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The Do’s And Don’ts Of Accent Walls

Have you been thinking about accent walls? Are they pinned all over your Pinterest? You went into your girlfriend’s home and saw hers, and now you need to create one next? Have no fear, American Wallpaper Co is here to help with the best ways to do a feature wall the right way. This is the cutest way and cost-efficient way to add immediate change to the home. There are methods to make it super detailed and over the top, but it can be kept simple. You might be able to inject just the right pop to your walls that you need without doing too much.

 

The Dos:

 

Find A Balance 

 

Take the time to study the other objects used in your room before starting on your accent wall. You don’t have to make everything about the room’s color choices; you can later incorporate and combine textures and colors. Walls are not limited to being dressed up only by color; you can also choose to dress them up with textures. 

 

Find Complementary Colors 

 

Thinking about the color scheme? Scared everything won’t match? When choosing a color, make sure that the color you choose complements the entire room. If you are trying to use a bolder and brighter color, its important to make sure you aren’t clashing the colors with furniture and pre-existing decor in the room. Either make sure all your decor and furniture match or go out and buy more to go with your new bold colors. 

 

Don’t Be Stingy With Paint 

Don’t forget about the simplicity of adding a new paint job. Paint is an easy and cheaper way to enhance your space without making such a significant change. As long as you use your painter’s tape, there is no limit to creative patterns you can create while using paint. Stop into American Wallpaper to find our selection of paint to use to make your accent wall stand out. Painting allows you constant flexibility.

 

The Don’ts 

 

It’s Okay To Take Risks 

Go big or go home! If you aren’t ready to try big, bold accents on your walls, accent walls are not right for you. Find that metallic color, jump on the trend that is all over your Pinterest board, and use that color that makes you uneasy.  You can still stick to a classic trend by slightly bending the rules and becoming untraditional. This look might only last for this season of change in your life, but it’s okay to bend the rules and do something unusual. Make this accent wall worth the investment.

 

Wallpaper Is Your Friend 

 

This is not the time to be particular with your thoughts on wallpaper. Wallpaper is the best for accent walls. Options, designs, and colors are endless when you choose wallpaper. There are ways to make the process easier; at American Wallpaper, we are here to help with all those design questions!  

 

Try Not To Over Do It 

 

Simple is always safe. This is not the time to test out every color and design out there. The bold wall will allow you to focus on and highlight other parts of your room. Brainstorm with a mood board; it will enable you to find the balance you are looking for. Create a vision and stick to it. Just remember to combine everything carefully, and you’ll be just fine. 

 

Looking for something a bit more unusual, our library of special order wallcovering books can help you take your accent wall to the next level. Contact us today to get started! 

 

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How To Incorporate Wallpaper In Your Home

When you think of wallpaper, you might think, “Oh boy, another long project.” Adding a print of pattern to your walls is bold, which will look so much better than paint. Wallpaper gives you a great chance to change your walls if you are in a rental. Wallpapers allow uniqueness in small awkward places.

 

Small Areas Or Small Rooms 

Small spaces like dens, playrooms, walk-ways, and half baths are perfect for trying out statement patterns because they require so little wall space. In smaller areas since you’re limited with space, this helps bring together the whole room. It can highlight other designs or statement furniture in the room, even in small areas. 

 

Add An Accent Wall

Accent walls give you the perfect opportunity to follow the less is more mantra. For example:

 

If you love a particular pattern, too much of it will make the room too busy to try an accent wall. Accent walls are also a great way to tie various statement pieces into one singular theme or even create the perfect selfie wall, “say cheese.” Accent walls can also give those fantastic works of art or family photos the ideal home on your wall. With so many different patterns, textures, and wallpaper themes to choose from, the possibilities for jazzing up a space are endless.

