Posts Tagged ‘York Wallcoverings’

Faux Brick Wallpaper Looks Like the Real Thing

December 5, 2014

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The brick mason wanted $2,000 to put brick around this wall. The homeowner went hunting for wallpaper, and me, and did the whole job for a fraction of that.

This fake brick wallpaper is by York Wallcoverings. It looks real, and totally transformed the room. It has a slight texture. The walls also had a light texture, and usually I insist on smoothing the walls. But this was light enough to not interfere with adhesion, plus it added a little more realistic bumpiness under the wallpaper.

This went on the fireplace wall of a townhouse in Montrose, Houston.

A Week of White Wallpaper

November 20, 2014

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Yesterday, I worked with a silver-on-white paper by Thibaut. Tomorrow and Friday I will hang another silver-on-white pattern. Today it was a cream-on-white choice. It’s a white kind of a week!

This wallpaper pattern is very subtle, because it’s tone-on-tone. It looks just super in this young couple’s home near Highland Village, which is pretty much all white – white walls, white appliances, white furniture, very crisp and modern. This touch of cream on the walls in the master bathroom adds just a touch of warmth, and really looks great.

This wallpaper is a pre-pasted selection by York Wallcoverings, and was very nice to work with. It was bought at a discounted price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

Dark Paper Printed on Dark Backing

November 2, 2014

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The manufacturer wisely printed this dark green and brown wallpaper on a dark stock. This is good, because wallpaper often shrinks just a wee bit when it dries, and you can then see the edges of the paper, if not the wall behind it. But, since the manufacturer took the care to print the paper on a dark substrate, instead of white, there is much less chance of your eye being assaulted by a glaring, white vertical line at every seam.

This wallpaper is in the Cary Lind line of York Wallcoverings, and was pre-pasted, which you don’t see quite so often these days. I like this brand a lot, and even have some raised-ink print Cary Lind in my master bathroom.

Sometimes It’s Not the Paper – It’s the Overall Effect

October 31, 2014

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I have to admit, when I first saw this paper rolled up in the package, I wasn’t excited about it. But as I began hanging the paper, I began to like it more and more. I realized that, in some rooms, it’s not the PATTERN that is important, but the way the wallpaper pattern and color fit into the OVERALL EFFECT of the room.

This wallpaper design is by Candice Olson for York Wallcoverings, and was purchased at Sherwin Williams on University in the Rice Village. It’s on a non-woven substrate, and should hold up very well over the years, and then, when time to redecorate, it is made to strip off the wall easily. I hung it in a large powder room in Bellaire. It replaced a very plain dark charcoal paper, and, boy, did it brighten it up!

The whole room was redone, including new tile floor, new vanity and natural stone countertop (the water spots will disappear as it dries, by the way, and they will have countertop sealed to prevent future spotting, and the caulk at the outer edges of the backsplash will dry clear), shiny chrome faucet and towel bars, and a cool modern style chrome light fixture.

CUTE Girl’s Bathroom

October 30, 2014

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Several years ago, I papered this young girl’s bathroom in West University Place with a sweet yellow and navy floral stripe. It served her well while she was little, but now, as a pre-teen, she needed something a little zippier. This fuchsia trellis really fills the bill.

When the gal came home from school, she loved it!

This wallpaper pattern is by Antonia Vella for York Wallcoverings, and was bought at a discounted price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

Candice Olson Glams Up a Bedroom

October 26, 2014

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“Before” – plain, boring, vanilla walls.

“After” – gorgeous color, texture, personality, and a little glamor, thanks to the sparkly glass beads embedded in the material. Note the homeowner’s use of orange accents, which really enliven the room. Not shown is a streamlined orange divan to the right of the bed.

I would like to say that the wallpaper makes the room, but, honestly, I think that the whole room comes together and lives large, thanks to those small pops of bright orange.

I hung this on one accent wall in a bedroom in a newish home in the Rice University / Southhampton neighborhood.

This trellis design is by Candice Olson for York Wallcoverings, and was bought at a discounted price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

Time for a Change

October 3, 2014

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The new yellow, gold, green, and grey floral pattern with parrots was a fabulous update! It also is a classic pattern that will not go out of style. The last photo shows the view out the window of this master bathroom. You can see how the color and theme of the new wallpaper blends seamlessly with the green pasture outside the window. The homeowner loved it!

In addition, the paper was lovely to work with, one of my favorite types – a raised ink on paper (not vinyl) and pre-pasted – and will hold up for a long, long time. This wallpaper pattern is by Ashford House by York Wallcoverings, and has a coordinating pattern, similar but a slightly smaller scale and without the birds, which was hung in the potty room.

