A Passion for Purple

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Well, here is my day in photos. Just one accent wall in a dining room in near northwest Houston. The walls had a slight texture, so I had to “skim-float” and sand them, to smooth them out. Sorry, no photos of that. In the top photo, the walls have been smoothed, sanded, primed, and I’m ready to hang. The wallpaper brand is WallQuest, their EcoChic linbe, which I like to work with.

Because it’s a dark paper, and because wallpaper often shrinks a little, to avoid the white wall showing, I have striped under where the seams will fall with a matching color of paint. Then several pictures of the cute and lively paper, showing how the homeowners have chosen complementary paint colors for the other walls. I like having a slightly darker shade below the chair rail molding, because it lends weight and balance to the lower area.

I took care to center the pattern on the wall, so the large circles fell smack in the middle, and so equal circles landed on both the right and the left ends of the wall, as well as full circles at the top and bottom of each strip.

The second-to-last two photos are interesting. The chair rail in this room was level, so the circles march along it evenly. But the ceiling was not level, as is pretty common, especially in rooms with vaulted ceilings such as this one. This ceiling dipped down on both the right and left sides of the wall. If I had trimmed the paper along the ceiling line, then some of the pattern would be cut off on either end. On a geometric pattern like this, that would be pretty noticeable.

So, what I did was, on those sloping ends, I wrapped the paper up onto the vaulted ceiling a little bit, and then, instead of cutting along the line where the ceiling meets the wall, I cut along the pattern, to keep the pattern consistent with what was in the center of the walls. The paper in those areas wraps up onto the ceiling a little, but you hardly notice it from the floor. And if I had not done it that way, you definitely would see the pattern cut off at the top.

Then, the day’s trash, all in one neat package, ready for the recycle bin. No need for a plastic trash bag!

This wallpaper pattern is by WallQuest, and was bought at a discounted price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com. Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

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