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 Feature Wall Advice

My husband and I are going to paint our living room. We want to do a feature wall we are either thinking of painting it a green shade to match the curtains, or a rust to go with the pillows. I would like to wallpaper it with the fun damask style wallpaper but my husband is anti-wallpaper and thinks it'll be too busy for the space and a redecorating nightmare.

What do you think?

Room pictures:





Damask sort of wallpaper (not any of these exact prints or colours but you get the idea)



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 7 Aug 2008 6:15 AM
 21 Jul 2004
shevy1978
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oh yeah, the feature wall would be the fireplace wall!

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 7 Aug 2008 6:24 AM
 4 Jun 2005
mama2boys
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personally, I don't like wallpaper - I have never had an easy time removing it, and therefore will never use it....

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 7 Aug 2008 6:37 AM
 25 Apr 2007
BridenStride
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I'd go with the idea of painting it the green shade.
I think the wallpaper will look too much on that wall (JMHO)

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 7 Aug 2008 8:11 AM
 28 Nov 2005
 Southwestern Ontario
geminii
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Love damask patterns.
Love damask wallpapers. But only when done really good.

Painting is less of a pain to do (and re-do) though.

But I don't think it will look too busy as you don't have tons going on in the room anyways.

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 7 Aug 2008 8:25 AM
 22 Jul 2005
 Toronto
CleoCan
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Hmmm...I think you could actually get away with a nice damask pattern on the wall. The rest of your pieces are very simple and have clean lines, so a pattern might inject a little interest into the space. Not to say a painted feature wall wouldn't be interesting too, lol! Just that there don't seem to be many patterns or textures in the room that would be competing with the damask, kwim?

I wouldn't be too concerned about the re-do factor. Wallpapers have come a long way. We stripped some in a bathroom and it came off super easy (just used a little TSP and water with a wallpaper scorer).

The problem with damask is aligning the pattern just right. I'd be tempted to bring in a professional if it is just one wall, but that's only because I totally don't trust myself & DH with that kind of meticulous detail.

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 7 Aug 2008 9:47 AM
 12 Sep 2006
 Toronto
lycheemartini
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There are wallpapers available that are easy application and removal so it shouldn?t be difficult to redecorate if you want. Personally, I like fireplaces to stand out as a ?feature? on their own. I think wallpaper, especially a bold wallpaper like a modern damask, will detract from the fireplace. As well, unless you plan to paint the fireplace a nice bright white, the fireplace may look dingy against the crisp wallpaper, know what I mean? I love wallpaper, have some in my own home? but I would probably go for something subtler if you want it behind the fireplace. Maybe a tone-on-tone pattern.

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 7 Aug 2008 9:59 AM
 5 Jun 2007
 London, Ontario, Canada
nadine158
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I also wanted to a feature wall with damask wallpaper but my husband put the veto on that one (what is it with men and wallpaper??) so I would normally fully support a damask feature wall. But I think with the fireplace there it would be almost too much for the pattern (I'd prefer the pattern on a wall that's just a wall or has a doorway - I find it with windows or fireplaces too chopped up or something).

I think either green or orange would go well. Personally, I'd probably do orange, but that might just be me! (Oh, and I'm horrible picking out paint colours!).

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 7 Aug 2008 11:57 AM
 15 Jun 2008
 Calgary : )
Nire
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When in doubt...photoshop!

Here are two real quick renditions of what I think you are describing. I did the best to pick a green to match you curtains, but it is just to give you an idea. and with the wallpaper, your actual print would be much smaller and would read alittle different on the wall then my quick mock-up. Hope this helps.





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 7 Aug 2008 3:36 PM
 22 Jul 2005
 Toronto
CleoCan
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Wow - now that I see it, I definitely prefer the paint option. Though you might be able to get away with a pattern that had a subtler contrast.

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 7 Aug 2008 3:40 PM
 1 Aug 2006
Corita
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LOVE LOVE LOVE Damask wallpaper. My husband and I just did a feature wall in his office in 2 tones of red damask. I wanted to do it in the living room as well but he thinks it will be too much of that pattern for one house.
I will admit though I prefer the paint in your case.

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 7 Aug 2008 6:52 PM
 6 Aug 2008
 Earth
Wifelicious
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Not that I don't think pp did an awesome job helping you out with a clear picture of what it MIGHT look like, I think the damask in that PS version is just not to scale. I think it would actually look great if it was properly scaled. The pattern would be much better proportioned, and probably look stunning.

