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Wall Treatments 122 Stories

It's rumored that Oscar Wilde said on his deathbed, "It's the wallpaper or me. One of us has to go." Historically, wallpaper has been the poor relation in the world of the decorative arts, as it sits in the background and is often fragile and difficult to work with. But today's wallpaper can play a vital role in decorating,...
Room of the Day: New Life for Historic Wallpaper Landscapes
Ann Clark had one reaction after seeing the walls in two rooms of the 200-year-old Providence, Rhode Island, mansion she had been hired to restore: “What are you going to do with that?” The wallpaper was...
How to Artfully Introduce a Watercolor Motif
Watercolor designs have been a popular trend in home decor, their soft fluidity, ombré effects and otherworldly abstraction adding a refreshing note to walls, bedding and accessories. You don’t have to be an art aficionado to channel...
Forecast: Cloudy With a Chance of Style
It’s winter on the West Coast, among other places, and we’ve had several days of rain recently (which is a cause for celebration in this time of drought). Perhaps that’s why I’m seeing cloudy weather, even inside the house.
Yes, You Can Go Bold With Wallpaper in a Powder Room
Designers love to take chances and go bold in powder rooms, particularly when it comes to wallpaper. Why? First, because the door is often kept closed, it’s a chance to break the continuity of a first floor’s decor and do something that surprises...
Houzz Tour: Thoroughly Modern and Family Friendly
Interior designer Ann Lowengart describes the home she created for a stylish couple and their two young children as “hip and edgy but family style.” Glossy finishes and high-impact details mix with family-friendly...
Seeking a Quiet, Relaxed Spot? Try Upholstering Your Walls
There’s something extraordinary about a room with upholstered walls — and it’s not just the visual stimulation. When you walk in, you can immediately notice the difference in sound, too, or rather lack of it. Footsteps don’t resonate, speech is...
Rugs Find Their Place on the Wall
There are many reasons to hang a rug on the wall — including the need for large art, preservation (rare rugs are for places where you do not dare to tread) and texture (there’s nothing two dimensional about a rug). Whatever the motivation, relocating...
Wake Up Your Bathroom Decor With a Gorgeous Statement Wall
You might be tempted to play it safe when it comes to bathroom walls and opt for plain white tiles or just a simple lick of paint. But perhaps it’s time to unlock your creative side and install a wall with a wow factor, be it an intricate pattern of...
Boost Your Kitchen Storage With Pegboard on a Wall
Pegboard is already a familiar sight on garage and craft room walls for organizing hand tools and supplies. So why hasn’t this easily adaptable material made its way to the kitchen more often? Julia Child championed the use of pegboard in her...
Tempted to Try Wallpaper? 10 Tips for Finding the Right Pattern
It can add texture, color, pattern or a painterly scene — even more so than paint, wallpaper can change the entire look of a room. But given the cost and the need for professional installation (a must), wallpaper can seem like a risky commitment. If...
Room of the Day: A Walk Through the Redwoods
Anyone who has ever been hiking along the California coast on a foggy day knows that not all forests are the same color. The redwoods near the Pacific Ocean can be shrouded in mist, rendering their needles more muted gray than kelly green. It’s that...
8 Elegant Ideas for a Stairway Wall
The wall below a flight of stairs can be one of the most awkward spaces in the house. Not only does the slope of the stairs make choosing furnishings for this area difficult, but often the wall is adjacent to a closet door as well. Here are eight...
A Tiny Powder Room Gets a Map-tastic Look
A utility closet, a stack of maps and an open-minded client who loved happy and cheerful design inspired interior designer Tracey Stephens to go map...
Bulletproof Decorating: How to Pick the Right Kind of Paint
Although there’s no such thing as an indestructible interior, there are steps you can take to make your home stand up better to kids and pets. One key element is the kind of paint you choose. The right blend, finish and color can make a difference in...
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