 

Only Cover Half the Wall

 

Choosing to cover only the top or bottom half of a wall with wallpaper is a unique way to get a sophisticated look without doing too much to make the room have an overwhelming feeling. In between the no paper sections, find a statement piece of furniture to hold that space together to make it pop. Traditional styles are back in, styling wallpaper like this will keep you on-trend. It’s crucial to stay on trend, but sticking to classic looks will keep your updates from going out of style.

 

Mix and Match Papers

Try a bold look! This helps if you are having a tough time choosing between two designs. Why not mix and match by installing two papers on one wall. This a great way to test out different styles and challenge yourself with finding the perfect statement pieces of furniture to match your designs. This is a challenging design tactic, but when done right, it looks beautiful. Try using strong, contrasting patterns with stripes, tone on tone patterns, and intense colors. Since this is a bold look, be careful with what other colors and patterns you put in the room. It’s important to make sure all patterns complement each other. 
There are only three months left in the year; there is no better time to make a unique change in your home. Stop by our store today or set up an appointment. American Wallpaper Co. is here to take your home to the next level. Contact us today!

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Wallpaper Projects To Try In Your Home

Using wallpaper in your home is a great way to change things up and add exciting visual designs without breaking the bank. There’s a bit of a learning curve when it comes to applying wallpaper, but practice makes perfect! Instead of covering all of your walls in wallpaper, try out one (or more!) of these exciting wallpaper projects in your home for an exciting twist on a traditional décor item!

The Back of Bookshelves

The back of your bookshelf probably isn’t a space you’ve ever thought of as stylish or exciting, but it’s time to change that. Using wallpaper with bold patterns and colors along the back of your bookshelf is a fun way to bring more style into your space. This is also a great opportunity to practice your wallpapering skills since any mistakes will be further from your eyesight and can be easily hidden behind items on the bookshelf.

Make Your Ceiling More Appealing

Wallpapering your ceiling is a wonderful way to add color and texture to your space without overwhelming the walls or clashing with other décor. Depending on the colors and textures you choose, it can even make the room look larger! Wallpapering a ceiling is more difficult than traditional wallpapering jobs, so you may need to enlist the help of a professional.

Spicing Up Light Switch Covers

Light switch covers aren’t traditionally something that comes to mind when you think of interior design choices, but they should be! Find wallpaper with a funky print that really shows your personality and cover the light switch covers. This allows you to make your space your own without making a major change.

The Front or Back of Your Door

Wallpapering your door is a wonderful way to work on your wallpapering skills on a relatively easy surface. You can wallpaper the inside or outside, or both! Covering your entire door in wallpaper is an option, but this can become visually too much too fast before you know it. Instead of wallpapering the entire door, pick out specific section to use more intricate pattern wallpaper on to make a plain door a whole lot more exciting!

Change Up Your Headboard

Headboards are no small purchase. If you have a headboard that’s in good condition but you’d like to change up the look of your room, don’t waste money buying a whole new headboard! Find a wallpaper that matches your design plans and cover the headboard. Your room will have a whole new look at much less of a cost.

For more wallpaper design tips and tricks, contact us today!

Tropical Wallpaper: Where Should It Go?

Wallpaper has been used for decades to bring style and personality into an otherwise plain space. One of the bolder wallpaper choices available are those with a tropical print. Looking at a tropical print and imagining it in your home can be challenging, but you’d be surprised just how versatile it is! Let’s take a look at some of the places tropical wallpaper could go in your home.

Make an Accent Wall

Creating an accent wall in your living room adds lots of style without overwhelming the space. Tropical accent walls have long been related to Hollywood glamor, so why not add a little glamor to your home? Put tropical wallpaper on the wall behind your sofa or another large furniture piece. To take the glamor one step further, add a large mirror with gold accents in the center of the accent wall.

Adding Excitement to a Small Space

Thinking about a tropical pattern covering a small space is intimidating, but in reality, it’s a great design choice! Utilizing a large leaf print all over a small bathroom will make the space feel larger and add visual appeal. Instead of a tiny bathroom, you’ll be stepping into what looks like a never-ending jungle!

