Step Up Your Wall Finishes

Each year we see some new and interesting ideas emerge on how to step up wall finishes. The year 2021 has brought forth these ideas through a combination of bold finish materials, architectural details, and color. Today’s trends to take your wall to the next level include funky wallpapers, different applications of wood, and new places to add a daring pop of color.

The first reaction we get from most people when we suggest wallpaper for their space is not always a positive one. That is because it has built up this bad reputation from the past of being old-fashioned or troublesome to apply. But what most people don’t know is just how advanced wallpapers have become and how beautiful these new, contemporary textures and patterns can make a space look. Wallpapers are available in all types of materials like vinyl, grasscloth, fabric, and of course your most basic material, paper. They can also be applied in a number of ways. Some are peel and stick, some are spray and stick, and some require a paste to stick. Depending on who is applying it and their level of expertise as well as patience will determine which route to take. We love a good DIY but highly recommend hiring a professional to make sure it goes up nice and straight as well as adheres to the surface correctly.

Yes, wallpaper is definitely a love it or hate it type of finish. Our team at A. Clore interiors has fallen in love with a bunch of fun, eye-catching wallpapers lately, so much so that we actually starting applying it to ceilings too!  A picture is worth 1000 words so let’s explore this further through some design eye candy!

 

 

How absolutely breathtaking is this detailed peacock wallpaper?! It has this bold pattern displayed in a way that is sophisticated yet light and airy.

 

 

 Maybe you wish you had an office area but don’t have any free space in your home…Have an extra closet that you really don’t need? This desk nook was created from an old closet space. We added a neutral patterned wallpaper inside to emphasize this special area and give it a hint of personality.

 

 

 

 

Powder bathrooms are some of our favorite places to apply wallpaper because they add character into an unexpected space of the home and create an experience for your guests. This paper yells big, bad, and bold. Take a closer look! Yes, those are dragons indeed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you haven’t already hopped on board the wall paneling or shiplap trend then it’s not too late! We continue to see new ways to apply wood to walls in different patterns and finishes. The style of your home plays an important part in deciding how to go about this type of wall design. For example, a more modern style home is suited for a linear shiplap or geometric patterned wood application where a more traditional home is suited for a wall paneling with trim or chair rail.

 

 

In this office, we used a simple linear wood paneling applied in a varied grid pattern also known as board and batten. This paneled wall painted in the same color as the surrounding walls creates a subtle accent while framing the displayed artwork and continuing a feeling of symmetry within the transitional styled space.

 

 

This modern shiplap look is simple yet stunning. A great deep contrast was created here with a black paint finish against light-toned wood.

 

 

This geometric application of board and batten form these shapes and shadows that makeup quite the focal point.

 

Paint is probably the easiest and most cost-effective way to change a space and add color. This year we see big trends in the application of color. I know we are talking all things wall finishes but have you ever thought of bringing that wall finish up to your ceiling? Or maybe onto a door that essentially acts as a puzzle piece to a wall? Below is just a glance at just how daring you can get with paint and color. There’s even some interesting ceiling wallpaper paired with these bold colors.

 

 

 

In both this bedroom and dining area, the bold colors and ceiling wallpapers harmonize to create very dramatic and moody spaces.

 

 

Here you see the use of blue paint on an interior double door. This not only forms a defined separation between the two rooms but also shows one way that you can add a pop of color to a minimalistic space.

 

 

Who said ceilings had to be painted white? Step out of the box, find a color you love for your walls, and continue that onto the ceiling. This trend works especially well in a midcentury modern or boho-styled space. The application of this trend in the bedroom pictured above fits in perfectly with the aesthetic and storyline of the room giving us the feeling that we are going back in time and turning those black and white photos into color.

 

All of these different wall finishes whether it be wallpaper, wood paneling, or paint, create new meaning and enhance what already exists architecturally. Stepping up your wall finishes allows you to set the tone for your space, tell a story, and evoke a certain set of feelings and emotions. We highly encourage you to take a leap of faith and try one of these trends for 2021, a year of taking back what is ours- our freedom and happiness!

