Charles Barone Wallpaper Ads from 1984

July 21st, 2011

Charles Barone Wallpaper Ads from 1984Charles Barone Wallpaper Ads from 1984The 1980’s were all about Charles Barone Wallpaper and Fabrics. When I entered the wallpaper and fabric industry in 1994, we would hear about this wonderful print. After 25 years, Designer Wallcoverings has recreated this masterpiece as it is now available at

Wallpaper 101 – How to Install Wallcovering.

December 29th, 2010

Installing Natural Wallpapers

November 3rd, 2010

Prior to Installation:

  • Please note that due to the exclusive use of natural materials processed almost entirely by hand, certain distinguishing and enhancing imperfections and color shades are an integral part of the impression of these wallcoverings.
  • Examine each roll to be sure the product is what was ordered.
  • Since there can be variations within each bolt, you should compare, prior to cutting, both side edges of each strip with the previous strip. This will help you create the most pleasing variation of color. No adjustment or claim will be considered because of variation in color or shading once material has been cut.
  • Although thorough inspection is given to the wallcoverings, the ultimate responsibility for final inspection and approval of the material before installation is that of the customer. We are not responsible for labor cost in the installation of incorrect or imperfect material.
  • Carefully Inspect the installation after applying three strips before proceeding. If, at any time during the installation, a discrepancy occurs, stop. Contact the designer or innovations before proceeding.

Wall Preparation:

  • Proper wallpaper preparation is essential. Generally walls must be smooth, clean and dry. Wallcoverings will not adhere well to dirt, soap or grease. Clean the walls with household detergent or with a solution of six parts water to one part ammonia and rinse with clean water.
  • Thoroughly clean surfaces showing traces of efflorescence or mold.
  • It is recommended to remove all old wallcoverings.
  • Always turn off the electricity and remove any switch plates, wall fixtures, outlet plates, etc., before you begin to hang the paper.
  • When applying wallpaper over plaster walls, always smooth out any rough spots with a sander and fill any holes or cracks with patching plaster or spackling compound.
  • Apply a single coat of pigmented sealer on new and unpainted walls followed by wallcovering primer or sizing.
  • Always apply wallcovering primer prior to installation, such as Romans R-35 or Zinsser Shields Plus. This ensures an even surface for the wallpaper to adhere making it easier to hang and remove later on. After this procedure, the surface should be allowed to dry for about 24 hours.

Wall Application:

  • For hanging, we recommend the use of a non-staining clear wallpaper adhesive.
  • IMPORTANT – Avoid getting any adhesive on the front surface of product to prevent staining.

Grand Opening of the Beverly Hills Hotel

October 7th, 2010

BH Hotel

Flock Wallpaper Hanging Installation Instructions

September 30th, 2010

rior to Installation:

  • This product is manufactured under constant supervision from the finest raw materials and we feel will perform exactly as represented. However, as we have no control over the use or application thereof, we make no warranties.
  • Carefully Examine this merchandise for color, condition, quantity and quality BEFORE Cutting and Hanging, as claims cannot be allowed after goods are cut.
  • The Paperhanger assumes full responsibility when he/she cuts the wallpaper supplied. He/she should know after Cutting and Hanging one bolt whether or not he/she can complete the installation properly. No Claims allowed for more than 1 bolt installed on the wall. Positively no allowance for cut rolls and claims for labor will NOT be entertained.

Wall Preparation:

  • Proper wallcovering preparation is essential. Generally walls must be smooth and clean. Wallcoverings will not adhere well to dirt, soap or grease. Clean the walls with household detergent or with a solution of six parts water to one part ammonia and rinse with clean water.
  • It is recommended to remove all old wallcoverings.
  • Always turn off the electricity and remove any switchplates, wall fixtures, outlet plates, etc., before you begin to hang the paper.
  • When applying wallpaper over plaster walls, always smooth out any rough spots with a sander and fill any holes or cracks with patching plaster or spackling compound.
  • Always apply wallcovering primer prior to installation. This ensures an even surface for the wallpaper to adhere making it easier to hang and remove later on.

