Wallpaper That Fixes Walls

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A new line of wallpapers from Graham and Brown allows you cover up that disaster you call a wall. Cinderblocks, paneling, really bad cracks? These wallpapers will smooth right over them.



Maybe you don't have the pristinely smooth walls of a brand new architectural masterpiece.  Maybe your walls have been painted over a couple of times.  Maybe your walls are cinderblocks and you're tired of looking at them.  Graham and Brown is boasting that this wallpaper is not only durable enough to cover all the unsightly problems with your walls: cracks, paneling and cinderblock but it's paintable too.   Paintables come with a 'strong ready-mixed adhesive' that affixes it to your walls (maybe not a reversible solution for renters) and then you're free to paint over it to match the room, or leave it white.  Something like the Linen line would be great as is, to add some subtle texture to an otherwise frightful or boring wall.

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Organic, hand-painted wallpaper is still going strong in many design quarters. This range by Eskayel, designed by Shanan Campanaro, also comes in an eco-friendly contract version, made of 31% post-consumer recycled content with a Class "A" fire rating and low VOC emissions.

Organic, hand-painted wallpaper is still going strong in many design quarters. This range by Eskayel, designed by Shanan Campanaro, also comes in an eco-friendly contract version, made of 31% post-consumer recycled content with a Class "A" fire rating and low VOC emissions.

For shoppers on a budget, Sherman recommends the following tricks: "Pick a smaller feature wall or accent areas. Choose a wallpaper you can install yourself, if so inclined. Look for sample sales."

For shoppers on a budget, Sherman recommends the following tricks: "Pick a smaller feature wall or accent areas. Choose a wallpaper you can install yourself, if so inclined. Look for sample sales."

Cavern is a bicoastal design firm specializing in wallpaper. They are environmentally friendly and silk-screen their unique designs by hand. One of the new designs, I see you, features a google eye pattern on which people can draw their own creations. $155 per roll.

Cavern is a bicoastal design firm specializing in wallpaper. They are environmentally friendly and silk-screen their unique designs by hand. One of the new designs, I see you, features a google eye pattern on which people can draw their own creations. $155 per roll.

Maira wallpaper from the 70s adorns the guest bathroom. When they knocked down several interior walls, Sawatzky and Flanders were left with tons of lath—the thin, irregular strips of softwood that provided the base for wall plaster. With the help of a demolition contractor, they sorted out the cleanest pieces to reuse. The couple clad the box on the second floor that contains their bathroom and closets with the lath, nail-gunning each piece to the walls.

Maira wallpaper from the 70s adorns the guest bathroom. When they knocked down several interior walls, Sawatzky and Flanders were left with tons of lath—the thin, irregular strips of softwood that provided the base for wall plaster. With the help of a demolition contractor, they sorted out the cleanest pieces to reuse. The couple clad the box on the second floor that contains their bathroom and closets with the lath, nail-gunning each piece to the walls.

Washable wallpaper? Say it ain't so. Interior product site Ferm Living offers us WallSmart, a line of kid-friendly (and very mother-approved!) non-woven wallpapers. Available in four designs (Dotty, Rush Hour, Animal Farm and Butterflies).

Washable wallpaper? Say it ain't so. Interior product site Ferm Living offers us WallSmart, a line of kid-friendly (and very mother-approved!) non-woven wallpapers. Available in four designs (Dotty, Rush Hour, Animal Farm and Butterflies).

ferm LIVING's Rush Hour washable wallpaper pattern.

ferm LIVING's Rush Hour washable wallpaper pattern.

The once public hallway between the two apartments now boasts a bold wallpaper by Kravitz Design for Flavor Paper.

The once public hallway between the two apartments now boasts a bold wallpaper by Kravitz Design for Flavor Paper.

Designtex mined the Charley Harper graphic archives with the help of designer and author Todd Oldham, who worked closely with Charley during his later years and is currently the steward of the Harper archive, to develop a line of contract-friendly textiles and wallcoverings. The collection launched in 2013.

Designtex mined the Charley Harper graphic archives with the help of designer and author Todd Oldham, who worked closely with Charley during his later years and is currently the steward of the Harper archive, to develop a line of contract-friendly textiles and wallcoverings. The collection launched in 2013.

The kitchen is just as detailed and eclectic as the rest of the main floor, with a wall-sized chalkboard and retro wallpaper accenting the streamlined white cabinetry. Bright, colorful dining room chairs add whimsy.

The kitchen is just as detailed and eclectic as the rest of the main floor, with a wall-sized chalkboard and retro wallpaper accenting the streamlined white cabinetry. Bright, colorful dining room chairs add whimsy.

