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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.

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Photography by Robert Radifera and Charlotte Safavi

Photography by Robert Radifera and Charlotte Safavi

Photography By Jane Love

2 Comments


    • 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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