Wall Application:

  • Please use clear non-staining pre-mixed wallpaper adhesive for installation.
  • Flocked wallcovering should never be cut in gang strips. A strip at a time should be cut and laid on a clean table. Always paste one sheet at a time before trimming. After your sheet is pasted and folded, place your straightedge on the selvage part of the wallcovering and not on the body of the wallcovering. This will avoid creasing.
  • Never use a seam roller to roll down the seams. This will only burnish the flock and will draw attention to the seams. The seams can be pressed to the wall by using the edge of the smoothing brush and tapping sharply at the seams. The use of the smoothing brush in this “stippling” manner will force the seams in place without matting down the flock.
  • Some shedding of flock is expected. Care should be exercised not to pick up this excess with your pasting brush or tool. Always work on a clean surface.
  • Flame Resistance – ASTM-E84-70, Flame Spread – 10, Smoke Density – 5, Fuel Contributed – 5, Class A rated. Country of origin is USA.

Obama’s Oval Office gets a wallpaper makeover

August 31st, 2010

Renovations to the Oval Office, including a new carpet, wallpaper and furniture, are seen, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010, at the White House in Washington.


By J. Scott Applewhite, AP

The Oval Office has gotten an extreme makeover.Well, maybe not that extreme. But while the first family was away on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, the president’s office was remodeled for the first time since President George W. Bush was the occupant.

Highlights, according to our Oval blog, include new and reupholstered furniture, new paint and wallpaper, along with a new rug, paid for by the non-profit White House Historical Association through a contribution from the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

The new wheat, cream and blue colored oval-shaped rug is made of 25 percent recycled wool. The rug has the Presidential seal in the center and historical quotes of meaning to President Obama around the border:

1. “The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself,” President Franklin D. Roosevelt
2. “The Arc of the Moral Universe is Long, But it Bends Towards Justice,” Martin Luther King, Jr.
3. “Government of the People, By the People, For the People,” President Abraham Lincoln
4. “No Problem of Human Destiny is Beyond Human Beings,” President John F. Kennedy
5. “The Welfare of Each of Us is Dependent Fundamentally Upon the Welfare of All of Us,” President Theodore Roosevelt

Damask Wall Paper and Wallcoverings

August 12th, 2010

Named for the area in which it originated, damask is a weaving technique thought to date back a far as the early middle ages near the Damascus region of Syria. There is a damask wallpaper that brings out the fine lines of the pattern. Then there is a damask “pattern”, Damask patterns can range from floral motifs to more ornate designs. We see modern day interpretations of the pattern on everything from wallpaper to wedding cakes.

In the early periods of the 12th century, damask fabric was used primarily in formal settings such as a formal dining room. It was associated with “dignified luxury” thus typically found in the homes of royalty, the elite or the general “well to do” population.

We find damask patterns and prints used in many interior design styles because once again, it adds elegance and sophistication to any room or event. As with anything, the pattern has been modernized in many ways to fit the needs of the 21st century lifestyle.

Most associate the damask pattern with the colors black and white, although the pattern and wallpapers have always been produced in a wide variety of colors throughout the centuries.  However, modern designers have brought more color combinations to the spectrum.

As we try to walk the fine line between traditional and contemporary, damask is finding it’s way back into home décor schemes and furnishings. We have modernized it by using it as an accent piece instead of a primary focal point. This is accomplished through wall tapestries, drapes, stencil design or wall paper, rugs, throws, pillows and other things of that nature. You also find the pattern used in many bedrooms. It is a popular theme for luxury bedding.

The damask pattern is popular with brides to be and wedding planners. It is a very elegant addition to any wedding theme. The print is used on wedding invitations, save the date announcements as well as cakes! For brides who truly love the pattern, they’ll even incorporate it into their wedding gown or bridesmaid dresses with sashes and floral treatments.

