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Like paint colors, wallpaper patterns slip in and out of style.

Like paint colors, wallpaper patterns slip in and out of style. However, one wallcovering with staying power is the classic sunshiny-yellow Baldwin Bamboo pattern from Scalamandré (below). Named in homage to interior designer Billy Baldwin, who often decorated with the company’s fabrics and wallpapers, Baldwin Bamboois as suitable in a dining room as it is in a kitchen or foyer. In addition to the original yellow background with blue-and-cream bamboo, Scalamandré also offers the pattern in five other colors. For instance, it’s available in a soft lettuce-green field with blue-and-cream bamboo, as well as cream and red on aqua, and a more neutral linen and blue on ecru.

“Baldwin Bamboo is our most popular wallpaper, behind our [signature] zebra pattern,” says Scalamandré President Steven Stolman, who recently visited the Tennant & Associates showroom at Michigan Design Center in Troy. “We’re always adding different colors to stay current.”

Scalamandré, founded in 1929, is capitalizing on the popularity of the bamboo design with a new linen-and-cotton fabric, Pavilion Trellis (above), featuring a silhouetted bamboo trellis motif on a choice of five background colors. The company will soon add a Pavilion Trellis wallpaper.

Although Scalamandré is famous for its luxe fabrics and wallpapers, Stolman says the company recently joined with Lenox Corp., lending some of its most recognizable patterns to china, stemware, and flatware. The company also lately teamed up with Barneys, featuring pillows and holiday stockings bearing Scalamandré safari-inspired patterns.

Through Tennant & Associates, Suite 61, Michigan Design Center; 248-643-6140, or