Accenting Natural Wood

If you have a space that has lots of natural wood, especially darker wood, tropical prints provide a wonderful accent piece to the space. The wood gives the space a natural vibe, so it only makes sense to add more nature in your wallpaper! Pair your new wallpaper with wicker baskets and neutral décor to maintain the natural and relaxing vibe.

Life-Size Tropical Wallpaper

Most tropical wallpaper is scaled down significantly compared to the size of the same scene out in the real world. Usually, that’s the best choice, but in some cases opting for a blown-up version of the tropical print is the right way to go. While this larger pattern might not be actually life-sized, it will look like it in comparison to other tropical prints! If you want to utilize larger-scale tropical wallpaper, look for some with muted colors as opposed to bright green hues.

Learning how to purchase and apply wallpaper is challenging at first. If you’re concerned about your application skills, give us a call! Enlisting the help of a professional is much easier than having to redo the entire job because it didn’t turn out as planned.

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Useful Tips For Redecorating The House During The Social Distanced Lock-down Summer

Quarantine has led all of us to spend much more time in our homes than we usually do. While the extra time to catch-up on your favorite shows has been nice, all of that time in the same space can cause you to go a little stir crazy before you know it! Redecorating your home is a great way to improve the visual appeal of your space and break away from the same mundane routine. Redecorating sounds nice, but where do you even start?!

Don’t Be Afraid to Rearrange

Rearranging the furniture that you already have is a cost-free way to completely change your space. Moving furniture around can cause a space to feel smaller or larger and change the flow of how you walk through the space. Move things around until you find a design that you love. After all, you’ve got plenty of time on your hands!

Buy New Rugs

Changing the rugs in your home can totally transform the feeling of the space. Rather you opt for a simple rug or one with bold and bright patterns, it’s sure to change the way the room looks. You can purchase new rugs online and have them shipped right to your door, or even try swapping the rugs that you already have from one room to another!

Move Wall Art Pieces

People tend to hang up their wall décor where they want it and then leave it there until it’s time for new décor. Instead of breaking the bank for new décor, try changing up the location of the pieces you already have. Creating interesting collages with multiple pieces or using a larger item as a stand-alone statement piece will give you something new and exciting to look at. Even if the items are things you already have, changing their location will add tons of visual appeal!

Keep a Clear Coffee Table

Quarantine makes it easier than ever to get buried under your own clutter. Clutter creates a stressful environment and makes it difficult to relax in your own home. One of the most common places to accumulate clutter is on your coffee table. It’s a little too easy to just set things down on the coffee table instead of putting them away. Use your time in quarantine to make sure every item has a home and that they’re actually put in that home after every use. Putting a small plant and a cute basket on your coffee table to hold essential items, like TV remotes, will clear up your space and make it more relaxing.

If you’re in need of more interior design tips, tricks, and inspiration, contact us today!

Why Hunter Douglas?

The right lighting sets a mood, creates ambiance, and shifts how you view your space at home. Our premier window treatments enhance your home—turning the everyday living into a luxury, sensory experience. It’s your home and your light to control. Want to ensure you wake up on time, have glare-free light throughout your rooms, and make sure you can savor every beautiful sunset once your workdays are done? Hunter Douglas window treatments with smart shades move to schedules you set and work with many smart home systems.

Call us at American Wallpaper, for design direction and product knowledge. This is experience is not something to miss out on. Who doesn’t want light exactly when you want it? PowerView® Automation gives you precise and convenient control of your Hunter Douglas window treatments. Imagine shades that operate independently? The shades are easy to schedule to your liking.

Programming your window treatments is simple. Operate them from home with the Pebble® Remote Control or through voice activation when PowerView is integrated with smart-home systems such as Amazon Alexa, Siri® on your Apple device, or the Google Assistant. For the ultimate in convenience, the PowerView® App is a perfect way to manage your shades when you’re home or away from home.

 

We are open safely to offer you with the help you with your Hunter Douglas shades. Questions comments or concerns? We’re here and happy to help!

