We were very excited and honored that our customer chose to update her interior, after seeing our Artichaut example used in a room, with this easy-to-do, accent wallcovering that makes a big statement.
Carrie purchased our Casart artichoke element knowing it would make a big visual impact as an accent piece. However, she took the time to review her room setting, know exactly what she wanted to achieve and weigh her options with paint and accessory choices before installing Casart repositionable wallpaper. Here was her dilemma:
[I] realize the wall-cover is smaller than the space I have. I was considering an accent wall type of effect.I looked at the wall-finishes to go underneath, but I have chair rails and I wasn’t sure how all that would work with trying to cut it evenly. I thought I would go ahead and order the artichoke, which I really loved… and then figure out how I can make it work. I’m happy to take pictures, and I am also open to any advice you might have about using the wall-finishes.
After sending before pictures and also confirming her wallfinish sheen was flat, which is not the best for being able to reposition and remove a wallcovering especially if the type of wall substrate was drywall (painted paper over sheet rock), we had a good discussion about possible underlying wallcovering options and paint choices. We offered a few tips on how to choose them, as well as details about the wall substrate. We’re pleased that she went with some of the suggestions, which were the following:
Flat is one sheen below eggshell, which is the minimum or higher sheen recommended for easy adjusting, removal and reusability of the wallcovering. If you want extra protection for the wall, one clear coat of water-base matte or satin clear polycrylic could be rolled on. This doesn’t change the paint color except may slightly deepen it but it adds an extra protective layer with the clear-coat sheen. You can read more about the specs and installation on the About page by clicking the caterpillar and butterfly.
She was considering adding one of the Wallfinishes wallcovering underneath the Artichaut. Unlike other wallpaper, Casart Regular wallcovering can be installed on top of itself and still removed if you want later. We offered the following:
Regarding the type of Wallfinish design, most anything would look good with the Artichaut. It depends on if you want the look of a pattern as in the Harlequin or texture as in the Faux Linen or painterly with the Colorwash. You also might want to check out the Organics. The faux Raw Silk could be nice.
Let me know which if any of these might suit your fancy and if any of their standard colors work for you? We could always do a custom color, depending on what you’d like to feature and or match or bring out in the room.
Also something to consider, your walls are a warm color and the Artichaut can go with complementary warm or cool hues. A beige, yellow or tan Faux Linen would blend in more with your wall color than cool colors, but you might want to highlight something different than your wall color for an accent wall, like a celadon Faux Linen, Teal Raw Silk or the aqua color in your hutch. Also what ambiance, for instance, cheerful, sophisticated, calm, welcoming, etc., do you want the overall look to achieve? Consider what you like best and one way to help determine is by, as odd as it sounds, is looking at your closet — what color clothes do you like the best and wear the most? This can help determine which colors you gravitate to.
Carrie had concerns about the chair rails affecting placement of the accent piece. Where is best to stop the paint color or underlying Wallfinish — unless you repaint the whole room?
You’ve given me lots to think about, I really appreciate the advice and will take a closer look at the wall finishes and organics.One thing I was considering is that I don’t really love the wall color, and if I was going to put a higher quality paint on that one wall, I might as well paint the whole space. You mentioned egg-shell or better. Any other thoughts on picking out paint?
Our advice was the following:
If you like any of the standard designs that I mentioned that might work well with the Artichaut, you might want to get a sample first and match a paint color to it.
Personally, I like and recommend Benjamin Moore’s Pearl finish to my clients as the base paint for decorative painting or when I do paint consultations. It’s wipeable, wears well over time and is the perfect, protective sheen for Casart wallcovering. It’s one sheen higher up from Eggshell. The equivalent would be Satin in other brands. If you are going to paint before installing the wallcovering, you should let the paint cure for a good 2 weeks.
After repainting with a fabulous color and waiting the additional time as recommended, Carrie sent us these before and after pictures, where you can tell that just a small accent wallcovering can make a big statement and with a transformative difference. We also love the wall color and how Carrie’s dog posed perfectly for the picture.
We think Carrie achieved all of the above ambiance — cheerful, sophisticated, calm, welcoming — with her choices. Amazing how effective a small difference can make.
Additional feedback indicated that the wallcovering was easy to install as well.
We really appreciate it when our customers are pleased and have a good experience with Casart Coverings — and send us pictures!
Many thanks, Carrie!!
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