Wall Coverings 101 Ideabooks

Modern Icons: The Fantastic Geometry of David Hicks
David Hicks was a legendary U.K. designer who designed everything from the wallpaper in Richard Nixon's bowling alley to the Prince of Wales' apartment in Windsor Castle (his daughter India was a bridesmaid in Charles and Diana's wedding). When leafing...
Guest Picks: 20 Beautiful Wallpapers to Elevate Your Room
I still find clients pretending not to hear me when I mention that "wallpaper" word. I think they're remembering the small-scale florals or the textured vinyl with the matching border from years ago. After I show them a few inspirational images and...
Black Wallpaper: Don't be Afraid of the Dark
Do you love black walls but are too scared to go with solid black paint? Then black wallpaper might be a good middle ground for you. A black, patterned wallpaper can break up the darkness while still giving your room the rich beauty of a black painted...
Turn a Wall into a Window with the Magic of Scenic Wallpaper
Nothing says luxury, at least to me, like wallpaper. The textures and the permanence suggest a sense of place; if you're installing beautiful, expensive wallpaper, chances are you're staying put for a while! There are tons of lovely wallpapers on the...
3-D Wall Art For Your Home
Walls come alive with 3-D art. Turn a wall into a show; make a statement. Whether it is made of plastic, plaster, clay, wood, metal, or any medium including paper, I am seeing more and more interesting wall art. Take a look at these and get inspired to...
Decorate with Dimension
We all have favorite pictures, such as family photos or artwork, we want to display. But there are so many other options beyond framed pieces you can use for color and interest in your interior design. Whether it comes from a collection of memorabilia,...
Textured Walls: Inspiration Beyond Paint and Wallpaper
So many new homes feel like plain white boxes when you first move in. Boring! Devoid of any real architectural interest, even after painting and furnishing, there can still be something missing. I love the idea of interesting textures on walls — not...
Give Your Walls an Architectural Dimension
We recently framed views with moldings and casings, so let's continue our tour of interior architectural detailing with ideas for treating walls. Wainscot, panels, shiplap, picture moldings and other elements add character, dimension, texture and warmth...
Wild Texture: Crocodile Rocks
When I saw the crocodile embossed tile in the lead photo, I just flipped! I love the texture of crocodile skin and love finding great ways to incorporate its look into spaces. This relishing of all things reptile began at an early age. When I was little,...
Words to Live By: A Little Text for Your Wall
Words can create a mood and set a scene in a space as much as the decor itself. When used as art, words can pass along a message, evoke a feeling, or even transport you to another place. Graphics and written messages are seen so often in commercial settings...
Creative Ways to Make Art from Paper
In today’s eclectic approach to designing, you have many inexpensive options to accessorize your place. Consider everyday paper. Whether it’s framing fun cutouts or creating your own decals from wallpaper, paper can transform your walls for a low...
The Wonders of Wainscoting
Want an easy way to introduce an architectural element into a nondescript space? Try wainscoting. Originally used to protect plaster walls from nicks, scuffs and other mishaps, wainscoting has evolved into a way of injecting style and interest into interior...
The Timeless Elegance of Beadboard
Beadboard is a traditional style of wall paneling that is made of evenly spaced interlocking tongue and groove wood elements. Historically, it was installed to provide insulation to rooms. Today, it is installed as a decorative feature to walls, ceiling,...
A World View: Decorating With Maps
Looking for and easy and inexpensive way to adorn your walls? Consider maps. Whether it's a topographical map from USGS, a nautical chart, a collection of National Parks maps, a subway map, a map of the entire world or an historic map, they are fascinating...
12 Ways With Today's Wall Decals
Are you a wallpaper commitmentphobe? If so, I hear you. I've had the same five samples taped to my wall for more than two years now; I am so locked in indecision I don't even notice them anymore. Wall decals are a great solution for people like us. The...
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