Wallpaper - A
Tradition of Well-Dressed Rooms
Beautiful walls have long been a
part of the decorative history of the home. Whether it's the ancient
artist painting hieroglyphics on cave walls, the pioneer stenciling
patterns inside a cabin or a contemporary home adding the beauty and
texture of wallpaper, we all share the universal urge to surround
ourselves with beauty, color and style.
Beautiful walls are decorated - never bare - and wallpaper is the
perfect choice for the best-dressed walls. Plain, painted and
plastered walls are no matches for the beauty, durability and
personality wallpaper conveys. Whatever you want to convey, there is
wallpaper to express it.
From restoring a vintage house to its original grandeur to making
a stark, contemporary dwelling more comfortable, today's wallpapers
offer traditional elegance, country charm, or contemporary
sophistication - whatever look you desire. And thanks to modern
technology, today's wallpapers are durable, inexpensive and easy to
A new color scheme can dramatically
enhance the beauty and livability of a room. Without changing
furniture, carpet or lighting, a fresh breath of color can transform
an ordinary living space into a most extraordinary home.
Color is a personal choice, so always base the colors in your
home on the colors you enjoy and that make you feel good. Don't
worry if the colors you choose aren't "in," -- choose the colors
that fit your personal style.
If you aren't sure of which colors you like best or are looking
for ways to use color expressively, fashion and home magazines,
wallpaper retailers, decorating centers or the home of a favorite
friend can all spark new ideas.
The most important fact to remember when decorating with color is
that color makes a profound impact on the mood of a room and also on
the people in it. Choose colors that create the feeling you want to
Building a Color Scheme
Most rooms design use one of
the three basic color schemes:
Single color - uses one color in varying shades. This
color scheme is easy to develop and creates a restful feeling in a
Related color - uses colors that are next to each other on
the color wheel, for example, green and blue. This color scheme
creates a quiet effect; light related colors are relaxing while dark
related colors are elegant and formal.
Complementary color - a mix of two or three colors located
across the color wheel from each other, like blue and yellow. The
most dramatic effects can be achieved using this color scheme.
The Color Wheel
The color wheel is a common tool used
in home decorating as it shows how colors are related. Using the
color wheel, we can define the basic terms of color, which
- Accent Color - A contrasting hue used to add visual interest
to a color scheme.
- Color Scheme - A group of colors used to create a mood or
- Complementary Colors - Colors located opposite each other on
the color wheel.
- Contrasting Colors - Colors that have at least three colors
between them on a color wheel.
- Cool Colors - Blues, greens, purples and grays.
- Desaturated Colors - Color made less brilliant by adding
- Hue - A color.
- Neutral Colors - Subtle variations of black, white and gray.
- Primary Colors - Red, blue and yellow.
- Related Colors - Two colors next to one another on the color
- Saturated Colors - Bright hues; color that is not mixed with
black, white or gray.
- Secondary Colors - Colors formed by mixing two primary colors
together. These colors include orange, green and purple.
- Shade - A darker hue variation created by adding black or
- Tint - A lighter hue variation created by adding white.
- Warm Colors - Reds, oranges, browns and yellows.