Paper vs. Paint

According to Pinterest, searches for bold print wallpaper in 2020 is up +401% and searches for geometric paint is up 225%. So what does this mean?

House painting is important for many reasons. Obviously, a good paint job beautifies and adds character and personality to your home. … But paint also serves as one of your home’s primary lines of defense against weather, insects and other damage, so it’s an important aspect of home maintenance to keep up on as well.

Painting requires considerably less preparation time than wallpaper. … Paints come in various glosses and sheens, while wallpaper comes in paper and vinyl surfaces for durability and finish variation. So let’s take a look at the top trends for 2020 so you can be the judge.

Big style statements in a small bathroom are not new, but “wrapping” a powder room from walls to ceiling with a wow-factor wallpaper is.  We’re also seeing people “get creative” in the laundry room. In more private or smaller spaces such as the formal dining room, a powder room or laundry room, we’re seeing people being a little more comfortable personalizing those. Think: energizing colors, bold wallpaper and quirky design details.

People have been kind of obsessed with farmhouse styles, but we think we’re going to see this trend in a more refined way in 2020. We’re seeing designs with a touch more modern — high-contrast [palettes], abstract art, a little more sophisticated. The farmhouse look is popular on Pinterest, but not everyone is onboard. With the new color trends, we have to ask, has run its course? When you start to see it in every retail store from Ikea to Restoration Hardware, does it indicate the beginning of the end?

All the bits and pieces inside our designs tell a story. We cannot create without shapes.  Here is what you need to know before you start decorating with bold wall paper or bold geometric shapes.  How we place our accessory shapes can tell many different stories. You should take some time to understand the psychology behind shapes. Often we aren’t even aware of them.  There are emotions and feelings evoked by certain shapes, inspired by cultural conventions and forms seen in nature.  Understanding them will help you create the perfect space to create the mood you are looking for!

It’s the same with patterns and colors too. You can choose colors that represent who you are. Symbols and shapes can be more complex than regular shapes plus they can be used in greater quantity within a design, while too many symbols can be overwhelming and can create confusion. Keep the use of symbols to a minimum, and if you do use them, choose them wisely. 

No matter what you decide, designing your home is personal. Take risks you can always change it later. Just be careful, if you’re thinking about listing your house you wont want to make the style too personal. Buyers need to be able to visualize themselves in your home when shopping.

We’d love to give you a free estimate to help you with your home improvement project in 2020 if you’re in the Cincinnati area.

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