Wallpaper Is Back In Full Force | Shannon Bieter Interiors

by Shannon Bieter, January 11, 2017

The past couple of years’ we’ve seen so many cool designs and textured wallpaper on the market.  When I first mention the idea of wallpapering to clients there is usually a slight hesitation.  The 80’s decade of wallpapering took a toll on us.  We needed a couple of decades to recover from all those matching borders but I’m here to tell you wallpaper is back.

In the coming weeks, I’m going to share a few of my projects from last year where wallpaper completely transformed the space.

Here are a few tips about wallpaper:

  • Wallpaper installers recommend priming the wall with Zinnsser Shieldz before papering.  This is an easy step that is a must should you ever decide to take down the paper.
  • If this is a DIY project, choose a paper that is pre-pasted.  Also, try experimenting on a focal wall instead of tackling the entire room.
  • Be prepared to see the seams in solid and grass wallpaper more so than pattern paper.  Also, the higher quality grass weaved wallpapers will see less seam.
  • If possible hire a professional.  Wallpapering is harder than it looks; cutting around outlets and ceiling variations is cumbersome.
  • You will need to buy more paper if you choose a design with a pattern.
  • Most wallpaper are packaged in double rolls when ordering so calculate amount needed based on double rolls.

In the event wallpapering still makes you a little nervous start in a small bedroom.   I promise if you choose the correct scale of wallpaper you will not regret it for the next decade.  Take a look at some projects where my clients gave me the green light to wallpaper.


Photography by Robert Radifera and Charlotte Safavi

Photography by Robert Radifera and Charlotte Safavi

Photography By Jane Love


    • Andrea Kelly
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    • January 11, 2017

    What brand of wallpaper do you recommend.

      • Shannon Bieter
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      • January 11, 2017

      Hi Andrea. There are so many good ones on the market right now. Some of the ones I like to use are: York, Brewster, Thibaut, Schumacher and Kravet. It’s always a good idea to get a paper that is prepasted if this is a DIY project. Unpasted paper needs to be hung by a professional.

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