Category Archive: Wallpaper

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Wallpaper Tips and Tricks

Many homeowners are aware that wallpaper is making a comeback in the interior design world. That doesn’t mean people know how or where to use it properly. Wallpaper can be intimidating if you aren’t sure how to incorporate it into your home. If used correctly, wallpaper can give your home a fresh feel that allows your personal style to shine through. Let’s discuss a few tips and ways you can include wallpaper throughout your home to brighten your environment. 

Installation Tips 

The thought of self-installation of wallpaper can be enough to scare people away before they even try. There are a few golden rules to hanging wallpaper that you need to follow in order to be successful. If you are using a pattern, make sure the patterns are relatively matches between each strip. Apply a thin layer of the wallpaper paste, making sure you get the edges and corners. Don’t forget to use a paper smoother to flatten out the sheet to eliminate all bubbles. If you want a more seamless look, you can even cover electrical plug covers with the same wallpaper! 

The Guide to Patterns 

Using patterns in your home can create a messy and cluttered look if not done tastefully. Try to stick to one or two patterns in a room, along with solid colors that compliment the pattern. Many interior designers are utilizing fun wallpaper patterns for creating an accent wall. ‘This draws the eye to the wall and gives the room an exciting element. 

Choosing the type of pattern can be overwhelming. This is where your personal style can really shine through. One of the most popular designs used recently is a nature-inspired pattern. The lack of time spent outside of the home this past year has created the need to bring nature inside. Patterns containing foliage, flowers, and textures are the new hot thing!

Choose Your Style

When designing your home, it is important to choose an overall theme to follow throughout. If you are planning on decorating a wall with wallpaper, it should also follow this theme. Common styles of wallpaper include rustic, modern, casual, or glam. This accent wall will bring the theme together and create a seamless look!

American Wallpaper 

American Wallpaper offers a huge variety of wallpaper styles and patterns that will make your home a work of art. Come into our store in Fall River or contact us at 508-672-3751 for more information!

 

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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!

 

 

bathroom with wallpaper on walls

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.

 

living room with black ceiling wallpaper

5 Ceiling Wallpaper Ideas

Ceiling wallpaper can add more depth and style to a room. Not many people think of using their ceilings as a way to decorate their homes, but ceiling wallpaper is a great way to do so.

Common Types of Ceiling Wallpaper

There are certain types of ceiling wallpapers to choose from depending on your needs.

Pre-Pasted Wallpaper

Pre-pasted wallpaper has adhesive already on it, so it makes for easy application. You just need to use a sponge to moisten the glue so it sticks.

Paste-The-Wall Wallpaper

For this wallpaper, you place the glue on the wall first before sticking it on. This can make it easier to slide the wallpaper exactly where you want it. This method could be used when you have an intricate pattern on your paper.

Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper (Reusable)

Peel-and-stick wallpaper is great if you want something super temporary, or want to be able to move it around. If you want to test out whether or not you like the look of wallpaper on your ceiling, this could be the best way to figure it out.

 

5 Ceiling Wallpaper Styles

Picking a wallpaper style that fits your space makes the room come together. You want to make sure that you choose one that enhances the room and the room’s interior design, and not making it seem closed in and small.

Floral Design Ceiling Wallpaper

Floral design wallpaper on your ceiling can be very eye-catching. This would be a great style if your space is full of neutral colors, and you’re looking for a way to add some flare. Floral designs are very versatile and can come in many colors, making it easy to find one that will fit your desires.

Fake Rustic Wood

Wooden ceilings can add a rustic look to your home. When you already have a regular ceiling, it
can be hard to transition, and that’s why wallpaper can be your best option. Wooden beams can create a sense of depth and really make a room appear to be taller than it actually is. This is great for smaller rooms in your home that you want to enhance.

Moroccan Print

Intricate Moroccan print can add some culture to your home. Placing it in an entryway ceiling or kitchen can put some color in places you wouldn’t expect. This is a good wallpaper for an area of your home that should be the center of attention. Moroccan art print can range from blue and gold, to green and red.

Combining Wallpapers

If you are looking to add a dramatic look to your home, think about adding two types of ceiling wallpaper to one room. This can drastically change the look of your space and make it eye-catching for everyone who walks in. Using two different wallpapers can make a room stand out and incorporate the colors of your room into the ceiling.

Wallpaper Decals

If you don’t want to commit to having a full sheet of wallpaper on your ceiling, you could use decals. This can let you add a little bit to your ceiling instead of covering the entire thing. Polka dots, stripes, and other small designs are great for kids’ rooms and living rooms. Decals are also good for temporary use. If you need something seasonal, wallpaper decals are the way to go.

