Popularity of wallpaper on the rise


Wallpaper is much more these days than the grandma’s flowers and those printed borders that enveloped millions of bathrooms and kitchens in the 1980s.

Click through the countless websites today or flip through a giant sample book at one wallpaper store, then another, then another. The choices seem endless. There are abstract seascapes, whimsical flowers, geometric patterns, whimsical canvases with modern touches, 50s sci-fi prints…the list goes on.

Technology has also enabled advancements in patterns, sheens and textures, and the attention to detail in some of the higher-end models leans towards fine art. There are even removable peel and stick versions that make installation much easier than in the past.

It’s no wonder interest in wallpaper has grown and that includes Las Vegas, according to local interior designers. While the past decade has been all about toning things down with neutral grays and whites, wallpaper is seen as a fun way to spruce up the look, add a touch of drama, or create distinct spaces.

Jill Abelman, local founder and lead designer at Inside Style, said she and her team use wallcoverings in every project, whether it’s wallpaper or the relatively new batch of murals on the market.

Recently, they covered an accent wall in a large gray bedroom with an abstract waterfall design that had the soft gradients and texture of a watercolor painting. In another project, they transformed a traditional dining room into contemporary by adding an abstract mural in bold lavenders and teals.

“The textures and warmth of wallpaper can instantly warm up a space and add drama and interest,” Abelman said.

After months of cocooning and the need to create defined spaces, wallpaper can be a great alternative to expensive renovations, she added.

“Instead of building a wall or closing off a space, it can signal a new room, a departure from the rest of the house, and it really works,” she said.

Abelman encourages homeowners not to be intimidated by wallpaper but to have fun, especially in areas of the home that are truly defined. She has her eyes glued to wallpaper with popcorn “flying up to the ceiling”, for example, which she can’t wait to use in a home theater, she said.

Marteen Moore of Marteen Moore Interior Planning noted that wallpaper is a great way to emphasize a home’s style and add character. It can be used in a powder room as a “little jewelry box”, in laundry rooms, as an accent wall in the dining room or living room, or placed in the inset of a ceiling.

Due to the increasing quality of wallcoverings, there are even rare instances where wallpaper can be used to totally revamp the look of a home.

She recently helped a local client give a downtown loft with nothing but bare white walls the feel of an industrial-style space by using custom wallpaper that looked like concrete and adding a faux brick accent wall, also wallpaper.

“There’s so much you can do, and you can do it all,” she said.

She also remarked that “everything old is new again, but with a twist”. Grasscloth – textured wallcovering made from natural fibers such as jute, hemp or seagrass – has made a comeback, and colors and designs are more varied than ever. She also recently asked a client to decorate his home cinema with traditional flocked damask paper, like in the cinemas of old.

When choosing wallpaper, she suggests homeowners consult sample books to see what types of styles and colors they gravitate towards. She advises bringing samples home or ordering them online, so you can see how they look on the wall and where exactly they need to go.

If you’re wallpapering an entire room, the design should be subtle so it doesn’t overwhelm the space, like a monochrome paper with a gloss and matte finish that brings in a bit of texture, she said.

Finally, the wallpaper also attracts attention for its artistic side.

Recently, Daniela Guarin and Michael Freedman, both designers and art school graduates, started a wallcovering company called Parete Walls with the idea that bare walls are simply giant canvases waiting to be filled.

“We’re both massive consumers of popular culture, art and fashion, and ultimately we’re trying to create art, and that’s our interpretation of what we see,” said Freeman.

They constantly collaborate and find inspiration in the visual feast that is New York City where they are based, whether it’s the design or colors of a rug or the finish of a flower vase. , they said.

Browse their website and discover items such as “Make My Daisy”, inspired by Jazz Age flowers; “Leeann”, a matte white paper with silver flecks that is a nod to nail art; and an angular wood-veneer abstract called “Krumpin.”

The idea is to create beautiful, quality designs, but also to bring a touch of fun to an interior design world that can get a little stuffy, they said. They want to show people that wallpaper is an accessible and inexpensive way to bring art into the home and can even be the main attraction.

“I love the change that people use (the wallpaper) as a centerpiece, as the main element of the scene. … I think our designs are an answer to that: let us be your main course instead of your dish accompaniment,” Guarin said.


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