Since each of us is
as unique as a thumbprint, there's no reason anyone
should settle for copycat interiors, no matter how
beautiful they are and no matter how faithfully they
replicate a room shown in a book. Wallpaper is more
than a decorative element. It is a tool for creating
entirely custom spaces.
The innovative use of combinations of patterns from a single collection -- Bordeaux
Valley, from the L.V. Emmert Studios division of S.A. Maxwell Co. -- suggests
ways you can literally think outside the box and turn an ordinary room into an
extraordinary decorating statement that is yours alone.
Consider showing your stripes. We added alternating parallel, vertical strips
of a coordinating stripe pattern against an overall leopard print to create a
focal point on the wall behind a leather sofa in this den. It not only adds interest
to the expanse of wall, but also makes the ceiling seem higher and gives added
emphasis to wall art by further framing the diminutive pen-and-ink drawings of
The same effect can
be created by turning a border on end and running
it vertically up the wall against a coordinating
background pattern. A large-print floral border,
for example, adds pizzazz to an overall mini-print.
Conversely, a simple scroll border can frame or highlight
segments of a bolder print background. In each case,
the border adds a distinctive stripe.
In another form of "framing," we mated two strips of a simple lattice
pattern at the corners of this dining room. At the center of each wall, we
filled the wall from floor to ceiling with an exuberant large-scale floral
bouquet pattern. This technique also makes ceilings seem higher while accentuating
the elegance of the bouquets.
Using a simpler pattern at the corners also eases installation by not requiring
intricate pattern-matching in hard-to-reach places.
Easiest of all is the use of the elaborately adorned trompe l'oeil antique
secretary, complete with lamp, quill pen, books and letters, presented in Bordeaux
Valley as a precut, ready-to-install mural. This turns an unused wall, at the
top of a staircase or between bedroom doors, for example, into a customized
showcase of your own creativity.
When your own eyes and personal point of view browse a wallpaper collection
like Bordeaux Valley, where patterns are arranged according to coordinating
colors and styles, there is no end to the custom possibilities you will begin
to see. For example, line the walls of a bookcase with a quiet print that matches
the room's wallpaper in color and style, yet also adds contrast. Decoupage
a door to visibly connect a theme from one room to another.
Borders are the most versatile tool for giving rooms a unique finishing touch.
They can be run above the baseboard, at chair-rail height, along the top of
the wall, around a door, and even along the edges of a ceiling.
Never forget the ceiling. Decorators call it "the fifth wall," and,
when it connects all the walls, either through a contrast of pattern or a continuing
match, it demonstrates to everyone that you carry your own decorating flair
to every inch of your home.
To find the nearest retailer carrying Bordeaux Valley from the L. V. Emmert
Studios division of S.A. Maxwell Co., call (847) 932-3700 or visit www.samaxwell.com.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Jaima Brown is director of design for S.A. Maxwell Co., a leading
producer of wallpaper, borders and coordinating fabric.
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