Mod­ern wall­pa­pers have opened up a whole new world of dec­o­rat­ing in­te­ri­ors,

Homes+ (Australia) - - CONTENTS - writes James Tre­ble.

James Tre­ble‘s guide to state­ment wall­pa­per – yes, you can do it your­self!

TECH­NOL­OGY ISN’T JUST chang­ing how we work and com­mu­ni­cate, it is also in­spir­ing new ways to cre­ate the prod­ucts we use in our homes. Con­se­quently, wall­pa­per has not only be­come eas­ier to put up and re­move, the de­sign choices have be­come lim­it­less. So if you want to plas­ter an en­tire bed­room wall with a Dutch Mas­ter, well, now you can!


In the past, one of the big­gest is­sues with wall­pa­per was the mess caused by por­ridge-like glue and the dif­fi­culty in ap­ply­ing it to your wall. To­day, non-wo­ven wall­pa­per is rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing the in­dus­try. It’s easy to in­stall and re­move, mak­ing it per­fect for when we change our mind, the kids grow out of Peppa Pig, and for those of us who rent but want to add char­ac­ter to our home.

The main dif­fer­ence now is the qual­ity of pa­per, which is tear re­sis­tant, mak­ing it far eas­ier to in­stall. An­other im­por­tant ad­vance is that it doesn’t ex­pand or con­tract. This means you can ap­ply paste to the wall, not the pa­per, slide the pa­per on and en­sure it’s straight and the pat­terns and images line up per­fectly. Plus, with many wall­pa­pers now made from a mix of nat­u­ral and syn­thetic fi­bres, they are wash­able and breath­able, so they can be used in wet ar­eas or places with steam, such as kitchens and bath­rooms.


Yes, a painted feature wall adds im­pact, colour and char­ac­ter to a room, but wall­pa­per can take your look to a whole new level. Pat­tern and tex­ture have been used in wall­pa­per for just this pur­pose for many years, but now there’s a new breed of wall­pa­pers rep­re­sent­ing the lat­est in­te­rior trends. If you like the in­dus­trial look, then you don’t have to get the brick­ies in – in­stead, choose from one of the very con­vinc­ing and stylish brick wall­pa­pers.

Or if a clad tim­ber wall in deep char­coal is more your style, you can eas­ily in­stall some wall­pa­per, pro­vid­ing the per­fect back­drop for your pieces of fur­ni­ture.

Nat­u­ral tex­tures and fin­ishes such as sisal, jute, pa­per yarns and sea­grass pro­vide el­e­gant, tex­tu­ral ad­di­tions to your home and also have the en­vi­ron­men­tal tick of ap­proval.


Geo­met­ric de­signs have been pop­u­lar in wall­pa­per for many years, with the hum­ble ver­ti­cal stripe prov­ing to be the most en­dur­ing. Although colours and geo­met­ric de­signs may change and adapt over time, the in­ter­est and vi­brancy they bring to a room is one of their on­go­ing ap­peals.

Cur­rent trends lean to­wards larger-scaled ver­sions of geo­met­ric de­signs, al­low­ing them to make a clean and strong im­pact in a room. The large for­mat of the pat­tern is not as busy look­ing when com­pared to smaller-scale de­signs (which can be too over­whelm­ing for many home­own­ers). Gloss and matt fin­ishes add an­other level of in­ter­est to the geo­met­ric look.


Wall­pa­per with a me­tal­lic de­tail or fin­ish is the per­fect way to bring wow-fac­tor to any room. Me­tallics pro­vide a great play on light and cre­ate a mood, so they work par­tic­u­larly well in a mas­ter bed­room that needs res­cu­ing from the decor dol­drums. There’s plenty of choice – rang­ing from strong “look at me” de­signs to those with a more sub­tle per­son­al­ity.

Add some wow! A bright geo­met­ric wall­pa­per gives this liv­ing room in­stant per­son­al­ity.

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1. In­grid & Mika Frac­tures wall­pa­per in Blue, $132 for 9.9m roll, from Wall­pa­per Shop. 2. Big Rothe­say wall­pa­per pan­els in Multi, 2.1m x 3m, $348 for set of 3, from Wall­pa­per Di­rect. 3. Ver­tex wall­pa­per in In­digo, $70 for 10m roll, from Wall­pa­per Di­rect. 4. In­grid & Mika Plus Sign wall­pa­per, $132 for 10m roll, from Mil­ton & King. 5. Wall Candy Glit­ter Col­lec­tion Chevron wall­pa­per in Gold/Black/White, $89 for 10m roll, from Wall Candy Wall­pa­per. 3 4


Wall Candy Trop­i­cal Pineap­ples Gold wall­pa­per, $89 for 10m roll, from Wall Candy Wall­pa­per.

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