Category Archive: Interior Design

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Interior Design and Wallpaper Trends For the New Year!

Put redecorating at the top of your New Year’s resolution list this year! 2021 brings not only a fresh start but also many new interior design trends you’ll want to incorporate into your home this season. The team at American Wallpaper Co. is here to help you create an environment that you and your family love to spend time in. 

Bold Walls

With all the time spent inside the past year, people are yearning to create more excitement within their homes. A statement wall using wallpaper or bold colors is the perfect solution to add a little something extra. Try adding dark colors or warmer tones to rooms with a minimalistic design in order to pull out accent colors present throughout the space. 

Reference the Past

There has been a huge boom in people utilizing design elements from past decades and incorporating them into modern spaces. Using furniture and interior styles from the 80s and 90s evokes feelings of nostalgia and creates a comforting environment. It might be time to dust off your old furniture or use wallpaper to bring back that vintage 80s vibe! 

Make it Pop!

Whether it be funky floral print, bright wallpaper, or vibrant fabrics, the hottest new trend coming into the year is to create an accent that catches the eye of anyone that enters. Don’t be afraid to make your home reflect your unique style by adding a little pop of something special that will liven up a neutral room. You can even make each room a different style instead of blending the entire house into one single design. This is becoming popular to make homes more interesting and unique throughout each different room. 

Earthy Tones

As we reflect on 2020, we can confidently say we all want our homes to be one thing: comfortable! Using earthy tones throughout the household design brings a feeling of nature and relaxation into the space. Add dark browns to warm up the room or simple tans to give a sophisticated but homey feel. 

Our team is here to assist you in choosing the perfect wallpaper or window treatments to accent any space in your home. If you want more guidance on how to design a room, our amazing interior designer is here to provide her expertise. Let us be your trusted source for interior design as you explore the new and exciting trends that 2021 has to offer!

 

 

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Ways to Use Wallpaper in Your Bathroom

When it comes to home decorating or renovation, most of us like to emphasize the elements that seem to matter the most. For instance, the kitchen, the living room, the master bedroom- you know the usual. However, did you ever reconsider decorating your bathroom walls? We’re not talking about the usual fancy fixtures and fittings or flooring. We’re talking about the walls, maybe like throwing on a fancy yet elegant wallpaper?

Doing may seem bizarre at first, but it makes it so much more enjoyable for you to spend time in your bathroom rather than having it just as functional and sterilized. Clean, well-working bathrooms are essential, but we often overlook the potential bathrooms’ have to create a design impact.

There are endless ways you can think of while decorating your bathroom walls. While simply painting them or throwing on a few ornaments or minimalistic murals may be interesting, we recommend you step out of the box and get yourself a nice wallpaper that can create a statement. It will also tell your guests that you’ve paid close attention to all the tiny details in your home too.

Separate your Bathroom

If your toilet is outside the main bathroom area and happens to be in a separate small room, you can consider placing wallpaper in this area only. The wallpaper will act as a significant divider or will highlight the apportionment between the two spaces. Keep in mind that you must protect the shower area’s wallpaper to avoid humidity from ruining it.

The Perfect Tip for Jack and Jill Bathrooms

You can opt for installing iconic wallpapers in places away or outside from the shower area. For instance, you could wallpaper where your sinks are, which happens between the two stalls. Use similar, complementary, or same colors for both the stalls for a more ‘put-together’ approach.

Emphasize your Powder Room

To make your half bath areas or powder room stand out, use an intricate wallpaper. Go ahead and use a fancy, bold wallpaper that will create a statement, and be sure to use a splash of color, especially if your bathroom is plain and boring. Powder rooms do not have bathtubs in them, prone to steaming up the room and running the wallpaper, so go ahead and choose whatever wallpaper you like.

A General Approach

You could also consider getting yourself murals of abstract art or beautiful landscapes, anything that is visually calming and pleasing. If you do not have space, you can even consider having a piece of your favorite wallpaper framed and hanging it in your bathroom or border the mirror, edges, or ceiling of the bathroom for a unique touch.  Accent walls are great add-ons, too, and work well with almost any bathroom type.

Remember to keep your wallpaper maintained, seal them if you are concerned about the steam, and choose one appropriate for your bathroom. Contact American Wallpaper to browse our selection of wallpaper.

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How to Paint Over Wallpaper

Are you thinking of redecorating walls previously covered with wallpaper? If you were not the one to put up the existing layer of wallpaper, chances are you may not be a huge fan of it, and you may want to get rid of it asap. By the looks of it, tearing down the wallpaper may seem like an easy thing to do. However, you may not be aware of the several layers of application that you have to deal with underneath. Stripping off one wallpaper layer is challenging enough, let alone the many other layers.

