Posts Tagged ‘contemporary’

Shiny Geometric Wallpaper Pattern Brings Life to a Dark, Dull Powder Room

July 6, 2017

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This retired couple near the Montrose neighborhood of Houston has a 15-year-old home that is, along with their furnishings, pretty traditional. They wanted to update with wallpaper, but didn’t want the new look to clash with the rest of their house. Going a little wild in the powder room is a great way to do this, because you only see the contemporary look when you are in the powder room – the rest of the time, the door is closed.

But now that the new paper is up, they will surely want to keep the door open!

This powder room was originally painted a deep, murky aqua/teal. Despite the high ceilings and large footprint, the matt finish and dark color made the room look small, and it definitely was lacking in personality.

The first day, I skim-floated the textured walls to smooth them (see first photo). The second day, the paper went up. The new wallpaper sports a fluid, interlocking geometric pattern that is in the same color family as the original paint, but much lighter, and the shiny surface adds a lot of light and dazzle.

Interestingly, I hung this same pattern, but in a darker color, just last week. It is lovely to work with. The walls in this room were pretty off-plumb, and also bowed, which can be Hell with a rigid geometric design. But I used some tricks to make the pattern look like it’s hanging straight and plumb. The homeowners were very happy with the finished room.

This wallpaper pattern is by York, in their Designer Series, and 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.

More Geometrics in a West U Bath

June 6, 2017

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This is the same house in West U. where I hung a black & white geometric yesterday in a Hollywood bathroom. Today the black & white theme is moving across the hall to the guest bathroom. This is sort of diamond pattern, with strong lines in black on white, and interspersed with tiny silver dots inside the diamond shapes. To me, these dots resemble the pixels used in comic book artwork, and while I worked, I could not stop thinking about super heroes. 🙂 Another cool thing is that the upward-moving “V” shaped legs of the “X” motifs look to me like the searchlights used by 20th Century Fox to promote their movies.

This wallpaper was lovely to work with. It is a thin paper product, it clings tightly to the wall, and is pliable and easy to manipulate. Although the label is pictured, it’s not clear who the manufacturer is. But it was bought 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.

This home is contemporary in style, and has some small (1/2″) returns that fold into the doorways, that needed to be wrapped with wallpaper. See the 4th and 5th photos. Features like these are quick and easy to look at, but time consuming to put wallpaper on – especially on the edges that held the door hinges – four per door. Between the three rooms I papered in this home, there were 21 of these narrow returns that had to be covered with wallpaper.

Other challenges in this room were unplumb walls and an unlevel ceiling line, coupled with a strictly regimented wallpaper pattern. I used a few tricks to make the pattern look straight, even thought it went off-kilter in some places.

The finished room looks fantastic. Personally, I’m more of a traditionalist. But I have to say that I really like this bathroom – super heroes and all. 🙂

Geometric Charm in a Hollywood Bathroom

June 1, 2017

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Here is a Jack & Jill bathroom in a newish home in the West University neighborhood of Houston. The two outer sink rooms received wallpaper, and the middle tub-and-toilet room remained with its coat dark chocolate-grey paint.

The house is contemporary in style, and the homeowners have outfitted it with clean-lined furnishings in brown tones that are crisp yet still give off a sense of warmth and personality. This popular hexagonal wallpaper design in black-on-white further warms up the room, without feeling cluttery.

You are looking at two different sinks in two different rooms. Plotting the layout so that the design falls exactly centered on both the faucets and the light fixtures takes a lot of time, math, engineering, fiddling, and redoing, but the result is sooo worth the effort, because of the balanced look.

Not all the aspects of this installation went as smoothly, though, mostly due to unplumb walls, unlevel ceiling, and other construction shortfalls, coupled with a rigid and unforgiving wallpaper pattern. I don’t have photos, but with lots of patience, and by pulling a lot of tricks out of my hat, your eye would never notice any of the crooked walls or potential pattern mis-matches.

Another beautiful room!

This wallpaper pattern is by A-Street Prints, a British company. It is printed on a non-woven substrate, and uses the paste-the-wall installation technique. It 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.

“Smoke” On A Floating Wall

January 13, 2017
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This wall in the dining room of a very contemporary new home in the Spring Branch area of Houston “floats” in the middle of the room. This breath of smoke floating across the wall adds a distinctly ethereal feel.

The interior designer on this job is Neal LeBouef, of L Design Group, who was expertly assisted by Anthony Stransky. I love working for these guys. And homeowners love their creations, which are crisp, sleek, modern, a bit edgy, yet still warm and comfortable.

The smoke mural was custom made to fit the wall, and came from Murals Your Way https://www.muralsyourway.com/ , a member of the Wallcovering Installers Association (WIA). Their murals can be printed on various materials, and I chose the vinyl on an Osnaburg backing.

Each of the three panels was about 42″ wide, and they were meant to be overlapped and then double-cut (spliced) at the seams. Great care was taken to not get paste on either the surface of the mural or on the ceiling, and to not score the wall while splicing.

