Great Taste in Decor & Good Deeds Inspire New Wallpaper Collections by Bridget Beari Designs
The wallpaper renaissance I’m seeing in home fashion is fueled by strong hues, bold graphics and creative applications. The latest looks in wallpaper are elevating wall coverings to wall art with texture, sheen, color and interesting imagery. I also think today’s wallpaper enthusiasm is gaining traction as a fresh alternative to faux finish fatigue. How many more marbleized and aged patina painted walls can we stomach, seriously?
Interior Designer Susan Jamieson, ASID is a color expert with her own line of custom paints, Bridget Beari Colors, and designer wallpapers, Bridget Beari Papers. In the interest of full disclosure, Susan is a dear friend but I objectively admire her work tremendously.
Susan agrees that wallpaper these days is not just flowers and scenes but geometrics and textural finishes. “In general, pattern is back but the use of wallpaper allows for walls to take on a whole new look. They can be accents or bold statements,” says Jamieson. As a go-to design tool, wallpaper revives a tired, outdated room and hides imperfections in the wall.
Bridget Beari Papers features geometric designs created for a bold dramatic look. Susan says Buscemi (the agate design) has already been used on ceilings, accents walls, and furniture. The latest uses of wallpaper aren’t about pasting the walls with paper from floor to ceiling but rather clever, creative, original applications. I asked Susan to share her Top Five Wallpaper Ideas:
1. Use wallpaper as an accent behind shelves in a bookcase
2. If you are afraid of too much wallpaper, then frame out the wallpaper into sections with molding.
3. Accent a fireplace wall or cover a piece of furniture.
4. Use wallpaper on a ceiling for maximum drama
5. Textured wallpaper should accent your design while floral and geometric should be the focus of the design scheme. Always pick one item whether it is fabric or wallpaper for focus in a room.
Picking the perfect color or wallpaper for your living space is tricky business so Susan created an app to help with hue selection. You can download the app by clicking here.
Her Bridget Beari exclusive colors number more than 200 and are available in four collections: Classic, Modern, Exotic and Metallic. On her blog, Susan offers 66 color rules to help with hue selection.
Here are Susan’s Top Five Paint Color Rules:
Temper Hot Colors with Cool Colors
A Perfect Match is Not Always the Best Choice
Create your Own Crowning Moment
Always Save paint for touch ups
Susan’s color and wallpaper lines are a distillation of more than 20 years tweaking colors and patterns to get the perfect look for her clients. When I first met her, I asked why her color and paper collections don’t carry her namesake.
It’s because Susan wanted to draw altruistic attention to animals. She named all of her paints and wallpapers after pet names—animals that she has met through her clients and friends and she donates 10% of sales to animal rescue groups. (Bridget and Beari are dogs.) Other quirky names include “Ting Tong”, “Loki”, Touch Pooch Penny” and more.
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