If you’re not planning on moving anytime soon, you could consider starting from scratch and removing the wallpapers. However, if you need a quick hack, you can get terrific results if you paint on TOP of your wallpaper.

Skeptical? Follow these five steps on how you can paint your already wallpapered walls.

1. Clean the Wallpapers

It would help if you prepared your walls before you can get on to painting. Get rid of any loose pieces of the wallpaper and when you have a smooth canvas to begin with, get on to cleaning. Clean the walls with chemicals like TSP (trisodium phosphate). TSP is quite strong and requires dilution with water. Follow the instructions mentioned at the back of the packaging, including safety precautions. Wear proper gear and ventilate/disinfect the room that requires painting. Use a sponge to apply the TSP, dry, and then wipe down with a damp cloth to wipe off excess chemicals.

2. Use Extra Adhesive

The last thing you would want to see is peeling layers of wallpaper after you’ve finished painting. Use a strong adhesive in places where the wallpaper has edges sticking out. Press down on all the seams firmly. You can also use an oil-based primer-sealer to lock in your paint and a better alternative to the adhesive. It leaves no doubts.

3. Wait to Dry

Allow walls to dry. Check the manufacturer’s instructions on how long you should wait for the walls to dry after cleaning, gluing/priming.

4. Apply Your Paint

It’s time to paint. Regardless of choosing primer beforehand, ideally, you should choose an oil-based paint when your walls are ready for their first coat. Use a roller for larger spaces and a paintbrush for the small corners and edges. For bold wallpapers underneath or for a solid color, you probably will need a couple of coats.

5. Dry and Move on to a Second Coat

After the first coat fully dries, it’s a good idea to sand the wall before moving on to the next layer as it adds to the final product. Lastly, apply the second coat, allow it to dry, and you’re all done, Viola!

Step back and admire your brand new, freshly painted wall! Contact American Wallpaper for all of your interior design needs.

 

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4 Interior Design Trends for the 2019 Holidays

The holidays are an exciting time every year for many reasons but getting the freedom to redecorate your home is one of the most exciting! Choosing the interior design pieces for your home can seem a little overwhelming. You want your décor to be on-trend while still fitting your personal style. If you’re in need of some inspiration, check out these 4 interior design trends of 2019!

Interior Design Trends for Winter & The Holiday Season

 

1. Black and Gold

 

Silver has been the go-to Christmas interior design trend for years, but this year it’s been replaced with gold. Black and gold accent pieces are festive all the way through the new year. These unexpected tones offer a great alternative to the more traditional holiday colors. Black and gold are being used in office holiday parties, as well as in the home. These colors combine to create a modern take on what festive décor looks like.

2. Plum Tones

 

Jewel tones have been popular all year long, but plum is stepping into the spotlight during the holidays. Look for plum-colored ornaments for your tree, a wreath with plum accents, and other pieces of jewel-toned interior design pieces to give your space a sophisticated look. Plum pairs well with metallic accent pieces that need to be toned down a bit to blend in with the rest of your décor.

 

3. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is commonly used for its health benefits, especially during cold and flu season, but the benefits of this plant don’t end there! Eucalyptus beautifully compliments fir, spruce, and other seasonal plants. Pair them together to create a beautiful centerpiece or showcase eucalyptus on its own for a simpler look. Either way, you’re sure to enjoy the calming aroma the plant gives off!

 

4. Plaid

Nothing says cozy and warm quite like plaid. You may think this traditional print only belongs on pajamas, but you’re wrong! Plaid is a great accent piece to warm up more glam and modern interior spaces. Plaid accent pillows, stockings, and even tree decorations are all on trend for interior design in 2019. That doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy your cozy plaid pajamas though!

 

Rather you choose to use one or all of these trends for your holiday interior design, it’s sure to impress your guests and transform your home into a winter wonderland! Step outside of your comfort zone and make 2019 the year that your holiday décor stands apart from the rest.

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4 Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas That Complement Your Interior Design

The holiday season is upon us and the first holiday where we gather with our friends and family around the dinner table is that of Thanksgiving. This holiday is a great holiday as we give thanks to everyone and everything that we are thankful for in our lives while spending time with our closest family members and friends. The best part of the holidays is getting your home in the holiday spirit with themed decorations that will bring that holiday spirit. If you have interior design in your home that you absolutely love and do not want to alter, then we have some tips for you. Below are four great Thanksgiving decorations that will complement your interior design.