 

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How To Decorating A Room With High Ceilings

High ceilings have the ability to create a gorgeous space, but they can also quickly have the opposite effect. If you don’t design your space and decorate properly, those high ceilings will make the room feel cold and empty. The space from floor to ceiling should be utilized carefully to set the tone for the rest of the room, especially when you’ve got more space than average!

Draw the Eye Upwards

Failing to draw the eye upwards means wasting all of that wonderful space your high ceilings provide. Utilizing your wall décor creatively is the best way to draw attention upwards. You can opt for one large piece placed higher on the wall, multiple smaller pieces, or a dramatic piece that fills up the entire length of the wall. Whatever you choose, just don’t stop decorating at the same height you would on traditional walls. After all, your high ceilings aren’t traditional!

Create Depth with Architectural Details

High ceilings can sometimes feel disconnected from the rest of the space. Adding architectural details is a great way to bring the space together from floor to ceiling. Exposed beams and beadboard are the most common choices to add detail to your high ceilings. These additions come with a high price tag, but the style it brings to your home is well worth it!

Choose Dramatic Lighting

Large and dramatic lighting fixtures are overwhelming in a space with traditional height ceilings, but high ceilings provide the perfect opportunity to utilize these statement pieces. Find a light fixture that acts as another piece of décor in your home. Not only does the lighting provide a functional use, but it also adds more flare to the ceilings and aides even further in your attempt to draw the eye upwards.

Use Appropriate Length Drapery

Finding drapery when you live in a home with high ceilings is no easy task. Traditional drapery is designed for traditional height windows, but using that drapery in a space with high ceilings will create a division in the room and make it feel choppy to look at. Instead, purchase drapery that runs the entire length of the wall. Not only is this a better way to utilize your high ceilings, but it adds lots of drama too! Stick to solid colors and avoid patterns that can quickly become overwhelming on such a large scale.

For more inspiration on styling your high ceilings to make the most of your space, contact us today!

Handling Household Clutter

Clutter. We all have it. That doesn’t mean we have to truly focus on it. Everyone knows that if our spaces are neat and organized, you can be twice as productive and energized. Unfortunately, life happens, and sometimes the clutter bug takes over before we can get it under control. We’ve got you covered. Here’s a few foolproof ways to contain your clutter.

 

Eliminate The Clutter

If you feel like you have too much stuff, you probably do. You would be amazed how much easier it is to organize your spaces if you first eliminate what you don’t need. Keep these items if you can answer two out of three questions.

Questions To Consider

  • Is it sentimental?
  • Does it bring you some kind of emotional value?
  • Do you need it? (Be honest)
  • Does it bring you joy?

 Contain It

Once you’ve eliminated what you can, it’s time to contain what’s left. Baskets, crates, or boxes are your friend. You can get creative with where you store it. Baskets make better decor. Keep the most recent issues of your favorite magazines and newspapers neatly stored in a side table with pull-out trays.

 

Teach The Kids

Don’t forget to teach your kids while you’re cleaning. Clutter starts at home and can become a learned behavior. It’s going to take them a few years to get it.! No matter how much you get rid of or how diligent we are about clearing their clutter, somehow the stuff just keeps coming back, almost like magic.Teach your children how to clean out clutter and how to organize. It can be hard to suppress the urge to just purge all their toys and stuff for them, but it’s a greater learning experience if you can get your kids to do it themselves. When kids learn to keep their items organized and pare down what they don’t need, they build skills to carry them through life. Teach your child how to let go of items.

Redecorate

A few little things can create major messes. Adjusting just a few things you may not have thought to before could be the key to a settled, visually stunning, and organized home.So to help you conquer the nuance and nitty-gritty of organized home design, Leah from American Wallpaper CO is here to assist you. Initial consultations can be done in two ways: virtually on FaceTime or in the home. This will depend on the scope of the project and the location.To find out more about this service, fill out our contact form and Leah will respond to you with 48 hours.

