Omexco – A Tale Of Two Mica Wallcoverings

I’ve got a list of wallpaper companies whose products I look forward to encountering. Omexco is in the top three of that list. Their products are both unique and well-made.

Here are two examples of their Mica line of wallcoverings, each of which we installed in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, homes.

Horizontally Installed Omexco

This is Omexco Soft Gravel Stripe. It’s a got a soft, textured surface which is bonded to a non-woven backing, 36″ wide, and it’s sold in continuous-length rolls. In this master bedroom suite, the designer specified a horizontal installation of the wallcovering. In the paperhanging trade, this is called railroading the material. We used laser levels to ensure that the stripes remained truly level throughout the multi-room space.

With an aluminum plank spanning two ladders, we hung the top row first. The remaining two rows were able to be hung from floor level. (We use the same method when we install blankstock lining paper as an underlayment.) The prep coat was Draw-Tite No-Run, from Scotch Paints, and the adhesive we used was a 50-50 mixture of Roman Adhesives 880 and 838 heavy-duty clear pastes. The material was pulled through an Advance Paste Mate, which applied a clean, perfect layer of adhesive to the pre trimmed material.

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This wallcovering was hung horizontally.

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This house dates to the late 1800′s. There’s a fireplace in just about every room.

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Wrapped, matched cover plates are a regular part of our installation service.

The master bedroom dressing area also has a fireplace. The Omexco wraps around corners with ease.

The master bedroom dressing area also has a fireplace. The Omexco wraps around corners with ease.

After we had hung the main room, the homeowner decided she wanted the rest of the bedroom suite done, as well. This outside corner is where the two papers meet. It takes skill and a bit of experience to make an open edge appear as if there were no edge.

After we had hung the main room, the homeowner decided she wanted the rest of the bedroom suite done, as well. This outside corner is where the two papers meet. It takes skill and a bit of experience to make an open edge appear as if there were no edge.

Omexco On The Ceiling

The second example of Omexco’s Mica line of wallcoverings is this beautiful paper, which emulates gold-leaf wallpaper. Unlike most mica wallcoverings, this one has almost no texture at all. The mica chips are wafer-thin, and they’re overlapped to form a stunning reflective surface, rich in textural appearance.

The edges were crisply and perfectly pre-trimmed, and seams simply disappeared as we butted the sheets together on the ceiling of this showcase Sewickley home. The surface was fragile, in the sense that the individual mica flakes could be knocked off unless care was used in handling the goods. For this reason we used a foam roller, rather than a bristle brush or a plastic sweep, to smooth the wallcovering onto the ceiling surface.

The prep coat was Draw-Tite No-Run, and the adhesive was a 75/25 mixture of Roman Adhesives’ 838 and 880. See this room as part of the Sewickley House Tour, May 2 & 3, 2014.

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This beautifully reflective Omexco wallcovering appears seamless on the ceiling of a Sewickley study.

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Original plaster moldings nicely frame this rich looking wallcovering.

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The individual mica chips can be knocked loose from the wallcovering if handled too roughly. We used a foam roller, from Hyde, to apply the wallcovering to the ceiling. A bristle brush or plastic sweep would be too harsh for the delicate surface.

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The sheets were hand-pasted and allowed to relax for a few minutes, prior to being installed. Expansion was minimal on account of the non-woven backing.

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We completely removed this crystal chandelier so that the seam placement wasn’t dictated by the location of the fixture. As it turned out, the seams were mostly invisible, anyway.

When I see the name “Omexco” on a box of wallcovering, I know we’re going to have a good day at the wall. Their products are among the highest-quality goods on the designer market, and along with a very short list of other manufacturers ¬†– Elitis, Zoffany, Arte, to name but a few — ¬†they add luster to the world of wallcovering.

Omexco wallcoverings can be found here.