YOUR WALLS COVERED
Modern wallpapers have opened up a whole new world of decorating interiors,
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!
EASY TO PUT UP… AND PULL DOWN
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.
PLAY THE IMITATION GAME
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.
TRY LARGE-SCALE GRAPHICS & GEOMETRICS
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.
UPGRADE ON GLAMOUR
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.
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.