All Things Bright and Beautiful

It’s not just your imagination – it has been a long hard cold winter for most of us in the US.  We are all longing for some signs of spring; the warmth of the sun, the bursts of spring flowers, and the return of green leaves and grass.  Colors just seem a little brighter when they have been so long awaited!  It’s a happy time of year when the rebirth of the garden connects us with new found beauty.

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Birdsong wallpaper (ER8136),  Savoy scroll wallpaper (ER8121), and Luminary damask wallpaper (ER8172) all from York’s Waverly Cottage collection.

The Grass is Always Greener in the spring.  Borrow from Mother Nature’s saturated palate of greens – from bright lush grass, to mid leaf tones including tulip leaves and Bradford pear leaves, and early ground covers like the deep clear green of Myrtle.  Choose a lacy damask for walls in a foyer, an aviary pattern in the dining nook, or this pretty scrolling coral motif for the guest bath. Carrying these bright tones into your home décor color scheme keeps your décor fresh all year long.

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Open Floral wallpaper (WB5400), Open Trellis wallpaper (WB5508) and Floral Branch Toss wallpaper (WB5418) all from Ashford’s Botanical Fantasy collection.

Lavender Dreams.  While restful, this color is no sleeper in either home décor or the garden. Purple tones speak to contemplation and inner thought; its a comforting hue,  conducive to relaxation.  Beautiful hyacinths with their heady perfume are about as pretty as lavender gets!  Wrap your walls in this quietly bold hue with a touch of neutral gray for a softly soothing décor statement.  Freshen a room with a lacey white and lavender trellis or relax in a room with this feathery amethyst bouquet design.

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Petal Pusher floral block wallpaper (RB4207) from York’s Risky Business collection.  Fontaine floral wallpaper (RD3537) from Ronald Redding’s Sculptured Surfaces I collection.  Trellis wallpaper (KB8649) from York’s Bistro 750 collection.

Daffodil Days:  Sunny Delight. Warm. Bright. Cheerful. Like the rich tones of spring’s daffodils, yellow tones continue to hold an important place in the world of fashion – both runway and home.  A good “go-with” color it works equally well with neutrals like gray and bold accents like cobalt blue or emerald green.  Whimsy-it-up with a fun floral color block design.  Romance it with a soft sculptured ink stylized garden motif, or make it trendy with an abstract honeycomb.  Surround yourself in good cheer.

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Mesh Texture in Cherry wallpaper (EB2098), Teahouse Floral wallpaper (EB2074) and Sea Floral wallpaper (EB2005) all from Carey Lind Designs Vibe collection.

Bulbs and Berries. An abundant range of saturated pinks are at the forefront thanks to Pantone’s Radiant Orchid lead.  Like the orchid tone, but possibly easier to live with, are the berry tones:  cherry, raspberry, cranberry and strawberry.  We like the cherry tones especially well this spring.  And what better to pair them with but rich cream!  Decorate your walls with the rejuvenated tradition of this lovely peony motif or be bold with juicy florals for a more transitional style.  Rich and wonderful like your favorite cherry taffy!

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Hampton Trellis wallpaper (WA7715) and Lovers Lane stripe wallpaper (WA7784) both from York’s Waverly Classics.  Hydrangea floral wallpaper (BA4543) and Dogwood Trail wallpaper (BA4563) from York’s Casabella II collection.  Plaisley wallpaper (RB4232) from York’s Risky Business collection.

Treetop Bouquet.  Its a second story bouquet to look down on a canopy of spring blossoms decorating the tops of cherry, pear and dogwood ornamental trees.  The depth of color in the dogwood blossoms is richly intriguing and York has embraced this deep coral toned hue in a variety of designs for use throughout the house.  Try a medallion trellis for a softer side to the geometric trend, or a variegated stripe that has the benefit of the whole coral family color range.  Do a feature wall in updated paisley or keep it simply beautiful with a dogwood floral trail design.  This rich palette puts just the right amount of “spring” in your step!

The Oscar Goes to… York!


Oscar night 2014:  Beautiful people, beautiful designs.  This year the red carpet Haute Couture was all about capturing the light and dimensional surfaces.  Once again York’s wallcoverings parallel the runway fashions; our library of designs is guaranteed to create spaces that put your home in the spot light!


Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture paired with Townsend (ME0105) from Middlebury. Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mischka paired with The Plaza (EK4142) from Ronald Redding’s 18 Karat II. Margot Robbie in St. Laurent paired with Impulse (DN3776) by Candice Olson Modern Luxe. Lady Gaga in Versace paired with Stardust (ND7018) from Candice Olson Inspired Elegance.

Red Carpet.  Black Tie.  In true black tie tradition the stars line the red carpet with clear red, sophisticated black, stunning white and shining metallic.  Pretty Jennifer Lawrence wears red with panache, a perfect foil for her blonde tresses, just as York’s striking red Townsend emulates the soft swish of fabric that drapes from her slender waist.  Kelly Osbourne, so suited to her clingy white Mischka gown with romantic gold embroidered caplette, adds an element of romantic allure as does Ronald Redding’s The Plaza design with luxurious glass beads.  Margot Robbie in her sparkling St. Laurent gown with surprising cut out in the back, looks elegant with a definite nod to whimsy, just as Candice Olson’s Impulse swirls beautifully in black fantasy for walls.  And of course, Lady Gaga captures the spot light with her Versace gown reminiscent of the glory of Art Deco, as does Candice Olson’s Stardust design with its gleaming Mylar stylized damask.

Emma Watson in Vera Wang paired with Mica (NZ0752) from Designer Resource.  Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab paired with Whirl Wind (RL1157) from Carey Lind's Elements.    Anne Hathaway in Gucci paired with Vogue (WH2697) from York's WallpapHer.

Emma Watson in Vera Wang paired with Mica (NZ0752) from Designer Resource. Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab paired with Whirl Wind (RL1157) from Carey Lind’s Elements. Anne Hathaway in Gucci paired with Vogue (WH2697) from York’s WallpapHer.

Bring on the Bling!  What better way to stand out on the red carpet than to capture the light with strong accents of gleaming sparkle and metallic.  Equally at home on designer gowns or designer walls.  Just look at Emma Watson in her sporty Vera Wang that shimmers from all angles as does Ronald Redding’s Mica design.  Or Angelina Jolie’s Saab gown that sparkles with the light of a million beads just like Carey Lind’s Whirl Wind motif with its glitter dust.  And Anne Hathaway with her slim metallic Gucci gown, unabashedly dynamic as is York’s Vogue motif on Mylar from WallpapHer.


Portia de Rossi in Naeem Khan paired with Toss the Bouquet (RB4259) from York’s Risky Business. Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive paired with Charma (SS2289) from Sculptured Surfaces II. Sally Hawkins in Valentino paired with Drybrush Damask (GG4735) from York’s Gentle Manor.

Not so Nude.  New this year to the Oscar Red Carpet is Nude and it makes a statement equally strong to the traditional black and white formal dress code.  Not just any nude, but neutral for the stars with layers of dimension and sumptuous glimmer.  Portia de Rossi is no wall flower with her retro floral halter gown with intricate crochet, nor is York’s Toss the Bouquet pattern with its retro daisy motif and layers of glitter.  Cate Blancett all but floats in her dimensional Armani dress, the movement of its  shimmering petals creating an ethereal aura as does the dimension of Charma.  And Sally Hawkins – where to begin – the layers of sheer beautiful detail in this Valentino gown would be over the top in anything but nude, similar to the pretty Drybrush Damask design with its layers of iridescence and glitter that are toned to perfection in neutrals.  No longer is beige boring!


Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen paired with Just Groove (RRD0861) from Ronald Redding’s Mystere. Lupita Nyong’O in Prada paired with Winterscape (WS8032) from Disney Signature. Amy Adams in Gucci paired with Primal (WH2659) from York’s WallpapHer .

Blues on the Horizon.  The black tie spotlight gets shared this year with glamorous blues from twilight through cobalt to sky.  Sandra Bullock’s midnight blue McQueen gown reflects the light and shimmers with every movement she makes as does Just Groove by Ronald Redding with its deep navy and reflective silver highlights.  Lupita Nyong’O captures the beautiful froth of sea and sky in her effervescent Prada gown that glows softly like the shimmer of York’s Winterscape design with its tiny crystals and glowing blue background.  Amy Adams clearly understands that cut and color is not just for diamonds.  Her Gucci gown needs no further accent – its depth of color and stylish lines make a statement on their own as does York’s Primal pattern.  Watch for blues to grow in importance on both runway and home design in 2014.

Let the Oscars inspire more than your closet this year!  No matter what your level of sophistication is, there is a York wallpaper that will dress up your walls and put your room in the spotlight.  Visit and prepare to be inspired!

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