There’s a lot that can go “wrong” when trying to use the pattern, so continue to read as I will share all my design tips and suggestions on how to properly and elegantly incorporate the elegant damask into your home décor or wedding theme.

Dramatic Backdrops – UK Expresses

March 22nd, 2010

Dramatic backdrops

By Nicole Swengley

Published: March 20 2010 00:24 | Last updated: March 20 2010 00:24

'Picture This' by Timorous Beasties, 'Skulls' by Barbara Hulanicki, jigsaw design by Tracy Kendall
From left: Skulls by Barbara Hulanicki; Picture This by Timorous Beasties; jigsaw design by Tracy Kendall

Wallpaper once knew its place. Its role as a quiet, decorative backdrop was universally acknowledged. And even when it occasionally played a more prominent part – as a bold feature wall, for example – it did so as a capricious act of rebellion. Now, however, technological advances and aesthetic gear-shifts are turning the medium into a powerfully expressive and creative force.


Very Sanderson: 150 Years of English Decoration, Fashion & Textile Museum, London – Mar-20

The riches of stitches – Mar-13

Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill, Victoria & Albert Museum, London – Mar-13

On the write lines – Mar-05

Receptacles of the subconscious – Feb-27

The return of ‘things’ – Feb-27

“A whole new generation of homeowners haven’t experienced what can be done with wallpaper,” says Miami-based designer Barbara Hulanicki, who recently launched a collection with manufacturer Graham & Brown. “They don’t realise how easy it is to put up, now that you paste the wall not the paper.”

Still, attitudes are changing. “People are realising that wallpaper is not an irreversible choice,” says London-based interior designer Suzy Hoodless, whose “Hothouse” wallpaper collection is produced by Osborne & Little. “They’re prepared to take risks with bold patterns, strong colours and interesting textures because they recognise wallpaper provides a warmth and texture that paints can’t achieve.”

“There’s a resurgence in papering walls as people realise it’s a great way of introducing texture and variety while sticking to their favourite colour palette,” confirms David Oliver of Paint & Paper Library. “Wallpaper creates an illusion of depth and space by introducing volume through pattern, so it’s an effective way to modulate moods, add personality or act as a punctuation mark. And it’s brilliant for attic bedrooms and hallways with complicated architectural ceiling lines.”

Increasingly, wallpaper is also employed by contemporary artists as a vehicle for exploring social, political, cultural and even sexual themes, as revealed in the first UK exhibition of artists’ wallpaper at Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery. Featuring more than 30 international artists, including Damien Hirst, Angus Fairhurst, Allen Jones, Sarah Lucas and Abigail Lane, it analyses wallpaper’s role as a meaningful art form.

Christine Woods, the show’s co-curator, pinpoints Andy Warhol’s repeating designs Cow (1966) and Mao (1974) as the springboard for fine artists’ engagement. “They’ve used wallpaper’s ubiquity and non-threatening domestic status as a foil for the shock factor of hard-hitting commentary,” she says. However, Karen Beauchamp, creative director of British wallpaper manufacturer Cole & Son, believes “wallpaper has always been a reflection of social history, mirroring many things”.

Some of the show’s star turns, such as Abigail Lane’s Black Skeleton wallpaper (available from Showroom Dummies) could be challenging to live with. Head Jam, a limited edition from the Hedonistic collection by De Angelis & Garner (available online) is similarly surreal, with the red-lipped, ghostly head of 1980s British performance artist Leigh Bowery (a muse of Lucian Freud) portrayed as a slightly unsettling punk icon.

Avant-garde wallpaper is found elsewhere, too. Take the subversive images conjured by Timorous Beasties, a design studio founded by Glasgow School of Art graduates Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons. Glasgow Toile – a graphic depiction of an urban landscape populated by homeless people, scavenging seagulls and crumbling tower blocks – is uncompromising in its focus on contemporary social and political issues. Less provocative but still unusual is Picture This, a wallpaper showing an illustrated frame bordering a block of colour, as if a painting has been removed. Meanwhile graphics of iguanas, thistles, insects and pineapples are among Timorous Beasties’ less contentious, yet still off-beat, imagery.

