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BOD Winning Living Room!

BOD Winning Living Room

Business of Design followers entered some stunning living room projects for a Dabble social media contest. Congratulations Theo Flamenbaum for submitting this winning photo.

Theo designed his small, urban condo to utilize every inch possible. This designer loves to entertain, and a sectional allowed him to maximize seating. A mix of textures­­—grasscloth walls, woven carpet and sleek furniture—creates a dynamic but comfortable space, where guests feel right at home. Theo clearly loves to reference his travels as evidenced by the elegant stone Buddha head. Well done Theo!

Reality Check: Choosing Wallpaper

With so many options, it’s hard to pick just one. Whether you’re aiming for bold pattern or subtle texture, interior designer Nyla Freehas advice to help you choose the right wallpaper.

Step 1: What’s your Style?
Go beyond paint and introduce your walls to pattern, texture and colour. There is a wallpaper for every look, style and budget—from traditional to modern, casual to glamourous.

Photography by Lori Andrews

Photography by Lori Andrews


Step 2: Paper Type
Bathrooms love wallpaper. However in a wet environment, vinyl paper is recommended. Textured papers such as grasscloth, hemp or flocked are ideal for slightly imperfect walls.Papers with a foil or shiny surface will highlight flaws, so use on the smoothest surfaces only.

Step 3: Consider Scale
Evaluate the size of room and choose a pattern to complement the space. A large scale pattern with bold colour may overpower a small space such as a powder room, while a neutral, mini print is lost in a large room.

Step 4: Order Samples
As with paint colours, it’s important to view samples on site during the selection process. Gently adhere a 24″ x 24″ sample to the wall in order to get a true sense of its look and feel.

Photography by Lori Andrews

Photography by Lori Andrews


Step 5: Single or Double?
Wallpaper is typically priced as a single roll but sometimes sold in single or double rolls, an important detail to note prior to ordering. Single rolls cover an area of approximately 25 square feet whereas double rolls cover close to 58 square feet.

Step 6: Take Down
Gone are the days when painting over wallpaper was easier than removing it. Papers are far easier to remove than they once were.

Step 7: Roll Over
Let your passion for paper go beyond a straight wall. Why not paper the lower portion of a wall, say 42″high, and add a chair rail? Or, combine two patterns by using one on the ceiling.

Photography by Lori Andrews

Photography by Lori Andrews


Step 8: Quick Estimate
To calculate requirements (though always rely on a professional before ordering) add the length (in feet) of every wall to be covered in paper (include window and door openings) and multiply this number by the height of the ceilings. Divide the total by 25, the typical square foot coverage of a single roll, and you’ll have the quantity of single rolls needed. Pattern matching or unusual circumstances are not considered here so having your installer provide an accurate quote is recommended.

Step 9: How it Seams
Seams are inevitable when working with wallpaper, but a professional installer will hide most of them. Grasscloth is difficult to seam match, so prepare clients for the inevitable “artisan irregularities.” Patterns require careful matching and therefore use greater yardages of paper.

Step 10: Admire the Results
Congratulate yourself on choosing such a stylish finish for your walls. No doubt, with furniture installed, you’ll be able to admire the dramatic difference wallpaper makes to the finished space.