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Mindful DesignerJanuary 2012      

Hello Everybody!

Happy New Year and congratulations on making it through one of the roughest economical times! Spring is so close you can almost smell the flowers. Everything around us is being renewed and replenished and that's why I wanted to share some thoughts on how you could easily update your surroundings this spring. One of the easiest ways to get a new fresh energy flow through your space is to change your wall finishings. But what should you choose this time for your walls? Read more below to find out.

In our Green News corner, take a look at a unique design idea for a solar powered bus stop bench.

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Are you getting ready to renew or remodel your business space or your home this spring? You may encounter a simple dilemma: should I go with repainting the space or should I apply wallpaper this time? You will have to consider a few things about wall paint and wallpaper to make your final decision.

If you missed our Before and After images of 2011 projects, look HERE.

1. Location

Wall paint is usually more practical in high humidity rooms, such as your kitchen, bathrooms or any other area you think moisture can become an issue. Usually if the only method of ventilation in these rooms is through your windows (natural ventilation) applying wallpaper may not be your best choice. With time any wallpaper will peel away from the walls in rooms with high humidity. But wallpaper is more durable than paint and is perfect for high-traffic areas such as corridors, living rooms, bedrooms, kid’s rooms, and dining rooms.

These walls have textured wallpaper on them, but you could easily achieve similar color effect with paint.

2. Drama

Wallpaper comes in different patterns, colors and textures. You can create unique optical illusions with your wallpaper. If the furniture you are planning to use is in plain colors, wallpaper will add a much needed contrast. Go with paint if you think your furniture and especially your art have enough bright colors. But overall think about balancing out your design elements' colors, textures and scale with your wall finish. Remember, wallpaper will give you some amazing textures you would not be able to achieve with simple paint.

This bright wallpaper is in perfect balance with plain white wall base and flooring.

3. Life Span

How often do you plan to change the look of your rooms? My grandparents used to paint their house every spring. With modern paint it is not necessary to paint every year but every 4 to 5 years is highly recommended. Wall paint is usually washable and it does get dirty very quickly. Some wallpaper can serve you up to 15 years, and you can easily wash it as well. So if you are planning to stay with the same style for years to come, go with wallpaper. Did you notice that hotels usually use wallpaper in high traffic areas to save time and money on repainting?

4. Application

As everybody knows applying wall paint is an easy task anybody can learn without taking any do-it-yourself classes. Applying wallpaper can be a bit tricky and you may have to use some help of professionals to at least prepare your walls. To change your old wallpaper you’ll have to peel off the old wallpaper and even-out the walls before reapplying new wallpaper. But remember, wallpaper is more forgiving to your walls and will hide any uneven surfaces and holes better than your paint.

It is very easy to create a sense of style in any room with a patterned wallpaper. If you want to go with more traditional style like on the image above, go with wallpaper. All images are by the wallpaper company Graham & Brown.

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This multifunctional streetlight plus bench combination harnesses solar energy to power its LED lamp. Solar panels built into the roof of the bench case make it possible to place this bench unit in any location independent of a local power supply. Learn more about this unique bench design HERE.

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