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Wallpaper is back!!

Have you considered wallpaper for your remodel project.  Wallpaper is back and you can find some beautiful paper to decorate your home.  Chris Nelson, Peak Construction & Design, Inc. can help you install your new wallpaper.  Call him today! 760 668 3991.

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Paper Chase: Wallpaper Through the Ages to Today

Get on a decorating roll with a wall covering that’s been around for centuries but comes in more exciting designs than ever

It’s rumored that Oscar Wilde said on his deathbed, “It’s the wallpaper or me. One of us has to go.” Historically, wallpaper has been the poor relation in the world of the decorative arts, as it sits in the background and is often fragile and difficult to work with. But today’s wallpaper can play a vital role in decorating, influencing the choice of all the other furnishing colors and styles in a room.

Are you torn about wallpaper? Learn more about the history of wallpaper, and it may change your mind about using it today.

traditional bedroom by Tobi Fairley Interior Design

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Early-15th-century wallpaper was created as a cheaper alternative to the paneling and tapestries used to warm and adorn European palaces.

Designed by Flemish artisans, this era’s wallpaper was hand printed with carved wood blocks. During the 1500s more ornate designs mimicking fabric patterns — such as brocade (as in this photo) and damask — covered the walls and lined the armoires and chests of the gentry.

The earliest documented form of wallpaper in England dates from around 1509: a woodcut Italian-inspired pomegranate design printed on a proclamation by Henry VIII.

eclectic dining room by Dufner Heighes Inc

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Chinoiserie wallpaper in the 17th century has its origins in the Chinese silk wall coverings designed for nobility during the Ming dynasty. This style became popular with European designers during the 1600s, who used rice paper panels to depict landscapes with delicate flowers and birds.

The simple furniture lines in this room complement the delicate nature of the chinoiserie wallpaper. If you love chinoiserie wall coverings, companies such as de Gournay and Griffin & Wong are worth a look.

traditional bathroom by Kellie Burke Interiors

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Flocked wallpaper in the 17th century showed French designs; it reached its pinnacle of popularity around 1745.

Flock is the wool refuse left after fleece has been processed. For this type of wall covering creation historically, paper or canvas was given a background color, then the design was printed or stenciled using an adhesive. Before the adhesive dried, the flock was applied, giving the design a velvet pile. The wallpaper was not attached directly to the wall; it was glued to linen, and the linen was fixed to the wall.

traditional dining room by Crisp Architects

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Wallpaper in the 18th century was all about color and pattern. During this era artists translated pictorial depictions from tapestry design onto papers.

Wallpaper became so common in England during this time that a tax was applied in 1712 on any paper that was painted, printed or stained to serve as hangings.

The French were the most adventurous in their designs, mainly because they had the help of a new machine, invented in 1785, that was used to print the paper. During this time 34 feet became the standard size for a roll of wallpaper, as decreed by King Louis XVI.

Scenic, large-scale papers were very popular in France. Hand printed using several wood blocks, these papers are extremely expensive.

eclectic laundry room by Interior Works Inc

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Wallpaper in the 19th century included many distinctive wallpaper patterns designed by William Morris, father of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Using stylized forms and motifs from nature, Morris created flat but intricate patterns inspired by Pre-Raphaelite painters and late–Middle Ages tapestries. Several designers worked with Morris, and many of the original Morris & Co designs are still in production today.

This laundry room shows the fresh, delicate pattern of Iris, designed by J.H. Dearle, one of the designers at Morris & Co in 1887.

eclectic bedroom by Think Contemporary

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Wallpaper in the 20th century had its ups and downs. The first mechanical silk screen machine appeared in 1920, and millions of rolls of wallpaper were sold over the next 10 years. However, after that, paint finishes took over until the 1950s.

Midcentury wallpapers were clean looking; the colors were bright; and the designs were more reflective of this optimistic period. Vinyl and prepasted papers also appeared in the ’50s, making wallpaper even more accessible.

The peacock design gracing this bedroom wall is reminiscent of the art nouveau revival design that emerged during the middle of the century.

contemporary staircase by GRUBER HOME REMODELING

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Wallpaper today is alive and kicking. Besides the traditional wallpapers we know and love, contemporary geometric patterns have become extremely popular. And digitally printed wallpapers now allow for large murals in varied patterns and colors.

The wallpaper in this hall is an outstanding example of the infinite design possibilities.

We commonly work with out of state clients, and take pride in the fact that while our clients are abroad they can feel confident that their project is on schedule and within budget.

Peak Construction & Design, Inc. is a green construction company owned and operated by Chris & Theresa Nelson of  California. Chris himself acts as both project manager and personally supervises the project and quality of work thus saving the client money without any undue overhead.

Peak Construction & Design is a residential/light commercial, general building contractor licensed/insured in California. We specialize in remodeling of custom/single family homes, condominiums, light commercial offices, as well askitchen and bathroom remodeling, along with new built homes, barns and out buildings . We also do general home maintenance.  We service Southern California and the communities  including Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Indian Wells, Palm Springs, La Quinta, CaliforniaPlease call Chris Nelson today at 760.668.3991!

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