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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5 Home Trends You Will Love

As we pass the chaos of Summer 2020, we are embracing (with some caution) the new autumn season! With it comes new trends that we will be seeing in homes, fashion, and accessories. At A.Clore, some our best inspiration comes from the fashion styles that arrive with every season. This year we’re seeing lots of rich and antiquated colors that may be considered “outdated.” With this resurgence, spaces are being filled items that have an old-time-charm. Thrifting is a popular pastime, encouraging bold styles that embrace one’s individual personality.

And of course, we’re seeing this reflected in personal homes, too. Bohemian, mid-century mod, and modern interiors are all being altered to truly match the owner. This is great! There are so many amazing outlets now to draw inspiration from. Here, we’ll look at 5 prevalent trends you can expect to see this last half of 2020 and into 2021. Let’s get inspired!

Popping Colors

Classic Blue is Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year! It pairs well with the other bold colors that are becoming popular. They all have a rich narrative and stand out. These timeless colors reflect the ever-changing consumer mindset that’s focused on longevity and value while desiring self-expression. We’ve seen these in new wallpapers and bold design choices. And when it comes to the all white trend, there are natural wood textures and green plants being added to imitate color and add interest.

Pantone Color Theory Autumn 2020/Winter 2021

Pantone Color Theory Autumn 2020/Winter 2021

 

Garden Party Unpasted Wall Mural

Rifle Paper Co. – York Wallpaper

blue cabinets and rose gold accents kitchen

Works well with the infamous Rose Gold color!

Layers and Added Depth

There are lots of new design trends popping up that are insanely creative. Most are easy to do and affordable, making them great options to personalize a room! You can add interest to a room by imitating depth. Paint blocks extended onto the ceiling or covering two walls across the corner are some ideas of how to do this. Painted arches have also become a common way yo draw the eyes to a focal point without being an expensive option like tile or shiplap that we’ve done before. To add to the boho style that has become popular, decorating with excess plants, florals, and macramé is a fun trend, too. We’ve been noticing people having lots of fun with this, using uncommonly shaped wall décor like miss-matched baskets hung on the walls. This especially is a great way to add depth and texture to a plain wall.

Painted wall arch

Painted Wall Arch

wall painted block

Out-of-the-box painting techniques affordably add eye-catching depth

blush pink macrame wall hanging

Using a rich color and unique shape to individualize space.

Comfort over Looks

We are definitely noticing that homeowners are going for comfort over look. Especially with quarantine and spending more time at home, it is more important now than ever. This is complemented by recent furniture being designed to achieve both, like this simple, modern couch yet plush cushions. This is accentuated by the love of excess blankets and throw pillows. We see these made in the inviting, bright colors of emerging color trends.

grey sectional and lounge chaise

Modern lines WITH plush cushions

plush grey sectional living room

Freeform shapes featured in the furniture and accessories paired with natural wood tones

Retro is Back, baby

Not sure if you’ve noticed, but the Rolling stones tongue icon is back. The vintage retro aesthetic is definitely in line with the new popular colors, just brightened. In commercial spaces, the classic diner theme is drawing in customers too. In residential spaces, we’re seeing unique neon lights with quirky sayings. As a popular decoration option, lots of wall canvases and wallpaper have a color block, art deco theme to them, too.

oasis diner retro

Diners and Drive-In movies are having a moment

Sunburst wall art orange and pink

Sunburst Wall Art

Rolling Stones Tye Dye Tongue Shirt

Rolling Stones Tye-Dye Tongue Apparel

Geometric sun removable wallpaper

Geo Sun Removable Wallpaper

Art deco home vanity

Art Deco Room Style

Technology Advances

Of course as time goes on, our technology is getting better. Smart home systems are highly sought after and new builds are becoming very energy-efficient. This is great for saving money and the environment. Modern appliances are great, like see through fridges with an iPad-like face, and everyone is adding Google homes and Alexas throughout their house.

Samsung Side-by-Side Refrigerators #RS22T5561SR

These fridge faces have cool features like Bluetooth and useful notes.

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Energy efficiency is great for saving money over time!

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