There is tile,wallpaper and stone. And then there are hand-worked pieces of art – or what appear to be handmade products – that transform ordinary kitchens, foyers, bathrooms and powder rooms into enduring design statements.
Michele van Deventer of B + T, the Bath and Tile Company, loves these artisanal products for their precision, detail and texture. “It's not just what materials you choose, but how you apply them and detail them,” van Deventer says.
Wallpaper, too, is benefitting from select manufacturers that are creating products that appear hand-painted or that come in natural fibers such as sea grass, hemp or linen.
Beyond the hand-painted look, texture, metallics and shimmer are very “in” now, says Sharon Roncka Haas of Textiles Inc. “Just a little bit of glitz. You wouldn't want to put it on four walls or people would think, 'Where is the wallpaper going with that room?'”
Van Deventer agrees. Wallpaper that makes a statement is perfect for powder rooms or “small ornate rooms,” she says. “It's quite a glorious thing.” -Pat Waters
Big damasks; large repeats (they actually make a small room appear larger); wallpapered ceilings; silver, mocha or gold metallics in bathrooms or small hallways and foyers to create the illusion of a higher ceiling.
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Wallpaper by Farrow & Ball isn't hand-painted, but it is produced with the company's own manufacturing methods and its own paint – an admirable touch. Also popular with interior designers: Bradbury & Bradbury, and Arte Studio by Koroseal.
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