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Wallpaper? Why Not??

Wallpaper used to be the home décor burden of the 80s. I developed a disdain for wallpaper early in life when I helped my mom redecorate our guest bathroom…a prolonged and painful removal process. I swore to never, ever install wallpaper in my home.

I am going back on that promise. Today, it has been revamped with fantastic styles, designs and even textures! I feign for a good, bold pattern or soft, shimmering textured wallcovering…it sends chills up my spine! Below are a few tips from me and select interior designers for selecting, installing and decorating with wallpaper.

1) Choose your wallpaper and where to put it.

Interior designer Lindsey Coral Harper advices to “use wallpaper in unexpected places: on the ceiling, in a paneled room, in closets, hallways, and small foyers. A great pattern or texture in small spaces can be a prodigious twist.” I could not agree more. 

However, when you do add pattern to a major surface, you will want to layer various types of patterns throughout the space. It does not have to match and it certainly should not match, but each should be complementary to the others.

2) If you can, hire a pro!

It is possible to hang wallpaper on your own, although preferably with someone’s assistance. The assurance with hiring a professional is their expertise and you saving time, energy and money. How are you saving money when you have to pay for the service? Well, I’d rather pay a pro and get the job done right the first time around rather than possibly mess up my wall(s) and /or wallpaper, which is usually bought per square foot. We cannot waste the goods!

3) Proper use and accent to wallpaper.

The main fear when considering wallpaper is creating a busy space.  Insert visual relief by breaking up the patterns with molding (temporary or permanent), chair rails or other architectural features. If you are not too keen on the idea of a fully covered room, create an accent wall. Designer Summer Thornton says to “match either the background or an accent color for the remaining walls of the room” in order to complete the space.

Check out the slideshow for more tips and ideas for incorporating wallpaper into your home! Which are your favorites? Let me know!

Ttyl, HOME-ies!

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Color Theory Part II: The 60-30-10 Rule

Last week, I broke down how to use the color wheel when selecting colors for a space. This week, I’ll share how much of each color to use in order to achieve a harmonic, stylish balance. This is the 60-30-10 rule.

Following this rule will allow your eyes to seamlessly flow from one focal point to the next without startling obstructions. Sixty percent of the room should be a dominant color, 30 percent of the room should be a secondary color and 10 percent should be the accent color! Simple right? I know! :)

An easy way to apply this rule is to focus the 60 percent portion on your wall color, the 30 percent for your furniture or upholstery, and the 10 percent for accents like throw pillows, floral arrangements or other small decorative accessories.

Here are some examples in the slideshow! Stay tuned for my article about my own living room “redeco” job, where I put my own advice into action!

TTYL, “HOME-ies”!!

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