Posts Tagged ‘bold’

Bright Chinoiserie in a Heights Powder Room

August 3, 2017

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This homeowner loves wallpaper, but their newish house in the Houston Heights had none. Her first venture into the world of wallpaper was in the downstairs powder room – a room that you can get pretty dramatic with, because the door is closed most of the time and because you don’t spend a whole lot of time in there.

The color of the new wallpaper is bold, but the overall effect is not overwhelming, because the pattern is very traditional and because the scale and contrast are fairly subdued. In other words – you COULD spend a lot of time in this room, quite comfortably.

The pattern is called a Chinoiserie, a classic theme that includes Asian figures in various scenes from daily life.

It was a difficult room to hang, because of various fixed features that don’t show up on these photos (pedestal sink, over-and-under window, mirror attached to the wall, eight points of decorative molding to cut around)… let’s just say that the wall with the mirror and sink took two full hours.

The finished room turned out beautiful, and the client is happy beyond words. Where previously there was a bland beige room, now there is color, life, movement, and a happy feeling, plus some color contrast that showcases the beautiful wood trim.

This wallpaper pattern is by Thibaut Designs, called “Fishing Village,” and has what I call a “satiny feel.” The seams are invisible, it is fairly washable, and it will stay flat and bright for years to come. It was a positive delight to work with. That pretty well makes up for the difficulty of working around the room’s many challenging features.

The paper was bought at below retail price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com. She is great at helping you find just the perfect paper! Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

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Wild & Whimsical Wallpaper

March 19, 2017

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Today was fun! Just look at that wallpaper! I had another client considering this pattern a few months ago, but she chickened out. It is a bold and dramatic design, so it takes the right person to bring it into her living space.

In this case, that was a master bedroom, in a decades-old brick 4-plex that was recently remodeled into a single-family home. The style is light Industrial Modern, with plenty of Mid Century Modern touches tossed in. The home is in the First Ward, just down the street from the Summer Street art studios, so the artsy-feel all fits together.

This is a playful and busy pattern, but the colors are muted, so it feels subdued and restful in this bedroom. Still, it is the kind of design you would want on just an accent wall, as here, because it could be overwhelming if it were on all four walls of the room.

This wallpaper pattern is called Daintree, and is by Thibaut Designs. It was lovely to work with. The homeowner is also the interior designer – Laura Michaelides of Four Square Design Studio. Their office just happens to be directly across the street from the home. 🙂

This home won a Good Brick award from Preservation Houston, and was on their home tour April 29 & 30, 2017.

Tweaking the Pattern to Get a Better Layout

June 19, 2016

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In this dining room, I hung the paper around the upper portion of wall first. Then I had two options for papering the column below.

One was to line the balls up with the pattern above, so they fell in a perfectly plumb line. This would have moved the centers of the balls a little to the right of the center of the post.

The other option was to make those dynamic circles really the focal point of the column, by giving them center stage. I placed them so their centers were smack in the middle of that central angle. This allowed the full ball to show, with none being cut off at either edge of the column.

It’s a little out of alignment with the pattern above. But this was a much better way to dramatize an already-bold pattern, and really draw the eye to it. Hey, if you’re going to use a wild pattern like this, punch it up every way you can!

This wallpaper is by Fabricut, an comes with matching fabric. I hung it in a dining room in Greatwood (Sugarland) (Houston).

Bold Wall of Poppies in a Home Office

March 5, 2016
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Wow, this was a fun install today… Just look at the fabulous pattern and colors!

The young homeowners of this nicely updated bungalow in the Heights have an “industrial modern” décor, and this bold poppy pattern in army mud brown with bright fuchsia accents was the perfect choice to wake up one wall in the wife’s home office.

The homeowners ordered their paper before I measured, and at first I thought they didn’t have enough, because their 10′ high ceilings eat up a lot of paper. But the pattern repeat and drop match worked perfectly with the wall height, so I was able to get an extra strip out of each bolt of paper, leaving plenty of paper to complete the wall.

This pattern is called “Arizona” #W5801 by Osborn & Little, a British company, and was printed on the traditional pulp stock (rather than the non-woven material they are using more and more these days). It was nice to work with, but has no protective coating, so will not hold up to touching, washing – or painter’s tape.

The color of the paper works beautifully with the color of the door, but it was immediately evident that the blue-grey on the other three walls was “off,” so they’ll need to repaint with a complimentary color. I had to give them my lecture about not letting the painters put tape on the wallpaper – because when the tape is removed, it will take the inked layer right off the backing. Solution? Hire CAREFUL painters. 🙂

Big and BOLD Flower Power in a Powder Room

February 13, 2016
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My previous post shows the serene dining room I did for this young family a month ago. Today they switched up the mood, using this totally HUGE watercolory floral in their powder room. I always say, you can get away with a lot of drama in a small room like a powder room.

The last photo shows the true colors of the paper. The teal and tan colors look super with the granite countertop of the vanity, and the colors coordinate very nicely with the soft aqua grasscloth in the dining room, and the artwork and other furnishings throughout the rest of the house.

This wallpaper pattern is in the Cary Lind line by York Wallcoverings, and was a delight to work with. It 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.

Wallpaper in Better Homes & Gardens Magazine , pt II

March 19, 2011

Related to my previous post, the February 2011 issue of BH&G focuses on color, and on page 16 there is a sort of introductory page entitled, “Transform Your Home With Color!”

The photo is of an entryway papered floor-to-ceiling with a very bold pattern, a modern play on a traditional style. It’s a huge what I call a “fleur-de-lis” pattern, done not in the traditional muted tones but a BRIGHT turquoise on bright white background. Very modern and trendy right now. I’ve done several rooms in this sort of pattern recently. (See the Gallery on my website, wallpaperladyhouston.com)

But, in my opinion, the room doesn’t work. The furniture is antique or vintage, and, to my way of thinking, simply doesn’t go with this updated take on wallpaper, especially not the frilly mediuim-toned mirror.

I think the room would have looked better with bold, heavy, solid furniture with straight, clean lines. Even older furniture painted a solid color – given that it’s the ‘right’ piece of furniture.

For instance, the chest of drawers used in the photo might work, if they removed the old hardware and replaced it with modern handles. That would have appropriately and effectively updated the older piece of furniture, so it would better fit the feel of the contemporary wallpaper.

Jazzing it Up

June 5, 2010

I had an e-mail from a gal today (see previous post) who wants to do something contempory and bold, and is moving toward a large-scale damask pattern in bold black. She wants to use this paper on an accdent wall, and do the same treatment in both the living room and the bedroom.

Great idea.

But I asked if she planned to use the same paper in both rooms, and she said, “Yes.” “Boring,” I replied, and besides, it de-emphasises the hipness of such a daring idea, to have the same treatment in two different spaces.

But she really likes the idea, and still wants to go with it.

So I suggested going ahead and using the same pattern in both rooms, but to use a different color way in each room. That way she will have the continuity of the bold look throughout the house, but can tailor the color to match the color scheme of each room.

She loved the idea!