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Wall Art: Use Bold Wallpaper Patterns to Brighten up a Room


Still stuck on the notion that wallpaper is forever? Try big patterns in small doses. Rev up a powder room with a powerful print, highlight an accent wall with a striking pattern, or create a sense of surprise inside a closet.

Those who aren’t comfortable with commitment can treat wallpaper like art. The bold pattern pictured here, Pucker Up Buttercup from Ashford House, is made in Pennsylvania by York Wallcoverings. The interpretation is an easy DIY project. The paper is mounted on artist’s board and framed with decorative molding to make a statement that will stop people in their tracks. Even better, the whole setup is completely mobile.

“It’s quick, easy, adds a little zest to an otherwise boring wallscape, and gives people the confidence to try a bigger project someday,” says Gina Shaw, vice president of product development at York. “What a chic way to use a cheeky pattern.”

Pre-pasted, wash­able and strippable, it also comes in light gold and pink on white, and brown and fuchsia on metallic gold. The suggested retail price is $43 per single roll (sold in double rolls only). To find a Main Line retail or design outlet, visit www.yorkwall.com