 

 

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How To Clean Wallpaper

Wallpaper is a wonderful way to transform a space to match your creative vision and style. Wallpaper is not fun to install or uninstall and can be a bit costly, so it’s important to remember that you wallpaper is an investment! In the same way that you take care of your other investments, your wallpaper should be handled with care and close attention. Let’s take a look at the different ways you can keep your wallpaper clean and looking great.

Dusting

Dust your wallpaper regularly and before utilizing any other cleaning method. You can wrap a microfiber towel around your broom to use for dusting or purchase a lambswool duster. Set a dusting schedule and dust your wallpaper at the same time you dust your bookshelves and other dust-prone surfaces.

Spot Cleaning

A large majority of smudges and fingerprints can be cleaned using a spot cleaning technique. Stick to spot cleaning and dusting as much as you can to avoid any unnecessary wear and tear to your wallpaper. For newer wallpaper, use an artist’s gum eraser to spot clean. For older wallpaper, a dry sponge from a hardware store will do the trick. Clean in long strokes to spot clean as gently as possible. This allows you to remove the smudges without adding any moisture to the wallpaper.

Washable Wallpaper

Washable wallpaper is becoming more common and it’s a great choice for high-touch areas that are more prone to getting dirty. If you plan to install wallpaper in your child’s room, it’s worth it to pay a little extra for washable wallpaper! Just because it’s washable doesn’t mean you can go in with abrasive cleaners though. Use a sponge that’s been dampened with plain soapy water to wash your walls. Be gentle with the sponge to avoid damaging the paper. Follow behind the sponge with a clean towel to pick up any extra moisture. Even if you have washable wallpaper, continue to utilize dusting and spot cleaning as your primary methods of cleaning your wallpaper.

For more specific information on cleaning your wallpaper, read the manufacturer guidelines on your specific type of wallpaper. Those guidelines may also include helpful cleaning tips and techniques specific to that brand or type that you purchased. While you’re cleaning and dusting, remember to wipe down your doors and windowsills with the sponge to get rid of the remaining dust and dirt in the room!

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How to Transform Your Nursery into a Whimsical Wonderland with Wallpaper

Designing your nursery is something that’s fun, exciting, and of course, stressful. Trying to choose the right pieces to create a welcoming and fun space that still allows your baby to relax is no small task. Follow these simple tips to help transform your nursery into a whimsical wonderland that will grow with your child!

Whimsical Wallpaper

Whimsical wallpaper means straying away from the traditional “baby” prints. Instead, opt for wallpaper with lots of floral and foliage accents. Wallpaper with lots of white and green wallpaper will be versatile as you transform the space as your child grows. It would also work for an office space or guest room if your child changes rooms. To make it even more whimsical, utilize a mix of mint, white, and grey instead of traditional green.

Make Your Own Mountain View

Utilizing mountain view colors in the nursery will pair well with natural wood furniture and other outdoorsy accent pieces. Cool tones are ideal but don’t be afraid to add in some fun patterns and pastels to really bring the mountain and adventure theme to life. This will inspire your child to find their inner explorer as they get older too!

Create a Black and White Palette

When you think whimsical you probably don’t think black and white but using black and white as your starting point gives endless possibilities for the rest of the room! Look for whimsical wallpaper that features woodland designs in black and white colors. Then, add color to the space in the rest of your décor details. As your child gets older and wants to change the space, the black and white color palette will match almost anything!

Include Plenty of Animals

It wouldn’t be a whimsical wonderland without plenty of whimsical animals! Rather the animals are included in the wall print, or in other items throughout the space, they will bring joy and imagination into the nursery. Bright and bold animals will truly bring the space to life! Stick with one type of animal theme for the best flow. Woodland animals and safari animals are both beautiful, but they don’t pair well together in terms of design.

Ultimately, the most important part of turning your nursery into a whimsical wonderland is to have fun! You and your child will be spending lots of time in this space for years to come, so pay attention to each detail to ensure it’s a space that you love.