How to Decorate With Wallpaper

Wallpaper is in! Yes, you are reading that right. Wallpaper is back in style, after having a long run as something to be avoided. Designers are starting to use gorgeous wallpaper to great effect, changing the perception from “dated and dusty” to “chic and classic”. Wallpaper does not need to look like it came from your grandmother’s guest bedroom. It can look incredible and make any room pop, if used properly! Today we will be sharing with you some useful tips on how to decorate with wallpaper

Don’t Overdo It

Rule #1 of wallpaper is to not go overboard with it! Something with so many patterns and designs needs to be used in moderation. The design itself is up to you. There are plenty complex patterns, which may very well suit some rooms, but most wallpaper will be simpler images or geometric shapes. A useful rule of thumb for making sure you do not go too overboard is to find a good horizontal line in the room you are wallpapering and only place wallpaper up to there. This cutoff point can be where a piece of furniture ends, but it all depends on how much wallpaper you really want.


Keep Designs Appropriate

Every room is different, therefore the pattern on your wallpaper is going to be different depending on the room you are planning on putting it up in. Generally, a simpler design is better, especially if you are planning on wallpapering floor to ceiling. However, your room may call for a more complex design! If your furniture and flooring is on the simpler side, and has less patterns, you may want to go with a more ornate wallpaper pattern, and make that the focal point of the room.


Start Small

The best way you could start out decorating with wallpaper is to start small and work your way to a larger quantity. If you are nervous about decorating with wallpaper then consider using it on an accent wall to get started. If you like the look, then spread to other walls in a room until it is as covered as you would like it to be! This is an especially good idea if you are toying with a more complex pattern that you are unsure about. An accent wall can be brought to life with a good wallpaper.


Choose Between Patterns and Wall Art

Sometimes when a room gets too busy with different conflicting patterns and colors, you may have to make a sacrifice with what you put on your wall. A piece of framed art on a wallpapered wall can look off-putting if the colors and patterns clash. If your wallpaper is busy enough, consider making it the focal point of the room, rather than making a piece of art the focal point. Let your wallpaper be your art! The way that designers use it, it certainly is art!


We hope that these tips are helpful in your decision to use wallpaper. Decorating with wallpaper in 2015 may seem surprising but designers everywhere are doing it to great effect and making the most of it. Comment and let us know how you are using wallpaper in your future projects!

What WOOD You Do?

Hello…it’s me…Collin Kayser. It’s been a while since I have written for the blog but I am excited to share with you some expert opinions, thoughts, and inspirations that have been on the forefront of my mind. When tasked with writing this blog, on a subject that I am familiar with, I thought long and hard on what that topic would be. Then it hit me, like a freshly milled 2×4…WOOD.

Perfectly suited for this Thursday post…a little #TBT is that I grew up in and around the lumber industry.  The smell of fresh sawdust is a scent I am all too familiar with. This post is paying homage to my past and a reflection of the present. Who doesn’t love wood? It is the backbone and support to most of our homes. However, in interior design it can drastically shape, shift, and influence the look of a project. I want to explore the use of wood in different applications with some helpful hints that can be beneficial as you embark on any future new home build or remodel.


Look Up

Using wood on the ceiling instantly makes a statement. In a vaulted space, it draws the viewer’s eyes up and enhances the drama of the room. It adds warmth and a level of structure and stability to the space. As seen in the Sandhill Crane project by GHID, the Western Red Cedar is both on the interior and exterior ceiling. Cedar has a natural occurring resistance to moisture, decay, and insects. Therefore, it is the perfect material to bridge the gap between the interior and the exterior of the home.

Helpful Hint: when using cedar, be sure to select the grade of lumber appropriate for your home and the application. The appearance of select knotty is quite different than clear vertical grain heart.


To the Left, To the Right

The use of drywall and paint has become the norm in the home building industry. Long gone are the days of wood paneled walls of the 60’s and 70’s….or are they? As a designer, it is our job to push our clients to think beyond what is comfortable. With the right architecture, setting, and client, wood paneled walls are quite stunning. Consider this: using plywood or dimensional lumber as the finished wall interior. The tone is neutral. The grain movement is interesting. The result is unexpected.

Helpful hint: consult with your painter or local paint store. Treating the wood will ensure the longevity of the material and will keep your walls beautiful for years to come.


What’s Old, is New

In recent years the use of reclaimed and distressed wood has gained mainstream popularity. Here in the PNW, we don’t anticipate this design trend losing ground anytime soon. Looking at these designs, all completed by GHID, you get a sense of the dramatic impact a single material can make within a space.

Helpful hint: when sourcing old or reclaimed wood, always make sure the wood has been inspected, dried, and rid of any rot or insects. Or look for an alternative like Better Than Barnwood, a Portland-based company that re-creates the look of old wood at a fraction of the cost.


Down Under

Lastly, don’t forget about the floor. Hardwood floors will set the tone for the home—either acting as a subtle backdrop or stunning statement. In most cases GHID designers specify pre-finished engineer wood floors. The floor is comprised of a plywood substrate with a stained real-wood veneer. From light stains to dark, high gloss to roughly textured, and narrow to wide plank widths, the possibilities of engineered wood floors are endless.

Helpful hint: don’t forget, all woods perform differently. Consider the Janka rating of the wood you are interested in. The Janka rating measures the wood’s hardness and ability to resist denting and wear.


Remember, wood is good. Don’t forget about it being an important element within your interior. If you ask yourself…”what wood I do?” and you don’t know the answer? Consult with an interior designer right away.

Happy New Year,

Collin