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WALLPAPER

The Only Limit Is Your Imagination

So you don't have time to remodel the kitchen, add a new guest room or paint the living room in time for holiday and fall festivities. But, if you've got a little wallpaper and an afternoon, you can breathe new life into any room. If you're looking to make a big impact with little money and time, try borders! Decorating with wallpaper borders is a fast, easy and economical way to add style to any room. Available in a variety of designs, borders can add architectural interest, highlight special areas and define spaces.

When using borders to frame a room, select a border with a nondirectional print, as directional prints may not be pleasing to the eye when hung upside down. Also, don't think you are limited in your border pattern. Make your own custom borders by cutting motifs from different patterns and placing them together, or try layering one border on top of another for great drama.

In the past, borders were typically placed along the ceiling line. However today's trend is to hang borders one foot below the ceiling line to create architectural interest. Also, try hanging borders around windows to frame a great view or around doors to add the look of molding. If you're looking for something truly unique, hang borders vertically to create the look of expensive paneled walls.

Wallpaper: Not Just for Walls Anymore

Despite its name, wallpaper can be used on virtually flat any surface to create unusual, unexpected and whimsical looks for the home. Some great projects include:

- Cornices -- Use wallpaper to create sleek, tailored cornices. Simply apply a border or the wallpaper of your choice to your cornice box.

- Furniture -- Guests coming for the holidays? Spruce up that guest bedroom with flea market finds made to look like expensive custom pieces. Many "antique" pieces can be covered in wallpaper to create distinctive looking furniture full of personality. Dressers, trunks, headboards and storage cabinets all work well, and wallpaper can be applied over most furniture surfaces - including metal, varnish, paint and laminate.

- Folding screens -- No time to do those holiday dishes? Hide them with a folding screen decoratively covered in your favorite wallpaper.

The many different patterns and colors available in wallpaper today allow you to create a multitude of different looks for any room or interior decorating project. Everything from bright bold furniture for baby to the hottest looks in trompe l'oeil can be easy, quickly and inexpensively achieved using wallpaper. The only limit is your imagination.

For step-by-step instructions on easy and decorative wallpaper projects, visit www.wallcoverings.org.

Courtesy of Article Resource Association, www.aracopy.com, e-mail: info@aracopy.com

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