Where to Buy Wallpaper in the Houston Area

Buying local is a good thing. It may be tempting to look through a store’s books, and then try to hunt down the paper on-line to find a lower price.  But remember that by buying from one of the sources I recommend, you have someone giving you personal attention, who is knowledgeable about paper quality, single / double roll lingo, discontinued patterns, backorders, shipping time frame, and who can act as an advocate for you if there is a problem.  When you use someone’s sample books, facility, expertise and time, it really is right to buy the paper there, too.  And by buying local, you are helping the economy right in our area.  

My favorite place is Southwestern Paint at 2726 Bissonnet just west of Kirby, near the Rice Village.  Dorota Hartwig is the wallpaper specialist in town, and knows what’s available in every brand in every book.  She has everything from sweet English cottage patterns to bold modern graphics to grasscloth to high-end “designer” papers.

The paint store is open to walk-in shoppers, but Dorota works by appointment.  Call her first and tell her what you are looking for – your decorating taste, colors, age of kids who may be sharing a bathroom, etc., and she will go through the books and pull some suggestions for you, so you don’t waste your time going through books that are not your taste.  When you visit, you can bring along photos, bedding, or other items from the adjoining room, to help her know your décor.  You can even e-mail her info or photos of your room and ideas.

Dorota has a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts, and can help coordinate your colors, papers, paint, etc.  My clients love her!

Prices are all discounted.  If you’ve seen something on the Internet or in a magazine, including high-end “to the trade only” papers, she can probably get it for you, or find something similar, and at a better price.  She can often beat designers’ discounted prices, too.

CALL HER FIRST, BEFORE GOING THERE, to be sure she is working that day, and does not have appointments with other clients, so she can devote as much time as possible to helping you, and that the books you want to see have not been checked out to other shoppers.

Dorota Hartwig

Southwestern Paint

2726 Bissonnet just west of Kirby

(713) 520-6262

dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com

Other places include:

Sherwin Williams stores, especially the one on University in the Rice Village. That particular store has a good selection of nicer-than-average-but-not-expensive papers. I like their Thibaut, York, Seabrook, Brewster, and Easy-Walls, to get you started.

If you want wallpaper that you can take home the same day, try Luxury Wall Décor, at 4611 S. Main at Highway 90, in Stafford (near Sugarland).   They have a large selection of  in-stock papers, plus books you can look through for special order patterns.  Robin is eager to help you.   Call first, as hours fluctuate.   (281) 565-4444.

And, if you need a little more help pulling your room together or finding materials, interior designers can provide the magic touch – Call me for referrals!

Please note that I suggest that you stay away from “paper-backed solid vinyl” wallpapers, as they tend to curl and peel in humid conditions.  I also shy away from most true grasscloth products, because of the differences in color from strip to strip, and even within a strip, and because they will stain or bleed in wet areas.  There are faux products that do not have these issues, and that look amazingly real.  Dorota (above) can guide you.  I can also e-mail you more detailed information.

 

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2 Responses to “Where to Buy Wallpaper in the Houston Area”

  1. Marco Says:

    Thank you for some much needed sources. . . Now just need hangers!

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