Wall­pa­per no longer what it used to be

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - DEB­BIE TR8VIS

DEAR Deb­bie: Fif­teen years ago, my hus­band and I re­moved all the old wall­pa­per from our first tiny home and painted all the walls. We’ve en­joyed chang­ing colours and even ap­plied some of the paint fin­ishes that were so pop­u­lar (spong­ing the nurs­ery), but now we are look­ing at all the great wall­pa­per pat­terns and think­ing, why not? Is wall­pa­per back in fash­ion? Carl and Louisa

Dear Carl and Louisa: Painted sur­faces will never go out of fash­ion. Paint is the sim­plest and most eco­nom­i­cal dec­o­rat­ing tool any­where — a few coats of colour and you have trans­formed a room to fit your mood, age and life­style.

Paint fin­ishes have jour­neyed from spong­ing and rag-rolling to more sub­tle pati­nas. And wall­pa­per is back in vogue, tak­ing the de­sign scene by storm with stylish pat­terns and eye-pop­ping colours that res­onate with mid-cen­tury styles.

The ’50s have re­turned with an edge — the sleek chrome, vi­brant shades, geo­met­ric shapes, bold flo­ral pat­terns and stripes, hang­ing lamps and wood floors are in­spir­ing this gen­er­a­tion. Beads, can­dles, psy­che­delic shapes and sym­bols, flower power and na­ture themes have rein­vented the Sum­mer of Love with a 21st-cen­tury vibe.

Check out the fab­u­lous wall­pa­per col­lec­tions of­fered on­line at Brew­ster Home Fash­ions (www.brew­ster­wall­cov­er­ing. com). In the photo, the flo­ral wall­pa­per shows swirling lush pe­ony trails in wa­ter­colour taupe, gold and wine hues by Bea­con House. Raised inks and de­signer tex­ture ef­fects en­hance the tra­di­tional pat­tern.

Ul­tra-mod­ern choices in­clude an ab­stract feather print in a chic spec­trum of grays by Ei­jffin­gers’s Fleurique Col­lec­tion, which makes a daz­zling state­ment in a hall­way with a long white bench lined with a riot of cush­ions in a wild mix of colours.

Paint and wall­pa­per should com­ple­ment each other, one build­ing on the strength of the other. Paint a large open space in a warm, neu­tral shade, then pa­per a fea­ture wall such as the din­ing area or a dull hall­way. A bold pat­tern cov­er­ing one wall is all that is re­quired to make your state­ment.

Deb­bie Travis’ House to Home col­umn is pro­duced by Deb­bie Travis and Bar­bara Din­gle. Please email your ques­tions to house­2home@deb­bi­etravis.com.

Mid-cen­tury mod­ern style and colours are blos­som­ing on today’s chic

wall­pa­per pat­terns.

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