Wall­pa­per re­vival

Just about any­thing goes when it comes to em­brac­ing the cur­rent trends for pa­per­ing your walls!

Monthly Chronicle - - Home & Liv­ing -

Wall­pa­per is en­joy­ing some­thing of a re­nais­sance at the mo­ment, in line with the cur­rent home de­sign trend to mix it up, keep it eclec­tic and not too matchy matchy in your look.

So that means you’re not com­mit­ting a de­sign crime if you put flow­ers with stripes, or spots with geo­met­rics. It’s about what works for you and makes you love your home.

That said there are a few rules when us­ing wall­pa­per. Of­ten, less is more, so start with just one or two walls in a room, paint­ing the re­main­ing walls in a colour that works in with the tones in your wall­pa­per.

In the larger open plan spa­ces so typ­i­cal of many Aus­tralian homes where kitchen and liv­ing ar­eas are one gi­ant space, de­fine one area of the space with pa­per and keep the rest of the walls plain. It’s even OK to stop the wall­pa­per half way along the wall if that’s all the space you want to de­fine.

And, says Porter’s Paint’s Sarah Geha, it’s im­por­tant to de­ter­mine which mood you want to set when se­lect­ing a wall­pa­per. Cosy and warm, or bright and light? And how much light­ing does the room have? These fac­tors will steer you in the di­rec­tion of colour and style. Take into ac­count the room’s size - hor­i­zon­tal stripes will widen a room whilst ver­ti­cal stripes and shapes will add vol­ume to a room.

“There cur­rently is a strong move­ment of tex­ture and depth in in­te­ri­ors and this lends it­self beau­ti­fully to the use of wall­pa­per,” Sarah said. “Porter’s Paints has a beau­ti­ful range of Grass­cloth Wall­pa­per and also many de­signs which will give an ex­tra di­men­sion to a space.”

Re­mem­ber though, that the palm trees or pale blue cloud pa­per you fell in love with on a hot Syd­ney day also needs to work on cold win­tery morn­ings so en­sure your choice works all year round, on both bright and dull days. Sam­ple books brought home from the shop or posted to you from the sup­plier, and stuck to walls for a few weeks prior to buy­ing, will prove in­valu­able in this de­ci­sion mak­ing process.

Func­tion­al­ity will also de­ter­mine if wall­pa­per is suit­able and if so which colour - wall­pa­per in a busy hall­way won’t cope with school­bags, muddy wellies and greasy fin­gers be­ing slung at it, whereas a bed­room won’t see all that wear and tear.

Some peo­ple are put off by wor­ries wall­pa­per is high main­te­nance - but the care is rel­a­tively sim­ple. Most wall­pa­pers are fin­ished with a clear low lus­tre var­nish to give a gen­eral form of pro­tec­tion, but when marks ap­pear, use a clean, lint-free cloth slightly damp­ened with warm, slightly soapy wa­ter and lightly wipe - no scrub­bing.

It’s al­ways ad­vis­able too, to keep a roll or two back af­ter the pa­per­ing is done, for ac­ci­dents when the pa­per will need to be re­placed.

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