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 7 Aug 2008 7:00 PM
 18 Oct 2004
 Toronto, ON
Brocksgirl
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I was going to put my vote in for the damask because I think it looks great on a feature wall but I agree with the other posters who suggested that you keep the fireplace as the feature. What about buying damask accessories for the living room? You could place a few tall vases on the fireplace in that pattern...I've seen those at Urban Barn. Are you attached to those pillows? If not, you could buy yourself damask pillows.

Believe it or not, my husband was pro-damask and I was anti-damask when it came to decorating. He actually suggested that we get damask curtains for our 40 feet of floor to ceiling windows! HAHAHA. I vetoed that one really quickly!

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 7 Aug 2008 7:27 PM
 21 Jul 2004
shevy1978
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Thanks for all of the awesome tips girls! And thank you Nire for photoshopping it for me.

I still don't know what I want to do, I like both looks for different reasons. However, my husband still is %100 sold on the idea (even though he says he likes the look a lot more than he thought he would) so accessorizing with a damask print may be a good compromise.

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 8 Aug 2008 10:56 AM
 28 Nov 2005
 Southwestern Ontario
geminii
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After the photo shop, I still love the wallpaper. And I don't think it takes away from the fireplace at all.

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 8 Aug 2008 12:10 PM
 21 Jul 2004
shevy1978
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Quote:

Hey Shivonne, I personally LOVE the wallpaper. I'm a big fan of wallpaper though And I think with the right scale, colour....it'll look amazing!

Have you ever watched Design Inc. with Sarah Richardson? She uses wallpaper a lot and it looks so great!




I LOVE that show!

Secretly I'm still sold on the wall paper too... it's just a matter of convincing my husband. Once we get home we are going to shop around. If we can find a print he likes I think he can be convinced!

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 8 Aug 2008 1:46 PM
 15 Jun 2008
 Calgary : )
Nire
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I have to admit, I wasn't so keen on the wallpaper at all, until I photoshoped it! I agree with a statment higher above too, you have to remember it will be at a smaller scale than I used for the quick photoshop...i tried the other colors in the sample pallet, but I liked this colour best..

Personally, I like the wall paper..

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 9 Aug 2008 12:55 AM
 31 Jan 2007
 Calgary (reception in Ottawa)
amberm145
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I would do a solid paint on the wall behind the FP and do damask WP on the little walls on the sides.

I just think the wallpaper next to the bricks would be too busy. And a PITA to put up!

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 9 Aug 2008 1:18 PM
 8 Aug 2008
MooseHead
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I'm wondering if painting out your fireplace brick or resurfacing it would get you a better look with the damask.

I'm loving that pink one.

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 9 Aug 2008 3:04 PM
 15 Jun 2008
 Calgary : )
Nire
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Quote:

I think the fireplace would look amazing with the colour of her cushions behind it. Can you try that one out for size Nire so we can all see?






Quote:

I'm loving that pink one.






and for fun...



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 9 Aug 2008 3:25 PM
 8 Aug 2008
MooseHead
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I'm convinced more than ever (especially after seeing the above pix) that the FP needs to be resurfaced.

I was looking through pictures and I think it was lychee-martini did a waisnscotting I believe it was - very basic layering pattern - very simple yet very stylish. I think it would be a perfect style for a FP surround and would work very nicely with your decor & damask - go for it!

So far with the wallcovering, with the photo mock-up, I like the green the least. The others would look great with either a black or white high gloss paint arount the FP.

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 10 Aug 2008 5:56 AM
 11 Jan 2007
 Langley, BC
sweetums29
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I am torn between the green and teh burnt orange colour... I would almost say green myself, mainly cause the orange wall may look out of place with the green curtains on the side wall. I would have to see the bigger picture, but if you had curtains that had a bit of a similar orange colour in it to tie it all together...
I like the green with the colour of your other walls though

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 10 Aug 2008 7:33 AM
 21 Jul 2004
shevy1978
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I'm so torn!

I LOVE the suggestion of matching the wall colour to the back of the wallpaper though. We are going to change the rest of the room colour as the wall colour was there when we moved in and it's quite dingy. I don't want to paint the brick either, it has the sweetest little limestone details.

A previous poster mentioned using the wallpaper on the wall with the windows/arch way instead of the fp wall. How would that look, or are we creating 2 many focal points?



FP details



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 10 Aug 2008 9:00 PM
 31 Jan 2007
 Calgary (reception in Ottawa)
amberm145
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I still like the idea of the damask on the side walls and the fireplace wall in a solid green. Beside the window and around the arch, there isn't a whole lot of wall, so I think this is a good place for the wallpaper in order to not be overpowering. With it on both sides, it's not actually a "focal wall" and therefore not too many focal points.

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 31 Oct 2012 11:59 PM
 30 Apr 2012
 buzzle.ca
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