More patterned wallpaper in the bathroom.

More patterned wallpaper in the bathroom.

Marieke Adams is a textiles, product, and illustration designer based in Cape Town. She also works under Robin Sprong Wallpaper to produce whimsically patterned wallpaper. Pictured here, Blue Bottle looks like a deconstructed version of an old-fashioned lace pattern. <br><br>$43 per three square feet

Marieke Adams is a textiles, product, and illustration designer based in Cape Town. She also works under Robin Sprong Wallpaper to produce whimsically patterned wallpaper. Pictured here, Blue Bottle looks like a deconstructed version of an old-fashioned lace pattern.

$43 per three square feet

Simon and Eva Luna play in front of a wall covered in Daks wallpaper from Walnut.

Simon and Eva Luna play in front of a wall covered in Daks wallpaper from Walnut.

Aimee Wilder Loops wallpaper pattern.

Aimee Wilder Loops wallpaper pattern.

"The scale of the installation and the budget must be balanced," Sherman says. "If your budget is $1000, either you can use a less expensive wallpaper and cover all four walls, or you can use a very expensive wallpaper and cover one wall. If you know this ahead of time you can see which option is right for the project at hand."

"The scale of the installation and the budget must be balanced," Sherman says. "If your budget is $1000, either you can use a less expensive wallpaper and cover all four walls, or you can use a very expensive wallpaper and cover one wall. If you know this ahead of time you can see which option is right for the project at hand."

Graphic wallpaper complements the color scheme and adds visual interest. Adding bench seating and built-in shelves around the La Redoute table helps to delineate this space as a study and dining area within the larger room.

Graphic wallpaper complements the color scheme and adds visual interest. Adding bench seating and built-in shelves around the La Redoute table helps to delineate this space as a study and dining area within the larger room.

Playful wallpaper from Graham &amp; Brown livens up the house’s otherwise staid <br><br>powder room, which also contains a <br><br>pint-size Ikea sink.

Playful wallpaper from Graham & Brown livens up the house’s otherwise staid

powder room, which also contains a

pint-size Ikea sink.

The headboard in Hansen’s bedroom echoes the 2013 side-board. The wallpaper is from Arte.

The headboard in Hansen’s bedroom echoes the 2013 side-board. The wallpaper is from Arte.

"Usage of the space to be wallpapered is also key," Sherman says. "If you are installing in a bathroom, you certainly don’t want to use anything water sensitive. And if you have kids or pets, you don’t want anything that can’t be cleaned easily. Once you have determined these aspects, you can swing any direction on color and pattern to suit your taste."

"Usage of the space to be wallpapered is also key," Sherman says. "If you are installing in a bathroom, you certainly don’t want to use anything water sensitive. And if you have kids or pets, you don’t want anything that can’t be cleaned easily. Once you have determined these aspects, you can swing any direction on color and pattern to suit your taste."

Magid selected lively Whitby wallpaper by Mini Moderns for Linus’s room, along with Oeuf’s Perch bunk bed. The homeowner found the light-up rocket-ship mobile on a trip to Mexico City.

Magid selected lively Whitby wallpaper by Mini Moderns for Linus’s room, along with Oeuf’s Perch bunk bed. The homeowner found the light-up rocket-ship mobile on a trip to Mexico City.

Washington, D.C.<br><br>Matisse Is My Muse wallpaper by Kate Zaremba, $27–$108 per roll The whimsical botanical motif is digitally printed on FSC-certified paper with water-based ink. A longtime renter, Zaremba designed the wallpaper to be removable, and the PVC-free adhesive won’t damage surfaces.

Washington, D.C.

Matisse Is My Muse wallpaper by Kate Zaremba, $27–$108 per roll The whimsical botanical motif is digitally printed on FSC-certified paper with water-based ink. A longtime renter, Zaremba designed the wallpaper to be removable, and the PVC-free adhesive won’t damage surfaces.

In the adjacent bedroom, decorative touches like the silver wallpaper and mirrored regency-style side table juxtapose with the exposed concrete and duct work.

In the adjacent bedroom, decorative touches like the silver wallpaper and mirrored regency-style side table juxtapose with the exposed concrete and duct work.

Wallpaper. Owen Jones. Block-printed paper. UK, c. 1860 (V&amp;A: 8337). From V&amp;A Pattern Series II: Owen Jones published by V&amp;A Publishing and Abrams Books.

Wallpaper. Owen Jones. Block-printed paper. UK, c. 1860 (V&A: 8337). From V&A Pattern Series II: Owen Jones published by V&A Publishing and Abrams Books.

