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Prevent Fading With Window Treatments

If you have furniture, artwork, carpeting or flooring near a window you might see that their colors starting to fade. Fading could alter how a room looks as well as throwing off the entire interior design that was set up for that room. Just like with protecting your skin from the sun’s UV rays, your interior decor needs to be protected as well. To do this, try adding window treatments to your room to help prevent any fading of your belongings. Here are three window treatment options you can add to your room to protect our home against fading.

Sun Blocking Window Shades

Window shades are a great way to block the sun from getting into your home. In addition from blocking the light coming from the sun, shades are a great way to prevent heat from entering your room. What makes window shades so great is that they can be used for their functionality while still adding style to your interior design. As different shades come in different sizes, colors or patterns to add more character to your room while blocking the sun. According to the United States Department of Energy, medium colored fabric shades backed with white plastic lining can reduce solar heat by up to 33 percent.

If you would rather have shade without any plastic lining, there are window treatment options where there are shades with a lighter color on one side and a darker color on the reverse. These types of shades can be used year round as well as can serve a dual function. As light color will reflect light and heat in the summer, while in the winter the darker color will absorb heat.

Time Honored Window Blinds

Blinds are a great way to reduce solar heat as well as giving control over how much light and heat can be let in to a room. If you have reflective blinds, white in color, for your windows, you can reduce heat gain by 45 percent. With our partnership with Hunter Douglas, our customers can get the newest blinds on the market. With automated shades and blinds, you can protect your room from fading with the click of a button or put your shades on a schedule to let light and heat in at certain times of the day.

Decorative Curtains or Draperies

Drapes and curtains are a great accessory to add to your window treatment as they come in a wide variety of styles, fabrics, colors and designs. Not only will they help prevent fading of other pieces in your home, you can customize them to match the interior design of the room you will be placing them in. In order to create a tight seal, be sure to hang the drapes right up to the ceiling or from a cornice box and have them as close to the glass as possible. If you really want to have effective drapes for your window treatment then think about going with draperies that are lined. Linings not only help keep the heat during the winter and cool in the summer, but they also improve the how draperies hang.

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Different Types of Wallpaper

Wallpaper is a magnificent interior design piece you can add to make any room pop. What is great about wallpaper is that there are tons of different styles, patterns and textures. Wallpaper is one of the most popular interior design tools to add character to any room in a home. Below are nine different types of wallpaper and the benefits they bring to your interior design plan.

  1. Lining Paper – Lining paper is more so used as preparation for the final wallpaper to be applied. They come in handy when covering minor imperfections on a surface before applying paint or desired wallpaper.
  2. Traditional Wallpaper – Whether it is single or double layered, traditional wallpaper is the most popular and widely used types of wallpaper in the market. Mostly used for bedrooms and dining rooms, this type of wallpaper is ecological as it lets walls breathe, affordable, accessible and can be found in most design stores.
  3. Vinyl Wallpaper – This type of wallpaper is popular among interior designers because of the many benefits that come with this wallpaper. The wallpaper comes with a backing layer, the actual paper or fiber and then a plastic upper coating. With these layers, vinyl wallpaper are washable, light-resistant, cheap and durable. This makes them the perfect choice for frequently used rooms such as kitchens, bathroom and dining rooms.
  4. Embossed Wallpaper – These types of wallpaper add texture and contrast to walls. The range of textures go from soft imprints to dramatic geometric shapes and patterns. In addition the wide range of textures and colors these types of wallpaper can have, they serve a functional purpose as well. Embossed wallpaper can hide wall defects such as scratches, cracks and rough patches. With these types of wallpaper however, if you decide to get rid of them it is easier to just paint over them as removing them could cause damage to your plaster.
  5. Liquid Wallpaper – This wall paper is great to use in rooms with uneven walls, defects or cracks as it is an ecological type of wallpaper. The wallpaper must be in liquid form to apply it using a special pallet which is why you can use it for uneven walls. This wallpaper is very adaptable.What makes this an exciting option is that after apply to a wall, you can draw patterns or images on the wall. If you ever want to remove this wallpaper, you just need to rinse off with water.
  6. Non-Woven Wallpaper – This type of wallpaper has been the latest trend in the interior design and wallpaper world as of recent. Made from different natural and synthetic fibers, they are easily washable and breathable. They are among the most user friendly wallpapers on the market as installation is easy and they are tear-resistant. With so many good qualities, expect to pay a good amount of money for non-woven wallpaper.
  7. Fiberglass Wallpaper – Fiberglass wallpaper are great functional wallpaper types because they are extremely strong and provide great reinforcement to walls and ceilings. These are also fire resistant and prevent flames from spreading which is perfect for fire safety in your home. In addition, fiberglass wallpaper is lightweight, strong and prevents mold.
  8. Bamboo Wallpaper – This type of wallpaper is a environmentally friendly home product that does not change color for a long period of time. These wallpapers are best used in living rooms as they cannot be cleaning easily so avoid kitchens or rooms where food may come into contact. This wallpaper is great for preventing moss and killing germs in the room because of its antiseptic characteristics.
  9. Textile Wallpaper – Out of all the types of wallpaper, textile wallpaper comes as an elite product. They are breathable, flame resistant, stain resistant, and provide amazing insulation. The only down side is that installation may be hard to do and they do not come cheap