4 Interior Design Complementing Thanksgiving Decorations

 

Warm Throw Pillows and Cozy Linens

Throw pillows are a great accent piece to add to your home as they are an easy way to liven up a space. In addition, throw pillows are great for adding different colors, patterns, and textures to a room’s design so that the overall design is not one dimensional. What is great about these items is that there are tons of different designs of throw pillows for Thanksgiving and any holiday you may have in mind.

To create a comfortable cozy feeling for the holiday, your best bet is to add soft and warm colors and fabrics. Linens are a great way to add texture and dimensions as you can drape throws over a couch, chair, or across a bed. After a big Thanksgiving meal what better thing to do is cozy up with some soft fabrics and take a load off!

Fireplace Usage

If you have a fireplace, the holidays are some of the perfect times to use it. Fireplaces create an instant warm and inviting atmosphere perfect for the holiday setting. They are also a great way to get all of your guests in one area to not only bask in the warmth but also to start family games after the meal.

Mantel Decor

With fireplaces in mind, when decorating for the holidays, you can’t forget about the mantel as it is “prime real estate” for decorations. With homes with fireplaces, the mantel is usually the focal point of the room so it is best to make sure that you have something for your guests to look at when they come over. With Thanksgiving, there are loads of items you could use to decorate including wreaths, pumpkins, gourds, candles, lanterns, flowers, and the list goes on. With Thanksgiving, you need to think warm fall colors so shades of orange, reds, browns, and warm yellows are your best bet for a color wheel.

Tablescapes

The most common type of Thanksgiving decor we could think of is the tablescapes you can add to your dinner table. Adding pumpkins, gourds, candles, foliage, flowers, etc. grouped together in the center of your dinner table is a perfect Thanksgiving feel. To add to your decor and design, match your tablescape with some fine dining dishes that coordinate with the colors.

 

If you are looking for more decorating options for Thanksgiving or any other holiday, be sure to contact American Wallpaper for more information!

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4 Fall Interior Design Trends

Fall interior design services call for a comfortable and warm style. Transitioning from the cool colors of summer to the warm colors of fall can be easy by adding small touches to your home’s decor. This season, incorporating modern but classic touches that can spice up your interior is the way to go. Below are four heavily used fall interior design trends for this year to include in your home.

4 Common Fall Interior Design Trends

Velvet

Velvet can provide both sophisticated style, and comfort. Adding velvet couches or chairs to your living room or bedroom can add a whole new fall look.
Velvet Accessories

A timeless fabric, velvet can enhance your interior design in any room of your home this fall season. Even adding just small touches of this luxurious fabric can make your space cozier. Pillows, throw blankets, and accessories for your home can bring in the fall vibes and make you feel very in-season and trendy.

Plaid

Plaid is associated with outdated clothing or style for some people, but it can be quite trendy during the fall. Plaid rugs, pillows, blankets, and curtains can add some flare to your interior decor. Plaid curtains can bring in the style without overwhelming your space. Usually, when bringing in plaid to your interior design, you only want to add it subtly instead of making it the theme of your space.
Tonal Plaid

Tonal plaid is all the rage, where there are only two colors in the fabric. Picking plaids with fall colors such as neutrals, oranges, reds, and greens can bring out the essence of fall in your fabrics. Tonal plaid is great for a fall fabric without making it overwhelming.

Graphic and Mural-Style Wallpaper

Seasonal temporary wallpaper is great to add some fall flair to your interior decor. Whatever scene or design you desire can be on your walls to make your home festive.
Wallpaper Color Schemes

Color schemes, design, or style of the wallpaper can make it festive for fall. Greens, oranges, reds, and purples can get your walls cozy for fall.

Statement Color

Adding a pop of color to a more neutral-toned room can spice it up and bring out the colors of the season. Switching up decor every few months in a small space can be difficult, so adding color where you can make the space new and refreshing for every time of year.
Accessories

Adding small seasonal accessories such as framed art, ceramics, figurines, and candles can add subtle fall flair to your home. Some people don’t like to go all-out when it comes to switching up their interior style for each season, so accessories are the way to go if that’s your case.
Incorporating these trends into your home this fall season will make your living space more inviting and comforting for the colder weather. Switching up your decor throughout the year can leave your home looking and feeling inviting and refreshed. If you are ready to freshen up your home with these great interior design trends, be sure to contact American Wallpaper & Design to assist you!

