techniques are easily mastered, others require
the work of a professional.
Stenciling is another popular do-it-yourself
way for paint to enliven walls, with an ever-in-
creasing variety of stencils available from paint
stores, do-it-yourself outlets and craft shops.
A ROLL OF PAPER
Papers are another easy wall dressing
inexpensive, easy to apply and ingenious at
camouflaging minor defects such as cracks
and bulges. While prepasted papers are easy
enough for even an occasional do-it-yourselfer
to succeed at the task of applying them to the
wall, many people seek instead to have pro-
fessionals ensure a top-notch finished look.
While once considered difficult to maintain,
wallpapers now are constructed of treated
vinyls so that they not only are easy to clean,
they also are easy to strip away from the wall
when a new look is desired.
Like paint, wallpapers are available in a ver-
itable encyclopedia of colors — as well as pat-
terns, prints, textures and complementary
Patterns run the gamut from sophisticated
stripes to nursery-rhyme prints. Vegetables,
fruits and teapot prints are perfect for kitchen;
seashells and paisleys for the bathroom; flo-
rals and ribbons for the bedroom; whimsical
clown and transportation motifs for children's
To coordinate the decor of rooms that flow
into each other, most wallpaper lines offer fam-
ilies of companion papers, prints and borders
that can be mixed and matched for a variety
of looks. This can include, for example, large
florals, stripes, plaids, dots and small florals
all in the same color scheme.
Also available are embossed papers that
add instant textural impact. White embossed
wallpaper frequently has been used to add pat-
tern to ceilings, now they increasingly are find-
ing their way onto walls.
White in its original form, this embossed
paper can be finished in many different ways
and painted a variety of colors. The applica-
tion of paints and glazes can transform the pa-
per into appearances that give the illusion of
copper or tin, gilded leather or elegant plas-
As for wall systems — whether an up-to-
the-minute media center or traditional shelv-
ing for books or collectibles — all are designed
to solve organization challenges.
Some wall units are ready-made for gener-
ic use; others are custom designed for a spe-
cific area and purpose. Either way, to ensure
that it's worth the expense of having wall units
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