Wallpaper is back: Hits and Misses

Wallpaper is back.

Wallpaper lovers must be in heaven to see wallpaper back in good graces again. And with the release of a bunch of new Devine Color wallpaper patterns at Target this week (including a textured brick pattern and a rustic reclaimed wood look), I thought, "What better time to talk about wallpaper!?"

As a child, I grew up around damask velvet patterns, grass cloth, and foil metallic wallpapers. You might have grown up with ivy wallpaper in the kitchen and Waverley florals in the dining room.

One thing we all remember clearly is the difficulty we had taking it off once we tired of the patterns, trends changed, or the wallpaper got damaged.

This reclaimed wood wallpaper pattern by Devine Color is available at a Target store near you.

This reclaimed wood wallpaper pattern by Devine Color is available at a Target store near you.

Today's wallpaper trends come with endless possibilities of patterns and options: from digital printed peel-and-stick to handcrafted papers. I won’t lie to you, we went with the peel-and-stick option. I have a lot of art in my home so the wallpaper thing becomes a distraction. But for splashes here and there, I love it. And Devine Color's removable technology means I can peel it off and change it easily, whenever I want..

Fun fact: Originally wallpaper was easily removable. It was pasted onto linen then attached to the wall with copper tacks. They also attached it to wooden battens that then were attached to walls.  

This textured brick wallpaper pattern by Devine Color is available at a Target store near you!

This textured brick wallpaper pattern by Devine Color is available at a Target store near you!

Here is a brief history of wallpaper:

·      Started with fabric to insulate and cover up drafts.

·      The rich made it decorative with fine fabrics and leather.

·      The poor copied them by using wood blocking and hand painted papers.

·      The French eventually made wallpaper popular and posh, calling those who were experts at emulating fabric on paper dominotiers.

Now that wallpaper is making a comeback into today’s contemporary design, it’s important to note that today it has a strong association to what’s current instead of what’s timeless. So choosing the right design and color for you is essential to making your wallpaper choice look fresher and last longer during its trend.

I was helping a client with a remodel of a cute little cottage. The vintage wallpaper was intact! It was hand painted. The background was a modern gray. The floral pattern looked like something Anthropologie® would sell. I begged him to keep it, but he begged to differ.

Another thing to consider, in a world where Target just declared their toy section gender neutral, men now embrace the designer in them too!

If you are going to commit to a wallpaper design, here are some examples of wallpapers applications and what makes them work.

Hit & Miss: Birch Trees are the new Ivy. Be careful of choosing a pattern that is overused in both commercial and residential design

Hit & Miss: Birch Trees are the new Ivy. Be careful of choosing a pattern that is overused in both commercial and residential design

Hit: New options for  photography wallpaper murals are exciting options

Hit: New options for  photography wallpaper murals are exciting options

Hit: High quality printing allows you to print your own photography

Hit: High quality printing allows you to print your own photography

Hit: Traditional with the right graphic style and proportion to avoid looking trendy or passe'

Hit: Traditional with the right graphic style and proportion to avoid looking trendy or passe'

Hit: Mix of modern and vintage 

Hit: Mix of modern and vintage 

Hit: Florals looking young

Hit: Florals looking young

Hit: Mix of sheens

Hit: Mix of sheens

Hit: Wallpaper mix

Hit: Wallpaper mix

Miss: Mix of modern and vintage

Miss: Mix of modern and vintage

Miss: Florals looking old

Miss: Florals looking old

Miss: Mix of sheens

Miss: Mix of sheens

MIss: Wallpaper mix

MIss: Wallpaper mix