 

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2019 Interior Design Trends

With 2018 out the door and the new year here, everyone is revamping their lives with resolutions and are determined to make changes. The design industry is showing some changes, too, with new trends arising, plus some trends are carrying over from the previous year. Here are our top ten 2019 design trends!

Quartz

Quartz countertops are a relatively new concept. Most clients want granite, but that requires high maintenance and isn’t as durable as quartz. With quartz you can get the look of granite while still maintaining a higher level of functionality and durability. It conveniently comes in a plethora of colors and styles to match your preference.

Keep your kitchen renovation expenses down by opting for quartz countertops.

Maximalism

As opposed to minimalism, maximalism is taking its stand in the new year with its bold presence of personality. While being stylishly crowded is tricky, the lived in look can make an area feel more welcoming and keep the eye interested. Some tried ways of doing this include using lots of different textures, sizes, and keeping colors bold but still within the same spectrum. We have been saying “more is more,” around the studio.

The mood board features lots of textures but sticks to similar hues.

Wallpaper

Wallpaper has been making a huge comeback this past year, and will continue to be used in many ways.  A subtle, textured wallpaper used throughout the space keeps a cohesiveness that’s not overbearing. A bold accent wall filled with pattern catches the eyes and is an effective way for adding personality into a room. In addition to plastering it up on walls, wallpaper can wrap accessories or be framed to mock art. This decor technique will incorporate unique characteristics while still being easily removable.

The agate-patterned wallpaper in this nook draws attention to the special liquor corner.

Green Trend

Not only is green in as a color but also as a lifestyle. Green products are a better alternative in 2019; we can embrace a cleaner and more eco-friendly way of living. The hue softens any space when incorporated as a toned-down, earthy color. To achieve this, bring house plants into your rooms. It can also energize when used in the workplace when used in a bright manner.

The large painting in the back sets the natural color scheme to for the rest of the space.

Sustainable and Natural Fabrics

In 2019 animal-free leathers and worm-free silks will provide us our favorite luxurious fabrics and textures guilt free. These synthetic textiles are often more durable and affordable than the real thing, making it even more tempting to incorporate.

This leather will stay in great shape over the years in this living room due to synthetic modifying.

Rose Gold

Whether it’s on the faucets or accented with lighting fixtures or accessories, rose gold is another hit color for 2019 with its sleek and glamorous demeanor. But not in the same ways as it was in 2018; this year you will find mixed with a brassy tone to modernize it. Small pops of the color add elegance to any space. For easy inclusion, Kohler just came out with a line of rose gold plumbing fixtures.

A trendy room example with rose gold fixtures.

Decorative Ceilings

When designing your space don’t forget your ceilings; not often are ceiling seen as a fifth wall. Paint, wallpaper, and beams all act as ways to add some interests to your ceilings. This will furnish the room as a whole and can be used in many settings.

This ceiling adds extra glam to the luxurious master suite.

Multifunctional and Compact furniture

Perfect for the urban dwelling, 2019 will show more stylish options of compact, multipurpose furniture pieces. These will be smaller in scale and adaptable to different spaces. With growing families and smaller spaces in popular cities, functional furniture is key to invest in.

Curvilinear Furniture

2019 is bringing back a sense of sensuality! Curved furnishings soften and invite conversation into your space. This variation of form gives the room interest and breaks the mundane flow of corners. It’s easy to draw a large room in by focusing the circle in the center, or if you’re tight on space, use the circular form in furniture to allow for more walk-space.

This softly curved seating area with blue hues invites guests to sit down and have a heartfelt conversation.

Art Deco

Mid-Century Modern was truly loved, but it is on the way out and Art Deco will be making a comeback. Find it this year with its more lavish details being found in sofas, case goods, lighting and accessories. These flairs will easily upgrade any space.

Art decor can really personalize a space.

 

Interior Designs by A.Clore Interiors

Thank you to our amazing photographer Abby Liga! Interior Photography Credit: https://www.abbyliga.com/

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