In his blog last week, Mark highlighted the many ways that the hospitality design industry uses wallpaper to enhance the look and ambience of a hotel. Hospitality designers are at the top of their game and they utilize wall coverings to literally wrap us in exquisite luxury when we are vacationing or on a business trip. Unfortunately, wall coverings have lost their luster among residential clients.
Whether it is because of the added cost of wallpaper installation or the fear of buyer’s remorse, it isn’t often that a residential client is gung-ho about using wallpaper in his or her home. If a client is open to wallpaper, it is music to my ears because there is nothing that can add texture, pattern or glamour to a space like a well chosen wall covering. When residential clients finally do take the plunge, they are more willing to do so in spaces like a powder room, a tray ceiling, or a dining room where there is minimal commitment and thus less apprehension.
If the thought of installing wallpaper in your home stops you in your tracks, you may be open to another trend that is extremely popular right now – accent walls. Although the accent wall trend has a tendency to vacillate between hot and not, it is a great way to to break up a neutral space, add visual interest, make a room seem larger or bring emphasis to architectural details in a room. By only adding a wall covering or paint to one focal wall, you can get the benefits of this trend without the anxiety.
Installing wallpaper on just one wall makes the ultimate statement. In my opinion, there is not one can of paint that can compete with gorgeous wallpaper like the one seen in this design by DKOR Interiors.
With the current popularity of farmhouse design, reclaimed wood on a wall is as organic as design can get. The fact that this type of wood is reused and has a history behind it not only makes it unique in character, but also environmentally responsible.
About five years ago, painted accent walls were passe, but this trend is picking up steam again. Since only one wall is being painted in a dark hue, you can eliminate the fear of making a small room appear even smaller. The best part is that if you do get tired of the color, you can easily apply primer and cover it with a fresh coat of paint.
Design Tip: One trick to making a painted accent wall appear timeless is to add molding to it.
If you are a commitment “phobe” when it comes to wall coverings, an accent wall can be the happy medium you need to make your space really pop. Who knows, an accent wall might just be the motivation you need to add wall coverings to all four walls.