Top­i­cal trop­i­cals

Go big, bold and beau­ti­ful with wall­pa­pers in­spired by the nat­u­ral world, writes Jen­nifer Veer­huis

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It’s like we’ve taken a leaf out of the jun­gle book and stuck it on our walls. Bold, colour­ful botan­i­cal images and big leaf trop­i­cal prints are the new go-to looks mak­ing vis­ually ar­rest­ing state­ments on walls.

An­nan­dale Wall­pa­per owner Effie Kal­it­sis says big prints, in­clud­ing palm leaves, are back.

“Peo­ple like the green and 70s colours and they’re tend­ing to use these prints in the liv­ing space as well as in bath­rooms,” Effie says.

Porters Paints mar­ket­ing man­ager Me­lanie Steven­son says they’re also see­ing in­ter­est in such prints, in­clud­ing a new col­lec­tion by Bri­tish fash­ion de­signer Matthew Wil­liamson, who has re­leased a new range for Os­borne & Lit­tle. through Seneca Wall­pa­pers.

The col­lec­tion in­cludes vivid leafeaf prints, while botan­i­cal im­agery is a stand­out in Syd­ney de­signer Ker­rie Brown’s col­lec­tion.

But leaves and flow­ers are not the only nat­u­ral el­e­ments cap­tur­ing hearts.

“We’re see­ing in­ter­est in grass­cloth wall­pa­pers, pa­pers with tex­ture or a per­ceived tex­ture, like Zi­grino which re­sem­bles an­i­mal skin, or Quill which is in­spired by feath­ers,” Me­lanie says. “It’s in­spired by a de­sire for more nat­u­ral fin­ishes and nat­u­ral el­e­ments.”

Effie says, while nat­u­ral grass­cloth has vari­a­tions in it, which some peo­ple don’t like when they see it hung, faux grass­cloth, which is vinyl, over­comes that.

She says in­dus­trial looks such as bricks, con­crete and tim­ber are pop­u­lar, while Scandi-style wall­pa­pers are also in. “It’s a look that’s pop­u­lar with peo­ple who are just get­ting in­tro­duced to wall­pa­per” Effi Effie says of the Scan­di­na­vian look.

In terms of colour, Effie says t there’s a trend to­wards golds and

Rich botan­i­cals be­come a feast for the eyes with Ker­rie Brown’s Down The Gar­den Path wall­pa­per.

Let na­ture make a bold state­ment with this Cuba Li­bre mu­ral from the Eli­tis Raf­fia & Mada­gas­car wall­pa­per col­lec­tion.

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