One quick and easy update to make to a room is to add wallpaper – it gives an instantly new atmosphere and energy. For a long time the hottest trend was to use wallpaper to create feature walls – either papering alcoves, chimney breasts or a single wall behind a bed or sofa within a room. Now? There are no rules. Wallpaper a whole room, go for a single wall or three-out-of-four, line inside a glass-fronted cabinet or even make a feature of your ceiling. After that it’s a simple case of choosing your design. To help you, here’s my pick of the latest trends in the vast and varied world of wallpaper.
Image from Eco Wallpaper http://www.eco.se/en/
Fine lined graph
Remember the jotters you used to use at school? The beautiful graph paper that we’re all nostalgic about still? For the brand Engblad & Co, design trio Claesson Koivisto Rune have created just that sort of retro look. It’s a fine-lined design that looks architectural but softer, more decorative, and thus can work in almost any situation. I’d love to line a kitchen or a kid’s room in this and it’s a great way of bringing pink into the home in the most subtle way.
Image from Tracey Tubb http://www.traceytubb.co.uk/gallery/gallery_origami_folded_wallpaper.html
If a wallpaper invites you to run your hands through it then it’s on-trend for the textured look. Designer Tracey Tubb’s Origami wallpaper (pictured) is a perfect example of how this look works, but for something more colourful try Tracy Kendall’s Another Colour [http://www.tracykendall.com], which looks like a series of bright and varied Post-it notes. I’d stick to a feature wall for this type of design – the end of a hallway, outlining a door or in a more central position, behind a dining table or sofa.
Image from Kirath Ghundoo http://kirathghundoo.com/wallpaper/
It’s the trend that keeps on giving and it’s going on strong in the world of textiles and ceramics too, making it really easy to create a full-on geometric room should you wish. I like monotone geometrics for wallpaper, which give you plenty of space to bring colours to the situation via furniture, lighting and accessories. Go for a whole room if you want to make a stronger statement, or tone this type of print with your choice of paint for the surrounding walls. Colour-lovers ought to check out this bold Mosaic design by Paris studio Minakani Lab [http://www.minakanilab.com/SUR-MESURE-BESPOKE], which would be great for making a big impact in a small room.
Image from Osborne & Little http://www.osborneandlittle.com
Think nature scenes with an otherworldly slant – a blend of soft fairytale drawings with hard dark lines and bright colours. Graphic Botanics is a little bit abstract and will add a definite, distinctive look to your home. So there are two ways to approach it: Offset it with simple furniture and stick to a monochrome theme all around it, or go strong and mash up with just-as-loud furniture and vintage ceramics in all the colours you can find.
Image from Rockett St George http://www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk
It’s true, Anaglypta is back. Consider using this beneath a dado rail with a smooth painted wall above it. It’s a paper to use if you want a little texture, but feel like the main drama should come from colour. I’d choose darker paint shades for it – black, grey-blues and deep teals – for the most dramatic results.
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