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Considerations That May Help You Choose the Right Wallpaper

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Picking out the right wallpaper suitable to a room can be a real challenge. Among the wide array of choices, it can be frustrating to select only one. Fortunately, there are many aesthetic factors that can help thin out the options.

Colors

The mood for a room can be set using the appropriate colors. In bedrooms, studies and other tranquil spaces, subdued shades and soothing patterns are usually preferred. The bright colors are left to small accent pieces. Conversely, in areas that are busier areas such as recreational rooms, bright colors can evoke excitement. In areas that are meant for social gatherings such as the living area, warm colors such as red make the ambience more inviting and intimate.

Aside from the function of the room, objects already present inside the room are a great place to start when choosing the colors for the walls. The tiles on the floor as well as eye-catching furniture can dictate the scheme.

Patterns

Patterns can emphasize the size and shape of a room. Horizontal movements (think stripes) on the prints, for example, make a room seem wider. Vertical patterns, on the other hand, make the ceiling appear higher.

Wallpapers with small-scaled prints can also make the room look larger than it really is, and larger patterns can create a sense of intimacy. For rooms with less furniture, large-scaled prints of bright colors but dark backgrounds can make it seem more furnished. Also large-scaled prints and vertical movements are suitable for formal areas.

Similar to colors, patterns can also evoke different feelings. Mixing too many different patterns can make the room look busy and cluttered, and should be avoided. With proper balance, however, combinations can become an effective design statement. Patterns that repeat the same colors or feature different scales can work well together.

Texture

Wallpaper that simulates the look of different materials can create a perception of texture. Others will even have real texture. Textured wallpaper, whether by print or by actual texture, can help to cover up architectural imperfections. When deciding on whether to use textured wallpaper, it is important to remember that textures make colors seem darker than they really are. 

Keeping in mind all of these considerations, the challenge of picking out the right wallpaper can be made a bit easier. Of course, other factors such as the budget, wall space, type of wallpaper and application process should also be considered. The aesthetic concerns, nevertheless, can help in narrowing down the diverse array of choices.

 

Trend Spotting: Fretwork

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14371760_SFretwork is a pattern of interlocking lines that dates back hundreds of years.  Sometimes called lattice pattern, fretwork comes from Chinese metalwork designs.  Thomas Chippendale, known for the Chippendale chair as seen in the image above, first introduced fretwork to western furniture in the 18th century. Since then fretwork has experienced numerous revivals and interpretations.

Fretwork patterns can be extremely elaborate or have simpler geometric patterns.  The common thread between them is the repeating intersections of the lines to create an overall geometric pattern. Sometimes similar to the Greek key pattern, fretwork is beloved by modern and traditional design alike.

The current revival of fretwork in design can be found on traditional furniture pieces as well as contemporary interpretations. Variations of fretwork pattern can be found on textiles such as curtains and bed linens, area rugs, pillows and even upholstery.  Fretwork wallpaper and stencils are used to add design to walls and the interiors of cabinets and bookcases.

The limits to where fretwork can be incorporated into your design are only limited by your imagination. Traditional fretwork patterns in metals, as seen in the Victorian era, can be found on radiator covers as well as exterior stair balustrades. Cabinet doors in wood or metal can be decorated with fretwork patterns.

When using a large fretwork pattern, let this be the dominant pattern in the room. Other patterns can be introduced in smaller scales as to not compete with the complex fretwork design on walls, furniture, floors or curtains.

Decorating the French Provincial Kitchen

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5119306_SWhen it comes to decorative terms, “French Provincial” is more or less “French Country”. This style of interior decoration from the French Provinces came to the fore during the 17th and 18th centuries. Decorating the French provincial kitchen entails rough and whitewashed walls or smooth walls that are covered in beautiful wallpaper.

Using painted furniture isn’t uncommon, and straw woven seats can be a great addition to the kitchen table. One thing that makes this pattern of decoration unique and popular is the adoption of bright fabrics, which could range from tiny floral designs to wide paisley designs.

To achieve that traditional kitchen look while decorating the French provincial kitchen, the walls of the kitchen are painted in warm and milky white. What if white is not your favorite color? No need to fret, you can alternatively go for violet blue, muddied sea green, washed out ocher yellow, or even light gray.

Remember, think of a bright kitchen with a light feeling.  Using a chandelier for lighting above the island is a great idea and will add another depth of design to the kitchen.