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    I am not a fan of wallpaper, in fact I have a lot to strip off in our new house's kitchen. It is all personal taste. I am addicted to HGTV and DIY shows and what I have noticed lately is that the textured wallpaper is making a come back. Like what your thinking, I have seen them do a wall as a focal point or a chair rail with paint on the bottom and textured paper on top.

    I have LOTS of rooms that I need to personalize (the master bedroom is painted the darkest green you ever seen, it looks live a cave) and I am nervous about picking colors, Joe is color blind of all things, so his opinion DOES NOT MATTER! Yet he wants to put his two cents in. For instance when we viewed the house with the dark green master bedroom he said "why would someone paint there bedroom dark brown"???

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    Quote Originally Posted by KMARINO View Post
    I am not a fan of wallpaper, in fact I have a lot to strip off in our new house's kitchen. It is all personal taste. I am addicted to HGTV and DIY shows and what I have noticed lately is that the textured wallpaper is making a come back. Like what your thinking, I have seen them do a wall as a focal point or a chair rail with paint on the bottom and textured paper on top.

    I have LOTS of rooms that I need to personalize (the master bedroom is painted the darkest green you ever seen, it looks live a cave) and I am nervous about picking colors, Joe is color blind of all things, so his opinion DOES NOT MATTER! Yet he wants to put his two cents in. For instance when we viewed the house with the dark green master bedroom he said "why would someone paint there bedroom dark brown"???
    Oh Kelly I know the feeling, my husband too is color blind and HAS to have an opinion. Ummm hello?!?!?!?!!? Your opinion does NOT reflect what the rest ofr the world sees. Thankfully as far as paint, I do and pick what I want and he hasnt complained yet. I say you pick the paint and get the tiny size and throw some up on the wall so you can see it then if you like it invite Joe to see it. Not for opinion of course just to show him. If I liked girly colors then we would have a problem but I dont so I can do what I want as far as paint. Everything I have painted Copnway has said, looks fine to me as is. (before I paint) He has no vision at all. BUT after I paint he is always happy.

    I LOVE the idea of using the wallpaper inside the framed moldings. That would be pretty and much easier to get up and down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KMARINO View Post
    I am not a fan of wallpaper, in fact I have a lot to strip off in our new house's kitchen. It is all personal taste. I am addicted to HGTV and DIY shows and what I have noticed lately is that the textured wallpaper is making a come back. Like what your thinking, I have seen them do a wall as a focal point or a chair rail with paint on the bottom and textured paper on top. I have LOTS of rooms that I need to personalize (the master bedroom is painted the darkest green you ever seen, it looks live a cave) and I am nervous about picking colors, Joe is color blind of all things, so his opinion DOES NOT MATTER! Yet he wants to put his two cents in. For instance when we viewed the house with the dark green master bedroom he said "why would someone paint there bedroom dark brown"???
    I'm lucky! Bruce has pretty good taste when it comes to decorating ideas. He has helped decide what to do with the rooms we have decorated here quite a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LariP View Post
    I'm lucky! Bruce has pretty good taste when it comes to decorating ideas. He has helped decide what to do with the rooms we have decorated here quite a bit.
    I think it is more of a mutual taste in style that helps us agree on what to do. All I know is when she gets one of her crazy ideas it means work for me..

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceP View Post
    I think it is more of a mutual taste in style that helps us agree on what to do. All I know is when she gets one of her crazy ideas it means work for me..
    And that's a bad thing?

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    I like @Davidh's suggestion as one wall as a focal point.

    Me, personally..I'm not a fan of wallpaper. That paper is pretty and I do think it could look nice on one wall. But I've just never been a fan of wallpaper. Probably because in every house I've moved to my mom has made me strip tons of it off the walls because she hates it, lol.


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    My opinion only, of course:

    1.) Wallpaper is cool. I personally prefer paint but it all depends on the pattern. I saw a house that used some fancy rag painting technique that just looked like a dog got mud on himself and rubbed against the wall. And then I have a friend who put textured wallpaper on the wall and painted over it which made the wall paint look 3D. Really cool stuff but then I'm thinking... that would be a beast to take off!

    2.) The pattern you chose is super pretty but it could overpower a 13x13 room - which is sweet if you're going for the Victorian look. But, if it's for a modern look you might have to tone down the pattern by using plain un-patterned furnishings to keep it from looking too busy. Or, like others suggested - use only on the focal wall. Another suggestion is to use it like a picture frame - that is, paper a big rectangle or multiple squares on the wall then outline it with white moulding.

    3.) I have a 12x16, 11-foot height dining room. We "dropped" the ceiling by putting white crown moulding around the ceiling, then painted the wall white 1-foot from the ceiling, then put another strip of moulding on the bottom of the white strip. Then we painted 3-feet from the bottom of the wall white as well, topped it with moulding, then added more moulding to make "frames" like some mentioned above. I then painted the rest of the wall heirloom red. The all white lower section, and the dropped ceiling makes the red less overpowering. I have the red on all the walls but one wall is a giant picture window, the other 2 walls are mostly a giant entryway, so visually, that one wall is where most of the red is. So, if I were to do this room in your colors, then I can use the wallpaper instead of the red, then color the bottom wall white with the white chair rail. Then I'll add the white moulding to form "picture frames" and color the inside of the frames the charcoal color. Did that make sense?

    Here's some pictures of my dining room to show what I'm talking about:
    The wall:


    The "dropped" ceiling:


    The room:


    Okay, there are 2 things not good about this dining room: The rug is too small. The table runner is too casual for the room's theme. My husband bought the rug and runner for me. Yes, my husband is very good with clothes but not very good with house decor. I'm good with house decor but suck on clothes. But, I don't really like just shutting out my husband's tastes, so I try to work it into the room. A room doesn't have to be perfect. It has to also reflect the special qualities of my husband.

    Hope this gives you more ideas.
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