I must admit I’ve always loved wallpaper except when I was scraping it off the wall. Maybe that’s why people cringe whenever they think about using wallpaper. It’s not the install it’s the removal.
Thank goodness today’s papers are easy to remove. More good news there’s never been as wide a selection from which to choose. Be still my beating heart!
Trending today are floral patterns, textile substrates, geometrics, grasscloth, animal prints and whimsical designs. Designs so striking they are perfect for an entire room or just an accent wall.
From runway fashion to furniture, floral patterns are been popping up for the past couple of seasons. Large-scale prints in bold bright colors and vintage botanicals such as blossoms and tendrils, leaves and ferns, are all becoming lighter and more romantic.
Remember grasscloth of the 70’s? Well it’s back and hotter than every. Grasscloth is made with natural grass fibers, like sisal, jute, or bamboo, which are intricately woven together to create an earthy coloured and fresh interior ambiance. Updating this look with overprinting grasscloth with large-scale designs in colors and metallic.
Textile substrates are new exciting additions to the wall covering categories. Phillip Jefferies does this category the best. In addition to a wide variety of glasscloths are textures inspired by the high-end men’s fashions and custom tailoring found on Saville Row, felted and woven wool in plain, plaid and pinstripe patterns all dress to impress the home.
Geometrics have defined this decade from classic to contemporary. They bring order into our homes with simple clean patterns. Boldly scaled designs or a single hue printed on hemp, linen, jute and paper provide versatility for designers. Random & weathered geometric designs are really in this year.
Chic geometric patterns combined with sophisticated palettes ranging from bold colors and classic neutrals printed with innovative metallic inks are dressing up entryways, powder rooms and bedrooms.
Animal prints have always been a classic go-to for designers. But today’s trend in this category is all about texture not pattern. Alligator, ostrich and any reptilian pattern create a feeling of luxury and sensual texture especially when printed in metallic ink.
Whimsical patterns from Warhol to Elvis and digital printed non-repeat murals are transforming spaces with unique personality. Leading the way in this trend is Flavor Paper. They produce wallpaper by hand screened and digital printing. All Flavor paper is produced to order so it can be customized in anyway, shape or form. Their clients include the MoMA in New York, Nike, Google, W Hotels and Paul McCarthy to name a few. Fun patterns for kid spaces, formal areas and bedrooms. This is not your grandmother’s wallpaper!
I’m excited that wallpaper had made a big comeback. Your hardest decision will be which wall to cover first.