Posts Tagged ‘leopard print’

Hiding a Mis-Matched Pattern

May 3, 2020

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When I arrived at work the next day, expecting to paper the top 2/3 of the walls with the blue floral, I was told that the older girl really liked the leopard print, and she wanted to see more of it in the room. Gee, why can’t you tell me this while I was working with the leopard print?! Working retroactively the next day to add more of the print was a bit of a challenge – but I’m usually up for a challenge, and it was pretty fun figuring out how to get the most punch with the 27 running of paper (at 20.5″ wide) I had left from yesterday.

Running an extra strip around the room just above the existing leopard print was out, because 1.) there was no way to match the pattern, 2.) it would add too much height to the bottom part of the wall, throwing the balance and proportion off, 3.) there wasn’t enough paper left, anyway.

Another option was to paper the upper half of one of the walls. I nixed this, too, because 1.) that wall was pretty solid and the dark paper would look dark and overwhelming, 2.) a flat-screen TV was to hang on that wall, and that dark mass, plus the dark paper, again, would have been too overwhelming.

So I opted to wallpaper the window wall (sorry there’s no picture), which had three windows, with about a foot of wall space between them. This was the best option because 1.) the large windows would break up the “heaviness” of the dark paper, 2.) the windows looked out onto beautiful trees, combining with the jungle-y paper for a very nature-like look, 3.) putting the blue floral paper around the windows would have been pretty taxing, because of the way the strips and seams fell among the sections of window – the leopard print could be mis-matched in certain areas without being noticeable, which made papering around the windows MUCH simpler than the floral. Besides, there would be curtains and rods hiding much of the mis-match.

Here’s how I hid the pattern mis-match: I railroaded the wallpaper (ran it horizontally. with no seams) across the top of the windows, from wall to wall. This gave me enough length to wrap the undersides of the three window casings. Now all that was left was the four vertical sections of wall around the sides of the windows.

To eliminate seams, I wanted to run the strips vertically. This means there was no way to match the vertical strips with the horizontal strip above them. But a leopard print is pretty forgiving, especially from a distance.

To minimize the mis-match, I cut around various spots at the top of each strip. See the top photo at left. As you can see in the second photo, once the vertical strip is overlapped on top of the existing strip, you can hardly notice that it doesn’t match perfectly. Add a little distance, some white curtains, a curtain rod, and a whole lot of flashy furniture around the room, and no one is going to give these leopard spots a second look.

This little trick enabled me to paper that wall with the 27 running feet left on the roll from yesterday, plus I used two 6′ long scraps that were 10″ and 4″ wide, also left from yesterday. All that’s left is an 18″ long piece. Whew!

The girl was VERY happy with the completed wallpaper job, and with her leopard print impact wall.

Wallpaper In Better Homes & Gardens Once Again

April 4, 2017

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I am always tickled to see wallpaper featured in national magazines. It draws a lot of attention to the many faces of wallcoverings, and entices more people to use them. These photos are from the April 2017 issue of Better Homes & Gardens.

Sigourney by Quadrille, in a powder room. Interestingly enough, I have this same pattern coming up, but in a softer tan color, in a dining room, in a few weeks.

Daydream by Hygge & West. This a well-loved pattern, and I have hung it several times, in many colors. Interestingly enough, I have it coming up, also, in a few weeks, for a baby’s nursery accent wall.

A yellow ikat trellis by Thibaut. Interestingly enough, I hung this same pattern, but in aqua, with a complimentary leopard print companion paper, in a powder room a few months ago.

Navy blue grasscloth in a dining room, above the white wainscoting. The strips in this photo are narrow, and do not show the visible seams and possible color variations (shading, paneling) that are common with many grasscloths.

An over-sized floral of cabbage roses on a smoky black background. I have not hung this one yet, but many of my colleagues across the country have. It’s a popular look. The overscaled size of this pattern, and the dramatic color contrasts, make it a daring choice for a small room like this powder room.

A wildly and brightly colored geometric pattern for a children’s play room. This is a little similar to what is in the background of the twins’ room on the TV show Blackish.

A pattern reminiscent of tropical thatched roofs. This is reminiscent of a similar pattern I put in a “tree house” home office a few months ago. (Search on my blog to see pics of the full project.)

A mural of misty mountain fog. I totally love this mural. Murals have taken on a whole new look these days, leaving behind the old scenes of palm trees leaning over tropical white sand beaches, and bringing us to much more modern and innovative vignettes.

More murals, including an impressionistic floral in bright colors (I have done two in the similar theme – do a Search on my blog), and an updated beach scene. (Note the current trend among manufacturers / vendors to not go to the trouble to hang the paper on the wall, but to instead run a clothes line across the wall and use clothes pins to “artfully” string up the rolls of wallpaper, letting them drop loosely to the floor. This method is easy / inexpensive for the vendor to do, and it looks oh-so-cool- but it prevents the shopper from seeing what the product would look like attached firmly to a smooth surface.)

The final mural is a tropical forest scene. This has been a popular mural scene / theme for decades. But this version is printed on better quality paper, and the photo image has much more detail, depth of color, texture, etc.

Many of these murals can be custom-made, to fit the dimensions of your wall / room. Measuring is tricky, so be sure to contact your wallcovering installer BEFORE you order the mural or wallpaper.

Going for a MacKenzie Childs Look

April 11, 2013

Digital ImageThis is a bedroom shared by a 6-year-old and a -10-year-old girl. It’s a pretty loud and wacky look, based on the designs of McKenzie Childs. There will be a 4″ wide black & white checkered ribbon run horizontally between the blue floral and the leopard print.

The leopard wallpaper print runs floor to ceiling on the window wall to the left of the chair, and the ceiling is painted a metallic copper color. You can bet that NO other kid in Houston has a room like this!

Sorry for the dark photo – it was a rainy day. The homeowner promises me better pics once the room is finished.