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Stripe It This Spring

April 18, 2013
By JOSELYN KING - Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Home decorators can score big this spring and "earn their stripes" if they have a steady hand with a paint brush.

Wallpaper is no longer the choice when it comes to perking up bare walls, explained Kelly Cappelletti, owner of Kelly's Suite II in St. Clairsville.

What's now in vogue in rooms are handpainted stripes from floor to ceiling, and these can be done on just one wall in the room or all of them, she continued.

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Stripes are in this spring decorating season, according to Kelly Cappelletti, owner of Kelly’s Suite II in St. Clairsville.

Photos by Joselyn King

"Get art smart," Capelletti said. "Use your artistic ability.

"Striping is especially great in small rooms. You can rescue a small room by painting it with a stripe."

She noted she has a masterful painter of line striping on her design team - her husband, Bill.

As for paint color, Cappelletti said homeowners are wanting to keep things light and neutral. This palette has the effect of opening up a space.

Yellow is an especially popular color, she noted, as are whites, taupes and grays. Lighter greens also are now being considered among "neutral" colors, and are playing a major role in spring decor.

Pantone has selected "emerald green" - a medium green with a bluish cast - as the color of the season.

If wallpaper is being used, most often it is placed on ceilings, according to Cappelletti.

In bedrooms, homeowners are opting for upholstered headboards, she said.

Backsplashes, meanwhile, are important in kitchens and bathrooms, she continued.

"They're a big transition," Cappelletti commented. "They can make a huge difference."

Stone and glass are the most common choices for use in a backsplash, though metals also can be used, she said.

And pets are increasingly the factor driving homeowners decisions about flooring, Cappelleti noted.

"People still like hardwoods, but many are wanting tile floors," she explained. "So many manufacturers are catering to pet owners and making pet friendly flooring available in carpeting and hardwoods."

There is a tile product made to look just like hardwood floor - but with the easy cleaning properties of tile, Capelletti said. She added she also carries a carpet product assuring against pet damage that includes a warranty.

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