We all know that paint is a great way to enliven a room with color, and wallpaper the perfect solution for adding pattern. But, what if you want a sculptural, three-dimensional wall treatment that is easier to hang than wallpaper and less costly than a gallon of premium paint?
Ripple-patterned PaperForms in Natural. Photo: MIO Culture.
That's what the inventive team at MIO Culture
, a Philadelphia-based "green" company, had in mind when they created Paper Forms. Made entirely from recycled pre- and post-consumer paper waste, the lightweight modular wallpaper tiles make it easy, affordable, and fun way to transform any wall into a work of art.
What are PaperForms?
They're modular tiles made with a molded, raised pattern that allow you to create sculptural wall treatments. Choose from one of four designs -- Ripple, V2, Flow and Acoustic Tile -- then rotate the tiles to create your own original design. They can be left natural or painted with water-based paint
and translucent washes (provided you apply a light coat), decorated with colored tape or felt tip markers, and even glitzed up with silver or gold leaf applications. Best of all, since tiles are made from recycled paper, they are lightweight enough to hang with double-sided tape; a bonus for renters or apartment dwellers looking for a quick and easy temporary transformation.
Where To Use
Flow-patterened PaperForms painted white; MIO Culture
Paper Forms are perfect for single wall applications, particularly hallways, entry foyers and room partitions. Consider using them to add a distinctive design detail to the soffit above kitchen cabinets, the base of a kitchen island, or the wall above a fireplace mantel. Or, take a more artistic approach and use them to fashion a work of art above a sofa or bed. You can even create a dramatic grid pattern by leaving equal horizontal and vertical space between tiles. At $32-$34 for a pack of 12 one-foot square tiles, the cost is well worth the fun of experimenting.
How To Install
All you will need to install PaperForms is a level and either double-stick tape for temporary installations or traditional wallpaper paste. The manufacturer recommends laying out the pattern on the floor before you start hanging wall tiles. This will give you the flexibility to arrange tiles in the pattern that works best for your application. They also suggest painting each square with a light coat of paint prior to hanging (saturating the tiles with a heavy coat of paint could cause them to warp or curl). You can apply a second coat after installation. If you are covering an entire wall, start at the ceiling or floor (letting the walls edge be your guide), otherwise use a level to make certain that the first tile is straight and square. The rest is simply a matter of butting sides together and aligning corners. Sound too good to be true, check out the installation video here
How To Clean
According to the manufacturer PaperForms should be dusted regularly or cleaned lightly with a damp cloth. Light marks may even be removed with a soft eraser. A coat of paint will increase the durability of the tiles.