April 2006

Wallpaper Makes a Comeback

The newest tool in the decorator's kit may be an old one - wallpaper. After years of being eclipsed by painted finishes or colorless backgrounds, wallpaper is staging a comeback. Suddenly, wallpaper is everywhere - in decorating magazines, hit movies, catalog photography, ads and even commercials. The renewed popularity can be attributed to many factors.

Technology has advanced to a point where wallpaper manufacturers can make wall coverings that look like stone, leather, straw or metal. Some designers are incorporating huge wall murals made from wallpaper. Others are using textured paper that looks like crocodile skin.

With such a strong consumer yearn for elegance and sophistication; it just makes sense that people are turning to wallpaper as a creative style alternative. After years of plain painted rooms, homeowners are ready for decorative walls again.

For those who love paint, there are wallpapers that you can paint on. Paint-on papers made to look like a tin ceiling offer a beautiful classic look at a fraction of the cost of the real thing.

If you are worried that wallpaper is just too much work, then you haven't seen the new products. Over the past number of years the industry has introduced easy on, easy off wallpaper. No special tools are needed for scraping it off, simply peel it off and put the new wallpaper up. And the new products come with a washable coating that makes them much more stain-resistant.

Tips for people considering wallpaper in their homes:

Pick your spots: Entryways, powder rooms, dining rooms, guest rooms and libraries
Use color and pattern: Bold hues and big prints
Check the scale: Bigger prints are great for tall walls
Try one wall: Use stronger colors or bolder prints on an accent wall
Buy extra: Matching up and repairing can require extra

View our latest wallpaper collections online. Lots of new collections coming soon. For quotes and measuring guides, visit our wallpaper section on

New Collections

Disney Home Wallpaper

Bring the magic of Disney into your home with these wonderfully endearing friends that every child loves: Disney Princess, Pooh, Mickey, Tinker Bell and Buzz Lightyear. Add color and excitement that will create a world of wonder and imagination with exceptional results every time! Come and explore these new and exciting ways to use your imagination and encourage your children to use theirs.

New Linen Collections

Embroidered, Floral, Greek, Tropical and more linen collections just added. Over 168 new patterns.

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