The Azalea Trail and Wallpaper

I went on the Azalea Trail Home Tour today, put on every year by the River Oaks Garden Club. River Oaks is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Houston, and one of the fifth in the nation. So the point is, we got to see some VERY lux homes. http://www.riveroaksgardenclub.org/AzaleaTrail.cfm

Three of the four homes I visited were traditional in style, and two of those dated back to the ’20’s and ’40’s. In these types and caliber of homes, you expect to see wallpaper in various rooms, quite often exotic hand-painted silks or high-end designer papers. This year, though, I only saw one room that was papered, a dining room.

It was a small diamond shaped lattice pattern in a light orange/red on cream background, and it was the perfect background for the setting. It looked to be one of the British papers. What amazed me, though, was that you could see the texture from the wall showing under the paper!

Granted, it was a very light texture, and I had to look hard to be sure it was texture and not a mottely color on the background of the paper. But, still, it was visible.

If I had done this job, I would have ensured that the walls were smooth before hanging the paper. It’s possible the installer did use a lining paper, as many of them do with these British pulp papers. But liners don’t completely hide texture, so other steps should have been taken to make sure the surface was as smooth as it could possibly be.

Just my 2¢. It’s possible the homeowner didn’t want to have the wall smoothed, and it certainly wasn’t glaringly noticeable. The finished room was lovely, tiny bumps or not.

I just wish there had been more wallpaper on this home tour!

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