I’m going to share a great resource with you…On A Roll…which is an e-newsletter from the Wallcoverings Association. It has a wealth of information, lots of illustrations and not too long! Here are some pearls from the latest issue.
The Central Ohio Home and Garden Show Spring 2010 publication featured wallcoverings in an article in which the Wallcoverings Association tackled debunking paper myths and common concerns regarding design and installation.
Myth # 1-Wallpaper is stuffy and old-fashioned. Although wallpaper has been around for hundreds of years, it remains fashion forward. The fashion industry utilizes its patterns in advertising and pictorials for magazines. Designer prints, custom, and limited-edition prints by artists help keep wallpaper ahead of the trends. Richard Miller of Miller VanOrder Interior Design says wallpaper goes great with the trend toward natural-looking rustic wood, or when softening a modern space. I spoke with him Wednesday and he said he uses wallpaper in approximately 20% of his work. Miller says that properly selected wallpaper gives almost any space a finished and polished appearance.
The wood is on the floor, the Casart Zebrawood is on the wall!
Myth # 2-Wallpaper is limiting. It is only limited by imagination or budget. Homeowners can mix and match patterns, textures and styles in a home. By keeping styles and colors complementary, the end results are limitless! Quoting Miller again, he says wallpaper most popular use is in small spaces. He especially likes incorporating paper into a petite powder room to give the impression it’s more than just a sink and toilet.
Myth # 3-Wallpaper and modernism don’t mix. Minimalist modern interiors can feel too sterile to be comfortable so designers often apply a paper with a graphic design to one wall. They may use a traditional pattern in a vibrant color with clean, contemporary modern furnishings. Miller says modern aesthetics is reflected in the growing popularity of graphically bold black and white prints, large scale patterns and vibrant colors.
Myth # 4-Wallpaper is time-consuming, labor-intensive and expensive to hang or remove. Au contraire! New technologies continue to make it easier and faster to install and remove than painting the wall. Nonwoven or high performance papers can be repositioned without damage to paper or walls. This means they can also be removed without damage or residue and can be reused. They don’t expand or contract so once a nonwoven is up, its seams should not separate. This is what Casart coverings‘ “slipcovers for you walls” are. Steamers, strippers and solvents are unnecessary to remove high perfomance nonwoven papers. You simply lift from a corner, roll it down, and reposition on its backing paper. Here’s a video (with classical music and quick time) that shows how easy it is to do.
Myth #5-There’s no art to wallpapered walls. Wallpaper is designed to be a background element, a unifying detail that complements art, furniture and other decor in a room. It should never be in competition with the other elements of the room’s design. It is up to the designer or homeowner to use their artistic talent to achieve that. “I think that opposites attract,” says Miller, who prefers to keep wallpaper muted or tone-on-tone to create an understated backdrop. “Homeowners want art to still stand out and have a presence, not blend in.”
Post Script- On a roll debunking the oil spill myth-Day 60
So far, the flow rate estimate has been changed and upgraded 4 times since the April 20th explosion when it was estimated to be 5,000 barrels per day. The latest estimate has a large spread from 35,000 to 60,000 barrels per day. That breaks down to 17-29 gallons per second or 1 second the time needed to fill a car’s gas tank or 77-133 million gallons spilled to date (6/17/10) Of the 1,341 total number of birds collected through 6/14/10, 585 were collected alive and 40 of those have been able to be released. Here is a link to our effort to help the Gulf Coast: https://www.casartcoverings.com/casartblog/archives/3538.