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WALL­PA­PER has come a long way from the old flo­ral de­signs of yes­ter­year.

Bold geo­met­ric pat­terns, bright colours, un­usual tex­tures and hand­painted wall­pa­pers give a myr­iad of choices for dec­o­ra­tors look­ing to push the bound­aries.

Bryce Capp, of bou­tique wall­pa­per man­u­fac­turer Mil­ton & King, says looks are even bolder this year as wall­pa­pers move in line with larger trends.

“I don’t think wall­pa­per is a trend in it­self – it’s more about in­cor­po­rat­ing it into a de­sign,” Capp says.

“For ex­am­ple, you may use a faux brick in an in­dus­trial/ware­house type of home de­sign.’’

Dig­i­tal tech­niques have opened up a wealth of choices for dec­o­ra­tors, he says.

“No longer are you lim­ited to choos­ing from a swatch book that ev­ery wall­pa­per store has,” Capp says.

“Now you can shop on­line for some­thing suited to your need and or­der a sam­ple.’’

Tech­ni­cal ad­vances have made hang­ing wall­pa­per less fraught than it once was.

Non-wo­ven wall­pa­pers make in­stal­la­tion quicker and cleaner be­cause paste is ap­plied to the wall rather than the pa­per.

This also makes wall­pa­per eas­ier to re­move.

Capp pre­dicts that dig­i­tal pro­duc­ers will work to make their prod­ucts look more or- ganic and hand­made.

As for prints, Capp says vin­tage, retro, clas­si­cal, flo­ral, fam­ily-in­spired, hol­i­days, na­ture and even his­tory play a part this year.

Nat­u­ral fin­ishes such as stone, wood and brick are also trend­ing now.

“Cur­rently our brick wall­pa­pers are our best­sellers,” Capp says.

Cre­ate a strik­ing look. Mil­ton & King’s Bronze and Cop­per Wall­pa­per; Owls Have More Fun Mu­ral; and (below) one of their best­selling Vin­tage Bricks wall­pa­pers.

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