Ask the De­signer

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - Front Page - Pho­tog­ra­phy by Richard Ras­mussen

Dear Sandy,

I love the idea of get­ting free ad­vice from a pro, so I am cross­ing my fin­gers that you will choose my ques­tion to an­swer.

I have slowly worked my way through most of my house try­ing to freshen things up be­fore the re­volv­ing doors of the hol­i­days be­gin. I guess the area that I need to ad­dress is my guest room. I tend to for­get about that room and I know it needs help.

In your other ques­tion-and-an­swer ar­ti­cles, you have stated that wall­pa­per is re­ally popular again and I am open to us­ing pa­per in my guest bath, but think I just want to paint the walls in the guest bed­room. I love big prints and drama, and I re­ally like a hint of trop­ics.

Would you please give me your in­put on a pa­per and co­or­di­nat­ing fab­rics? I love color and push­ing the en­ve­lope. Would it be pos­si­ble for you to give me two op­tions?

Sierra Dear Sierra,

Well, it looks like it is your lucky day. I chose your ques­tion be­cause so many of us are think­ing about the re­volv­ing door hol­i­day traf­fic that is right around the cor­ner.

Since you think big and out­side the box, I have cho­sen a beau­ti­ful wall cov­er­ing that has its roots in tra­di­tional, but is ev­ery bit to­day's look. Chang­ing the scale of the pat­tern and the us­age of vi­brant, off­beat color com­bi­na­tions will be a huge “wow” fac­tor.

The back­ground of the pa­per is a rich le­mon-lime, and the de­tails run the gamut from aged sil­ver to pur­ples and corals. We have a lot to work with.

For the first op­tion, I have cho­sen Sher­win Wil­liams Heart­felt for the bed­room walls. This lively co­ral will play nicely with a soft white on the trim and I would carry this color onto the ceil­ing, as well.

The ac­cent fab­rics took the de­sign in a con­tem­po­rary tribal di­rec­tion.

I sug­gest that in the bed­room we use the co­or­di­nat­ing fab­ric to the wall­pa­per for the win­dow treat­ments, and then bring in ac­cents that are ex­cit­ing to keep with the tribal ap­pear­ance. Th­ese pat­terns are time­less, but to­day's ver­sion is a bit more ab­stract.

For op­tion No. 2, I kept the same wall­pa­per and win­dow fab­ric, but changed the en­tire per­son­al­ity of the room with the paints and ac­cent fab­rics. We will take the room in a so­phis­ti­cated, slightly for­mal di­rec­tion. Tex­tured vel­vets like the rich pur­ple would be won­der­ful on up­hol­stery or lovely ac­cent pillows and when we pair it with the col­or­ful Ikat pat­tern it will bring in­stant style.

The paint I have cho­sen for the walls is Sher­win Wil­liams Black Fox and I have cho­sen Sher­win Wil­liams Gaunt­let Gray for the ceil­ing. I have pow­ered down the im­pact of color on the walls and fo­cused on the sil­very tau­pes and rich pur­ples that are in the pa­per.

So you see how us­ing the same key el­e­ments and chang­ing it up with the ac­cents of paint and fab­rics can take a room in to­tally dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions. When a prospec­tive client asks “Will you work with what I have?” I am happy to say “Yes!” I know we can up­date it and make it fab­u­lous.

To get the full ef­fect of our ex­ten­sive li­brary of wall­pa­pers and fab­rics call to­day and we will set a time to show you in per­son how the magic can hap­pen.

I know your guests will want to re­turn of­ten not only for the gor­geous guest room but this yummy recipe you can make ahead of time.

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