Because their home is a rental, De Waart was limited in the changes she could make. In the boys’ room, she added vintage wallpaper. "From a distance it appears to be all shades of green but when you have a closer look, it turns out to be one big jungle," De Waart says. She covered just a single wall with the paper to keep the room from feeling overrun with color.

Because their home is a rental, De Waart was limited in the changes she could make. In the boys’ room, she added vintage wallpaper. "From a distance it appears to be all shades of green but when you have a closer look, it turns out to be one big jungle," De Waart says. She covered just a single wall with the paper to keep the room from feeling overrun with color.

An old log makes for a great divider. Beautiful wallpaper from William Morris

An old log makes for a great divider. Beautiful wallpaper from William Morris

The children's bedroom features bright carpeting and patterned wallpaper.

The children's bedroom features bright carpeting and patterned wallpaper.

Blackish Magic (Midnight/Chartreuse) Wallpaper; also available as Type II paper

Blackish Magic (Midnight/Chartreuse) Wallpaper; also available as Type II paper

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WALLPAPER THAT FIXES WALLS<br><br>A new line of wallpapers from Graham and Brown allows you cover up that disaster you call a wall. Cinderblocks, paneling, really bad cracks? These wallpapers will smooth right over them.

WALLPAPER THAT FIXES WALLS

A new line of wallpapers from Graham and Brown allows you cover up that disaster you call a wall. Cinderblocks, paneling, really bad cracks? These wallpapers will smooth right over them.

The wallpaper from Finland breaks up the clean white surface.

The wallpaper from Finland breaks up the clean white surface.

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We partnered with Hygge &amp; West to produce a collection of modern artisan wallpaper that's screenprinted by hand in Chicago, IL. Heath designed wallpaper that combines a clean graphical style with hand-drawn lines in a palette inspired by our glazes in four patterns in four colorways: Arcade, Quilt, Slice, and Strike.<br><br>Shop the collection here:  http://www.heathceramics.com/wallpaper <br><br>#heath<span> <a href="/discover/heathceramics" target="_blank">#heathceramics</a></span><span> <a href="/discover/heathxhyggeandwest" target="_blank">#heathxhyggeandwest</a></span><span> <a href="/discover/wallpaper" target="_blank">#wallpaper</a></span><span> <a href="/discover/color" target="_blank">#color</a></span><span> <a href="/discover/handdrawnlines" target="_blank">#handdrawnlines</a></span><span> <a href="/discover/navy" target="_blank">#navy</a></span><span> <a href="/discover/arcade" target="_blank">#arcade</a></span>

We partnered with Hygge & West to produce a collection of modern artisan wallpaper that's screenprinted by hand in Chicago, IL. Heath designed wallpaper that combines a clean graphical style with hand-drawn lines in a palette inspired by our glazes in four patterns in four colorways: Arcade, Quilt, Slice, and Strike.

Shop the collection here: http://www.heathceramics.com/wallpaper

#heath #heathceramics #heathxhyggeandwest #wallpaper #color #handdrawnlines #navy #arcade

We partnered with Hygge &amp; West to produce a collection of modern artisan wallpaper that's screenprinted by hand in Chicago, IL. Heath designed wallpaper that combines a clean graphical style with hand-drawn lines in a palette inspired by our glazes in four patterns in four colorways: Arcade, Quilt, Slice, and Strike.<br><br>Shop the collection here: http://www.heathceramics.com/wallpaper <br><br>#heath<span> <a href="/discover/heathceramics" target="_blank">#heathceramics</a></span><span> <a href="/discover/heathxhyggeandwest" target="_blank">#heathxhyggeandwest</a></span><span> <a href="/discover/wallpaper" target="_blank">#wallpaper</a></span><span> <a href="/discover/color" target="_blank">#color</a></span><span> <a href="/discover/handdrawnlines" target="_blank">#handdrawnlines</a></span><span> <a href="/discover/blue" target="_blank">#blue</a></span><span> <a href="/discover/quilt" target="_blank">#quilt</a></span>

We partnered with Hygge & West to produce a collection of modern artisan wallpaper that's screenprinted by hand in Chicago, IL. Heath designed wallpaper that combines a clean graphical style with hand-drawn lines in a palette inspired by our glazes in four patterns in four colorways: Arcade, Quilt, Slice, and Strike.

