HAIDEE KRAMER

Q&A

House and Leisure (South Africa) - - VIew News -

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

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