Glass Bead Wallpaper – All the Rage Right Now!

Digital ImageSee all the sparkles?  This wallpaper has actual teensy beads of glass forming the motif, so it’s three-dimensional, as well as sparkly.

Some of these papers are made with actual (non sharp) glass, and others use sand.  All of them are hell on my razor blades and scissors.  🙂  Virtually all use a thick non-woven material as a backing, so they are thick and the seams can show a little more than on thinner papers, but they also strip off the wall easily and in one piece when it’s time to redecorate.

Also, n-w papers allow you the option of pasting the wall rather than the paper, which has advantages in certain cases.  In all cases, you’d better be careful to not let any of those beads that come off the front get on the back or stuck in your paste, because they WILL show like a tiny pimple under the wallpaper.

This went on a 12′ high TV wall in a new home in Montrose, and was a good choice, because it added texture and pizzazz, but did not compete with the main feature of the room – the large flat-screen TV.  I suggested that the homeowners use some side lighting, or an up-light on the floor, to accentuate the glass beads and increase the sparkle / dazzle effect.

This wallpaper design is by Ronald Redding, made by York Wallcoverings, and was bought at a discounted price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby.  MAKE AN APPOINTMENT before heading over there.  (713) 520-6262 or

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