The Roanoker September/October 2017 - 44
THE ROANOKER HOMES 2017
PAINT AND WALLPAPER
Proper lighting and colors brighten up the bedroom.
them around for a long time." She advises against huge shades, as the
massive ones can look completely out of proportion in a room. Light
fixtures are also a great accessory that can be updated with a classical
vibe. Unusual fixtures can still fit in years from now.
She strongly encourages good quality picture frames. "It's like having a good pair of shoes. You can really tell the difference."
Perhaps the most important piece of advice to starting a room is
knowing what your rug will look like; clients should know whether
they will have a patterned room, which can change the look completely, as opposed to something more neutral which offers more latitude.
Stephenson loves wallpaper, but doesn't necessarily want it everywhere. She highly recommends it for kitchens and bathrooms, as
those rooms tend to have a lot of cabinetry; wallpaper enhances
the countertops and surfaces, as well as beautiful details of the
faucets and lighting.
"It really brings the rooms to life," she says.
When they hear "wallpaper," many people tend to think of the
old-school wallpaper from 30 years ago with "awful cabbage roses and
floral paper and borders," but Stephenson says it's incredibly different
now. With so many beautiful patterns and colors, you can have a lot of
fun picking out your favorites. Grasscloth is another type of popular
wallpaper that will last for years. It has plenty of texture, which adds
an interesting element to any room or built-in bookshelves.
Dining rooms are perfect for wallpaper, as they're typically used
for entertaining. People can sit and enjoy the look of the space. In
Stephenson's dining room, she has wallpaper on her ceiling ("I guess
I should call it ceiling paper!") with screen-printed butterflies, so it
looks as though they float over your head. She also added a shimmer
effect on her walls that emphasizes the whimsical look.
Paint is something that will pull an entire room together, but is actually one of the last pieces that should be decided. When Stephenson
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