If you have more questions on wallpaper, types we have in-stock and other interior design questions, contact us today!

 

6 Interior Design Tricks

Transforming your room into a beautiful masterpiece is both exciting and rewarding. It gives you a piece of mind of a place where you can relax and be proud of. Plus, it brings the whole house together and getting feedback from visitors is always a positive. This is why we here at American Wallpaper pride ourselves with our interior design services to our customers. We want to make sure all of your needs are met and that you are 100 percent happy with our services. Here are interior design tricks to keep in mind while you are rearranging your room.

  1. Hang Artwork At The Right Height – A lot of the time, we see artwork that is hung too high from the furniture that leaves a blank space. When there is space, visitors tend to focus on the that space when artwork is hung at improper heights. To avoid this from happening, make sure the bottom of your artwork is three to eight inches from the furniture. If your artwork is larger then the bottom can be lower than that range and for smaller pieces you can hang the artwork slightly higher.
  2. Rearrange Bookshelves – Most people may not think of it, but book shelves are a nice way to add texture to the interior design in your room. To make your bookshelf pop, organize your shelf so that 60 percent of the books are stacked vertically and 40 percent are stacked horizontally on the shelves. By doing this you are creating balance as well as spontaneity while showing visitors the back of the book shelf. This works well with bookshelves with fabrics on the back.
  3. Mirror Placement – If you didn’t know already, you can create more space with the proper mirror placement in your room. Our experts recommend hanging a mirror 57 inches high and to create the illusion of more space, hang your mirror opposite of a window to bounce the natural light.
  4. Rug Placement – If you want to add a rug, make sure you pick one that is the right size for your room. The size of the rug dictates how you arrange your furniture around the rug. For example; with a eight-by-ten rug your furniture should have the front end on the rug while the back part of the furniture is off the rug. For small rugs have the furniture completely off the rug but still have the front legs close to the rug.
  5. Dining Tables – A necessity yes, but in order to have your room flow as well as preserve space in your room and how much room you have to each, measure the table before dining. This way you know how much room you have to work with as well as knowing how many dishes you can have on the table while eating.
  6. Coffee Tables – Much like dining tables, a coffee table should be measured before buying. Couches are typically 20 inches high for optimal seating and standing. Make sure the coffee table in question is between 15-20 inches. After buying make sure to have the table placed 18 inches from the couch. This allows for lounging and comfortable walking in between the furniture.

If you have more interior design questions please contact us today or fill out our form for a free quote!

Wallpaper Tips & Tricks For Beginners Part 3

Finishing up with our “Wallpaper Tips & Tricks For Beginners” series, here is the final installment of tips for interior design beginners. If you are looking to remodel your living room or apply new wallpaper to your home in Fall River, MA & Rhode Island, here are great tips to keep in mind!

Cut the Power to Outlets and Switches

Turn the power off in the room before you work around the box and the switches. After, paper over as though they were not there. Then, you would make a diagonal cut from the opposite corners. Finally, trim away the leftover pieces and replace the cover plate.

Look for Imperfections Early

Check over the hung strips multiple times for bubbles and seam issues. It is important to smooth out bubbles as early as possible. The seams should be adjusted so they align before the glue has set in.

Get rid of Extra Adhesive

Use a sponge to clean extra adhesive off the baseboard, wallpaper, and ceiling. Be sure to wash the sponge often in order to remove as much of the glue as possible before you use it again.

Sharpen Up Your Tool

Be sure the utility knife is sharpened before you trim. A dull knife can cause the wallpaper to tear which may lead to damaging the wallpaper and uneven lines.

Carefully Trim the Paper

Keep the putty knife between the wallpaper and the blade when trimming. Doing this will not only protect the paper while you cut, but will ensure for a straight cut. Additionally, do not lift the blade until you are done with cutting.

Another way to trim wallpaper is using the back of a scissor blade. This marks the angles on the wall covering. After that, pull the paper away from the wall. Then, trim along the line marked with scissors. This suggestion is here if you are able to cut in a straight line.

