Posts Tagged ‘questex’

If You Choose a Thick, Stiff Wallpaper, Expect to See the Seams

August 8, 2014

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Digital ImageThis wallpaper is printed on the newish “non-woven” backing, which many manufacturers are rushing to introduce. Most of these non-woven materials are thicker and stiffer than ordinary wallpaper, and the seams tend to show more.

Note that, when viewed from another angle (2nd photo), the seams are not nearly as visible.

This pattern is by Questex, #IR20007, and I hung it in a powder room in Sugarland.

More Glass Beads – This Time a Faux with More Sparkle

June 22, 2014

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Digital ImageThis large scale medallion pattern in subdued tones went on a long dining room accent wall in the home of a newly-wed couple in Oak Forest (Houston). In the second photo, you can see that the motif has glitter, when the light hits it just right.

This paper is on a non-woven backing, which is very durable and should peel off the wall in one piece, when it’s time to redecorate. I did two other rooms in the last two weeks in papers with glass beads. This paper is similar, but has no actual glass or sand components – it’s all synthetic.

I have to say, I like this the best of the three. It was light weight, was easy to cut and did not dull my blades or ruin my scissors like cutting through the real glass beads. There were no tiny beads falling all over the client’s floor or getting behind the paper to cause pimples.

I like the slight shading effect, too, in the medallions. But most impressive, I think this definitely had way more glitter and pizzaz, than either of the other two. Add a little side- or up-lighting, and that wall will really POP!

This paper is by Seabrook, Questex, pattern #SBK24448, and was bought at a discounted price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. By appointment. (713) 520-6262 or

Pattern Centered Twice in the Same Room

February 4, 2014

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Digital ImageWhen the wallpaper has a definite pattern like this, I like to center it on a particular wall or feature, for a balanced look. Because the mirror in this powder room covered most of the wall, I decided to center the pattern on the wall behind the toilet. (Note that the toilet is off-center.)

Miraculously, by the time I got to the vanity wall, the pattern had centered itself on the sink and faucet.

Mathematically, this is something that could only happen, well, once in about 300 years, I am guessing.

This wallpaper is by Questex, pattern # IR20007

Kill Point – Final Corner Never Matches

January 26, 2014

Digital ImageThe pattern on the last corner of a room will never match. Think about it. Unless the width of the paper and the width of the walls are derivatives of one another and play out precisely, there is no possible way that the pattern can match up perfectly in the last corner. That’s why we try to hide that last corner in the least conspicuous place, like above and/or behind a door.

In this powder room, because of where the door was located, I was forced to put the mis-match in a full-length corner, and you can see that the pattern did not match perfectly. But with this busy pattern, you really don’t notice it much.

This wallpaper is by Questex, pattern #IR20007

Think You Know What You’re Looking At? – Think Again!

August 9, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageFrom a distance, this looks like a geometric pattern. But look closer – the clever design is made of lanterns worked together.

This wallpaper pattern is Questex # ET 30200, sold by Seabrook, and was hung on one accent wall in a guest bedroom.