The textile and wallpaper expert – and founder of Dreamweaver Studios – chats to us about interiors, designs and wallcovering trends.
What wallcovering designs have been popular this year?
There’s been a focus on texture, with an emphasis on all sorts of stone, marble and exotic finishes. Our new Armani Casa collection really captures the look. Graphic patterns are still big, but there’s a demand for either more organic or, on the flip side, more sophisticated and refined versions. Large digital prints in the form of wall panels or murals are still very popular and here, Eijffinger is the specialist.
Have the spaces and ways in which people use wallcoverings changed?
Over the past few years, the feature wall has influenced the way people use wallcoverings. It forms a wonderful backdrop, is a great way to inject colour and pattern into a room, is cost-effective and can be installed in an afternoon, which appeals to the general desire for a quick fix.
Which new wallcovering trends do you see becoming more mainstream?
We are seeing an increase in the use of rich, vibrant hues (think deep forest greens, saturated blues and indigos, and rich burnt reds and spice tones) not just as accents, but as strong statements in a space. It’s exciting, because we have been overwhelmed by grey and subtle interiors for so long. There’s also a recent fascination with ancient Japanese dyeing methods, patterns and imagery, as showcased in Jannelli & Volpi’s Shibori collection and Krôma’s Misuto range. If you had to choose one fabric to use for everything, from clothing to coverings, what would it be? With its oversized roses, giant tulips and vibrant poppies, Eijffinger’s Masterpiece floral combines all the things I love – colour, flowers, art and a quirky style. dreamweaverstudios.co.za