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Wallpaper: Is it making a come back?

February 18, 2010

I’ve been hearing recently that wallpaper is making a comeback.  I’m wondering if the wallpaper industry is spreading this rumor, because I’m not personally seeing this “comeback” in my residential design practice.  I realize that my perspective is limited by my own clients and professional experiences, but if you want our scoop, we tear it down, we don’t put it up.

Consider this: I prefer faux finishing or murals to wallpaper because of the custom, one-of-a-kind look. Another upside is it doesn’t cost a fortune to remove once you’re tired of it. That said, wallpaper has some uses.  There are great quality wallpapers available that provide durability and interest to the walls.  It’s a practical approach to commercial interior design in hallways, offices and other public spaces. But if considering wallpaper for your own home, I have some caveats. Keep it limited to small areas of your home such as powder rooms or above or below a chair rail, which can be taken down with ease.

Dennis Frankowski, Owner DF Design, Inc


Ceiling White – It’s Passé

February 5, 2010

As I passed through the paint aisle at a local home center store the other day, I noticed white flat-finish paint with the label “ceiling white” on sale.  I thought to myself, Why do so many people think ceilings have to be white?  Where did this concept of white ceilings start?  One possible reason I can think of for the marketing of “ceiling white” was the sure-fire maximizing of light in a room no matter what color the walls.  When it’s a no-brainer to pick white for a ceiling, it’s one less color decision to be made.  But contrary to popular belief, white does not go with everything.  Why add confusion to your color palette?

Consider this:  Treat your ceiling as if it is another wall.  If you don’t want to notice it, paint it the same color as the walls.  If you want a light and airy feel, paint it two to three shades lighter than the walls.  If you want a dramatic effect, try a darker color for a rich look.  Take it a step further and add a soft faux finish.

But, give your ceilings the same love and attention as you do the walls…and, please, anything but white!

Dennis Frankowski, Interior Designer/IDS

Inside DF Design, Inc

February 2, 2010

Hi, I’m Dennis Frankowski, the DF in DF Design, Inc. My firm bears my name because I’m passionate about making interior design personal to my clients. Interior design is about making informed choices from a wealth of ideas.  Where do I get my inspiration? Welcome to my world.