Posts Tagged ‘harlequin’

Circles of Orbs

June 26, 2016
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Here is a fun “balls dropping” pattern in subdued greys and tans, with tiny glittery glass beads imbedded in the circles. This went on one wall in powder room – behind the sink and toilet – in a brand new, very contemporary home near Buffalo Speedway and Braeswood (Houston).

The homeowner had the contractor remove the sink and toilet, so it was much easier for me to get the paper neatly behind those fixtures, and no cut edges along the top of the sink to worry about curling. The shot of the sink plumbing isn’t glamorous, but it shows how I plotted the layout so that the darker circle would be centered over the sink.

The colors and theme go very nicely with the sleek, modern style of the home, and are a perfect match for the marble tile in the adjoining room. With lighting coming from the right angle, the glass beads will really sparkle!

This wallpaper is by Anthology (by Harlequin), and is called “Eclipse.” It was on a non-woven substrate. Those glass beads love to fall off (the floor was covered with them), and it’s important to keep them out of the paste and off the back of the paper, or they will show as tiny pimples under the paper. I find that it’s easiest to keep the beads away from the paste and backing if you apply paste to the wall, rather than to the back of the paper. The walls were 12′ high, so I had to bring my 8′ step ladder to do this job.

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Striping the Wall to Hide the Seams

August 21, 2012

I was hanging this paper by Harlequin this past weekend: tp://www.harlequin.uk.com/DesignDetails.aspx

Most wallpapers stretch when they get wet with paste, and then shrink just a little when they dry. With most papers, this isn’t a big deal. But with a strongly colored paper, like this all-black one, that can mean hair’s-breadth gaps between the seams, leaving just-noticeable white lines showing from underneath.

One of the tricks we use is to color the edges of the paper, so the white backing won’t show. With this paper, though, the manufacturer had done that – not all do, so it’s nice when they think ahead and build it right into the paper. But I still had to worry about my white primer showing, if the paper shrank.

So I plotted out where the seams would fall, and used water color to paint black stripes on the wall. That way, if the paper shrank even a little, black would show from below, not white.

I mentioned that paper stretches as it absorbs moisture from the paste. That meant that I couldn’t paint the lines spaced the width of the strips of paper as it came off the bolt – 20.5″, but had to factor in how much it would stretch…which, for this type of British pulp paper is about .5″. So my stripes were spaced 21″ apart.

It was an accent wall in a master bedroom, with a silver velvet tufted very modern headboard that went against the wallpaper. Looked super!

Trends in Babies’ Rooms – All Over the Map!

January 25, 2012

I’ve done several accent walls in nurseries lately. An accent wall is an easy and affordable way to get major impact with wallpaper, without overpowering the room.

One family expecting a girl chose to go bold an dramatic, with a strong teal medalian design on a metalic silver background.
http://www.harlequin.uk.com/DesignDetails.aspx

Today I did another nursery for a little-girl-on-the-way, and the parents chose to go sweet and playful, with pastel colors, birds, butterflies, and flowers.
http://shop.ninacampbell.com/perroquet-wallpaper.html

Interestingly, both papers were British imports (Harlequin and Nina Campbell).

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