Vahallan Linear Block Wallpaper

Digital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageThis 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/

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