Wallcoverings can change the look of a space, and interior designers have a lot of choice in materials to use including wallpaper, tiles, paint or mosaics.
Trends for 2011 reported by Wallpaperdirect, a wallcovering website, and Brewers, a UK-based decorating firm, claim old classics have been revived in the industry along with graphic prints and colour blocking.
Melanie Adams from Wallpaperdirect said key looks to bring walls to life include incorporating toile into wallcoverings. “Toile has made a comeback this year, but with a twist,” she said.
“Classic designs have been re-invented in the latest colour combinations for a fashionable update on a time honoured tradition. These patterns on first glance look conventional but on closer inspection have a modern day parody or witty, clever design.
A palette of pastels, creams and whites with delicate pretty whitewashed furniture takes on a French-boudoir style.”
What Adams calls interior illusions is also a new trend with large-sized graphic prints combined with small accessories to create a retro look in the space. “The colour palette for this trend is earthy, using tones with fresh spring greens, yellows and neutrals to offset warm metallics,” she added.
“Be inspired by the 1950s and mix with retro furniture to create a maximum effect. Contrast mini prints against large furniture or team over-sized graphics with tiny accessories to create wow factor and whimsical contrasts of scale.”
She advises using personal touches in the design of wallcoverings and said Eastern influences were high on the agenda this year.
“Oriental style is being taken to a new direction for 2011. The East provides a strong influence, as interiors take traditional elements from the Orient and merge them with modern day materials,” said Adams.
With the Oriental trend, the colour palette will feature navy and indigo along with deep reds and vibrant oranges. The trend will retain ingredients such as bamboo and traditional motifs and will be set against black lacquer.
The result, according to Adams, will be contemporary and bold schemes, which will bring together modern and traditional Japanese influence.
Graphic prints and linear looks are in fashion this year, with greys, whites and creams combined with graphic prints. “Pleats, flocks, folds and unusual use of texture and pattern soften the graphic prints, while origami-style accessories add interest,” she said.
“Contrasting straight lines creates a linear look which ground the whimsy, making each room endlessly liveable. This tonal scheme accentuates areas by using 3D pattern papers and uses contrasting textures and colour to frame the interior features.”
Colour blocking is another wallcovering trend to watch out for in 2011. Turquoise is Adams’ pick of this trend and said bold colours are back in fashion.
“Use colour where you least expect it to accentuate and highlight features in the room. This trend plays with shapes, light and shadow to create an interesting mix of bold shades,” she said.
With a lot happening in the world of wallcovering, Commercial Interior Design speaks to suppliers you must know.