The Big Coverup

Papers and other coverings can change design in a way paint never will. Here’s the latest.

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This Mystic Vine wallcovering in moonlight gold by Stacy Garcia is available at Shinn’s Paint Store in Wilmington. Wallpaper has never been for the faint of heart. Even a subtle print or material can create a dramatic effect in a room, but that doesn’t mean that the outcome must be garish.

Options are limitless for every type of room. There are countless textures, materials and colors to help you achieve any look you can imagine. Traditional papers with colored patterns or florals are especially numerous, though they don’t come close to representing the range of options available.

“Wallpaper works in distinctive spaces or particular rooms,” says Amanda Rafail of Interior Concepts in Hockessin. “When selecting wallcoverings, homeowners usually seek something current, but timeless.”

Grass cloth from MDC Wallcoverings (Shinn’s)For homeowners who want a totally different look in any room, wallpapers may set the tone for the space. Most designers and decorators recognize that each room has its own virtues. Within any home, rooms vary by size, function and amount of natural light.

At the Design Center of Rehoboth, owner Ed Albers typically sees clients go one of two ways on wallcoverings. Though many go for bold, retro patterns or colors, others gravitate toward neutral colors and natural fibers. Both styles have their virtues. The selection depends upon the room.

Paperweave from MDC Wallcoverings (Shinn’s)“Many of the colorful, large-scale patterns that people select are preferred in powder rooms and ladies’ dressing rooms,” says Albers. Lime green, fuchsia, dark blues and teals have been especially popular. Rhinestones and small gems add glam to some of the bold patterns.

Ellen Sarafian of Dezins Unlimited in Wilmington has seen clients gravitate toward European patterns with big prints and designer patterns. Flocked papers—papers with raised or velvety textures—have been especially popular, and Sarafian has seen numerous people selecting prints in spa blues and browns.

Sand Key by Thibaut Wallpaper & Fabrics is available at Design Center of RehobothRose Giroso of RDG Interiors notes that toile has been consistently popular in recent years. “Traditional black and white patterns are always popular, but pink and green patterns have been attracting much attention as well,” Giroso says.

Such colorful patterns usually enhance bathrooms and children’s bedrooms. Giroso has seen recent interest in new toiles based on African-American designs and themes. Some clients have selected subtle faux-suede finishes in sandy beiges and chocolate browns to add warmth to a space. (A micro-fiber is typically used in place of real suede to provide the same look with less maintenance.)

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