Use Push Pins

Using push pins keeps long strips of the border or paper in place. Put the pin in a lighter area of the paper in order to lessen the chance of it showing. When you remove it, use the seam roller on the paper to smooth out the puncture.

Special Adhesive for Borders

You need a special paste if you want to hang a border on the top of your wallpaper. Make sure to let the wallpaper dry for about 48 hours before you hang the wallpaper border.

Paper Your Faceplates to Match

The faceplates are easy to paper. Find paper scrap that closely matches an area of the wall next to the faceplate. When you find a match, trim the paper one inch wider than the plate. Sanding or priming the faceplate before putting the wallpaper up is recommended, but is not necessary in all situations. Put the paper over the faceplate and be sure that it’s aligned. Cut the paper one-half inch wider than the plate. Dampen the paper and lay it over the plate. Then, use your knife to cut a small X or line where the holes are located. Be sure the paper is aligned before you trim the extra paper. Get rid of the corners of the paper. Then, fold the edges around the sides. Finally, trim the openings using a pin or nail to make a hole where the screw will go. Replace the plate.

If you would like to learn more about different wallpaper installation techniques, need a free estimate or would like to ask our in-house designer, please contact us today!

Wallpaper Tips & Tricks For Beginners Part 2

Continuing our tips series, below are five more wallpaper tips. These tips are perfect for beginners putting up wallpaper, as well as acting as a refresher for experience interior designers.

Keep Things Straight

House walls are not usually perfect right angles, which can be a nightmare for hanging up wallpaper. To make sure that you are hanging your newly bought wallpaper straight, have a level on hand, where you can measure your alignment. There is a device out on the market that is good for measuring this called a plum bomb. Even when using this device, it is always good to have a carpenters level on hand to double check. This will prevent you from making any type of mistake from a miscalculation.

Match Patterns

When you are trying to match patterns it is always good to cut extra wallpaper so you can match the patterns. You want to cut the first wallpaper strip at least four inches longer than the height of the wall. Any strip after that should be two inches longer on top and bottom to make sure they match with the first strip.

Floor Preparation

When you are cutting strips of wallpaper, make sure you lay the cut strips on the floor next to each other. This is a much easier alternative then trying to match your strips on the the wall. After the first cut is made and you are sure it is the correct size, with the extra inches, lay it on the floor. From then you can measure and cut the rest of the pieces, making sure there is extra inches left so you can match the patterns.

Avoid Folding In Fourths

When you are letting the wallpaper “relax”  after the adhesive is activated by water, referred to as booking, avoid folding the paper into fourths. It is easier to hang wallpaper if there is a smaller portion at the top. Then you can unfold the smaller part and place the wallpaper before unfolding the larger portion.

Avoid Drying

To make sure that the wallpaper you are booking doesn’t dry out, place it in a plastic bag. Keeping them in a bag will ensure that they do not dry out and works especially well when you are booking several strips at the same time.

 

 

Wallpaper Trends of 2016

Although 2016 is already half way done, time flies, there is still time to hop on to the trends for wallpaper that have taken the year by storm. More people are customizing their interior design of their homes to make it something of their own. Customized walls show character and personality while giving a room life. Take a look at some of the trends that are popular in 2016.

  • Floral – At the end of 2015, floral pattern wallpaper was making a jump. As expected, this carried over into 2016 as a popular option for homeowners. Floral patterns are a good way to show elegance and beauty to a room and fit almost any type of room from classic to contemporary. Popular styles of floral wallpaper has ranged from large scale prints, still-lifes and old school vintage inspired botanical.

floral wallpaper

  • Mimic – A trend that has been slowly been gaining popularity over recent years, and more so in 2016. This wallpaper creates the illusion of natural materials, adding character without having to spend the money on the real material. Some natural materials that are commonly mimicked are planked walls, concrete blocks, wood paneling, bamboo, etc.

fake wood wallpaper

  • Scenery – With the advances of technology and the ability to put photographs on canvases, there is now the ability to do the same with wallpaper. Creating amazing wallpaper with city scenery, vacation destinations and more. This trend has become increasingly popular as more people want to really put their personality into a room.

city wallpaper

  • Natural/Cozy – Natural living is the major trend of 2016 as people are looking for their homes to be a place of relaxation. With this in mind, patterns that show natural remedies such as plants and trees as well as patterns that are relaxing to the eye have been a main theme in 2016.

vine wall paper

Contact today for all your wallpaper and window treatment needs!

Interior Design Tip: Redesigning A Room

living roomRedesigning a room can be a very fun and exciting process. New furniture, new paint, new wallpaper, new feeling, it is all great but can get overwhelming. There are many little things that you may not think of that could throw off the entire look of a room. Luckily, we have great tips if you plan on changing your living room, as well as having a great team of interior designers ready to transform your room.

