Wallpaper no longer what it used to be
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.
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Mid-century modern style and colours are blossoming on today’s chic