Unusual subject-matter is also Annette Taylor-Anderson’s speciality. Her own-brand Construction wallpapers depict cranes, bridges, pavements and New York traffic lights. Meanwhile Amye Fitzgerald, whose intensely coloured papers were a 100% Futures highlight at London’s 100% Design show last year, combines her own photography with hand-sketching to create exotic, digitally printed, Rousseau-like designs. Her Las Vegas collection of bespoke patterns feature dancing girls and palm trees embellished (as requested) with crystals and feathers.

Texture is as seminal as pattern or image for many designers. New York-based fine artist Anya Larkin hand-paints rice-paper or grass-cloth (available from Donghia). Fluxus, a hand-painted rice-paper, resembles an ancient, peeling façade while Zephyr, a rice-paper handpainted in faded blues, greens and creams, looks like a sun-baked wall. Concertina, a pleated, hand-painted rice-paper embellished with gold leaf and an antique glaze, is as much an evocative artwork as a tactile wallcovering.

Similarly, one of Jocelyn Warner’s new designs, Fern (shown at 100% Design last September), shimmers with iridescent gold and silver detail. Warner, whose work is in the collection of New York’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, enjoys scanning objects such as folded paper or pebbles to create big, apparently three-dimensional designs. She favours eye-catching surfaces – often mirrored or metallic – and works closely with manufacturers’ research and development teams to explore new finishes and speciality inks.

New production techniques are creating fascinating textural effects. Fine silica sand accentuates and softens lined grid patterns in Ulf Moritz’s Charisma collection (available from Brian Yates). Lacquered flowers in spectacularly large repeats sit on silky, gloss grounds while hammered metallics, woven leather effects, crystals, pearly micas and shimmering sparkling threads are incorporated into various designs.

'Flutter' wallpaper by Catherine Hammerton
Flutter by Catherine Hammerton

This textural trend accounts for the renaissance of flock, a technique that replicates cut-velvet on wallpaper. Cole & Son, one of the few remaining manufacturers of hand-flocked wallpaper produced by traditional, 200-year-old methods, offers customised designs while its dramatic flock-on-foil collection is a bestseller. Meanwhile Hulanicki’s new flock collection for Graham & Brown combines bold images with hot fashion colours such as cerise, burnt orange and purple grape. A subtle outline pattern of skulls has been a surprising hit. “I wanted to give traditional flock a distinct modern twist,” Hulanicki says. “I feel wallpaper design has previously been too serious. It needs an injection of humour.”Innovative finishes are a key focus for Beware the Moon, a father-and-daughter design studio run by John and Louise Wakefield. Glitter, holographic undercoats and iridescent, colour-changing, movement-activated inks are among their “magic tricks”. “We try to achieve effects and finishes that play with light and colour in new ways,” says Louise Wakefield. The company’s initial designs, hand-printed on paper made from sustainably produced pulp, play on themes of denial (Ostrich), desire (She) and death/re-birth (Skulls).

Meanwhile texture combines with image and pattern to create an intricate layered effect in Claire Coles’s bespoke wallpaper panels. Coles scours markets and charity shops for vintage wallpapers, then cuts, layers and machine-stitches them together to create new scenes and illustrations that lend fresh significance and unexpected beauty to discarded or unremarkable papers, as revealed in a recent show at London’s Flow Gallery.

Royal College of Art graduate Catherine Hammerton extends this concept with her Collection wallpaper – a collage of original love-letters, fabrics and lucky charms that turns each hand-finished panel into a wildly textural explosion of colour and image. Meanwhile Flutter is made from hand-cut paper ginkgo leaves stitched to a traditional ground, while laser-cut floral paper shapes tumble and trail like foliage in Bramble. Blossom, a hand-stitched, waxed paper dotted with lacy perforations, is best hung proud of a wall to emphasise the design’s natural shadow-play. These bespoke designs start from £200 per metre but a “ready-to-wear” range, including Stamps, a quirky photographic print featuring cascades of vintage stamps, is more accessibly priced (£179 for a 10-metre roll).

