Q&A with DESIGNER MORGAN FARROW
As the mother of two children under the age of 5 and principal of her eponymous Dallas interior design firm, Morgan Farrow’s world is a mix of color, chaos, and joy.
Q: You’ve played with so many daring patterns in this home. What’s to love about wallpaper today? A: Today’s wallpapers are not your grandmother’s! The designs and colors feel fresh and fun, not stuffy or formal. Bold graphics and geometric prints have replaced the dainty florals of the past, and the scale is different, too. Prints and patterns have blown up to an exaggerated size so they read as modern. The colors are more saturated, and even the neutral ones look richer when enhanced with texture or metallic embellishments.
Q: How has technology advanced wallpaper?
A: I’m seeing a lot of computer- and photo-generated patterns and prints, where the images are blown-up, mirrored, or repeated to create an overall pattern. There are also several self-adhesive or temporary wallpapers on the market. They are affordable and easy-to-install for the DIYER and a “no-excuses” option for decorating commitment-phobes.
Q: Beyond aesthetics, does wallpaper have practical advantages over painted walls? Can it hide drywall “sins?”
A: Vinyl wallpapers have a durable, wipeable finish, making walls easier to maintain than those that are just painted.
Vinyl, you say? You heard me! They’ve come a long way and are more sophisticated than ever. Unfortunately, wallpaper won’t absolve sheetrock “sins.” It will do the opposite by making the damage stand out and look worse. It’s crucial that walls are properly floated and prepped before they are papered to ensure a smooth finish.
Q: What room responds best to wallpaper?
A: The master bedroom! Wrap it in wallpaper, and all of a sudden you’ve created a cocoon. The paper serves as a buffer between you and cold walls, so the room feels softer, cozier, and more luxurious.