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Custom-Made Wallpaper in Blocks

February 4, 2016
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Photos: Before, During, Done, and a Close-Up.

This is in a home office in a 1957 house in River Oaks (Houston). The home has traditional elegant features, and also very contemporary features and accessories, making for an interesting mix. The homeowner was looking for something different for his office (formerly everything (walls, moldings, ceiling) was painted brown). He had a few ideas that we discussed, and then I suggested this pieced paper by Stoney Brook Wallcoverings He loved the concept immediately.

This paper is custom-made to suit the homeowner’s color choices, and also to fit the dimensions of the wall space. I had to measure meticulously, and then calculate how many blocks of which dimensions would be needed to cover the walls, while keeping a homogeneous look around all the walls with varying dimensions. A die was custom-made to dimensions that would give the best use of material, and then 300 sheets of paper, each being 14″ x 26″ were stamped out.

My job is then to trim each sheet to an appropriate height, so that all blocks tiered on the walls are equal in size. I also plotted the layout so that the blocks on each wall are centered in the middle of the wall. Then, of course, the blocks are pasted and applied to the wall, in a staggered, brick-like pattern. Unlike many of the Stoney Brook products, this one is not overlapped, but butted at the seams.

There is a lot of math involved, and careful measuring and potting before cutting. All that is taking a lot of time. Actually putting the paper on the wall is going fairly quickly.

I am very pleased with this product. Unlike many non-woven wallpaper substrates which are stiff and thick and contrary, this one is thin and malleable, making it easy to maneuver into place, and it hugs the wall nicely.

Stoney Brook is a pieced wallcovering (torn or blocks) similar to the more trendy product made by Vahallan, but much lower in price, more easily accessible, and much more customer-friendly. IMO

Vahallan Linear Block Wallpaper

May 16, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageThis week I’m hanging some Vahallan paper in a 2-room powder room. This is some cool stuff. It has a faux finish, and is wrinkly. The wrinkles flatten when the paper dries, but you still see the wrinkled effect.

Instead of coming in rolls, Vahallan paper comes in pieces. For this installation, the pieces are rectangles and squares, of various sizes. They also make random shaped pieces, with torn edges. Plus, you can cut or tear pieces to fit an area, if need be. In the top photo, you see the pieces stacked by size, and spread out so I can see which ones I want to use.

When dry, the rectangles look like blocks of exotic stone on the wall, and the torn pieces look like lizard skin. Very cool, and it’s certain that no one else in your neighborhood has this stuff!

The rectangles are overlapped on the wall, mixing large and small. When they dry, they shrink, and you can see the outline of the piece below it showing through. It looks better to have a random pattern, than to try to line them up perfectly. In addition, some go vertically and some go horizontally. See photos 3 & 4.

It also looks best if the pieces are not overlapped all in the same direction. That would leave the effect of fish scales, so there is some plotting required to get the random look.

Another cool thing is that you can start or stop anywhere in the room. With regular wallpaper, if you want to stop for the day, you have to end up in a corner. But with this stuff, you can put a piece anywhere you feel like it, and start and end anywhere, anytime.

This particular pattern is from Vahallan’s “Linear Collection,” which has a striated design. I made sure to vary the direction of the different blocks, to avoid a monotonous room.

Here is the link to the Vahallan website:

This room is a project of Pamela O’Brien or Pamela Hope Designs. Pamela works in the greater Houston area, and is a lovely person to work with, and her interiors are gorgeous without being stuffy, definitely suited to modern living and busy families.

Vahallan Installation Today

February 23, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageI hung an interesting paper in a powder room today. It’s made by a company called Vahallan.

This company makes unique papers of various types, but basically the idea is that the paper comes in shapes or chunks, instead of strips, and are overlapped on the wall. The paper itself is wrinkly with a base color and then one or two additional colors washed on top. See the blue piece in the first photo. When the paper dries, it pulls tight to the wall, and the outline of the pieces below it can be seen. The effect is something like alligator skin, or, in today’s case, a marbled wall.

I’ve done lots of this type of paper, but in the style with the random shapes, which get put up pretty much any old place on the wall you feel like. this gives an earthy look to the room.

Today I worked with different sized squares and rectangles, and I kept all the edges level and plumb, but made sure to NOT have all the edges line up with one another. It’s important to not overlap in the same direction with every piece.

With the slight sheen on the paper, the room had the appearance of being clad in polished stone.

In the first photo, you see me pasting the back side of the paper, with a sample of the front of the paper on the right. In the second shot, I am working my way down the wall, positioning the blocks of paper. The third photo gives a bit of an idea of how a small square is pieced in, to fill an empty space.

And by the time I finished the room, it was dark outside, so the final shot is too dark to see the beauty of the room. But it was gorgeous, and the homeowners loved it. Even the man, who had insisted he didn’t like wallpaper. Well, this Vahallan product is so unique, it’s nothing like traditional wallpaper. The paper really enhanced the look of the room.

Here’s the link to the manufacturer.