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Taniya Nayak, principal at Taniya Nayak Design LLC, who is also a designer and television
host on Food Network, HGTV, and
ABC, is used to turning heads with
her designs on a national level. Fans
of her work may not be surprised
to hear that she embraces wallcoverings to achieve the look she’s
going for, whether designing a
modern home or a chic restaurant.
i+s spoke with Nayak to better understand why she loves the product.
interiors+sources: Why do you use wallcoverings in your
Taniya Nayak: There’s a misconception that wallcoverings
are grandma’s old wallpaper, but the reality is that the range
of design, looks, and patterns are unbelievable in terms of the
options available. But to go a step beyond there, there are
companies like MDC where you can customize your own. If you
want, you can take a photo from your iPhone and blow it up
and put it right there on the wall. It’s great to be able to design
your own unique wall.
i+s: Where do you usually use wallcoverings?
TN: I find wallcoverings can be used in all kinds of spaces—like
a ceiling and behind a bookcase, or even in a bathroom. People
can be nervous about using wallcovering in a bathroom because
of the moisture, but you don’t need to worry about it with vinyl.
You can use wallcoverings just about anywhere.
i+s: When people find out you’ve used wallcoverings, what
is the usual reaction?
TN: People are surprised. And oftentimes, they wish they could
do it in their own houses, but they don’t have the guts to. I say,
One thing I want to mention about wallcovering that’s a big
game changer and why people shouldn’t be afraid of it: vinyl
wallcoverings are made with fabric backing. Unlike old wallpaper,
they’re backed in a way that’s easy to remove. The wallcover-
ing will stay up secure, but when you’re ready to take it down,
you can just peel it off. I think that’s one of the biggest reasons
people are afraid of putting wallcoverings up, but they don’t have
to worry with vinyl.
The great thing is that there are so many cool looks; it pretty
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