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6 Tips For Decorating A Tiny Home

When it comes to decorating our homes and coming up with the perfect interior design, the size of the space you will be working in is something to consider. Depending on whether or not you have a lot of space determines the amount of decor you can get so that nothing looks crowded. You also don’t want to have a situation where you didn’t get enough decor and your space looks too spacious. To make sure that the design you come up with perfectly fits within the confines of your living space and looks amazing, we have mapped out six different tips to use when decorating for a small home.

6 Decorating Tips For A Tiny Home

Think Multipurpose

With limited space, you will need to think smart with the furniture and furnishing you plan on buying with your tiny home. The best route to take is to have every item in your smaller home serve dual functions because you will have multipurpose items that also assist with the overall decor. A great example of a dual-purpose item is buying an adorable small trunk to place on a bookcase that can hold candles, office supplies, medicine, etc. You should also look into benches, beds, or tables that double as a storage container or cabinet.

Be Selective

While there are tons of different kinds of decorations out there, multipurpose or not, you will want to make sure that you are selective when it comes to decorating a small space. Make sure each piece

you choose has the impact you want without adding clutter to your home. The same goes with items you already have; you have to be selective. Keeping items out of guilt is the first step to clutter so make sure you go through all your old items and truly let go of items you no longer need.

Using Versatile Pieces

Just like how you will want to have multipurpose items to add to your decor, finding versatile pieces are perfect to assist with your minimalism living in your tiny home. Start off by finding wall art or tapestries that have a different design on both sides. That way if you feel like changing things up, you don’t have to buy anything new. Some kitchen items you can use that are versatile is switching out tile art in a frame to freshen the look or to change with the seasons. Look into rubber mats with carpet centers that can be swapped out to fully embrace a season change without getting a new mat.

Go Big

The intriguing thing about decorating smaller spaces is the illusion of space. You would think that in a smaller space having several small items, to fix the room size, would be nice. However, you are better off having one large item accompanied by smaller items creates a better look rather than several smaller items grouped together. The look is a much cleaner and chic look and the large item can be a multipurpose item.

Embrace The Light 

The downside to having a smaller living space is that you will not be exposed natural light as you will have fewer windows. For the windows that you do have, make sure that they are not being blocked by furniture or bulky window treatments so the natural light can flow into your home. In addition, you can also counter the dark with light colors in your interior design to brighten your space. Adding soft textures, and sand to white wallpaper is a great way to start. You should also help brighten up your room by adding a good amount of lighting options to your room using LED bulbs as they shine brighter while using lower amounts of energy.

 

Wall Space

The best thing you can do with tiny home decorating and overall interior designing is optimally using your wall space. With less space to work with, you will be looking for ways to hold all of your belongings together while also making your space your own and proper wall space decorating is your best bet. Just like we have been mentioning with every tip, take advantage of these ideas but doing so in a way as to not over clutter your home. Invest in hooks for your shopping bags, umbrellas, and coats, add shelving that holds baskets for items such as gloves and hats and use wall mounts to hang plants to add character in your room. You can use the wall space in your kitchen as well and save space in the cabinets by hanging your pots and pans.

 

There are endless ways you can add your own flair to the decor of your home no matter how big or small of a space you have. If you are interested in our wallpaper, window design, or interior design services, be sure to call us today for more information!

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4 Benefits of Soft Window Treatments

Have you been thinking about soft window treatments for your home? If you are, you’ll be glad to know that they provide unique benefits for your home. They are available in a range of styles and fabrics that can match your current decor. Soft window treatments refer to anything made of soft materials, including drapes, swags, valances, sheers, curtains, roman shades of any style. Soft window treatments have long been an interior design element and can elevate the look of your home’s interior. Let’s look at four benefits that these window treatments provide.

 

4 Benefits To Installing Soft Window Treatments

Customize Your Style

Having a little bit of your personal style or flavor in your home’s decor is always a plus. It adds a personal touch that can make things interesting. Soft window treatments come in a huge variety of fabric selection. Curtains and drapery can be found in any number of fabrics, making it possible to choose a window treatment that can allow you to customize your style and add some flare into your space. There are different colors, patterns, and textures to work with, which makes the possibilities plentiful. You can create interesting finishes and select interesting styles that mimic your unique self, such as being eclectic. You can make your design your own.

 

Minimize Outside Noise

You may not have thought about it, but soft window treatments could reduce outside disturbances from coming into your home. If you live next to a busy street, you may have trouble sleeping because of the noise from vehicles. Noises can also interfere with concentration, especially if you have a home office. Installing thicker, heavier curtains or drapes at your window can reduce noise levels. Today, some manufacturers make soundproof curtains from material such as velvet, satin, and polyester. These curtains work by absorbing echoes. You can rest better and improve concentration with noise blocking curtains.

