Wallpaper Pointers from Design Pro Bobby Berk
FEATURED COLLECTIONS AUGUST 21, 2017
Bobby Berk is a modern designer whose approach to home décor is reinventing interiors everywhere. He talked to us about the all-new world of removable wallpaper, which sticks right on without any extra tools to help you reimagine a room in minutes. Find out what he has to say in this article with tips, tricks, and fresh takes on the trend.
I’m all about making easy, bold design statements. I built Bobby Berk Home to help others do the same and transform their spaces into art installations they just happen to live in.
However, a few years ago, I realized that old-fashioned wallpaper, the kind that lined your sweet grandma’s living room, would never be something that fit nicely into my clean, minimal aesthetic.
Why? Because, it requires all sorts of construction tools and goopy adhesives. And, if you didn’t take Advanced Geometry in high school, there’s a good chance you’ll be stuck with a crooked statement wall—for life—or until you move or hire a pricey professional wallpaper installer to fix it.
But then I learned about Tempaper. Their self-adhesive, “peel-and-stick” temporary wallpaper eliminates the need for messy paste or water.
So, of course, I partnered with them to create a line of Bobby Berk Home signature designs that you can purchase from Art.com. They draw on things I personally love, like retro lines inspired by vintage thermoses and pops of vibrant color. You don’t need a bunch of instructions for decorating with my wallpaper designs, but I do have some special tips to share, specifically with my art lovers.
- Go big and stay home
I love that wallpaper has become something that you can apply on your own. You don’t have to worry about making a drastic design mistake or breaking a rental agreement (and losing your security deposit). This stuff peels right off. And, since it’s so easy to install, I recommend going big. You spend a lot of time at home. Use my wallpaper designs to make a huge statement in any room, without breaking the bank.
- Think outside of the walls
I know what you’re thinking: wallpaper, that’s just for walls. Not true. You can use my Tempaper designs to give extra depth and texture to the back of bookcases or kitchen cabinet shelves. You can even use it to line shelves in your Mid-Century Modern dresser or night stand. The cool thing about this stuff is there really are no rules. Go crazy, just be sure to share your fantastic handiwork with us on Facebook, Twitter andInstagram.
- Go to the dark side
DIYers sometimes think that dark hues make rooms look and feel smaller, but that’s just not the case. When you choose a deep color, you’re actually adding a lot of depth to the space. However, I do have one caveat. If you’re in love with a dark pattern, it’s a good idea to make sure that you have enough light in the room to avoid creating a dungeon-like effect—unless that’s your thing.
- Know that size does matter
I get this question a lot “How many walls should I cover in my room and/or house?” Again, there are no hard-and-fast rules. It really depends on the size of the walls and wallpaper print. Sometimes a small room like a powder room or hallway can totally handle a nice, strong print on all the walls, creating a wrapping effect that envelopes you. In other situations, such as in small bedrooms, all four walls might be a little too much. You have to use your judgement. Sometimes, an accent wall is all you need to create visual impact in your space. In larger rooms, if the paper is more textural or doesn’t have a strong print, you can go on all the walls, but doing a strong print on all the walls in a large room can also be way too much. Go with your gut!
- Keep it simple for the win
Before you embark on your wallpapering project, consider the other design elements that you intend to add to your new space. This will inform your pattern selection. Also, keep in mind that some of my wallpaper designs are intended to stand alone as art themselves. In those instances, I’d just add a simple complementary framed art print and sofa or statement chair with one of my accent pillows and call it a day.
- Use matted art pieces to give negative visual space to wallpaper
When you have a really busy pattern, sometimes using a series of art pieces with a white matte will allow the eye to have a place to rest amongst what can potentially be a mess of pattern. It also gives you some negative space to separate images inside the frame from the wallpaper design and prevents there being visual competition between your walls and your art.
I’m not sure if you can tell how excited I am about introducing you to this easy and incredibly stylish way of creating a high-impact design statement. Can you? Anyway, the best part is that you can do it yourself—no hired help necessary and absolutely no goop required. Now, go make some design magic!
By Bobby Berk