Faux Gravel Wallpaper

Digital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageHere’s some unusual wallpaper I hung today. It’s a faux stone paper, with lightweight vinyl masqueraiding as stone, with some real chips of mica tossed in, and even a bit of actual rock here and there.

At first I was worried that the material might be too thick to bend enough at the ceiling, baseboard, and door mouldings to be able to get a good tight cut. Some buddies in the National Guild of Professional Paperhangers (NGPP) had suggested using a heat gun to get the vinyl pliable enough to fit into the corners tightly. That turned out to be unnecessary, though, because the material was thin enough that I could press it tightly against the corners and make a good cut.

Unlike grasscloth, the color was quite uniform, so there was no paneling or shading between strips, nor between bolts.

Another concern with products like this is that the seams will be noticeable, because the material cannot be matched from strip to strip, and because thick papers can have more obvious seams. But that was not a problem, either, and the seams were barely noticeable. And silly me – I had spent a lot of time centering the largest piece on the wall, and then meticulously measuring the two outside pieces to ensure that they were the same width, like I do with grasscloth, so the wall would look balanced.

The homeowners are very “earthy” people, and the rest of the décor in the building included natural materials, like stone knobs on the cabinet doors, a hollowed out rock for a vessel sink, round black river rock embedded in the shower walls, a view out the window into a natural landscape complete with a pond, framed by rough linen curtains. Oh – and a crystal chandellier. You gotta have THAT!

The overall look was of serene Nature and and Zen.

This product is by TWIL, and the number is HBD9020.

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