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Wallpaper Wonders from 2014 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

One of my delights in going to show houses is discovering the dramatic and innovative applications of new materials. At this year's Kips Bay Decorator Show House, wallpapers trumped paint finishes as the stand-out treatment for wall surfaces.

Young Huh covered the walls of her men's bathroom with soon-to-be-released Highline wallpaper by Alpha Workshops, a non-profit organization that trains people living with HIV to work in the decorative arts. The textured tonal wallpaper with illuminating effects unified and created harmony with the patterns of the marble in the vanity and AKDO wall and floor tiles.

  

A wallpaper that I simply adore was put to dramatic use by Carrier and Company Interiors in their "Sitting Room."

      

The Wabi marbleized wallpaper by Calico Wallpaper evolves from a multi-step process drawing upon ancient techniques of paper marbling. It was the perfect backdrop for the sophisticated sitting room designed by the husband and wife team at Carrier and Company's helm.

Marbleized paper was also the stunning backdrop and focal point for Martyn Lawrence Bullard's "Grand Entry." Bullard used the wallls, wainscot and ceiling to showcase his collection of marble prints and wallcoverings for Schumacher. These wallpapers emulate fine handcrafted Italian marbleized papers.

     

                                                                         Photo by Timothy Bell

Enough can't be said about the "Sitting Room Folly" designed by Alexa Hampton for Mark Hampton LLC. The room deserves its own solo blog post. But I'm only going to focus on the wallcovering here.

      

                                                                                 Photo by Timothy Bell

Ignore the furnishings below (themselves captivating) and focus on the wall treatment.

   

Hampton had decorative painter Chuck Fischer re-interpret the patterns of Moroccan tiles. To insure a less fussy, more whimsical approach, the tiles were arranged randomly. Hampton then had Fischer's paintings digitally reproduced and made into wallpaper. The effect was spectacular!

To create drama and interest on wall surfaces, there is not doubt that wallpaper is the tour de force, as these rooms magnificently demonstrate.