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5 wonderful wallpapers to refresh your rooms

By: Canadian Living
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5 wonderful wallpapers to refresh your rooms

By: Canadian Living
Passion for papered walls I've loved the look of wallpaper ever since my interior decorator mom (of Emma Hickey Interiors) decorated our family home on a regular basis in order to "test drive" her paint and wallpaper ideas before recommending them to her clients. No room in our home ever sported one look for very long! I became so comfortable with wallpapered walls and the hanging process that, to this day, I love to update a room with wallpaper to add interest, style and colour. Wallpaper turns walls into works of art. You can also use wallpaper to revamp a piece of furniture or add an interesting touch to the inside of cupboards and drawers. Wallpaper an entire room to add drama or select one wall (or ceiling) to accentuate. Most of us are drawn to rooms decorated with wallpaper, but we're often turned off by the process, thinking that it's more difficult and costly than it actually is. New innovations in wallpaper manufacturing have made it easier than ever for DIYers and contractors to hang and remove wallpaper. Look for pre-pasted, self-stick or paste-the-wall papers to help save time. Buy more than you need Be sure to choose wallpaper from the same  dye lot number indicated on the label to ensure that rolls bearing the same number were made from the same batch for an exact colour match. Mixing wallpaper from other lot numbers can result in irregularities because the ink colours may vary slightly. Also, be sure to buy more rolls than you need just to be safe. Unused rolls can always be returned. Here are some of my favourite wallpapers and the wonderful looks they've created for various rooms in the house. Papering kitchens and baths Areas prone to high humidity or heavy traffic, such as kitchens, bathrooms and hallways, are best suited to  vinyl-coated or  solid vinyl  wallpapers. These types of wallpaper are non-breathable and are therefore more stain resistant and easier to clean than other wallpapers. Look for products labelled “washable” or “scrubbable.” [caption id="attachment_1953" align="aligncenter" width="426"] Graham and Brown "Desire" 50-188. Designed by Jane Lockhart for Kylemore Communities. Photo by Brandon Barré.[/caption]   Above: Designed by Jane Lockhart for Kylemore Communities. A large damask-print wallpaper by Graham and Brown adds luxe and glamour to a small main-floor guest bathroom. Heavy navy blue velvet drapes and a sunny yellow ceiling in Benjamin Moore Sulfer Yellow 2151-40 make for a jaw-dropping look – one your guests won't soon forget! If you’re new to wallpapering, it’s recommended that you start with a large pattern, like the one shown, that’s easy to line up. [caption id="attachment_1955" align="aligncenter" width="491"] Graham and Brown "Spa" 16634 is designed for kitchens and bathrooms.[/caption]   Above: Graham and Brown "Spa," a dimensional, scrubbable vinyl, paste-the-paper wallpaper, offers a modern twist to a classic mosaic tile. It's a fresh look for a bathroom or powder room. [caption id="attachment_1956" align="aligncenter" width="430"] Graham and Brown "Virtue" in Pear 31-871.[/caption]   Above: This fresh green leafy pattern is an easy to hang, paste-the-wall, non-woven paper that is washable and strippable. It's a pretty look for a front hall, bedroom, dressing room or sunroom. [caption id="attachment_1958" align="aligncenter" width="491"] Graham and Brown "Mystical" 50-460 in silver/grey.[/caption]   Above: I love the elegant pattern and subtle metallic shimmer of this paste-the-wall, spongeable Graham and Brown paper that's sure to add sparkle and drama to a bedroom or dining room. [caption id="attachment_1959" align="aligncenter" width="455"] Graham and Brown flocked "Elizabeth" in pink/silver 17154. Photo by Paul Chmielowiec.[/caption]   Above: Designer  Jeffrey Fisher has a talent for mixing pattern and making it work! This room was featured in the November 2008 issue of Canadian Living. Jeffrey chose Graham and Brown "Elizabeth" in bright pink with a silver background for the bedroom of a vivacious 20-something budding actress. Lots of colour, pattern and drama was her only request. So, don't be shy and give it a try! Test your skills and paper a small feature wall for a great headboard effect in a nursery or bedroom, like Jeffrey has done above. I know you'll love the challenge and the results. Share your photos of your latest wallpapering projects in the comments section below. We know you're proud! Follow me on Twitter: @KKMe123.
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