Hammerton’s designs, which combine silk-screen printing and handwork with digital technology, typify the new mixed-media approach that is transforming our wallscapes. For example, Maria and Ekaterina Yaschuk of Meystyle integrate twinkling LEDs (light-emitting diodes) into their bespoke wallpapers. The Moscow-born, London-based sisters print their designs to any scale on materials including textile-based wall-coverings, using Swarovski crystals to accentuate the lights’ impact.

Meanwhile zips, sequins, tassels – even button-holes with hand-stitched buttons – rank among Tracy Kendall’s special effects. Inspired by a 1920s dress, her Sequins wallpaper creates its own reflective light-show while a bespoke design called In the White Room employs a cut-and-restitch technique to create a three-dimensional patchwork effect with strips of paper peeling away to add texture, shadow and depth to a wall. Flax, a frondy design comprising cut strands of paper, whispers audibly as you brush past. “[She] treats wallpaper more like a textile – weaving it or creating 3D effects by manipulating and involving the paper,” says design historian Lesley Jackson.

Kendall’s latest designs, shown at the Maison & Objet interiors exhibition in Paris in January, include Inventory, which depicts a 19th-century household inventory, and Picturespots, a collection of 18th-century vignettes. Interaction is also Rachel Kelly’s goal. Specially created pattern pieces can be stuck on by homeowners, giving her wallpapers greater visual depth (available online from Kelly, whose wallcoverings grace London’s Zetter hotel, is not alone in forging a creative link between designer and homeowner via a product. Inspired by the 1950s paint-by-numbers craze, Jenny Wilkinson’s Wallpaper-by-Numbers designs can be painted in small sections or left as outlines.

An even more intensely interactive experience comes from computerised, digital wallpapers. Leading exponents include Daniel Brown, whose animated floral wallpaper – a light projection activated by self-generative computer software to evolve “organically” – is in the V&A show Decode: Digital Design Sensations (until April 11). He is currently working on a domestic version for Gallery Libby Sellers. Also on show is Simon Heijdens’ Tree – a light projection linked to outdoor environmental sensors that “blow” leaves from swaying branches on to the ground, where they lift and settle as you stroll.

Are homeowners keen to commission such elaborate designs? It appears so. Heijdens has installed moving wallpaper in five homes, while one of Brown’s is in a three-storey atrium/living space. “It looks quite exceptional,” he says.

‘Walls Are Talking: Wallpaper, Art and Culture’, until August 30, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, UK, tel: +44 (0)161-275 7450,

Thermochromic Wall Paper

March 15th, 2010
thermochromic….. . . . . …..wallpaper

Thermochromics translate a temperature- change into a colour-change. I investigated the question how this effect can be used to make the changing temperature of radiators visible at the radiator itself and on the surrounding wallpaper.
I am also thinking about the radiator as an everyday object. It is just functional and mostly not decorative. Why not integrating the radiator in the interior decoration?
Through the colourchange of the patterns it is told that the radiator is turned on or off.
It could be that if we can see heat appearring in a visual manner, that these makes us freeze less. Also the colour of the pattern could remind us of turning the radiator down when we leave the house.
Copyright © 2003 – 2010 by Elisa Strozyk

Martinique Banana Leaf Wallpaper

March 5th, 2010

The Martinique Banana Leaf  Wallpaper was designed in 1941.  The woners of the company directed the designer albert Stockdale to create the large Banana Leaf design after being inspired by a trip to the tropical jungles of Central America.Mr. Donald  Loper having seen an installation of the “Martinique” design in the office of the owner, specified the “Martinique” for the refurbishment of the Beverly HIlls Hotel. It has been in constant print ever since.


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