The paper was bought at a discounted price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

Centering the Pattern on a Non-Symetrical Wall

September 29, 2014

Digital ImageSome wallpaper patterns with a dominant feature look best when centered on the main wall.  Some of my NGPP (National Guild of Professional Paperhangers) buddies insist that a pattern must be centered on the wall. That works well if there is going to be a bed or buffet also centered on the wall. But what do you do if you’re hanging paper in a bathroom, and the main wall is the toilet wall, and the plumber failed to get the toilet set smack-center?  (It’s not necessarily his fault; sometimes the placement of the floor joists dictate where they plumbing for the toilet can go.)

In this case, I chose to center the pattern on the toilet, even though it meant that the pattern would fall unevenly in each corner. As you can see from the strong vertical line shooting from ceiling to dead-center of the toilet, this was the best option!

Or, maybe you’d rather see the pattern centered on the wall, so the “Y’s” are equal on both the right and left sides – What do you think?

This fun geometric pattern is by Antonia Vella for York Wallcoverings, and was hung in a contemporary new home in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston.

Powder Room Drama

August 13, 2014

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There were some real challenges to this job, however.  With a regular geometric pattern like this, your eye wants to see the same element at the top of the wall all the way around the room, and ditto for the vertical butts next to the door molding.  In addition, the pattern should match perfectly (or as nearly as possible) in the corners.  But the walls in this room were wildly off-plumb, and the ceiling was not even trying to be level.  This meant that at the ceiling, the pattern would look like it was marching up or down hill, and in the corners there would be noticeable mismatches from floor to ceiling.

I advised the homeowner about this, and she understood the constraints of the room and gave her OK.  But I knew that those mismatches would look pretty obvious and pretty terrible.  So I thought about it a while and came up with a way to make everything look pretty darned good.

Even though it’s a constant geometric pattern, it’s small and busy, so I knew the eye wouldn’t notice if it went a little off-kilter at the ceiling.  Besides, since the room was under the stairs, much of the ceiling was sloped, and there is no way you can keep the “X’s” marching straight across a sloped ceiling. 

But where the eye would notice something off-kilter would be in the corners.  If the paper ran into an un-plumb corner, the pattern would become disfigured, with part of the motif larger at the top of the wall and then getting cut off narrower at the bottom of the wall.  If I hung a plump strip next to that, it would mis-match horribly.

So I thought, “Why not hang the next strip NOT plumb?”  That way, I could tilt the paper and align it so the pattern on the new strip matched the previous strip perfectly.  It would mean that the design would go crooked (downhill) along the ceiling line.  But as mentioned above, the ceiling line was not really important in this room.

This turned out to be the perfect solution.  There were no glaring mis-matches, and no one noticed that the “X’s” along the ceiling or door frames are not absolutely level or plumb. 

In fact, when the homeowner came in to look at the room, she mentioned more than once that “It looks like one continuous piece of paper.”  Meaning, you can’t see the seams, nor any mismatches in the corners.  Mission accomplished!  🙂

This wallpaper pattern is by York Wallcoverings, and was bought at a discounted price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby.  (713) 520-6262 or  Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her. 


Glass Bead Wallpaper – All the Rage Right Now!

June 20, 2014

Digital ImageSee all the sparkles?  This wallpaper has actual teensy beads of glass forming the motif, so it’s three-dimensional, as well as sparkly.

Some of these papers are made with actual (non sharp) glass, and others use sand.  All of them are hell on my razor blades and scissors.  🙂  Virtually all use a thick non-woven material as a backing, so they are thick and the seams can show a little more than on thinner papers, but they also strip off the wall easily and in one piece when it’s time to redecorate.

Also, n-w papers allow you the option of pasting the wall rather than the paper, which has advantages in certain cases.  In all cases, you’d better be careful to not let any of those beads that come off the front get on the back or stuck in your paste, because they WILL show like a tiny pimple under the wallpaper.

This went on a 12′ high TV wall in a new home in Montrose, and was a good choice, because it added texture and pizzazz, but did not compete with the main feature of the room – the large flat-screen TV.  I suggested that the homeowners use some side lighting, or an up-light on the floor, to accentuate the glass beads and increase the sparkle / dazzle effect.

This wallpaper design is by Ronald Redding, made by York Wallcoverings, and was bought at a discounted price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby.  MAKE AN APPOINTMENT before heading over there.  (713) 520-6262 or