I have a specially made 2 1/2″ wide plastic tape that keeps paste off surfaces, and another special 2″ wide polystyrene plastic strip that protects the wall from cuts from the razor blade, and a specially made non-slip straightedge used as a guide while trimming. All of these were invented and made by fellow members of the WIA (Steve Boggess and Eunice Bokstrom). Probably boring for the average blog-reader, but exciting stuff for us paperhangers. These things really helped make this job turn out perfect.

Camouflaging a Young Boy’s Room

January 8, 2017
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This 9 year old boy is all into camouflage. He has camouflage-colored tile in his bathroom, and just had to have this fun and quirky camouflage tree wallpaper for an accent wall in his bedroom.

That’s fine for him, but I had my work cut out for me … Turns out this paper has a multiple drop pattern match. Hard to explain, but it relates to how the design motifs repeat themselves across the wall overall. And it is a h3ll of a bugger to figure out how to cut the strips and place them on the wall. Matching the pattern can eat up a lot of paper, too.

Nevertheless, I got ‘er done, and the homeowner’s son loves it.

The paper is by Marimekko, and is a non-woven material and was installed by the paste-the-wall method. It is designed to strip off the wall easily when it’s time to redecorate.

I hung it in a newly built, contemporary style home in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston.

Wild & Crazy Mod Wallpaper in Green

January 7, 2017
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The homeowner loved this paper in the powder room of her previous home. They didn’t have enough to do an entire room in the new house, so they had me put it on just one wall in their master bedroom closet. I hate this overused expression, but it sure “makes it pop!”

This wallpaper is by Graham & Brown, who makes a wide variety of nice papers. This one is on a pulp substrate and is called “Boheme.” I hung it in a brand new, very contemporary home in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston.

Butterflies & Lavender for a Little Girl’s Room

January 6, 2017
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Looking almost like a quilt from a distance, these pretty butterflies swarm together to create a geometric pattern on the wall, while remaining natural and fluid at the same time. Best of all, they are sprinkled with little bits of glitter.

I hung this on a 12′ high accent wall in a 7 year old girl’s room, in a contemporary new home in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston. The other walls are painted a complimentary lavender. The chandelier is the crowning touch!

This wallpaper is by York, in the revived Waverly collection, in the SureStrip line, one of my favorite papers. It is a thin paper that hugs the wall nicely, and the seams are nearly invisible. It is designed to strip off the wall easily when it’s time to redecorate.

All Lined Up

January 5, 2017
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This fun paper went in the powder room of a newly-built, very contemporary style home in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston. Originally, the walls were white. Wow – what a change! The homeowners and all the workers on the job site kept walking in to see the transformation.

People mistakenly think that a wallpaper pattern, or dark colors, will make a room look smaller. But the opposite is true … A little pattern and movement will actually push the walls away visually, and a design of some sort will add personality and keep the room from feeling claustrophobic.

This wallpaper is called “Lines,” and is by Ferm, and is a non-woven material and was installed by the paste-the-wall method.

Modernizing, But Staying True to Colonial Roots

November 10, 2016
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This 1958 ranch-style home overlooking the jogging trail along Braes Bayou in central Houston has a strong Colonial flavor, and that is reiterated by the collection of antique furniture and accessories. In the powder room, the previous sweet tan-on-cream toile wallpaper pattern fit in perfectly.

But, over years of raising kids and careless splashing of water onto the wallpaper, some of the seams were curling (see first photo and my previous post). And, come late 2016, the homeowner was ready to update the home and bring in a more modern feel. But she didn’t want to fight the bones of the house.

She shopped at my favorite store (see below) and found the perfect pattern! A trellis is a classic design, dating back hundreds of years. But this version edges toward a contemporary feel. And the color is perfect with the unique shade of the woodwork.

I engineered the room so that the trellis pattern would be centered on the sink / faucet, and so it would look nicely balanced around the mirror and light sconces (4th photo).

The homeowner was ecstatic. She kept saying that it looked even better than she hoped it would.

This is my third time to paper this powder room, over 15-20 years. I have seen their kids grow up! 🙂

This wallpaper is by Wallquest, in their EcoChic line. I like this brand a lot. This paper was bought at a discounted 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.

Soft and Dreamy

July 30, 2016
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The homeowner loves the traditional Carrera marble in her hall powder room. The marble tile creeps 1/3 of the way up the wall, and the floor has an old-fashioned hexagonal pattern made of grey and darker grey marble tiles. She saw this wallpaper pattern about two years ago and fell in love with it.

Next, she found some antiqued-brass light sconces in a formal design, that she wanted to use in the powder room.

But the previous homeowners had installed a sleek-lined dark wood vanity with a contemporary trough sink with chrome waterfall faucet. She worried that these various disparate elements might not look good in the same bathroom.

Well, here you have proof that mixing periods and metals and feels can totally work.

The grey tones in the wallpaper are beautiful against the marble, and they blend well with the chrome faucet. The straight lines of the sink meld nicely with the squares of marble on the walls.

The wall sconces fit right in, and the black shades add just enough spark to punch up the room.

This wallpaper is by House of Hackney, and was printed on the traditional pulp substrate that many British companies are known for.