Whether hiding a wall or making a feature of it, there is more to life than Anaglypta and Coloroll. There is more choice for wallpaper than ever before. It doesn’t have to be flat or even cover the entire wall, just don’t let it be boring.
One of my favorite collections at the moment are these designs by German-born, UK-based designer Katja Behre at Elli Popp no matter what you need there is something for everyone, from fresh and vibrant classics with the modern twists on colour to more subtle authentic feels with elegant sketches of birds and trees. Of course, it doesn’t just stop at wallpaper at Elli Popp with the continuation of the collections into their range of fabric and ceramic projects.
However, if florals are not your thing and all birds do is remind you of ‘that’ film, try this more graphic approach by Kirath Ghundoo’s Mix ‘n’ Match 11 collection which was exhibited at this years 100% Design, London. Iso, Persia, Geo, Mosaic, Aztec,
Of course, some wallpapers are so good you don’t want to hide them in a room behind a door you simply want to wear them. Here enters the Vivienne Westwood Wallpaper collection for Cole & Son . Patterns are inspired by Westwood’s signature designs and fabrics. I love the depth this tartan ruffles evokes but the collection does hold some more classic flattened tweeds.
Wallpaper doesn’t even have to come on unmanageable long rolls. I’m a sucker for these paper tiles by British designer Louise Body . These beautiful trompe l’oeil prints are not only created on forest managed paper but are the perfect economical solution to re-creating aged Victorian ceramic tile effects with out the need for grouting.
Carrying on the tiling theme, Mio’s Papertastic collection is a perfect example of a more architectural approach to Wallpapering, ecologically redefining spaces with each 3D one square foot tiles. You can easily vary each design by rotating the tiles and painting them in what ever colour you choose.
Even if none of my selections are exactly what you want there are a lot of companies now who will print any digital image of your choice onto a bespoke wallcovering. Manchester based Tektura Wallcoverings have offered digital printing for a few years with a dedicated art work team to offer guidance.
But if you really cannot find the Wallpaper for you why not start your own like Shannon Berry Design all you need is a lot of time and a few Sharpies.
What ever you do don’t just paper over the crack’s, make a feature of them.