If you are looking for new wallpaper ideas for your ceiling or any wall in your home, be sure to contact American Wallpaper as we carry the highest quality brands of any wallpaper design.

nursery wallpaper of cute deer, foxes and bears

Popular Wallpaper Designs For Nurseries & Kids Rooms

Expecting a newborn is always an exciting and wonderful moment in a couple’s lives. You are bringing in a new life to this world that you will share memories and adventures with for years to come. An exciting aspect of having a child is setting up their nursery and room for when they are toddlers. When it comes to these types of rooms, bright, neutral, or soft colors come to mind to provide a welcoming atmosphere for the child. In addition to these colors, having wallpaper with unique patterns and designs helps bring that delightful atmosphere to fruition. Below are a few examples of wallpaper that are perfect for a nursery.

Wildlife Wallpaper

When it comes to decorating a child’s room you can never go wrong with animals and wildlife. Look for designs of cute furry animals and birds such as foxes, doves, sparrows flying in patterns, deer, bunnies, etc. Lulu and Georgia is a great example of a company that specializes in wallpaper designs perfect for nurseries or playrooms. What makes these types of patterns so welcoming is that you can find small animals that represent the youth and fragileness of your young one. Then as your children grow older the wallpaper will still suit them as they are young and could shape their interests.

Floral & Tropical Wallpaper

Another go-to wallpaper type for kids rooms and nurseries is that of floral patterns or tropical wallpapers. Like with animal design, floral and tropical patterns present a soft, warm and inviting aroma to the room that is great for making a room feel like “home” to the child. You can find bunches of different plant types to be the focus of your pattern such as roses, tulips, willow trees, almost any flower! If you would rather bring a “scene” to your child’s room then you can have tropical wallpaper. This way you have a variety of flowers, trees, maybe have animals, that when together they make a whole scene on the wall. Not only will it be different from the rest of the home’s interior design, but it will show character in your home and present a “hot spot” for guests to check out. ‘

If you are interested in wallpaper for a nursery or children’s room then contact American Wallpaper today!

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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 Spring Interior Design Ideas

It’s that time of year again when flowers bloom, spring cleaning happens, and some folks can’t resist doing some redecorating. With a change in the weather, it’s only appropriate to change the scenery to go with the spring season. There are plenty of spring decorating ideas around that can freshen up the appearance of a space. Here are five spring interior design ideas that can add vibrancy and beauty to your home.

 

  1. Bring a Touch of Nature In

Interior design isn’t complete with nature-inspired elements from prints to live plants. Much beauty is found in the natural world, and a touch of nature into your home design can create a natural, calm and relaxing atmosphere. Add leafy green houseplants that are easy to maintain to your space. Use bold, green leaf-patterned wallpaper to design an accent wall or introduce an indoor fountain made out of natural materials that can engage the senses and add a touch of peace and tranquility to your space.

 

  1. Fabulous Florals

It doesn’t quite feel like spring without the sights of flowers. Florally patterned accessories can jazz up a neutral room and give a space a fresh feel. Create the feel of spring with garden rugs that feature a garden trellis design, use hanging planters, geometric shape wall baskets to add a clever element to your spring home design and make flowers the main attraction in a space. Floral accessories can be eclectic, funky or elegant in design or arrangement.

 

  1. Pastel Lavender

If you want home interior design that can make a statement and create excitement and energy this spring, go for pastel lavender. While too much lavender can be loud and overpowering, this sophisticated neutral that can be exquisitely paired with other pastels and bright accent colors, like gold.

 

  1. White on White Pairing

To express the brightness and freshness of spring, using white, a versatile neutral as a decor element is a great option. An interior designer would tell you that white on white is a simple way of maximizing the natural light in a space. Reflecting light, white give a room a brighter, lighter and airy feel. Think of playing with patterns when doing white on white, and how best to use rustic white, chippy white and vintage white.

 

  1. Try Mint Green

Spring mint has made a comeback and is still the “it” color. Adding mint green in unexpected spaces like bathroom sinks and cabinets is a great way to transition from the cold season to one of growth and renewal. Mint green is crisp and soothing and is great for modern designs when used with decorative accessories, and when paired with marble accents and white.

 

These amazing springtime ideas can have your home looking like paradise. Don’t be afraid to be bold with your design choices and try new ideas. Contact American Wallpaper for more information on spring home design!