Color

When redecorating, you need to keep in mind of how the room is going to look when finished and what furniture is going to be in there. Make sure you get the furniture you want before in the room will match the color of the walls of the newly redecorated room. If you are not going to purchase new furniture and just use the furniture that is already there, then make sure the color will pair well with the biggest piece of furniture. Not only do new colors bring a new look to a room, they can also help make a smaller room look larger. Black is a great color to expand a smaller room with windows, but we know black is such a hit or miss color. If this is the case for you, try using a navy blue or maroon color for your small room. Make sure that you have color schemes that will accent the room and the main color, to add some added depth to your room.

Furniture

In the case of making a smaller room feel bigger and vice versa, the type of furniture in the room can help. If you have small furniture in a small room then it might have a backfire effect and may look like a living room is a children’s room. So do not be afraid to pair smaller rooms with large furniture, it make seem like the space is being taken up, but the statement that is made will be huge (no pun intended). Having a king size bed and large dressers will cause a statement and make people notice even though the room may be small.

Accents

When redecorating a room, the main goal is to make it different than what it was prior. One way to do this is by adding small accents to a room to make it pop, that gives the room its own feel to it. Adding a natural feel to a room, try adding plants. Large plants such as bamboo plants and areca palms are great for larger rooms. These plants are large in height and will add a nice tough to a big room such as a living room. Smaller plants such as begonia bushes, bonsai trees, and ficus plants are great for small rooms. These plants can go on tables and add value to a room, as well as being low maintenance.

If you have any interior design questions, please feel free to contact us today!

The Many Styles of Roman Shades

twin blue roman shadesIf you have your heart set on a roman shade, there are few things that you should consider before having it made. I have worked with clients who show me a photo of a style they like. Sometimes it makes sense and sometimes it does not.

Knowing how you intend to use the shade is really important. Generally speaking, shades that are wider than 48” are not easy to use. If you are using a simple cord pull, a wide shade will not always go up evenly. And even with the pulley systems that are intended for large shades, the mechanisms are clunky and a pain to use. Pulling up shades with the pulley systems that are made just for this takes a lot of little pulling which is not fun.

Functional fabric shades are better for smaller windows. You can have the same effect of a roman shade on a large window if you make it into a valance that is set and tied off at a particular height. If you still need privacy, consider a nice under shade or blind.

A flat roman is a great look, but if you want to raise it everyday, just be aware that you most likely will have to adjust the fabric each time to get the folds to look good.

A semi-hobbled roman shade is a good option if you want to easily raise and lower it on a regular basis. If you are looking for room darkening, the semi-hobbled will let light in on the sides.

 European or soft drapery shades can be beautiful and elegant. They will also requite some adjusting if you intend to raise and lower them. They look great with side panels or functional drapes in conjunction to these shades.

 Austrian shades create a very formal look. They are best in a sheer fabric that is left down to cover the window all of the time.

Always remember that when you see a photo of a shade, the installer or designer has just spent a lot of time arranging and dressing the window for the photo!

If you have any questions about Roman Shades or interior design, please contact us today and we will help you as soon as possible!

What Comes First? Fabric or Style?

Is it best to select the fabric or the window style for the curtains or drapes first?

The answer is that they go hand in hand. But even before that, first, it is best to select a fabric and a style before you decide on a paint color for the walls. The paint can always be tinted to the fabric.

Sometimes you might find a fabric that you love and want a particular style for the soft treatment. Only an expert, or someone who understands fabrics, will know if the two parts will work well together. I have seen all too often that people might like a fabric which is somewhat heavy and stiff (either upholstery weight or linen-like) and they show me a photo of a drapery, soft treatment. That is not a good mixture and will not achieve the look that you are going for.

You might have to either change the fabric or alter the style of the treatment. It is best to figure this all out before you purchase the fabric and have it all fabricated. Take your time and ask the expert.

If you have more questions about interior design, please feel free to contact us today!

Expensive Fabrics/Simple Designs

clothSometimes you fall in love with a fabric which just seems a little more expensive than you wanted to spend. Don’t worry, you still might be able to use that fabulous fabric.

Often times, the nicer fabrics work well with simple designs that do not require so much fabric or high labor costs. If the design of the fabric is what makes it appealing to you, it might be best to use it in a flat, ungathered design. Such as an upholstered cornice, a flat-tailored valance, a roman shade or inside panels to show off the pattern. Sometimes beautiful fabrics look best with simple, less expensive rods. One focal point (the fabric or the hardware) might be just the right touch without overdoing it!

Our designer has a wide range of knowledge with interior design and fabrics. Contact us today to get in touch with her to help you out with your next project!