Daring To Go Black!

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Before: Take a look this unimaginative dining room, painted a safe, neutral tan. The young parents of a pre-school daughter wanted something more exciting in their West University dining room.

Second photo: The wallpaper is going on the top 2/3 of the walls, and the bottom 1/3, below the chair rail, was recently painted in a semi-gloss black paint. Well, the walls are textured, and to get them smooth, I will “skim float” them with joint compound, and then sand smooth – and that means lots of fine white dust.

So, in addition to covering furniture and doorways, I draped plastic sheeting over the bottom portion of the walls, to keep the dust away from the new black paint.

Third photo: The first wall now covered with wallpaper – SO MUCH more interesting and suited to the lifestyle of this young family. Their dining table is a medium-toned, lightly distressed wood, and their chairs are covered in an off-white / grey linen. Contrasted against the black and silver wallpaper, the look is fantastic.

Other photos: The most prominent wall in the room was between two windows, so I chose to start there, centering the pattern, so it will look good on its own, or if they put a mirror or piece of art there. I was also able to center the design on another wall (see photo), so if they put a buffet or other piece of furniture there, it will be nicely balanced.

And I included a shot of the black paint below the chair rail, to give you and idea of what the finished room will look like.

Not many people would choose black wallpaper, and especially not black wallpaper above black paint. But this couple had the vision, and the daring, to go black – and the end result is nothing short of stunning.

This wallpaper pattern is by Thibaut Designs, and is printed on an uncharacteristic pulp substrate. (Pulps are traditionally British material.) While dark papers printed on light colored substrates can often mean you will see white at the seams, this paper behaved well, and, unless you looked closely, you could not notice the seams.

The wallpaper 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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