Top Wallpaper Trends for Spring 2019

There is the perfect wallpaper for every season. It’s time to add some life to your wall and what better time to do so than the springtime. There is no shortage of wallpaper designs on the market, but now that spring is here, you want something that is fresh and complements the season your in. Trends come and go, and 2019 has some new spring wallpaper trends that you may want to have for your home. Here are some of the top 2019 spring wallpaper trends.

 

  1. Softer Pantone Purples

Deep purple can make a bold statement when it comes to interior design that has a dramatic flare. The spring season, however, demand softer purple options, like pastel purples and lilacs more ideal for the season. You don’t have to do away with deep purples altogether for spring but could tone them down by blending with softer, lighter purple shades. Lilac Damask and Lilac Vintage Blossoms are two light purple wallpapers that don’t overwhelm the senses or is overly dramatic. Instead, their tones help to create a space that is inviting and engaging.

 

  1. Nontraditional Geometric Patterns

Wallpaper designers are putting a new spin on geometric patterns while maintaining their contemporary appeal. Unconventional wallpaper patterns often feature a mix of different wallpaper styles, like mixing traditional geometric pattern with abstract aesthetics. Geometric patterns that create optical illusions or designs that use 3D effect can add depth to a wall, as well as creative and artistic flair.

 

  1. Bohemian Wallpaper Designs

The Bohemian wallpaper style category is not only stylish but appears to be gaining more popularity since trending hot in 2017. This wallpaper is an interior designer’s dream because of the complex nature of the designs and the intricate details that are visually appealing. Bohemian wallpapers can create a one of a kind look with uncommon colors with their own purpose. Common features can include geometric-like effect, straight border, minimalist color scheme and sometimes a touch of white for a balanced visual appeal.

 

  1. Abstract Watercolor Wallpaper Murals

It’s hard to look away from designs that feature crisp, clear, high-quality imagery that can create a feature wall in your home. Wallpaper murals are a trendy option, known for their large-scale design and color scheme that blends with watercolor aesthetics for a visually vibrant design. They have the ability to create a focal point in a space that pulls people in.

 

  1. Flat Floral Designs

Floral Wallpaper is ideal for reflecting the renewal that spring brings. This type of wallpaper is timeless, embodies tradition and is elegant in design, but contemporary floral patterns create new, unique and creative looks. The flat floral designs present imagery that evokes nature, but in a flatter, “2D” visual, enhanced with vibrant colors that create visual contrast and artistic quality.

 

You can explore to your delight with this spring season wallpaper trends. If you’re looking for traditional meet contemporary, elegant, or wallpaper with an artistic flair, you can be sure that this spring season you’ll find it at American Wallpaper.

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3 Wallpaper Designs You Will See To Close Out 2018

With the 2018 year coming to its last quarter, its time to start switching out your summer clothes and belonings for your fall and winter items. A common trend amongst trendy households is to change up wallpaper or interior design with the seasons. With a new season approaching, we have laid out three wallpaper designs that have been popular so far this season that you should consider taking into the fall and winter!

Big Floral Patterns

What makes these types of wallpaper patterns timeless is how they create a special atmosphere in any room they are used. By using floral patterns you are opening the world to your interests while also giving personality and character to any living space using these types of designs. What makes floral patterns popular is their versatility. As you can have anything from large scale prints to vintage inspired botanicals and three-dimensional fabric. What also attracts homeowners and designers to floral patterns is the fact that they provide rich and bright colors to make rooms pop.

Symmetrical Shapes

Regardless of the season, or a home owner’s interior design taste, one wallpaper pattern that seems to always make its rounds in homes and offices is that of symmetrial shapes. This type of wallpaper pattern has clean lines and symetric shapes that will not only be bold enough to draw guest’s eyes but to also ease the mind with its rigidness. Symmetrical designs are also popular because the room they will be placed in will dictate the wallpaper. Symmetrical shape wallpaper can have neutral colors or bold hues depending on how the room is structured. The shapes you decide to go with on your wallpaper will add that extra flair you were looking to add to any room.

Metallics

Looking to upgrade your dining room or foyer? Metallic wallpaper is the choice for you as these types of wallpaper offer sleek, elegant and stately aromas. What makes this type of wallpaper popular is the fact that you can apply the less is more mentality metallic wallpaper has a bold nature. Using a small amount of this wallpaper can make a small room feel bigger and more open. This type of wallpaper also lets you open your creativity to add in colors of your favorite jewelry to your living space.

For more information on the wallpaper we have in stock, contact us today!