Project Pe­riod Pa­per

YOU DON’T NEED SAM­PLES OF MARK TWAIN’S WALL­PA­PER LY­ING AROUND TO PA­PER YOUR WALLS. HERE ARE SOME TIPS.

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1. Know your pe­riod. Be­gin with re­search to iden­tify what you do and don’t like about the dec­o­rat­ing style. 2. Match­ing is over­rated. “While color tonal har­mony is im­por­tant,” Gary and Larkin say, “ev­ery­thing need not be the same.” 3. Break it up. “Pa­per is a back­ground pat­tern for your fur­nish­ings,” they say. Be pre­pared to break up the view with pic­tures and mir­rors, and choose your wall­pa­per ac­cord­ingly.

4. Draw to scale. When in doubt, err on the side of a larger pat­tern. “Too small is the nat­u­ral choice, as peo­ple fear they will be over­whelmed,” Gary and Larkin say. “But small pat­terns will cre­ate an un­de­sir­able polka dot ef­fect.”

5. Choose a pa­per you love. “Your home is meant to be a state­ment about you and the en­vi­ron­ment you live in should re­flect that,” Gary and Larkin say.

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