Shop the collection here: http://www.heathceramics.com/wallpaper

#heath #heathceramics #heathxhyggeandwest #wallpaper #color #handdrawnlines #blue #quilt

We partnered with Hygge &amp; West to produce a collection of modern artisan wallpaper that's screenprinted by hand in Chicago, IL. Heath designed wallpaper that combines a clean graphical style with hand-drawn lines in a palette inspired by our glazes in four patterns in four colorways: Arcade, Quilt, Slice, and Strike.<br><br>Shop the collection here: http://www.heathceramics.com/wallpaper <br><br>#heath<span> <a href="/discover/heathceramics" target="_blank">#heathceramics</a></span><span> <a href="/discover/heathxhyggeandwest" target="_blank">#heathxhyggeandwest</a></span><span> <a href="/discover/wallpaper" target="_blank">#wallpaper</a></span><span> <a href="/discover/color" target="_blank">#color</a></span><span> <a href="/discover/handdrawnlines" target="_blank">#handdrawnlines</a></span><span> <a href="/discover/cayenne" target="_blank">#cayenne</a></span><span> <a href="/discover/arcade" target="_blank">#arcade</a></span>

We partnered with Hygge & West to produce a collection of modern artisan wallpaper that's screenprinted by hand in Chicago, IL. Heath designed wallpaper that combines a clean graphical style with hand-drawn lines in a palette inspired by our glazes in four patterns in four colorways: Arcade, Quilt, Slice, and Strike.

Shop the collection here: http://www.heathceramics.com/wallpaper

#heath #heathceramics #heathxhyggeandwest #wallpaper #color #handdrawnlines #cayenne #arcade

The vestibule is painted in Benjamin Moore’s coral-hued Hot Spice and covered in a Cuban-inspired floral wallpaper by fashion designer Matthew Williamson for Osborne &amp; Little.

The vestibule is painted in Benjamin Moore’s coral-hued Hot Spice and covered in a Cuban-inspired floral wallpaper by fashion designer Matthew Williamson for Osborne & Little.

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From ZigZag Zurich's colorful booth, the CoopDPS collection of wallpaper, fabric, and bedding was designed by Nathalie Du Pasquier and George Sowden, two of the founding members of the Memphis Design group. #DwellNow #sightunseenoffsite #zigzagzurich #coopdps #memphisdesign #pattern #bedding #wallpaper #color #nathaliedupasquier #georgesowden

Across from it, a Murphy bed by Resource Furniture—lined with Camilla Meijer wallpaper and featuring a customized niche—allows the space to function as a guest room. An electric Velux skylight frames views of the original tin plates above. The architects chose to leave space between the top of the structure and the ceiling to maintain the rectangular proportions of the loft. "It reads right away," Singer says of the volume. "It’s very satisfying."

Across from it, a Murphy bed by Resource Furniture—lined with Camilla Meijer wallpaper and featuring a customized niche—allows the space to function as a guest room. An electric Velux skylight frames views of the original tin plates above. The architects chose to leave space between the top of the structure and the ceiling to maintain the rectangular proportions of the loft. "It reads right away," Singer says of the volume. "It’s very satisfying."

Saving on the floor tiles meant that Casale and Crofton could spring for hand-finished wallpaper by Swedish company Sandberg. Photo by Matthew Williams.

Saving on the floor tiles meant that Casale and Crofton could spring for hand-finished wallpaper by Swedish company Sandberg. Photo by Matthew Williams.

An installation by Kirsten Hassenfeld hangs above the custom reception desk, which is topped with slate. The floor tiles are 14OraItaliana's iGattipardi line. &amp;Tradition makes the pendant lights and the Vivid Victorian wallpaper is from Flavor Paper.

An installation by Kirsten Hassenfeld hangs above the custom reception desk, which is topped with slate. The floor tiles are 14OraItaliana's iGattipardi line. &Tradition makes the pendant lights and the Vivid Victorian wallpaper is from Flavor Paper.

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Zames decided on Farrow &amp; Ball's Hague Blue color for the bedroom ceiling to make the space feel more intimate, but juxtaposed it with another wallpaper from Flavor Paper. The bed is from Room &amp; Board and the Fawn tables are by Rich Brilliant Willing.

Zames decided on Farrow & Ball's Hague Blue color for the bedroom ceiling to make the space feel more intimate, but juxtaposed it with another wallpaper from Flavor Paper. The bed is from Room & Board and the Fawn tables are by Rich Brilliant Willing.

A slatted walkway leads into the new library, which the Gimons have outfitted with a Topissimo rug by Nani Marquina, Grove Garden wallpaper from Osborne &amp; Little’s Tara collection, and a pink Chroma Sassy sliding wall panel by 3form.

A slatted walkway leads into the new library, which the Gimons have outfitted with a Topissimo rug by Nani Marquina, Grove Garden wallpaper from Osborne & Little’s Tara collection, and a pink Chroma Sassy sliding wall panel by 3form.