wallpaper Columns

August 25, 2014

Dear Debbie,


We are redecorating an older home that has less-than-perfect walls. I have read about your paint techniques that can camouflage dents and cracks, but what about wallpaper? Our style is modern and I don’t think textured paint finishes would work here.


Dear Sandra,


The paint techniques that camouflage imperfections are typically ones that suit styles that incorporate frescoes, marbling effects or layers of shading (aging techniques) that break up the solid surface to such an extent that the mars on the wall almost become invisible, or simply don’t matter. These are a great solution for rooms that are Victorian, Italian Renaissance or other styles that suit aged or complex patterns. Modern rooms call for simpler techniques. You can texture your walls, but with a more contemporary pattern. That’s where the new textured wallpapers come in. Of particular interest are the paintable wallpapers, as you can paint them any colour that fits your decor. 

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March 17, 2014

Dear Debbie,


I have a medium-size office at home that I would like to redecorate with a ’60s theme. Any suggestions you have to get me started would be helpful. Thank you.


Dear Janice,

The ’60s were an iconic, forward-thinking period that heralded bright, bold, sweeping changes in all aspects of living. Fifty years later we are loving it all again, celebrating the Beatles, sporting short skirts, soft floppy bobs, and the tieless dressy look for men. We love to hear it, wear it and decorate with the same brave style. It’s pure fun.

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May 6, 2013
Splurge on an expensive wallpaper to maximize the impact of your feature wall.


 Q: I have a large living room and would like to create an accent wall. What is the purpose of an accent wall and how do I decide which wall?
A: An accent wall also is known as a focal or feature wall. When you enter the room, your eye will be drawn to it first. In a living room, for example, if there is a fireplace, that would be the natural focal point of the space. If you do not have a fireplace, there may be another major element such as a large armoire or media center. The accent or feature wall can be decorated to heighten and take advantage of its importance in the room. Often a bold or contrasting paint color is chosen, perhaps a color that would be too much for the entire room but stunning on just one wall. This is the place to apply an expensive wall treatment, textured wallpaper, stone or wood finish, or even fabric.


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