the public’s general aversion to wallpaper, Suzan Wemlinger, owner of
Decorating Den Interiors/Suzan J. Designs in Milwaukee, says that
wallpaper is "coming back in a big way." And what’s more?
Metallic wallpapers, especially those cast in softer gold and brass
tones, are trending, adding touches of modern glamour to the most
ordinary of spaces.
experienced the transformative power of metallic wallpaper firsthand
when she redesigned the basement powder room of a Wauwatosa home.
Playing off of the ceiling’s exposed piping and the existing floor
tile’s metallic sheen, she selected a wallpaper design with a brass
geometric pattern. "I thought the geometrical look was an upscale
way to work with a basement room," says Wemlinger. "It’s not
overly dressy but makes it (the bathroom) feel more adult."
implement the trend in your own home? Here's what you need to know.
The result is a
design effect that feels both contemporary and vintage, a feat achieved
through the strong contrast between the wallpaper’s teal-colored base
and brassy pattern.
sheens include silver, gold, copper and brass, but an entire rainbow of
colors, including shimmering purples, reds and greens, are also
As with many wallpapers,
metallic wallpaper designs feature a variety of prints and textures. A
busier print combined with some texture, like an embossed paisley,
creates a dynamic statement.
Since the wallpaper
easily becomes the focus of the room, keep the space’s other
necessities simple. Wemlinger used a consistent all-white theme for the
bathroom’s other adornments.
Light will bounce off the
wallpaper’s sheen, so give careful consideration to what light
fixtures you choose and where they are placed.
Keep an open mind.
"The homeowner was very open to something different than what she
had previously," notes Wemlinger, adding that this willingness to
welcome change is essential.