 

Versatility

Window design can give a home a particular look and feel. There are many different styles of windows and there are soft window treatment options that are appropriate for each one. Soft window treatments are versatile and can match even the most unique window design. Whatever look you are going for, be it contemporary or rustic country, there is a soft window treatment out there.

 

Room Temperature Control

In many homes, there is heating and cooling loss through inadequate windows. This can be costly when the energy bills come around. This problem can be addressed by placing window treatments like thick drapes and curtains at the windows to block air from escaping and also block the sun’s rays from coming inside. This can help to minimize heating and cooling costs, which will allow you to keep more money in your pocket.

 

Soft window treatment can afford you comfort, functionality, and style. Visit your local window treatment service provider today and explore your options. After making a selection, if you need interior design services to put it all together and make your space beautiful, the team at American Wallpaper can help so be sure to give us a call!

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What is the Difference Between Home Staging & Interior Design?

Often times when the discussion of home design comes up, there tends to be a misconception between home staging and interior design. While home staging is a type of home design, there is a difference between that and performing interior design. Home staging means to prepare a home for sale while interior design refers to the act of personalizing the design of a space.

What is Home Staging?

Home staging has a lot to do with the real estate industry as stagers try to assist sellers and agents on selling a home. The goal of a home stager is to emphasize the positive features of a house in order to make it a quick and profitable home selling experience. One way they will do this will be by bringing in more natural light to brighten up a room or arranging the furniture in a more inviting way. A lot of the times, home stagers will go with a neutral color palette for a home they are trying to sell so buyers can visualize their own ideas in their head when looking.

How a Home Stager Works with Wallpaper?

As mentioned before, to help potential buyers visualize their ideas, home stagers will probably go for a neutral color palette. What this means is that having bright or uniquely patterned wallpaper is probably something they won’t want to work with. They may opt to put a fresh coat of paint of the neutral color they have in mind.

What is Interior Design?

While a home stager makes a home presentable, an interior designer is responsible for making sure the owner’s personal style and aesthetic are applied within the functionality of everyday life. What this means is to basically add an owner’s personal touch and style to the decor of a room. They can customize furniture, tile, window treatments, and flooring to reflect the homeowner’s personal style.

How Does an Interior Designer Work With Wallpaper?

While a home stager will opt for paint over wallpaper, an interior designer will do the opposite. Designers encourage unique patterns and bold colors, so they will suggest a personalization with fun patterned wallpaper which incorporates well into an overall scheme.

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5 Reasons To Get Motorized Shades For Your Home

You know what they say: creative minds creative blinds. It may not be the most universal quote, but by the end of this article, you will have an entirely different outlook on your blinds. Everyday living is
becoming simplified with modern technology, and this includes the use of motorized window shades.
There is an extraordinary amount of benefits to implementing these window treatments; whether it be
safety concerns for children, mobility advantages, or even just interior design revises. Take a look at
these fives convincing reasons to get motorized shades for your home:

Ease of Use

Wouldn’t it be nice not to have to stand up on our tippy-toes through-out the day to adjust the
blinds? Unfortunately, a lot of us just don’t have the height to lean up to that hard to reach
kitchen window. Motorized window treatments allow us the convenience of remote use.

Save on Energy

One very neat benefit of investing in motorized shades is that they can help save on your
energy bill. The perk is they tend to keep your house warmer in the winter and cooler in the
summer by insulating the windows more efficiently.

Rescue Your Couch from Sunspots

You’re just about to leave for a weekend trip with the family; you’ve turned off the lights,
grabbed the bags, and locked up. As your weekend rolls on you realize that you’ve left your
blinds open- exposing your furniture to the sun. Wouldn’t it be a lifesaver to be able to close
them remotely? With motorized shades, you will be able to control your home’s shades from anywhere!
It’s a sad day when you realize your furniture has been discolored by the sun-which cannot
easily be fixed without recovering upholstery or re-staining wood. Selecting motorized shades
can better motivate you to keep the sun off your furniture!

Safety First

Not only are these motorized window covers safer for your children by eliminating dangerous
cords, but they are also a good way to keep intruders away. When potential intruders see that
someone is home, they are much less likely to attempt a break-in. With this said, these shades
can be controlled remotely, even when you are not at home.

Design and Taste

Whether you are deciding on hard window treatments or soft window treatments, you can bet that
motor shades will furnish your space with modern charm and class. If you want to focus on modern and simple interior design, this is the way to go.

These neat and tidy window design options are completely customizable in shape, size, and color. You have the choice to implement various choices of textures and material.